Here are some recommendations and comments I would have for those traveling on this ship and this itinerary:
1.Bring a surge protector/extension cord. There is only one outlet in the whole room. 2.Some of the fans were working in the bathrooms. Others were not so you may want to bring some air freshener. 3.If you are traveling in a party of four and have an inside stateroom, all beds are single beds and the fourth bed is actually a roll out mattress that fits between the two beds on the floor. As a first time cruiser we were unaware of the fact that someone would be sleeping on the floor and our travel agent did not disclose this either. Therefore, we're not sure if he was aware of it either. 4.There needs to be more activities for the older teenagers, over 16. 5.There was a language barrier between the crew and the passengers. Many were difficult to understand and did not understand any questions we had. 6.When you check in you are asked for a credit card for all charges. What NCL fails to mention to the passengers is that they will process your charges daily by putting a hold on the funds. In doing it daily, some credit card companies will question the transactions as fraudulent, and since you are at sea, and unable to get in touch with, the credit card company will assume the worst; fraud, and block the account from further activity. This happened on our cruise and is embarrassing and a hassle to correct while at sea. 7.The excursions were great and I highly recommend them in Tortola and the Dominican Republic. The Virgin Gorda Bath and Snorkel is beautiful. The rocks on the beach can become difficult to navigate through though. Caya Levantado in the Dominican Republic was one of the most beautiful beaches I've seen. The on shore excursion including your beach chair was reasonable and peaceful. The only complaint we had was the tender from the boat to shore passed around a tip jar on the trip back to the ship. The tender is not affiliated with the cruise line but the request for tips was totally inappropriate. 8.Be prepared to negotiate prices of items on the islands. As the excursion ended at Caya Levantado, some souvenirs were more than half price from earlier in the day. The same applied to the merchants on Tortola in the marketplace. 9.We had a fantastic Senior Steward, Francisco. He was very personable with all the children and friendly. It made all the difference when in an inside room. We also had excellent service from the excursion crew to Virgin Gorda and our waiter at Cagney's Steakhouse. 10.The staff in the Galaxy of the Stars approached you as soon as you walked into the room. They were there to assist you in getting a seat but appeared to be interested more in getting your drink order and the 15% automatic gratuity on your liquor purchase. 11.The teen passport drink booklet included 20 drink tickets including smoothies. This was a great buy as there are a variety of smoothies. I would recommend purchasing one booklet and then another if you need it later on. 12.The menus in the restaurants were varied and the food was very good. Service in the restaurants was efficient and made for a relaxing meal. The freestyle dining works well for those who do not like to be on a schedule. Raffles was crowded each morning for breakfast. Windows was a beautiful restaurant but being located at the back of the boat creates noise and motion and takes away from the ambiance. 13.The waffle and omelet lines in Raffles were long and slow but were both very good once you got your food. Food was always available in at least one location as was room service. 14.The on board activities were interesting. I would highly recommend the adults only game The Quest, as long as you have no inhibitions. 15.The ship was clean and well maintained. Occasionally I would see empty glasses in the elevators and in other areas. Our ship was filled to capacity so I thought this may have been a result of that. 16.The crew is constantly offering picture opportunities and will post them in the gallery on the 8th deck. While it is enjoyable to look at these pictures, they charge a fortune for them. They would sell more if they charged less for each picture. An 8x10 picture cost $45. 17.They do a great job with fun activities for those teenagers between 13-16, such as a toga party and nightly parties in the celebrity disco. The nightly party was the only time the teenagers used the disco though which seemed like a waste. 18.There was a lack of deck chairs and deck space on the days at sea. Towels were being put on chairs at 6am and not used until much later in the day. 19.If you fail to return your beach towel, you will assessed a $25 fee. 20.You are assessed a $5 fee for each bucket of beer purchased. It is refunded when the bucket is returned.