This was our first cruise and boy did it dissapoint us.NCL talks about freestyle cruising then neglects to state most of the restaurants onboard have a surcharge.The main dining room is open for breakfast if you are awake and ready to eat before 8:30 am, otherwise you are limited to the lukewarm buffet offerings ,which close down at 11:30 am on one side to get lunch out. The variety of the buffet is great until you realize it's the same offerings every single day of the cruise.Still people fall all over each other loading up plates and the crew will wisk away your plate ,even if you are not finished, if you so much as get up to get a refill of coffee.Watch your plates for cleanliness.I found lipstick still on a coffee cup in the "clean " dishes rack.Another time while eatting we got a floor show with a supervisor dressing down a crew member.
They nickle and dime you to death for any sort of "extra" entertainment such as bingo for $40 minimum and the free stuff is old movies and a limited selection in the library.Of course if you like to sleep in forget it.Every morning around 8-9 am there is either the Capt of the ship or some sales guy on the PA system broadcasting what they are selling that day and you get to lay in bed and listen to it ! And if you are lucky, as I was , one of the crew members will re-set your "do not disturb" message to "welcome" and come in your room not once but twice while you are in bed! Or they will leave you a nice note saying your cabin was double locked and they could not get in it to clean ....How do you double lock a door when you are NOT in your cabin?The room needed a good dusting so I have to think it needed a good cleaning as well.Towels must be limited onboard as we had to call for wash cloths and an extra towel for my hair as you get 2 bath towels per cabin standard .The sink plug did not work so I had to use a wash cloth to plug it when I put in my contact lenses. I wish they had signs in the passage ways to remind other passengers to be quiet as there was a party down the hall every day outside in the passage way.
Entertainment was so so .The music "the melodics" in one bar were terrible, we thought it was karaoke we were hearing as we approached the entry to that bar. The 2nd city troupe were so so .I saw 2nd city in Vancouver , this group must have been interns as they thought charades was entertaining.When they did a workshop one passenger thought as we did that we the audience would be in on it.The heavy guy in the troupe loudly and rudely told him it was "only for those on the floor" .We left then as many others did .We went to a party one night where white was the theme and they were selling white t shirts in the entry area ..we waited for the "party " to begin and it consisted of blaring alternative music.We left and a photographer stuck his camera in our faces even after we both said "no"
I could go on but you get the jist. We did love the scenery ,we did have some fantasic waiters. and a couple of nights the meals in the Aqua restaurant were outstanding. The cruise dragged on the worse the food selections got in the restaurants.Also only one restaurant was open for lunch unless once again you wanted to pay a surcharge to eat anthing but fast food. Daytime entertainment was a joke while at sea. Never again !
The excursions were way overpriced .tip .book the city and glacier tour once you get off the ship .we paid $27 each for what NCL was charging $54 each!