We are a couple in our early 30s - I had been on one cruise years ago, and we chose NCL specifically for the "Freestyle Cruising" concept (which we loved). Overall, you couldn't get better value for your dollar if you tried! I really enjoyed reading these reviews before we left, so thought I'd put down my two cents on what we thought ... like other reviewers have noted, we experienced VERY ROUGH seas for the first couple of days ... Gravol became my best friend (I would highly recommend bringing some, even if you don't typically get sick). This is nothing that NCL can control, and the staff was very helpful during the rough sea days.
FOOD: The food in the full service restaurants was excellent - our meals at Four Seasons and Seven Seas were very good - although quick - some would see this as a positive, but we kind of like to linger over our dinner ... once we mentioned we weren't in a rush, it was perfect. We also ate in the: East Meets West Steakhouse, Il Adagio, Pacific Heights and Teppanyaki restaurants - all were worth the money - our favorite was Il Adagio, but thought the experience and food was also great in the Teppanyaki spot too. Our only disappointment was the buffet - like many others have commented, the food wasn't that tasty, and the layout is a bit confusing. So ... we just avoided eating there, which was very easy to do. The breakfast in Seven Seas was excellent - would highly recommend it - much calmer and better food than in the buffet...
We didn't find the drinks to be expensive (although stuck to wine and beer most of the time) ... one way to cut down the cost of the frozen/fancy drinks is to skip the souvenir cup ... you can save $2-3 per drink that way.
ROOM: Not much to say here - we were in the bowels of the boat, in an outside stateroom. With the rough seas, being so close to the waves made it difficult to look outside without feeling queasy ;) Our room was fine, the room stewards friendly, and there was always lots of hot water.
ENTERTAINMENT: Overall we were impressed. Unlike other reviews, we found the comedy to be very "PG" ... it's possible there is a new comic on board (Joe Yannety) ... there was also a great comic/magician and the large production shows were good too (although the latin show was a bit awkward, given there wasn't one "latin american" person in it). We also enjoyed the two 18+ shows (Liar's Club and Quest) and not as risquE as we were anticipating. In both of these shows, it is the staff and audience who get involved - despite a bit of a slower pace than the pros, we definitely laughed out loud.
PUBLIC AREAS: We liked the layout of the ship, and found it easy to navigate. No surprise, but the hot tubs were busy, as the pool had to be closed on a number of occasions due to the waves created by choppy water. We really liked that they made an effort to show the football games in several locations, and it was fun to watch with a big crowd (not easy to find at home in Canada). Also, the Observation Lounge was a great spot to get some quiet if you were looking for it...
The gym was great - lots of brand new equipment, and most of it worked. It wasn't a surprise that it was busiest the first day at sea! The rest of the week, we practically had the place to ourselves.
OTHER: We stopped in Roatan (used Victor Boden), Belize, Cozumel and Nassau ... we loved Roatan, and wished we'd gone on a tour in Belize ... similarly to Roatan, there isn't much to do at the port, but imagine that if we'd ventured out we would have loved Belize too. We hit a private beach in Cozumel (which was really nice) and Nassau has lots to see and do without a tour (getting to Atlantis was a definite bonus!) We were impressed that the ship arranged to stop in Nassau when visiting the private island didn't work out.
Overall, a great and relaxing vacation ... there was definitely something for everyone, and easy to 'work around' things you may not have liked (like we did with the buffet!)