So arrived at Barcelona terminal at approx 1145am for earliest check in from 1230......I was on the ship at 1210!!! abd that was after having checked in, deposited cash to my account (I don't like to use credit/debit cards n cruises as they take large pre-authorisations). Cabins would not be ready until approx 1430 but that was ok went straight to towel station next to WAVES got mysef a towel then straight down to SPICE/H20 the adults only area for some ray catching and how pleasant it was. I had only just sat down on the sunbed when an announcement was made to say all cabins were now available and it was only 1300Hrs. All in all check-in was faultless.
First night in the Studio Lounge/Living Room was fairly well attended, considering there are 128 Studios there were only around 25 people who used the area but I think this has a lot to do with people travelling in larger groups so many staying in studios were part of friends etc and didnt need to use the facility. Anyway instant conversations were started, Nataliem our host had us all intro etc,,,,the only down side if anything was that there were two of us men and approx 23 women lol.....but ewe had a great laugh and infact that very first night 8 of us went to dinner together in the Italian restaurant. This 8 became a core group until eventually on the last night there were 12 of us for dinner so you need never be alone as have already said.
Studios are funky spaces to sleep in without a doubt....I loved them and would definately book again.....better to book either 12518/20 or 12517/19 as they are three doors away from the lounge so you dont get the door noise but handy in a morning to slip a pair of shorts on and nip down to the studio to get ureself a coffee and croissant to take back to bed before a proper breakfast. That was the only minus in the studios not enough space for tea/coffee making facilities.
The ship itself is fantastic, plenty to do and you dont feel crowded even when all 4800 pax are on board. The only criticism here is that sunbeds are routinely reserved by twoel for hours on end and then not even used in some cases despite the daily news asking people not to reserve them and that towels/books etc would be removed after one hour if not used.....this NEVER happened and needs to be more rigourously looked at by NCL staff.
My only gripes were the excessive charges for drinks Â£5 for a less than a pint of draught lager and Â£26 for the cheapest Pinot Grigio,.....far more expensive than either Cunard or P&O. The only other issue is the automatic $12 dollars a day service charge added to your account, have it removed I did, and no I didnt wait until the Saturday that they try and insist you do....hoping you will forget or not bother as the queues on the Sat are long at guest services,,,,remove them there and then and as for giving a reason just draw a line though it....it is discretionary after all. Oh and the over priced excursions do it yourself you will see more anyway!!!
so all in all I would give it a 9/10