I am 42 and I sailed with DW, who is 43. We did not take our 17-year-old DD. We try to take her on one vacation each year and we try to go on one without her. This trip was to celebrate our 23rd anniversary.
I booked this trip in November when cruise prices were rock bottom. We paid $119 per person with a $100 onboard credit. Our room was a category I inside stateroom. I booked directly on the NCL website.
We flew to Miami on Thursday and stayed at the Hampton Inn Blue Lagoon. It is very nice and they arranged a shuttle for us on Friday at noon for $10 each. We left right on time and were at the pier about a half hour later. We were on the ship by 12:45. The Miami crew has their act together and we breezed through embarkation and right onto the ship where we were greeted with champagne or OJ. We came aboard on deck six. Since the cabins were not yet ready, we went to the restaurant reservations desk and made a reservation for Cagney's that night. We also went to the Cruise Rewards desk and purchased a cruise reward for $250 and received another $100 onboard credit. We now had a $200 onboard credit to spend.
We explored the ship, which we thought was very nice. It was just the right size. We found our way to Il Adagio for lunch. It is right by the buffet, which was mobbed. For future cruisers, try Il Adagio on embarkation day. We had pasta to order from the action station and ate overlooking Star Island and Miami Beach. There were less than ten people eating lunch in Il Adagio.
Our stateroom was ready at 2:00 and we went to check it out. We were very happy with our stateroom. We were in stateroom 7316, which is a superior inside cabin, but is actually on the outside of the ship. We had only one neighbor. We were very close to the elevators and the atrium/lobby. Our stateroom had nice linens, a small sofa, a desk, closet, fridge, and standard cruise ship bathroom. It was fine for the two of us. It was clean and everything worked like it was supposed to.
Friday evening we had dinner at Cagney's, which was great. DW had prime rib, and I had the 10 oz filet mignon. We both enjoyed Cagney's a great deal and thought it was worth the extra charge. We attended the Welcome Aboard show and enjoyed it.
Saturday we were in Nassau. We had just been there in July on the Spirit. On that trip we went to Atlantis. This time we went to the straw market, and shopped along Bay Street. We really had a fun day in Nassau. Wd had dinner that night in Crossings Main Dining Room. Our dinner was good, and the service was great. We expected to be there for a long time, but were done in less than an hour. We were there at 7:00 and just walked right in with no wait. It is a beautiful restaurant and the lobby in front of Crossings is one of the most beautiful areas on the ship.
Sunday we were in Great Stirrup Cay. We slept in and tendered over about 10:00. We trekked up to the lighthouse and to the back of the island. The view from the back of the island is spectacular. NCL is getting ready to build something. There were several construction trailers and building supplies all tagged NCL. They obviously had been barged in for some upcoming project. We went to the beach, had some bbq, and tendered back around 2:00. We watched movies in our stateroom on the computer and relaxed. We had dinner at the Palace Main Dining Room and once again walked right in and had great service.
We attended the rock show on Saturday night, the comedy show on Sunday, the improv comedy show on Sunday night, and laughed at the Quest game. It was funny to see what people will do when mob mentality and alcohol are mixed.
I know it sounds like I am being a cheerleader, but I really don't have anything to be unhappy about. The food was good in the main dining rooms, great in Cagney's and lunch at Il Adagio is a hidden gem. We ate breakfast at the buffet and it was unremarkable. The ship itself is very nice. The staff was cordial and efficient, especially the wait staff.