Nice night. It is what you make of it!
This was my 5th cruise and 2nd with NCL.
We drove from near Philadelphia and got to the port around 11:15am. We parked easily and went down the escalators where they had a seating area with coffee and pastries. We only sat for about 15 minutes and then they put us through a quick check in and let us onboard! We looked around the ship for a while. Very clean, nicely decorated and all of the staff greeted us warmly.
The staff members were pushing everyone to go to the Buffet. I witnessed a passenger ask where Windows was and the worker said 'you can go to Raffles on 12', I swung by and told him where it was. We had a sit down lunch in Windows. I got the grilled ham and cheese but it tasted like french toast. Service was great though.
We went to our room at 1:20 and it was ready! We sat and enjoyed our 10th floor balcony. The people on the room next to us were talking loudly and cursing every other word but were expressing happiness about being on a cruise and having a balcony. Thankfully they were only out there for about 20 minutes or so and then we barely heard them afterwards. The room was the typical cabin size. Workable. The bathroom was split into 3 separate compartments. toilet/sink/shower with sliding doors between each. If one were aged or obese, they would be hard to maneuver but were manageable for one night.
Muster drill at 3:45 and departed on time at 4. Beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty as well as a fireboat red/white/blue water display as we exited the harbor! We had were hoping to have dinner at LaTrattoria but it was closed so we had dinner in the garden room. I had Peppered Steak. It was decent. We came back to our room cleaned and turned down nicely. No folded animal or chocolate on our pillow though...
We went to see the comedian (he had two showtimes while the musical 'music from 60's to 90s only had one showtime) but the set up of the lounge was odd. Bright light coming through windows, scattered small lounge booths, tall seats and loud Mexican music blaring-so we bailed before he came on. It was definitely a younger crowd on this sailing. We saw at least one bachelorette party. We ended up spending the night between the casino and casino bar. We hit enough to keep playing and over at the casino bar they had rock music on which is more to our taste!
I was disappointed to learn that there was no room service on this cruise. That is one of the things I love about NCL.
The Blue Lagoon Cafe is open 24 hours and everytime we walked through it (after 9pm), it was packed! My mom said there were still people eating there at 5 am. We didn't eat there so I can't comment on that.
We woke up at 6:30am just in time to sit on the balcony and watch us approach and then enter the harbor. This time with a view of the Manhattan skyline. Had a quick breakfast at Raffles (good selection and quality) and walked off the ship quickly/easily around 8:30.
We parked at the pier which was 25 dollars and very convenient. When the cruise ship left the pier we were pier 92 but we returned to pier 90. It just gave us a further walk to the car. No big deal for us.
Overall, a very nice getaway!