Norwegian Crown (RETIRED) Cruise Review

Deck Hand


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3 out of 5

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Our cruise embarked from Baltimore for Canada/New England on September 27, 2003. As this was NOT a warm weather cruise with opportunities for bathing suits and shorts, the average age of the passengers turned out to be 70+.The Norwegian Crown is far from being a glitzy ship, but it is serviceable. Our standard outside cabin of 165 sq.ft. had more than enough closet space and drawers, and the bathroom was large enough to contain a combination tub/shower.There was trouble right off the bat. We arrived at the terminal on the scheduled embarkation day, but, no ship! A fishing net had become entangled in a propeller two days earlier, and there was going to be a one day delay. To NCL's credit, they handled the situation beautifully by giving the passengers transportaion to downtown Baltimore and putting us up at the Hyatt Regency Waterfront Hotel with vouchers for dinner that night and breakfast the next morning. A further compensation was an onboard credit for one day's cruise fare plus $100 per cabin.But then came further complications. Hurricanes Isabel and Juan created so much havoc that the itinerary had to be revised and we did not visit Quebec, although I suspect that by this time the captain was snakebit, as there were reports that another cruise ship had not been deterred.With Quebec out, the ship substituted St. Johns, Newfoundland, and Newport, Rhode Island, and also put Sydney, Nova Scotia back on the schedule. (Why cruise lines put Sydney on their itineraries is beyond my comprehension - it's a dull, dead town.)Seven Seas Restaurant, the main dining room, has good food artistically presented. The beef was always excellent. An added attraction here is the female Romanian influence, consisting of hard-working, good-looking waitresses, almost all of them brunet. Probably to reduce comingling, the Crown's males were predominately Filapino In contrast to Seven Seas, the Lido buffet is a disaster. The food in the main serving line is only average, and the room's layout is such that the coffee is in one corner, the water is at the bar in another corner, the desserts are at a separate table, and the staff spends more time talking to each other than helping the passengers.As for entertainment, it was the standard fare of a ventriloquist, a rather dreadful magician, an Irish comedienne/singer, and some "production" shows. I have used italics here because the small stage makes it impossible to use scenery, and the singers and dancers have to carry the show by themselves.Apparently the Norwegian Crown does not have a theater, as the daily bulletins did not mention any. As for the in-room TV movies, there was only one or two on the schedule that could be called recent. As an example of age, how about "Casablanca", "To Catch a Thief", and "From Here To Eternity"?At one time, the Norwegian Crown had an indoor pool on the second deck, but apparently a recent renovation did away with it. Two spas have been moved to an upper ouside deck.A Canada/New England cruise is supposed to showcase fall colors, but we were too early, even though it was early October and we were as far north as Maine and Nova Scotia.If I sound like I have been too harsh on the Norwegian Crown, let me compensate a little bit by saying that we still had a great time!

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