Embarkation was great. We got to the port just before noon and we were on the ship within 40 minutes. We had lunch in the MDR and it was fine. Took a quick walk around the ship and found it to be in good condition. Our room was ready within the hour. We always give our room the once over just to make sure everything was the way we wanted it. Found someone's hat and the mini bar had a bag of half eaten gummy bears -- otherwise all was good.
We ate at 5 different venues during our cruise. In the two MDR the food was fair to good. Best meal I had was one of the nightly specials. It was a grilled tilapia and it very good. Other nights nothing too inspiring. Service was the same. Sometimes fast other times very slow. No real connection with the staff.
We ate at the steakhouse one night and were disappointed. Food tasted the same as the MDR and the service was no better. There just didn't seem to be enough staff to take care of the number of people eating.
Garden Cafe was our usual spot for lunch. Very crowded and the menu didn't seem to change very much for day to day. Lunch in the MDR was the same everyday. We also had breakfast here a few days. I liked the omelet station.
Sports Bar had some good wings. Wouldn't recommend the burgers. They looked like they had been held for a long time before they were served.
Entertainment was your typical cruise shows. Comics were not funny. I liked the one stage show call Mod something otherwise nothing to write home about.
I liked that they didn't push drinks every time you turned around. We checked out all of the bars at one point or another. We enjoyed the Observation Lounge. Had a great view, few people and a great bar staff. Very friendly.
We had been to all of the islands before. I like St Martian the best with Aruba and Willemstad always nice, St Thomas never changes and we didn't get off in Columbia.
Disembarkation was smooth and quick.
So let me say we enjoy cruising and in the past have been satisfied with NCL. We have noticed cut backs over the years but we overlooked them. However the cuts are effecting service and it is not the fault of the workers. It is just too many rooms to clean and too many tables to wait on. That is the fault of management. Other small things like no conditioner or lotion in your bathroom. It is a small thing but really what is next -- bring your own soap!
So we will be taking a break from NCL and spending more time on some other cruise lines.