Hello, all!....I would first like to clarify that the ship was only 60% full. Only 2882 persons onboard with fewer than 100 children. Also, this was my first sail with Norwegian, my 8 former cruises were on Royal Caribbean.
We traveled by train into Manhattan, and the cab to the pier was less than $10.00. Arrival time was about 1PM - no lines, and we boarded right away. Our stateroom was ready and we lunched in the Garden Cafe.
We had made all of our show reservations and some dinner reservations prior to sail date. I had read that sometimes show times and days changed and this was the case on this cruise also.
Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages had to be re-worked as well as the dinner reservation schedule. A little snafu, but not earth shattering.
As we were staying in the Haven, it was not necessary to get to the shows early for a good seat. There is reserved seating, however, it is off to the left side.
The touch screen dinner reservation displays throughout the ship were very convenient, even listing the times available and wait times for each restaurant.
The gym was very small, and seemed to be used a lot by the guest performers from the shows. There were 60 of them, so timing is everything.
Smoking in the casino was not that overwhelming.
From what I could see, the Vibe Beach Club only had about 10 people using it during the trip.
The weather was perfect, never needed anything long sleeved, or any type of sweater or jacket.
Day 2 brought some storms and clouds, but for the most part the day started off sunny, and ended that way.
Bermuda is just gorgeous, and the bus/ferries are very reasonably priced, (a 3 day pass for both is $35.00) easily accessible and time worthy schedules.
There were a few incidents, but other than the 61 year old woman who fell off the balcony on Monday night, we heard nothing about the other 2. As a matter of fact, we didn't even hear the announcement on Tuesday morning that we were going full speed ahead to get her to St. Georges to the hospital.
We ate in the Manhattan Room, O'Sheehans, Le Bistro, Cagneys and La Cucina. All the fee restaurants had availability all thru the cruise. The food, and service was top notch everywhere.
The water slides were amazing, and never a line.
The shows were all NYC quality - the performers have outstanding professional careers.
The Captain and Officers were very visible. Walking the decks, eating in the Garden Cafe and interacting with guests.
In closing, the ship is beautiful, but with it being less full, our experience will be different than others who sail on a sold out boat.