Pre-Cruise: We flew in the day before and use SAS transportation to get from the Fort Lauderdale Airport to the B2 Miami downtown hotel. Service worked well, quick pick up, direct shuttle. Highly recommend them. The B2 Miami was fine, the elevator was very slow and insufficient for the number of guests and floors they had. But the location was awesome and the price was fair. You can walk across the street for a park/shopping/dining area. Don’t book the shuttle they advertise on their website for $10 pp, as we were checking out they were rounding up guests to fill up a shuttle that they were offering for $6 pp.
Embarkation: We got to the port shortly after 10 and were able to walk through security and the check in process and get up to the waiting room. We were in group 6 I think, and we boarded around 11:45-12. We went up to the buffet since it wasn’t too busy yet and then went down to guest services around 1 to book the “behind the scenes tour”. We did not book the posh pass, but someone next to us in line did, so it was still available at 1.
Ship: We really enjoyed the ship and all the things it had to offer. We essentially had 4 sea days since we got off at the Bahamas for an hour and hated it so got back on. We use the water slides, the rock wall, and saw the blue man group, the cirque dinner show, legends, howl at the moon, and 3 second city shows. The entertainment was outstanding and we had very few times where there was nothing to do. Legends was probably my favorite show, but that was due to the fact that the Steven Tyler impersonator is AWESOME and we had seen blue man group a few times before. For the cirque show, get there early, maybe an hour to an hour fifteen before show, because you want to sit at the front of the one of the floor tables, and suites guests get in before anyone else; So you need to be very close to the front to have the best seating. It is definitely worth the $10 to get the premium seating. The standard seating is under the balcony, I don’t think you could see all of the aerial acts from there. We had an inside room on the 10th floor near the front, and it was perfectly fine for our needs. The food was fine, similar to a chain restaurant. We went to two specialty restaurants, the cirque show and moderno (just because I had never been to a Brazilian steakhouse and the one at home is $40 a person versus the $20 on the ship). The food in the specialty restaurants was fine, but certainly no better than the main dining room, IMO.
St. Maarten: We took the Bob Cass tour here. It was really good, but unfortunately it rained a good portion of the day. The tour still went on, but it was somewhat painful to get rained on in a speedboat, so that took away from the experience. We also missed out on one of the normal snorkeling spots due to rough water, but they took us to an alternate spot. Maho beach was the best spot, got to see the planes take off and land without being pelting with sand like the people on the beach. Would recommend this tour, it was a lot of fun and on a sunny day would be awesome.
St. Thomas: We took the Champagne Catamaran to St. John through Norweigan. It was a great tour too. Snorkeling in St. John is the best snorkeling we have ever seen and the ship wasn’t over-crowded. The tour operates were really focused on everyone having a good time.
Nassau: We hated this stop. I downloaded a walking tour from a travel guide but as we got away from the tourist area we didn’t feel safe being on our own so went back to the shopping area. We went to the straw market, but it was so overcrowded, and the vendors were so pushy, we didn’t even go in. Everywhere we went all the vendors were super pushy and made it unpleasant to even walk around. People were following us down the street and trying to push things into our hands. We had a chuckle when we walked back to the ship because a group who looked really confused was being led away by one person advertising a tour while another girl chased them down yelling that she had already gotten them. Just overall an unpleasant stop and wouldn’t get off the ship next time without a tour planned.
Overall we had a great time and would definitely recommend this ship and Norwegian in the future, just hope they pick a new itinerary for a future year because I wouldn’t repeat this one.