This was our second cruise. Our first was Royal Caribbean, on a newer larger ship. Most of the comments on this review are based on us liking the Royal Caribbean cruise much better.
Positives: 1. We booked 9 months in advance, and about 1 month prior to leaving, we found that the prices had dropped by 50%. We called in and upgraded to a balcony, from a window for $50 additional.
2. Freestyle dining was nice, as you could eat when you wanted and you didn't have to sit with strangers.
3. The magic show and improv show were cool.
4. The pub with the acoustic guitarist crew member was our favorite spot. Its kind of sad that our favorite spot for entertainment was the bar though.
Negatives: 1. We had smokers on both sides of us in our room. Every morning, we were woken up by the horrendous smell of cigarette smoke. The rooms must share an air duct or something, because it was as if they were in the room with us. It made no difference if we opened the balcony door or not. The front desk told us that smoking in the rooms is prohibited, but they cannot enforce it.
2. Freestyle dining is nice, but there are only 3 places to eat for free. One is a dress up place, one is casual and the other is the buffet/cafeteria. All the rest are pay restaurants that are $15-30 per person.
3. The boat was small and old. This gave us a feeling of cabin fever after the first day. Because the boat was small, it added to the rocking of the boat, which made us slightly sea sick a few days.
4. The ship activities were few and far between. It's a good thing there were 4 ports to stop at.
5. The pool was small and not very elegant or inviting.
6. 95% of the cruise passengers were over 55 years old. This is not an exaggeration. Chit chat with the crew told us that Norwegian is known to cater to the older crowd. We did not know this before booking with Norwegian.