We are an active, retired couple. We are not "fancy" people, but like fun, good food & good service.This was our 2nd Transatlantic (1st was Nov. 2013 on RCL Navigator) & our 27th cruise. We love cruising & had a great experience on the last TA, so we were looking forward to this one. We had not sailed with NCL since 2001 before "Freestyle Dining" was fleet wide.
Flew from Texas the day before & stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ft. Lauderdale. Used Easy Express Shuttle to Miami dock the next day. Handed off our bags to a waiting porter. Embarkation was very easy & first impression of the ship was favorable even though I knew that it was a little worn it looked ok.
I kept a running Pros/Cons list (in no particular order) during the 14 days so here goes:
PROS :Full Promenade deck for walking, had some nice murals on it. Crew Chat every morning in Atrium. Good bathroom shower. Very interesting tablemates, new ones every night. Food & Beverage demo in the Ginza was very interesting. Some good entertainment especially the "Second City Troupe" did several shows. Pan Flutist John Buenger afternoon show, Barry John comedian, Maria & Demetri aerialists. Party for "silver status" very nice. Good movie selection in room & good live music throughout the ship.
CONS: Market Café like a H.S. cafeteria & signage lacking in accurate descriptions. MDR food was uninspired & poorly presented. I can not remember 1 terrific thing I ate in 14 days. Gym was dark, small with no steam/sauna/hot tub. While I have a few more trivial complaints, my biggest was the lack of hygiene by the crew. They were always wiping their noses with their hands or sneezing/coughing into them. The "washy, washy" people that are stationed everywhere is great, but cleanliness should start with the crew.