We recently took a 3 night cruise to Nassau and Stirrup Cay. It was our anniversary, but we took along our 16 year-old daughter, my sister and her family. This was our first time cruising on Norwegian and it was a very different experience. Our cabin was slightly smaller than on most of other ships we had been on, but the balcony was larger. The ship was very clean and well-maintained. Our cabin steward "Michael" was excellent. Our room was decorated, we had wine, canapes, strawberries, fruit and champagne for our Anniversary. He was very attentive!
The kids were a little disappointed. The 2 girls were 16 and 15 and my nephew is 10, and they couldn't find many organized activities they were interested in. Activities were limited and participation was sparse. Since the kids were free, they really couldn't complain. We were looking for a cruise where the barstaff wasn't yelling about drinks and activities constantly by the pool and on the beach. This was very low-key and relaxing.
Our only real complaint would be the dinners. We were not impressed with the variety or quality of food and found the service in the non-charge restaurants very slow. Dinner in the Crossings took almost an hour before our order was taken. The service and food in Le Bistro was well worth the extra money. Next time we will stick with the specialty restaurants for dinner and buffets for lunch. Service in the Palace at lunch was also extremely slow. I feel that the Freestyle Dining concept is great, but offers very little incentive for the servers.
Boarding and Disembarkation was very quick and easy. I loved the fact that we could hang out on the boat until 10:00. It seems that even the announcements were calmer and less often.
Next time we want to get away without the kids, this is a perfect way to do it.