What do you think about norwegian cruiseline?

I am interesting, what is your opinion about this line?

I read few articles like

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2016/06/17/norwegian-dawn-cruise-ship-makeover/86046640/

http://www.seascanner.com/ship-norwegian-dawn

and other, but whats opinion of passengers of this line

54 Answers

Dont understand that last at all..NCL is generally more expensive than some, probably because of the regs around drink packages and dinners. what other lines allow you to skip are included in NCLs rates, and they tout it as free (which it isn't). If i was "strapped for funds" as you put it NCL would be my last choice. We're booked on 5 cruises over the next few years. Three with NCL, two on CCL. I compared two 7 day affairs on Carnival and NCL, Comparable cabins, dinners etc. I omitted tours..The CCL cruise was almost $600 cheaper. But then, if i was "strapped for funds" I really don't think i'd be cruising. hehehehehe

We have had several threads concerning how old a review can be before it becomes hopelessly out of date. Lines change, management changes, the crews and Captains change, ships are refurbed to the tune of hundreds of millions and so on. Add to that new ships afloat that simply didn't exist 10+ years ago. Lately, I thought a couple of years would work, but some folks argue (correctly), that the only reviews worth reading are less than a year old. I know in one instance the NCL cruises that weren't up to expected standards were taken over 10+ years ago. Just out of curiousity, how long ago were YOUR cruises...and which ships? Might help the decision making process as we seem to be migrating to other lines anyway. Note: We've also been on RCL so long ago it really doesnt matter.

Agree with Yankee that NCL is definitely not the cheapest. That was why we went with RCL to Bermuda last year instead of same itinerary with NCL. RCL was definitely cheaper. But we like NCL and the convinience (they sail from Manhattan) and loyalty (we are currently gold) and having future cruise certs make them attractive. I hear some criticize NCL but I can definitely say that we have had no reason to complain and have had many many reasons to praise them.

Completely o/t...Just wait OGW..PLATINUM!! .free laundry!!! it actually changed the stuff we pack! caused all kinds of reorg! but after the first time, we figured it out. bring a kitchen garbage bag to line the paper one they provide..then stuff away! theirs rips just breathing hard on it...and yes, those future cruise certificates surely are a huge bargain..IF you can afford to buy em….we used to get 4 per, but easing off now as we're adding CCL into the mix...

I had read some things about Norwegian that made me a bit hesitant, but they did not prove true for us. The food was great, service was excellent, I hardly had any complaints.

After Royal, it is our favorite line,

OK .. after seeing this I MUST get back on the Spirit. We have been looking at a Med cruise in 2021 and that has been where the Spirit has been sailing. Hope she stays there. This update looks awesome. Spirit was my first cruise.

https://cruiseline.com/advice/what-s-hot/news/norwegian-ship-receive-14-new-venues-100-million-renovation?fbclid=IwAR0qSqe9Xsr5OLKZGFpa9lwZRaR5jahAgPHPzNXVTE4nmAScijkz31JS28o

Good grief...considering her size, that's like a brand new ship. We had a cruise on her scheduled mucho years ago, but my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer...it was caught very early. the oncologist said take the cruise...we did, but needless to say our minds and hearts weren't in it. she finished radiation and chemo, and midway thru it I called NCL and rebooked the same cabin, same restaurants...told her it was "do-over"...to this day that ship is our absolute favorite. And of course, we've been on ships TWICE her size. You know, Im sure, it was originally built for, shall we say, smaller people. I think its the only ship NCL purchased from another line. Its obviously long in the tooth..I expected it to "be gone", but this refurb indicates they intend to keep it. Wished it sailed out of a port in the USA.

Yep .. it was originally constructed for a Star Cruise lines but when they bought NCL in 2000 many of their new ships went to NCL instead of Star. Spirit was one of those. Love that ship.

Hope they keep a few of the Oriental artwork here n there. And the plaques near the bridge explaining it all...

So .. always knew that the "Free at Sea" was not free but actually was able to put a price on it yesterday. For the first time we booked a sail away balcony (mainly because of the cost difference) This is a BX class. And a week after booking we were assigned a cabin. A nice 8th deck balcony. The first balcony at the front. Well I saw this week that they were offering the free at sea promo and for all the balconies all 5 options were included. So I called them up to see about adding that. It was nicely explained that the promo does not apply to sail away bookings and yep I do recall reading that sometime in the past. They did however off that I could get the package if I agreed to go from a BX to a BD which was the next class up at a price difference of 460 per person ($ Canadian). The funny thing is that the BD rooms are right beside the BX cabins and they are still assigned by the cruise line. So there it is. The extra charge for the exact same room with and without the "Free at Sea" package amounts to 460 per person ($ Canadian) or $920. That amounts to about $702 in US bucks. And then of course you have to pay the 18% gratuities on what the cost of the dining and drink package would have been which is about another $300 US.

So .. as the man said ... no such thing as a free lunch ... you can pay me now or you can pay me later ... but one way or the other we will always pay.

Not complaining ... just laying it out there as an FYI for those that did not know.

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