NWC Crown 10/22 to Bermuda
Norwegian Crown Cruise Review to Bermuda
Sail Date: October 22, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Crown
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryThe Crown is an older, smaller ship in the fleet. I thought it was well decorated, but it lacked any outdoor beverage stations and the pool was very small. Not a problem in late October, but pool size would matter in mid summer. Also, you're unable to check or close your account on the tv, like other cruises. Your cabin card isn't tied to a photo, so you need photo id and the card in port. It also doesn't act as a room key, so you need key & card on board.
Embarkation/debarkation in NYC was by far the easiest I've ever had. It took 3
minutes max. CO called me beforehand to say we'd skip King's Harbor due to repairs and then heavy winds meant we skipped St. George as well. We were in Hamilton the whole time. Not too bad, with buses, you could easily visit these other places, but it wreckedr havoc w/water shore excursions, most of which were cancelled. NWC offered free ferry tickets on one day as compensation. I think NWC Crown could have done a better job at making announcements of changes, alternatives and it would be nice to have a daily weather forecast.
My room - a single, inside cabin - was spacious and well laid out. I've never had so much closet & dresser storage or hangers. The bed was hard - it felt like a futon.
Food in main dining room (7 Seas) was pretty good, but service could get bogged down. Sometimes coffee was served 10 min. after you finished desserts. Freestyle dining is a mixed blessing to me. Food in buffet was ok, but not exceptional. There's no "snack/pizza/burger" bar available and food service shuts down between meals, although who ever goes hungry on a cruise?
Staff were friendly & very attentive. Entertainment and on board activities were limited, but the dancers were great.
This cruise cost $300 less than a comparable (7 day to Bermuda from a NE port) cruise by another line offered at the same time. The price difference shows, but overall I'd say it was quite positive and I'd go again, just knowing that it's more like "Holiday Inn" than "Hyatt."
Ports of Call
Pros: Staffing, Embarkation/Debarkation, Cabin Storage