No one can make people have a good time, but NCL certainly provided many of the elements that allowed us to create our own good time. Some of the comments about NCL and its free style services had left us concerned but I must say we were pleasantly surprised with the service and variety of on board services. Our ship was extremely clean, the buffet was offered creative treats (like the crepe station), and the overall value for money was excellent. All the staff was friendly and helpful.
Embarkation was well organized. We were on the ship within 10 minutes of our arrival at the Venice pier. The ship itself was similar to many of Carnival's newer ships although it needs to be modernized to shed its dated Hawaiian motif . Our balcony stateroom was a bit small, but had all the standard elements including a great shower. We would recommend pre booking a few of the specialty restaurants (we booked the Steak house, Japanese restaurant and Asian fusion restaurant- the first two were the best) but the food in the two main dining rooms was more than adequate. We like to eat at about 6:30 and never had to wait for a table. Many of the passengers come from European countries were late dining is the norm, so European cruises don't usually seem to cause line-ups like you might see on Caribbean cruises.
I had honestly expected NCL to nickle and dime the guest but they were actually not as aggressive in selling as other lines we had been on- clearly cruising is a business and they do find ways of getting you to part with your money, but no more so than the others. The staff in all the restaurant venues were polite and helpful. While freestyle cruising makes them less dependent on tips, we did not observe any deterioration in service as a result of an uncaring attitude. Some servers are simply better than others but for most part we were well tended to.
We enjoyed our excursion to "The Best of Olympia" that included a visit to a local farm . The visit included a nicely presented lunch of Greek hors d'oeuvres and a great guide. Our excursion to Delos was less enjoyable but only because the ruins themselves were not as well developed.
Overall a good trip. We will use NCL again and encourage others to do so.