This was our first cruise and we really enjoyed it. The staff on Norwegian are extremely friendly and customer-service oriented. They all smiled at you and greeted you and called us "madam" or by name -- it was great!
We enjoyed the restaurants but the service was consistently slow. It's not like the Olive Garden or other chain restaurants where they bring you your beverage immediately and get your order within 5 minutes. However the food was very good at all of the restaurants we visited. I would say the Palace and Crossings were very similar in food and service. We are at Le Bistro and enjoyed it but the service was slow there too.
Bars: We are not big drinkers but I did have a Pina Colada which was AWESOME.
Pool area: There are 5 hot tubs but they were always completely full. We did not get in the pool but I was told it was full of sea water which was quite chilly.
Spa: We were not going to do the spa because we thought it would be too More
expensive but they had some embarkation day specials and a manager's special so we ended up doing spa treatments which were amazing. TIP: you can use the shower in the spa anytime, you don't have to get a treatment. The shower in the spa is great -- very hot water and good water pressure! Less
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Cabin review: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window
Great location, right across from crew staircase which we saw as a plus since the crew staircase was the emergency exit route. We enjoyed being on the starboard side. We liked being on deck 4 because it was close to the atrium and restaurants.
This is a volcanic island so it does not have soft sand. It seems that the beach area has been carved out of the rough, ugly volcanic rock. It also seems like the beach sand was brought in from elsewhere. The sand was rough and gritty. Be sure to bring water shoes or other sturdy shoes if you want to walk on the rocks since they are very rough and would be painful if barefoot.
The water was quite chilly. We went in mid-January. We were able to go swimming but we are used to chilly water (New England). The water was crystal clear and if it had been warmer we would have enjoyed snorkeling.
The main beach area was extremely crowded. For a quieter beach experience, we walked down away from the main area to the second cove. There were plenty of beach chairs set up at all of the beaches. The sun was extremely hot. We ended up sitting on some chairs under the scrubby trees on the hill. It was a nice view.
Overall the island is not a lovely place -- the vegetation is sparse and all the trees are artificially brought in. If you want to be in the shade you are sitting on some kind of loamy brown mulch they have planted the trees in.
We walked along the water to the "Fish Fry" area where we had a very nice lunch on the water. It was a lovely walk along Junkanoo beach. Took us about 20 - 25 minutes to get there. Walked back along Bay street but did not do much shopping. Checked out the straw market which was OK. Too many vendors, not enough tourists!