Sail Date: March 21, 2011 Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
This was a wonderful cruise. It was our first cruising experience. We weren't sure we would enjoy taking a cruise, but we will definitely do so again. The ports we visited were great. The staff on board were friendly, helpful and welcoming. The room was fine. The nightly shows were great and the food was good. I like the freestyle concept on Norwegian, but do not like how they nickel and dime you to death once you get on board. They charge extra for soft drinks and don't provide many options during the day if you don't drink alcohol. Having juice and lemonaid available would have been nice. They encourage you to drink a lot of water on shore excursions, but make it very difficult to get any. We also really liked the variety of ages on board - lots of families, college kids on spring break (who were very well behaved), newlyweds, oldyweds - made for a wonderful environment and nice feel to the cruise.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food was great. Out of six restaurant options, three require additional fees above and beyond the cruise price. The two more formal dining options available as part of the cruise serve the same menu, so really aren't separate options as advertised. The desserts were good, the entrees were good, there was wonderful selection. Again, the lack of beverage options got old after the 2nd day.
3 out of 5
The shows were great. I got tired of the very loud, live music by the pool every afternoon. It would have been nice if they played more of a variety of music, or weren't scheduled every day during peak pool hours.
This is a great cay. We had a good time. Don't be deceived by the "private island" advertisement. There were 3 cruise ships there the day we were = thousands of people on shore. That said, the beach was great, the food good, and we had a wonderful time. Lots of chairs, a few hammocks, shade if you wanted it. Definitely worth going to. The water was wonderful. We're glad we had this day on the beach.
We did the kayak through the Lucayan National Park excursion. It was excellent. I would do it again. Jeffrey, our guide, was a font of knowledge about the Bahamas. The kayaking through the Mongrove forest was gorgeous. The underwater cave was interesting. The lunch was adequate. We were there in March and the water seemed a little cool at this location so we didn't swim. We walked on the beach. It was nice to have the whole beach for about 20 people. We could get away and feel like we were on a deserted beach!
Pros: The warm weather and the amazing staff on board the ship.
Cons: Lack of beverages available to drink during the day - only water and mediocre iced tea.
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