Sail Date: November 01, 2007 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 9 years ago
Fantastic cruise! Every crew member was wonderful, from our cabin steward, Elsie, to our waiters at the Crossings, Steven and Robert. Make sure to meet Carmen, the VP of Crossings restaurant, who will make you feel welcome. Even Sunnie, the cleaner of the Blue Hawaii Nightclub, went out of his way to be friendly.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The food was delicious, even at the buffet, but we ate most our meals at the Crossings because Steven, Robert and Carmen were so great at making us feel special. Kahili (Italian) has wonderful lamb chops, swordfish, and beef tenderloin. The pastas are all delicious and the atmosphere is very romantic. Plan on a long, lingering dinner, as it is four courses and cannot be rushed. A new head chef in the buffet joined about 6 weeks ago and there are lots of choices. If you don't see what you want, walk to another buffet line and see what else is offered. Our favorite was at the back deck, which was hardly ever crowded. You can have a specially made omelet or eggs any style, pancakes, french toast, bacon, ham, oatmeal, fresh fruit, etc. The desserts at Crossings and speciality restaurants were delicious and addicting.
5 out of 5
We did shore excursions through NCL, all were great. You really have to do the helicopter rides, as this is the best way to see the islands, especially Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii. West Maui-Molokai Air Tour was my favorite, with Emery our helicopter pilot. My second favorite was Kauai, we did Mokihana helicopter (Barrett)and loved it so much we also did Heaven and Earth Quest the next day (also with Barrett, who is the head trainer of helicopter pilots and actually related to Hawaiin royalty). The Big Island Spectacular combines helicopter ride over LAVA and a couple of falls in the rain forest. Our pilot, Dan, was mostly talking to the control tower since there are so many other helicopters in the area, so you really can't ask too many questions on this tour. You have to do the Luau Kalamaku if you've never done this before... it was tons of fun. Don't let the fact that 600 other guests are also there, as everyone will make you feel as if you are special.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
All the passengers appeared to be having a GREAT time. If you are friendly and try to get to know the staff, they will open up and share their lives with you. We made many friends, both crewmates and passengers. If there is ever a line to ANYTHING, for example, when the restaurants first open at 5 or 5:30pm (you may have to wait 10min), this is the best time to meet people and share your experiences from that day.
5 out of 5
The cruise ship itself was quite surprising, especially after reading some of the negative reviews over a year ago. Now there are pillowtops on the beds, but we still got the eggcrates because our cabin steward Elsie asked if we wanted it. She even remade our beds after laying down the eggcrates, which we didn't expect. The bed was comfortable and I slept well. The sheets were new and clean, and there was a comforter in a duvet with the softest sheets. We had a balcony, but hardly spent any time in our room except to watch the coastline when we cruised past. The ship was constantly being cleaned and was never dirty. I was initially afraid to use the public restrooms on ship, but was surprised to find each sparkling clean. Make sure you always use the free antibacterial solution around the ship to prevent spreading or catching gastroenteritis, which can infect an entire ship in days. The crew take precautions and use a 3-bucket system to keep everything sterile. They also fumigate with
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
New pillowtops on the beds, new soft comforters with duvets. The room had a balcony but we hardly ever spent time in our room except to watch the shoreline when we cruised past. The room was more than adequate for us and we put our luggage under the bed. The shower and bathroom held all my "stuff."
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