Review by Jazrenee92

Beware of hidden fees!!!!

In response to review, CrusinTim says ...

You say the food was terrible but it sounds as though you only went to the buffet. There ARE other dining venues on the ship. Cooks that serve? In 12 cruises, NEVER had a cook bring me a meal. That was done by the waiter or waitress. As for the gratuity charge ($13.50pp/pd), that is on EVERY cruise line and a little pre-cruise research would have informed you of it. Not sure who you booked your cruise with but they should have advised you of the gratuity charges. Sounds to me like you just felt you could book & board. You posted " The alcohol is free". Did you buy a beverage package because alcohol is not "FREE".

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Caribbean - Bahamas Norwegian Sky

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Are you talking about the gentleman at the buffet with the top hats? They generally are not the main cooks. Like Tim said, every ship has daily gratuities but i have a feeling $450 was more than the gratuities. General rule of thumb is some research is helpful. A bunch of stuff will come up if you are making the reservation so just read the fine print!

Sorry you did not enjoy your cruise. ‚  A couple things I would keep in mind is that you did a short cruise and did it on NCL. ‚  In my opinion NCL is bottom of the bucket of the major lines for food and service. ‚ Any short cruise is more of a party cruise and may not have the best food. ‚  On NCL you have to go to the extra fee dining fr a good meal like the Steak house or the French restaurant.

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Over all it sounds like cruising is not your thing. ‚  If you ever try it again I would suggest a better cruise line but you will still have about the same size cabin and most cruises do not give free drinks (then you will complain about drink prices).‚ 

Please try using NCL and even another cruise line on your next cruise. One bad experience should not deter you from cruising.

@CruisinTim: the alcohol package was included with the particular trip because no one on the ship paid for alcohol unless a person ordered top shelf. I went to eat at two other restaurants on the ship and the food had no flavor, I was not impressed at all. No one informed me of‚ the service charge, but I wouldn't mind paying a service charge if‚ the service was actually good:)‚ 

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@meghad23: I read the fine print and nothing was mentioned. I was informed in fine print after my trip.

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@Jusme: what‚ cruise line do you suggest?‚ 

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@Kream36: You‚ must work for the cruise line and feel unappreciated. Lol just know that a smile goes a long way as well. THANK YOU for your response :)

@CruisinTim: the alcohol package was included with the particular trip because no one on the ship paid for alcohol unless a person ordered top shelf. I went to eat at two other restaurants on the ship and the food had no flavor, I was not impressed at all. No one informed me of the service charge, but I wouldn't mind paying a service charge if the service was actually good:) 

 

@meghad23: I read the fine print and nothing was mentioned. I was informed in fine print after my trip.

 

@Jusme: what cruise line do you suggest? 

 

@Kream36: You must work for the cruise line and feel unappreciated. Lol just know that a smile goes a long way as well. THANK YOU for your response :)  

@kream36: I treat people the way they treat me and they are NOT volunteers. They are getting paid for a job that they are SUPPOSED to be doing. They signed up for it.‚ 

@Kream36: Awww thanks buddy I get that a lot. But I did mention in my initial review that "Michael was great" awesome personality! They were great with sanitization as well! But everything else (thumbs down)

Daily charges, everyone knows about them. Except people that don't do ANY research about cruising, or don't read any part of their cruise contract.

Same food EVERY DAY at the buffet ? ‚ That's a downright lie. ‚ Some things may be served daily, but there is a daily theme that changes. ‚ Look beyond the pizza and burgers.

Drinks were free ? Never. It's their largest money maker. ‚ And by " their ", I mean every cruise line.

Perhaps the staff attitude reflected your own. ‚ But I doubt it. ‚ NCL staff has always been very nice to us and our friends.

Are you sure they were cranes, and not flamingos?

 

ok, I see you had the drink package, so drinks were free.  Sort of.   Restaurants had no taste ?  LeBistro and Cagneys are excellent.  But, to each his own. Try Denny's.

 

How many times have you been on NCL ?  I mean, the way you keep complaining about their food and service.  If you think NCL is bad, what do you think of Carnival ?

@Jazrenee92,  Cruise lines depends on your demographic and what your looking for in a  cruise.  The higher end lines tend to cost more and cater to an older demographic.  In my current point in life I prefer Celebrity for the high quality of food and service, the lecture series, elegant ships,   upscale atmosphere and not a lot of kids or teens running around.  If I was in my 20's or 30's I would find Celebrity to sedate for me.  

 

I can also get onto a Carnival ship and have a blast.  I know what to expect with each line so I'm not upset or feel that I'm not getting what I want.  I know that a 3 night cruise is a party ship with lots of drinking and young guest (fun to people watch).

 

Cruising is a learning curve,  you need to try different lines and see what you like.   The cruise line that you like today may not be a good fit in 20 years.

 

A cruise line that I do not like may be the favorite of other cruisers,  you need to find the one that you like.

 

I would need to know a lot more about you before I could recommend a line that you may enjoy.

 

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