First things first. Have your own mind. Some people complain too much, but there are some things you should know about this cruise.
Arrive Pier 88 early, no later than 10am-10:30am. Have your paperwork available. The lines move quick and get crowded fast. We arrived at 10:30am went through customs in fast. They call you by numbers so listen up. We were (7 of us) board the ship about 11:30 am. We were able to drop our carry-on luggage in the rooms then we headed to the Garden Cafe for lunch. Its was as crowded as expected. The food had a lot of healthy choices, juices, sugar free tea, water, the restaurant is freestyle. No dress up and the food was great. If you did not add money to your card at the pier you may want to do that asap. They do not exchange cash at the bars and shops. Card only. Minimum for the card is $300 and you can add as much as you like. My friends bought the unlimited drink package for $350 each which they did not use all of the credit. PAY FOR YOUR DRINKS! a cocktail runs you no more than $7-$8 and that is with the 15percent gratuity.
Tip your bartenders ....they will not forget you. Tip your housekeeper they will treat you like vip even if you are in studio rooms. I thought the studio room would be claustrophobic but it wasn't. Just right for 1 person. While at the guest service. Order an extra card key for your lighting and ac. or anything you have to charge. This will keep you from using your money card for lighting.
MARTIN WAS GREAT....HE MADE ME FEEL LIKE VIP. ANIMAL TOWELS IN MY ROOM. WRITTEN REMINDERS ABOUT THE DAY! CLEAN, FRESH EVERYDAY. LOVE HIM! I TIP HANDSOMELY FOR GREAT SERVICE!
Studio lounge is great! Expresso, cafe latte, cafe cream, decaf, cappuccino, fresh baked cookies, cakes, juice and cold water is furnished in the lounge everyday til 10pm. The lounge is beautiful.
Restaurants: To get a quick bite to eat O Sheenans is a good spot, and the Garden cafe offer variety. The Manhattan is wonderful. live music while you dine, and you can dance to Fred Astaire, Lena Horne or what ever the musician choose to play. Dress accordingly for The Manhattan. There really is no need to pay extra for specialty restaurants, the complimentary ones are fine the food is great. You will find something you don't like....but there is a lot that you will. To break up the monotony we dined at Moderno for a friends anniversary. We enjoyed it. No need to bring bottles of wine. I bought 4 on and was comped 3 bottles because i didnt open it. Which was a plus! saved $45. Savor and Taste are the same restaurants. If you want to enjoy your dinner without the waits...arrive 5:30-6pm. We as a party of 7 (me being the 3rd wheel ;)) did not wait on lines at all. I did not eat at all the restaurants. Eat in moderation and exercise you may began to feel quite bloated after the 3rd day.
Exercise: Nice size weight lifting room and there is a small fridge with cold towels (great for when you disembark in Bermuda the port is quite hot). Exercise room is big. They have enough equipment in to exercise but then you have your machine hogs that stay on the treadmills. The Jogging track...well i walked it because it was always wet..it was fine too.
Take pictures of the art work that is beautifully displayed!
spa: over priced....i skipped it!
Pool. Ok....the moment you get on the ship you can head to the pool area on the 15th floor and claim your seat....i found that it was hard to get pool chairs and a spot in the pool. You can't do laps or really swim; the pool is so small. The hot tubs are always occupied by the same people. After a while the swimming pool turns in to a giant murky bathtub! Norwegian should have spent more money and design that pool properly...and keep the kids out of it. Children should not be at the bars either. Adults smoke and drink and the kids go and sit and order drinks...thats a turn-off. Pool side entertainment is a hit or miss. The artist sing great but the choice of songs are the same and always Caribbean music. When the music stopped i was happy to have my ipod docking station on standby.
Entertainment: Rock of ages is a great play (ITS NOT FOR CHILDREN) parents please keep your children out of the adult venues and areas! Burning the floor...great show. Second city...thumbs down for me. Head Liners club is great for Adults on 7th floor. Do not forget to tip your barmaids and bartenders they will give you your drinks just the way you ask for it. Norwegian picture organization is great. Expensive. If you are a smoker cartons cost $37. Great price.
fun time: I did the zip line and plank walk, and water slide. H20 club, 80s night, glow night...all geared for the kids. I hate partying with children especially at adult venues. Casinos are just as smoky as they are in Vegas and AC. Great if you are a smoker. Odds of winning is good on penny machines! loved it! Bingo was a rip off joke....DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON BINGO!
Sleep time: Bring ear plugs. The doors slamming is alarming and wake u. also bring a piece of electrical black tape to put on the light that illuminates from the ac box. If you are that light sleeper.
BERMUDA! The Island is beautiful. The day at the beach excursion was great, drinks too expensive...if you can bring your own...and bring your own Googles, snorkeling gear. This excursion is a must do! not far from the pier and great for kids. I was not impressed with hamilton. NYC have better street fairs. We did not make it St. George. If you plan to go explore the island get up early and borrow a cold towel from the gym.
Overall. I would bring my husband and kids back on this cruise...but to recommend it for couples or single adults or older people who is looking to relax. NO! this is a booze cruise. The highlight of the cruise for me was at the bar and there is a lot for children to do!