I chose this cruise by the Ports that I have not seen yet. The price was good so I did some research of the ship and just winged it at the ports, all worked out well as it could possibly be.
The ship is kept clean, as there are always crew members working around the ship wiping, vacuuming and shining. the cabin was small but livable for the 2 week cruise. Cabin steward was good at keeping us happy and there was always a towel animal at nights turn down.
Dining was good at both main dining rooms and the buffet as well. I have no complaints of the service there.
There is an abundance of musical entertainment thought-out the ship going everyday. The latin band, Avalon, was great, but were mostly in the Atrium where there is rug, so dancing was a laborious effort. We found that we could dance on the deck above, deck 8 in front of the O'Sheehans restaurant on a Vinyl floor with no trouble to anyone. There is a dance floor on deck 13 in the Spinnaker lounge where bands are rotated in daily, so that was a nice change from the rug in the Atrium. The productions shows in the Theater were all good, as well as guest entertainers and the crew productions.
The crew on NCL are a happy crew, always greeting you and respectful.
The ports were interesting, with shuttles to get out of the container area of the port in Columbia then easy walk or taxi to see the city. Most of the other ports like Colon, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, you could walk in to town or catch a taxi right in port.
I was never wowed on this cruise, I have been wowed before with NCL but not this time. It was good but not a "wow"! Have fun on your cruise!
4 out of 5
Very, very bad embarkation. Over an hour standing one the port just to get into the building, Tampa has a big thumbs down
4 out of 5
The live bands were excellent, Avalon was the Latin band and Innovation was the party band, the DJ was great, the stage shows were great. The Cruise Directors staff put on a must see silly movie reenactment which was hilarious. There were other singers and entertainers that I didn't get a chance to see as Latin and ballroom kept me busy on the dance floor.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
The cabin is small but livable, the cabin steward did a fair job at keeping was happy. I wish he would have vacuumed more than once.
Bring a tiny sprayer with window cleaner so you can wipe everything down before you unpack you would believe the amount of dirt I find on my rag when I am done.
Take a taxi just out side the port gate and go to the beach, there is only one there, and go and get a message for 20 bucks USD for an hour, hint: make sure you are aware of your start time, they like to play games. On and stay away from the crazy lobster they will rip you off for any thing you get.
4 out of 5
Very quick on the last day in Tampa, not one problem.
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