This was the first cruise we have taken out of NYC since our honeymoon 33 years ago. Embarkation was easy and we we on vacation immediately!
We were with close friends for the third time on a cruise, so that made us comfortable right away. The first full sea day, a Sunday, we met another couple who I knew, and spent considerable time with them also.
We were blessed with excellent weather throughout, even though we left on March 8. It did get cool and cloudy the last day as we got closer to NYC , and overnight it had snowed a little. But by that time, we had enjoyed ourselves so much that we did not care.
Kudos to NCL. For the two young ladies greeting you as you enter The Garden Cafe buffet. Their "washy, washy, smiley, smiley, enjoy your breakfast" refrain really made us smile and feel upbeat. Kudos also to Menzi, out mini-suite cabin steward, for a great job.
The entertainment was good, especially given that there were alot of children and. Teens on board from Canada, as it was spring break there. The comedian, Jeff Harms, was very funny, and the singers and dancers in the production shows were very good. We could not make all the late night offerings, unfortunately, as we were either tired from basking in the sun or had lingered at dinner too long. We were never rushed for dinner. We ate at several of the specialty restaurants. I would highly recommend Cagney's for an excellent meal. The portions in the main dining rooms were modest but tasty.
St. Maarten and St. Thomas, where we have cruised many times before, are great ports for each lovers, and shopping is world class in the multiple jewelry shops. Let's just say that my wife was very happy we went to those ports.
All in all, a nice experience, with a bonus that we live 40 miles from NYC, so travel was easy for us. We would sail on the Breakaway if and when the opportunity arises, as they have a Fat Cats club on board on that ship with Slam Allen, who was on our cruise on the Epic, and who we thought was great.
This is not a complaint, but we are used to getting dressed nicely (not suit and tie or formL dress every night, but nicely) in the evenings on board, and we do not like the way NCL permits people to dress like "slobs" in some of the dining areas at night. But, to each his own.