We have sailed NCL in the past-this was the first time that we've done the western Caribbean.
HOTEL: We stayed at the Radisson Downtown Miami We booked the hotel through NCL-we were not told that the hotel had been sold and was now the Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, and was undergoing extensive renovations. The room we were in on the 6th floor was dirty-there were holes and stains on the carpet, there was visible mold on the trim. Hopefully the renovations will be finished soon. Having never been to Miami, I don't know if the price was good or not.
EMBARKATION: The transfer from hotel to port went smoothly-we were put on a motor coach and taken to the port. The stevedores/porters at the port of Miami-rude and basically useless. (NCL staff is not allowed to work outside the ship/terminal area-which is a pity because we got great service from everyone on board) Easy check in-photo taken, key card obtained, and up to seven seas for lunch.
ROOM: We were on Deck 4-Biscayne Deck-outside stateroom w/ large porthole. The room was small, but there was enough storage areas, the bed was made into a king, Our Steward, Abraham, was tops!!! He made sure we had everything we needed. The bed was comfortable enough-good climate control
FOOD: We ate at every restaurant except Ginza/Teppanyaki Seven Seas/Four Seasons-Main dining rooms-Some things very good, others not great. Service was good. Pacific Heights-very good- Meatloaf was excellent, Le Bistro- French/Mediterranean - we paid extra for the chef's tasting menu-food and service excellent East Meets West-steakhouse-best of all Il Adagio-very good-italian. Las Ramblas-tapas/appetizers-ok, some days better than others. Chocoholic buffet-ok, nothing really stood out. "Sprinkles" for ice cream was great when you wanted a cool snack Buffets-hit or miss- I stuck mainly to fresh fruits, salads, cold cuts. Breakfasts-I did the omelet station and waffle station, bacon was crisp. Hard boiled eggs, or cereal and fruit. if you ate in the dining rooms, you could get eggs any way you wanted. I stuck to hot dogs and burgers/sandwiches for lunch. One big thing-the coffee is BAD--we brought our own coffee and filters and brewed it in our room.
PORTS of CALL: Roatan, Honduras-We did the Tabayana beach party-fabulous!!! awesome snorkeling, clean beach, had a barbecue lunch- it was alright, burgers/dogs/chicken, rice and beans, cole slaw. Ice tea and water. The town itself is typical third world-very dirty, stark poverty. Be prepared to be accosted at every turn by street vendors or children looking for money. It is very sad. Belize-The Altun Ha/Belize city tour was well worth it. Our tour guide, Rudy, was very friendly and knowledgeable. Shopping was better-great deals on perfume. Cozumel-we booked Nachi Cocum through the tourist association. it's a 15.oo cab ride each way, 49.00/person, excellent food, great beach, food and drinks all inclusive. Shopping-we stuck to the duty free shops, and the bigger stores. 2 big party bars Senor Frogs and Carlos and Charlies, too wild for us.
ENTERTAINMENT:The entertainment was good, we bought some art at the auction, good library/game room, trivia and crafts were fun the bands were good, Linda, the cruise director was very vivacious and friendly.
DISEMBARKATION: Not a problem, although they stopped calling colors around 9:45 there were about 4 left-we would have waited forever (we were the last color-pink) had we not walked up to six, and got off the ship. Breezed through customs, and back to our hotel to fly out on Sunday.
All in all it was a very good trip. I would definitely sail with NCL again.