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Mushinatsea
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Our first cruise as a family during the Thanksgiving week exceeded our expectations. If you like a relaxed atmosphere without having to dress in a tux for dinner then this might meet your needs. We had some concerns about the open bar but ... Read more
ChrHorses
Member Since 2016
1 review
Birthday celebration / Thanksgiving holiday cruise to the Bahamas from Manhattan. We had a group of 18 people and booked 8 cabins for this 7-night cruise. The ship itself is beautiful and clean. The cabins were very nice. Our cabin ... Read more
haply
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
79 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our second year in a row traveling on the Dawn during Thanksgiving week, and overall we had a really great time! Embarkation in New Orleans went smoothly. We had completed our on-line boarding documents early, so were able to ... Read more
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Dr Marg
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
Sailed three weeks ago
A family group of 8 with members aged 19 to 75 decided to do a trip together for Thanksgiving. While we got a reasonable initial price, everything else required additional cost. Having done primarily river cruises I much prefer the smaller ... Read more
lovedestiny
Member Since 2015
1 review
72 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We wanted to take a family cruise for Thanksgiving Week since we are always home. I did the research and planned/booked for the family. Family includes: 2 adults over 60, me (under 25-30 y/o) and my bro/his wife (35-40 y/o). We had all ... Read more
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nchris06
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
First time on Norwegian. NEVER again. Check in was a nightmare. We reserved a large group thru Norwegian. I was never told by the less than helpful agent that since my under 18 son had a different last name, I would need to show a birth ... Read more
cmsingleton12
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
I travel with my husband and just under 2 year old daughter during thanksgiving week. Embarkation was pretty smooth. We arrived at around 11am and were on the boat in about 1 1/2hrs. I can't entirely say the same about disembarking ... Read more
mdivita
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our first cruise so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but as far as expectations go, I thought the Norwegian Getaway had everything you could want. There were enough restaurants on the ship that we didn't have time to try ... Read more
adcruise
Member Since 2007
1 review
55 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Just returned from our 7 day thanksgiving cruise on the Norwegian Jade and thought I'd submit my review. We've cruised with Norwegian 4 other times, the last time being in 2009. We stopped cruising on Norwegian because over the 4 years ... Read more
kayikci
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
12 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our 25th cruise, quite a few with Norwegian. There were 7 of us.Just like last year we took it mainly for our grand children,who enjoyed the cruise a lot. Otherwise a big ship and Miami is the worst combination. Positives ; the ... Read more
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mikea2017
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
Very disorganized for embarkation, all new staff. We prepaid for soda package for kids and when we arrived was told not on reservation, presented receipt but that didn't matter had to pay again. Staff was rude and arrogant, elevators out ... Read more
lpai
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
NCL Escape Nov19-Nov 26Th, 2016 We were a family of 15, with 6 first timers on a cruise. Everybody was excited which was short lived when one of our family member was denied entry to board the ship because of missing travel documents. ... Read more
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amygirl472
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
My husband, 7 year old son, and me picked this cruise because we never sailed with Norwegian, they had the cheapest price to sail to the Virgin Islands, and I was very interested in doing the Escape because it had the largest water park ... Read more
aslaw
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
165 forum posts
We are a multigenerational family of 11 - 2 grandparents in their 60s, 4 parents in their 30s and kids age 12, 7, 6, 4 and 4. We booked this ship because it had activities for kids and adults. We all had an amazing time!! Because it was ... Read more
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jjfanoele
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our second cruise, both Norwegian. My family reserved a balcony stateroom for myself, DH, DD (11) and DS (7). Embarkation out of Port Canaveral was very easy, arrived a little after 11, on the boat by 1230, sitting in Taste with ... Read more
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cdynok
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Embarkation for a wheel chaired person was a joke. There were none at the curb, and an elevator ride and a long walk to the check in area was the only way to begin the journey. With an excuse that they were "short of wheel chairs that ... Read more
bilparker
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
We had wanted to cruise on the NCL Epic since it's launch and were disappointed when we discovered it had gone to Europe. Imagine our pleasant surprise to see it was back in the US for Caribbean stops! However, our overall experience was ... Read more
gators66
Member Since 2016
1 review
Having been on the Norwegian Star last year, we were pretty excited to sail on the Epic. The travel agent on board told us so many wonderful things about this ship so we were pumped. We invited family and friends totaling nearly 50 people ... Read more
CoffeeDog
Member Since 2014
1 review
51 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this particular itinerary because we wanted a Thanksgiving cruise that visited ports we'd not visited. Being Latitude Silver, having cruised with NCL before, was a nice bonus as we felt our prior experience was good (not ... Read more
Sysdeath
Member Since 2009
1 review
24 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was our third trip on the NCL Epic. Plus, we owned a travel agency that specialized in cruising. My review is based on our past experince on this ship and others. Pros: 1. Common areas were clean 2. Paid restaurants had ... Read more
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mpco28
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We picked this line and ship based on other reviews and the fact Norwegian was including alcohol and specialty dining with the package (and based on other cruises, it ended up saving us about $1,200 in the end). Some of the reviews were ... Read more
Ittybitty2014
Member Since 2014
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
My family and I along with several friends sailed the Epic last week. We went out of Port Canaveral. This was the second cruise from this port. Embarkation: We read the reviews from the previous week and discovered that it was a ... Read more
dhdozier
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
52 forum posts
I am an avid cruiser. Have been on the majority of the popular lines multiple times so I do have a good bit of ability to compare. I am going to review on topics that are of most importance to me and others who sail with families. For some ... Read more
NicevilleCruisers
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We spent the Thanksgiving week on the Norwegian Epic from Port Canaveral to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Great Stirrup Cay. We read the reviews and we knew what we were getting, so we were prepared for challenges. Also, this ... Read more
flaguy321
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I am a platinum member of NCL having sailed with them about 10 times. I took a ten year break and went on mainly Royal Caribbean and Princess. I decided to try NCL again because of their offer. Never again will I sail with NCL. They ... Read more
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