Welcome to cruising. I am sure that you will be hooked. You picked a great ship to sail on for your first cruise. Unfortunately I have not sailed on her before but there are plenty of activities for you to choose from. Have a great cruise. And please post a review when you return. Gloria
Welcome to cruising. I hope you have as much fun as I have on cruises. My niece loved being on a ship when she was 6 years old. Plenty of activities in the kids area to keep her busy and happy. The only thing she did not like was 2 hour long formal dinners. The ship will have activities for your pre-teen and for your teen. This will give you time away for an adult dinner or to see a show.
For packing I would suggest a power strip, ship cabins only have one or two power outlets. Im sure your kids will have a lot of electronics to charge. Check with NCL you should be able to bring a 12 pack of soda or water and 1 750 ml bottle of wine per adult on the ship with you for free (soda and water can get expensive on a ship). If you open the wine yourself no fee, if you bring the wine bottle into the restaurant they may charge a corkage fee. I just ask the room steward for some wine glasses and take a glass of wine with me into dinner. Also ask the room steward for an ice bucket or two if your room does not have one in it. Pack needed items, lotions, RX, and OTC items you may need. (I always pack Advil, tooth paste, tums, sun screen, conditioner... that kind of stuff)
NCL does not get to formal, so no need to pack a lot of dressy clothing. Nice jeans are allowed into the dining-rooms and on formal night, Slacks, nice shirt and sport coat and tie will be good.
The most important thing is to have fun, enjoy yourself and relax. When your back please post a review so we can hear how it went and what you thought of Cruising, the ship and the ports.
Awesome cruise tips for first time newbies and others.
Where are all your stops? There are many fun things to do on and off the ship as well
Nassau I have experience with for sure, if your looking for good food try the "Fish Fry" Conch Salad is good and other dishes like crack conch is really good too. There are a good few places to eat near the port like Senior Frogs and different local restaurants Also if your into paddle boarding or even looking to learn there is this place called PappaSurf on Cable Beach (www.pappasurf.com) that offers lessons or tours and my kids enjoyed it and thinks it was the best part of our stop there. #10 Buses take you to these places for $1.25 per person each way and its pretty quick and easy, I would recommend staying in the Western area of the island.
Hope this helps.
We save electronics and perfume purchases for St Thomas. The duty free allowance is much higher for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. We have had similar deals from St Maarten, it is just that the amount that is duty free is less there. The perfumes and colognes are 20 to 50% of stateside prices and you are getting European formulations that will last much longer than what you get stateside. Electronics are a bit less expensive, unless you can purchase one of the kits where the island chains like Boolchands get volume discounts from the manufacturers to add to the savings from lower taxes. Do spend some time collecting model reviews and prices if you are thinking about these purchases on your cruise. I registered my camera immediately with the manufacturer upon returning home to cover the warranty issue. Booze of course, is a great bargain. We always buy smaller bottles for gifts for our return, but do pack carefully wrap for leaks and know your duty free limit.
Hint: We take bubble wrap, plastic bags and packing tape on every cruise, this also generates the space you will need for the items you can pack:-) We also carry a portable luggage scale and leave 8 lbs or so capacity in each of our checked luggage bags going so we have capacity on the way back.
Finally, for whatever reason, the cruise lines are really pushing jewelry purchases. If you have a descent jeweler stateside, I believe this is one deal that is not a good deal on a cruise. Exchanges, fitting, damages happen and St Thomas is a long way away to get a warranty repair.