we’ve sailed on Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and of course, Norwegian. Most of our cruises are with NCL because we are able to leave from NY year round. Obviously, our loyalty points have built up with Norwegian to the point of Platinum status. Honestly, who cares ? Yeah some perks are good, but here is the problem: there is no upgrade. Carnival has Princess, and HAL. Royal Caribbean has Celebrity. Norwegian has.....nothing. So, why am I writing this ? As ships have gotten larger, prices have dropped drastically. Cruising has lost a lot of its cache. Food and services have suffered. You no longer feel special. With Carnival, you can move up to Princess or HAL, and regain that special feeling. Celebrity still has it, sort of. If you sail NCL, you are stuck. Stuck with some people who have no business stepping on a cruise ship. I’ve seen them on Carnival too. Rude, uncouth people who think their sh** don’t stink. Seasoned cruisers have experienced this, I know you have. Now, I could just jump to Princess, which we are considering, after next October. It’s nothing about Norwegian itself. We have always had a great experience with them. It’s the people they attract. Sorry if I sound like a snob, I’m not. There is no racial aspect here, I could care less about the color of someone;s skin. I don’t care what religion you practice, or your dietary requirements. I do care how about what we once called common courtesy. A buffet seems to bring out the worst in people. My wife uses a walker, and people have literally, moved it out of their way to get to some food, WHILE SHE IS STANDING THERE ! Then they go, oh. Sorry....I just wanted that dish.
‘So, while we look at some exotic cruises, the Paul Gaugin, National Geographic Cruise tours, Grand Voyages, we find ourselves contemplating our past cruises, and our immediate future trips. Sadly we miss the past trips. Sometimes more than we look forward to the currently booked ones.
NCL, get a second tier cruiseline. PLEASE