Not so hot.
Norwegian Dream Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: April 08, 2006
Ship: Norwegian Dream
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 11 years ago
Review SummaryI am of average build and have a college degree. I have been on 8 cruises with other cruise lines and would rate this cruise well below average
The check in procedure at the Houston Bush airport was very disorganized with people lining up in the hallway with groups of 3/6/12 people taken out in vans until the bus showed up. Then there was a delay because the bus driver needed to obtain an airport permit to pick up passengers. The bus was an old unrefurbished Greyhound that went the 1 hour drive to the Port of Houston.
This type of `freestyle' type of cruising was OK and related mostly to open seating during lunch and dinner with formal dining `optional'.
However the mandatory tipping charge was not told to us anytime prior to departure. Be aware that $10.00 per person per day will be added to your bill and distributed to the ship staff.
Food and Dining
Mostly cheap fillers were used in all dishes.
Salad bar had only lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. No beets, garbanzos, croutons, etc. 1 potato salad and one other salad offered.
Lunch offered mostly hot dogs, hamburgers and curried vegetables.
Dinner appetizers were very poor and offered baked potato and no shrimp cocktails. Soups were mostly cheap consummes with any cream soups rarely offered. Dinner selections consisted of cheap meat (flank steak, various types of chicken, pork chops, tilapia). No prime rib, ribeye, t-bone, new york, salmon, tuna, etc.
Room service took a minimum of 1 1/2 hours after the order was placed.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Pros: Ports of Call
Cons: 1) Late cancellation of a scheduled port 2) Food 3) Mandatory tipping