We sailed on the 5-21 thru 5-28 cruise Civitavecchia round trip. We had 6 people with two spa mini suites and one spa balcony, all on deck 14. Everything was great. The vast majority of this ship embarks in Barcelona, so embarkation in Civitavecchia is very easy, with no wait at all.
Keep in mind that this cruise is very fast paced, you are in port every day except on the port between Barcelona and Naples days 5 and 6. This is a welcomed day at sea when you transit between the island of Corsica and the Sardinia island coast. It is hard to get a feel of this massive ship until that day.
NCL does a great job of offering guests options of dining. Their ala carte approach works very well on this type of cruise. You can choose traditional dining, which serves the purpose. However many other options are there for you. Some are at extra cost, others not. After cruising many other lines I believe that NCL’s food to be superior to the others.
The crew on this ship is Awesome. Always good morning, how are you, what can I help you with. Very accommodating
Be aware that all on board purchases including beverage and food will be charged the VAT (value added tax of 10%) and the traditional 15% Gratuity.
The cabins are roomy and well appointed, beds are comfortable. The shower and toilet situation are different, there is no separate bathroom, the toilette and shower are separate and the sink is in the common area. If you are with someone not intimate with you it might be uncomfortable.
We did have a glitch on tendering back to the ship from Cannes on day 3 of the cruise. We returned to the port after a day of touring the French Riviera and the water was extremely rough on our approach to the ship. After several attempts to dock with the ship in the harbor, most people were able to get off the tender. We were with several parties who were not easily able to get off. NCL was very concerned about the safety of this and several officers were soon on the scene to access the situation. Soon thereafter the captain maneuvered the ship around to assure a save exit. Although it was scary, we got off in a safe matter. We are very mobile, but chose to stay on board until everyone was off.
To put it in a nut shell this is a great cruise to experience the Mediterranean in a compressed time. NCL does a great job of accommodating multiple people from all areas of the world. Obviously if you are going to the expense of this type of cruise you want the most of it. This is a fast paced cruise and port intensive, not a Caribbean type cruise. Be prepared and have fun.