Norway

3.7 out of 5

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Norway is a medium ship, carrying 2032 passengers and 900 crew, and sails from .

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3 out of 5

In many other cruise reviews... by 276

In many other cruise reviews one frequently sees criticisms due to too many kids on a cruise. My cruise last week was just the opposite. The Norway was overrun with "mature" cruisers who griped about such petty things as not having two coffee creamers on the table. Each seemed to have had either a knee or hip replacement (or both) which caused any movement involving a group of people to slow down drastically. Even though one lady had to have her knee lifted each time she boarded the tour bus we took, she got off at every stop including those stops meant to be quick picture taking opportunities. To them, no meal was ever at the right temperature or "as good as the meal on the ______" (insert the name of any OTHER cruise ship). Many also failed to even read the cruise news about the simplest of procedures such as having your boarding pass when you go ashore. Some even thought that the lifeboat drill just didn't apply to them as they held their life vest without putting it on. I am 47 years old and hope never to be as cranky as this bunch was. I praise the patience of the Purser's Staff and the grief they had to put up with. How many times does one have to be told NOT to stand up on the tender to take pictures while it is running? I had a relatively good time. The food was plentiful and available. For the price that I (and probably most of these seniors) paid for the cruise, what did they expect. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Norway's captain was the same as we had on the Leeward last year. My room was cleaned quickly each time we left. Edgar our waiter was fantastic catering to our varying meal selections. Embarkation was much easier this year due to the direct transfer of luggage from the airport to the ship thus bypassing the "highway robbery" aka forced tipping of the white-helmeted dock workers (how much of that gets reported to the IRS?)

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4 out of 5

This was my husband and... by AmyO3

This was my husband and my second cruise on the Norway with groups of friends/family. We went July 21-28. Embarkation/Disembarkation:We had no problems here. We even had one member in our group whose picture ID was stolen, but, the security and the reservations employees were very helpful and since he had a copy of the police report and his birth certificate and driver's license number, he was permitted to board. Our boarding process took only about 30 minutes from start to finish. We got to the port about 12:00 noon. The ship's photographer made the guy without the photo ID a new ID using his birth certificate so that he would not have trouble boarding the ship the rest of the cruise. We were off the ship by 10:00 and we went on the last call.Cabins: My husband and I had a Sky deck suite and it was great! We had a beautiful view with floor-to-ceiling windows and a king size bed, plenty of closet and drawer space and bathroom space. We were greated with a bottle of wine and a fruit tray from the NCL staff. We also received chocolates and chocolate-covered strawberries later in the week, compliments of Denny, the cruise director. We also had robes which were very nice, and a small refrigerator. The other group members' cabins varied a lot. I would highly recommend you check the square footage when you make your reservation. Being on the Sky deck is definitely the way to go. I would pay the extra couple hundred dollars and get the upgrades if available at the time of booking. Food Service:I thought the food was very good in the dining rooms and in the Great Outdoor restaurant. We ate breakfast in the dining room a couple of times too. I have no complaints about food quality. My husband is a very picky eater and our waiter at dinner was so good to make special arrangements with his food. For the amount of work these people had to do--we were pleased with their service. I can't really complain about anything.Entertainment: We really enjoyed the Jean Ann Ryan company and their shows. Each cruise on NCL, we have never been disappointed. The commedians were good too. I would like to hear more music by the pools and on the decks during the day.Since we were with a group, our travel agent had arranged for each cabin in our group to receive a plate of chocolate covered strawberries, a free group 8x10 photo, a cocktail party for just our group, and $50 shipboard credit. That was all great! We had no problems with any of that. Concierge: We used Caron to arrange our tender service. She allowed us to invite our group to participate. We tipped her at the end of the week for the group. It was nice not having to worry about getting tickets. The tenders are slow and it's hot sitting waiting to get off. But--hey when you're in the Caribbean, we expect to be hot! Fitness Center: My husband and I got the Motion on the Ocean shirts by running 21 laps and going to the fitness activities. We had fun participating in the program. Brenden and Nina were great. Other: We just had a great time. No major complaints at all. We found it to be clean in most areas. The public restrooms were clean, but a little smelly. If you're middle class family or group and you want a nice vacation without paying over $1,000 per person for a cruise, I would recommend this for you. My 6-year-old neice had a great time too. We had people in their 20's, 30's, and 50's on this cruise. Everyone had a good time. The islands are beautiful ( We'd love to have had more time on St. Thomas/St. John and on Great Stirrup Cay. We're beach and shopping lovers, and it's hard to do both in the short time. You will find something to do for everyone. We talked to a lot of people on the ship and didn't hear any major complaints at all.

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1 out of 5

No Way Again by DennisB5

I have been on 6 other cruises and even Carnival was better than this one. The service was below standards. The ships engine stopped running and we never made it to St. Maarten. The crew could not answer any of our questions.

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3 out of 5

As this was my third... by SusanneA

As this was my third voyage aboard the SS Norway (01/27/02), I thought I would provide a more recent assessment of my trip. My immediate family joined me, as did eight other family members and friends. All of us booked our cruise in early October; most securing a $404pp rate on a category I stateroom or $649pp for a category AF suite -kids paying only $144 in port charges. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, most members of my family felt they got a lot for the money. A few others, including myself, felt some of the changes recently initiated by NCL aboard the SS Norway (only) were disappointing. But all in all, everyone came away having had a positive experience, including me. NCL, in general, did a great job refurbishing the vessel this past fall. There is new carpet through out the ship, new upholstery and new bedding, including new matresses in most staterooms. The hallways have new paint (although poorly done) and most bathrooms have new plumbing fixtures. The ship's appearance has changed very little from my last voyage in June 2001. If anything, it seems more polished.Staterooms: Even with a total remodel, I strongly urge you to do a little research before booking a cruise aboard the Norway, as this ship isn't for everyone. It's old and at times, difficult to navigate. The rooms on the lower level floors are the smallest I've seen on any ship. At one time, this ship had both first class and second class rooms. Generally, the staterooms (both inside and outside cabins) on the lower levels of the ship are smaller than those you will find on the upper decks. Many inside cabins on some of the higher decks are double the size of outside cabins (with one small porthole) on the lower floors, and will cost you less money and be more comfortable. Our stateroom this trip was K054, located on the Sky Deck. It had a small sitting area, floor to ceiling windows, a very comfortable king-size bed, lots of closet and dresser space, a refrigerator, large make-up vanity and a bathroom complete with hair dryer and bathtub. Although our suite in June 2001 on Pool Deck (P086) was much larger, our cabin was comfortable and a good size. Cuisine:If there was a disappointing aspect to our cruise, it was the cuisine. Lobster was eliminated from the menu, and no gala buffet was scheduled. The food, although good, wasn't up to par, when compared to other NCL ships. The Freestyle concept is not a part of the Norway; there were two formal dinner seatings; breakfast and lunch were open seating. The buffet lines at breakfast and lunch were long, but the food quality and choice was surprisingly good.Entertainment:With the exception of the Casino, the entertainment was minimal at best. There were a couple of musical shows and two comedy acts. As most passengers on this sailing were over 60, much of the on-board activities were geard towards them. We didn't have a problem with this, as we came to scuba dive and relax. But many of our family members remarked about being bored.Conclusion:As I stated earlier, I have sailed on the Norway two other times, and had a great time, but remember, older ships like the Norway, solicit mixed reviews and I recommend approaching a ship like this with realistic expectations. As more and more cruise lines introduce new ships to the Caribbean and beyond, the many older ships in a cruise line's fleet often will offer deeply discounted rates to attract the first time cruiser or bargain hunter. This is the case with the Norway as well as many other older ships. As long as you know what you are in for, you can have a great experience. Don't forget the old saying that "you get what you pay for." If you keep that in mind, I guarantee you'll have a good time.

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5 out of 5

We knew we were crusing... by 276

We knew we were crusing during hurricane season, but the price was great, so we thought we'd take a chance and fortunately weather was absolutely no problem. (we cruised Sept. 29-Oct.6, 2002). This is our 3rd cruise on the Norway so we knew that it was not the Las Vegas style ship. We went on the Norway April 2001 and was glad to see that outside deck carpeting had been replaced and the windows on the international deck were not so foggy that you couldn't see. it looked like the whole outside had been scraped and repianted since last we sailed. Service was excellent by the waiters, Bistro group and room steward. The price we paid was for a bunk bed small room (done that twice before), but we were upgraded to the Olympic deck, window, 3 times the space and the A/C could get as cold as we wanted. Very pleased. The shows are high-energy and the dancers perform at peak. The lesser events like the Newlywed game, vegetable carving, tea time, etc. are also a fun way to spend some time. The new shop that offers only items for $10 was a fun change from just browsing through things I couldn't afford. Snorkeling on the private island is one of the best places we've been to; parasailing on the private island was fun - a first for me. We rented a car on St. Martin as we had done before - a little hassle picking up the car, but worth the fun we had being on our own - went snorkeling, sight-seeing, some shopping, went to St. Louis fort for a great views. At St. Thomas we were on a new tour (best of the eastern with Michael Alexander) - this was the first time for the tour and since it was not advertised well, we were the only ones on it - but that didn't bother us! Great views of Magen's Bay, Coki Beach, etc. My mate likes to enjoy the sun on the days at sea, but I don't so I took in a movie in the Saga Theatre - the sound was not the best and with all the movies in the world, I think they could have chosen more action type shows - but I realize movies are not number one choices on a cruise ship! We love, love the Bistro - filet mignon, escargot, onion soup --- couldn't be better. I didn't mind the extra $20 considering the price we paid for the cruise (about $400 ea. incl port charges). The staff is constantly cleaning - even in corners no one would look - except maybe their supervisors. The cruise director was energetic and I wondered if he ever slept. The tender service was no problem for us since we took tours and were first to leave. If you're looking for loud-mouth drunks, singles prowling the decks, and little kids taking over the ship, this ship is not for you - thank goodness. There are two formal nights dining and although it takes some time to get into civilized clothes, I'm glad we do. Who likes to be around tank-topped, BO-smelling people who look like they just got off a fishing trip? It amazes me how many people rebel against guidelines like "no children in the front row of the Saga Theatre - wash the sand off your feet when reboarding the tenders - no shorts in the dining room in the evening...."Selfishness replaces respect for others. I've been in one of the smallest rooms on the ship and now I've been on a larger one, but I don't go for the room - I got for the activities outside the room - the experiences and sights & sounds of the islands. I've been on cruises that had ports every day but one, and it was my choice to take one with 3 days at sea so I could have a restful vacation because I needed it. As I see by reviews, you either love the Norway or you don't. My husband went on this ship (SS France) in 1962 when it had 1st & 2nd class - he loved seeing it again years later - one of the few remaining ocean liners - a bygone era which will soon be only in history books. Don't get me wrong, I also love the other cruise ships (resorts) - maybe I have a more optismistic attitude on life and take the plus and minuses of any day - or cruise.

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  • Size: M

  • Total Passengers: 2032

  • Total Crew: 900

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.26

  • Built: Jan 1962

  • Refurbished: 38 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 11

  • Total Cabins: 0

  • Cabin Categories: 0

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