scolp1951

scolp1951
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Norwegian Star

January 2017 - Norwegian Star to Asia & Indian Ocean

Singapore to Hong Kong

For me, the best part was the sea days.  These were the most relaxing days and gave us time to socialize with our travel companions.  The ship's entertainment was good, especially the Stardust shows and the Melodic Trio who performed nightly in the Atrium.

 

As for port stops, I wish there had been more Level 1 excursions.  We did take and enjoyed an excursion of the Vung Tao highlights and the Hong Kong highlights with airport transfer. 

 

 

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Norwegian Escape

November 2016 - Norwegian Escape to Caribbean - Eastern

A Truly Wonderful "Escape"

My favorite part of the cruise was the ship itself.  Having cruised on other NCL ships before, I enjoyed the newness of Escape and found it to be technically modern in a pleasant way.  There were screen monitors everywhere (including the ability to use our room TV) that enabled us to make dinner and show reservations for travelers in our stateroom -- this feature could be improved to allow us to make reservations for family members in another stateroom without having to use the Box Office or making a phone call for dinner reservations. 

 

The concept of a "dinner show" was a plus.  We watched "Oh What A Night" while having dinner with a pre-set menu.  On other ships, we had to do dinner separately, before the show (too early) or after the show (too late).

 

I liked the fact that a key card had to be inserted into a slot near the door to turn on the lights.  Remove the card and all the lights turn off, thus saving energy.  I also liked having buttons on the wall near the door to indicate if we wanted the room to be made up or turned down, or "Do Not Disturb." 

 

As for suggested improvements, I think the room steward should have in his/her checklist a reminder to place breakfast room service order cards in the room.  There were none in our room, but since I knew this service was available I called the front desk and they had our room steward deliver some order cards.  Our friends never saw any order cards in their room.  I'm wondering if this was an effort to discourage the service... not good!

 

Another suggested improvement:  shows should clearly indicate if the material is not suited for children.  We went to the Brat Pack show that was also attended by families with children.  The show had too much profanity -- we walked out!  That kind of language is not acceptable!

 

I would recommend this ship and this cruise to others, although I'd have to say I enjoyed the ship more than the ports.

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Norwegian Jade

February 2016 - Norwegian Jade to Caribbean - Western

Another Wonderful Experience!

Since this was our second Jade cruise, I was expecting to be "delighted," and NCL delivered the same quality and cleanliness standards we have come to expect. A few of the cruise staff remembered us from previous trips on other ships, making us feel like family reunited.  I hope NCL will decide to again offer lobster dinner at the complimentary restaurants for at least one night.  That would definitely earn them my 5-star rating.

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scolp1951's Tips

Sanya, China - Avoid public restrooms. Especially for women, carry packets of Kleenex and wipes. Public restrooms are not supplied with paper products.
Ko Samui, Thailand - Thailand ports were cancelled. How disappointing. Thailand was one of the main reasons we booked this cruise.
Hong Kong - Definitely recommend the Hong Kong highlights with airport drop off. We were taken to Kowloon, Aberdeen and New Territories. We rode the tram to Victoria Peak and had dim sum lunch at a floating restaurant after a short sampan ride. This is the best way to see the most important attractions in a short time.
Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - If you like to listen to good music, go to the Atrium to watch the Melodic Trio perform.
Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - Study the ship layout before boarding as well as the reminders for making reservations. It would have helped us tremendously if we had taken action to make dinner and show reservations before boarding the ship.
Helsinki, Finland - Heard it rains almost everyday, so it would be a good idea to wear a hooded jacket or bring an umbrella.
Copenhagen, Denmark - The Hop On, Hop Off tour bus was excellent. If time permits, take a walk in the town square near where city hall is located. Lots of shops and pedestrian friendly sidewalks.
Norwegian Jade Norwegian Jade - This being our second trip on this ship, surprisingly not much had changed, and that is good. I was somewhat disappointed that NCL did not use technological advances to go a step farther in recognizing that we were repeat Jade passengers.

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Escape cruise review - A Truly Wonderful "Escape"

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Star cruise review - Singapore to Hong Kong

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Star"If you like to listen to good music, go to the Atrium to watch the Melodic Trio perform. "

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reviewed their Asia & Indian Ocean cruise on Norwegian Star and gave it 4 stars!

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Escape"Study the ship layout before boarding as well as the reminders for making reservations. It would have helped us tremendously if we had taken action to make dinner and show reservations before boarding the ship."

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reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Norwegian Escape and gave it 4 stars!

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Jade cruise review - Another Wonderful Experience!