We arrived in New Orleans with friends and family on Mar. 24, traveling as a group of 6 (4 adults and two children aged 9 and 10). Stayed at Omni Royal Orleans and had carriage ride through the French Quarter, visited the Insectarium (creepy fun), and had dinner at Brigtsen's (fabulous). Next day after breakfast at Cafe du Monde had a tour of the outlying swamp with Capt. Chip of Airboat Adventures, absolutely magical time for all.
We went to the ship at about 2 PM and flew on, there was no line or delay of any kind.
We stayed in a penthouse suite which was lovely but showed signs of wear and age. One flaw in design is that the only thing between the toilet and the bedroom and deck window was a glass door, which my wife obscured with a cloth for privacy. Our friends had the adjacent penthouse and for our group of 6 it was ideal arrangement.
We ate in all the premium restaurants, and even at that we would give the food a grade of no higher than C. The food in the general dining rooms looked worse. But that did not stop us from enjoying the cruise immensely. The staff was very friendly and we found the service to be very good. We used the fitness center and the pools and the casino (the non-smoking casino level with slot machines and video machines offered a nice break from the smoky main casino).
Getting on and off the ship at the various ports of call was quite smooth, but rough seas at Roatan caused some delay in tender transport.
We wish that NCL would incorporate the daily service charge of $12. per person into the prepaid cabin fare. If the ship wants to say service is included, include it at the beginning, and not at the end.