(continued from Day Five and SixThe last two days we spent hanging around the pool area early, thensunning in the afternoon. We found a quiet, warm and secluded spot on Deck 10, aft. I took to lounge chairs and placed them in front of the glass by the Observatory Lounge. Several others "discovered" this areatoo, and we enjoyed the day in splendid bliss!Cabin Steward and Cabin.Our cabin was located on Deck 3, number 3208. We were forward the front elevators and close to the Kids Playroom. Easy to access the main deck.Our steward's name is Delroy from Jamaica. Hedid a wonderful job with our cabin, and had our room cleaned very quickly. ServiceThe overall service was better than I expected. The only place it wasn'ttoo consistent for us was dinner once in the Four Seasons Restaurant.Most of the bar, cabin and dining staff did a decent job (IMHO). Others will disagree, but our experience was pretty good.EntertainmentThe shows the that the Jean Ann Ryan perform are done very well. Plenty of energy is put into their performances. The singer Donnie Abrahams has a great voice and performed many of the classic type songs. We saw three different comedians (already forgot their names). The two main comedians were a riot, especially their late shows! The band performing at the Stardust Lounge was named "Mind the Gap". They played a good mix of music from the Sixties to present.FreestyleMy one "sore spot" was how poorly this works, at least on this ship. My wife and I enjoy traditional style cruising, but wanted an informal, laid-back cruise for a change. This concept of being able to eat "when you want, where you want and with whom you want" sounded great. The practice of this idea isn't. Three consecutive nights we tried getting a table for "two", once at 6:15, 7:15 and 7:30. We tried both restaurants, which didn't make any difference. We could event get seated for over a half hour (at ANY table)for the first two nights. On the third night (at 6:15), the waiter attempted to seat us a table where 6 people were half-thru their meal! I insisted on a table where others were just being seated too, large or small table. If you're seated within a half-hour of the restaurant openning, you could choosewhere you wanted. This was the same atboth restaurants. You could also choose you seating if you ate after 8:30. Many pax I had spoken with had similar problems with seating.I was NOT a happy-camper!Dining ChoicesThe food quality in both the Seven Seas and Four Seasons was generally good for a mass-market line, but not many choices. The Le Bistro (ate there twice) was very nice, but the menu didn't vary the nights we werethere, plus there isn't a large selection here either. This somewhat surprised me the first night, as there is a $10.00 pp charge. Also, the escargot wasn't very good, but everything else they prepared was verygood. One of our favorite places to eat was the Pasta Cafe. They divided the Big Apple Cafe after 6:00PM into a buffet and Pasta Cafe. Although a small menu, the pasta was terrific, along with the service and ambience.DebarkationNCL claims theirs is seamless, but ours was a mess. We were the second group off. Customs wouldn't allow us to debark until after 10:45, although it was to start around 9:30. OverallThe cruise itself was worth the small price we paid, but freestyle cruising needs major improvement on this ship.Regards...Bob
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