April 2017 - Norwegian Sun to South America
All of it! We had a friendly group of six, and we were determined, based on previous trips together, that we would have fun.
The ship was older and smaller than other NCL ships we've been in, but that was okay because we liked the itinerary. By older, I mean there was definitely a smell that would not go away. On 2 days during the cruise, there was a strong smell of fuel in our stateroom. When I opened the balcony door to let fresh air in, the smell got stronger, so I suspect there was some maintenance going on in our section of the ship. I told the hotel desk about it. The manager called to apologize but never explained what was causing the problem. He followed up the phone call with a plate of canapes. By smaller, I like the larger atrium where people can mingle and dance.
It was also my observation that the food was rather salty. On the night we had dinner at La Cucina, I asked for spaghetti with meatballs. One bite was all I could handle. Complained to the server about it. She asked if I wanted to order something else but I was no longer interested in dinner. I ordered dessert instead. I wrote to Igor Futivic, the Food and Beverage Director, to let him know what had happened. Igor met with me so I had a chance to tell him excessive salt wasn't good, and that if they couldn't adjust the salt content on this cruise, do it for future cruises.
Most of the ports we docked at were cargo ports, so we had to be shuttled to town. I would advise women to take along a supply of tissues and wipes if they need to use public restrooms in most of the towns below the equator.