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LAnn
Member Since 2006
3 reviews
244 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We had a great time on the 9 day Western Caribbean cruise departing from New Orleans on the Norwegian Dawn from December 30 - January 8. We had actually taken a 7 day version of this cruise in April of 2016, so had a chance to see the ship ... Read more
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napaman291
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
We choose this cruise last minute. We had a regular balcony cabin. Two adults Two children (18,14). Cabin was small but ok. Bathroom setup was strange no privacy. This was the first cruise for our room steward. He done ok but needed more ... Read more
cat613
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Friends that have traveled on NCL invited us on this New Year's Eve.cruise Worst NYE we have ever spent. One glass of champagne and about 100 balloons drop. Cheap hats and noisemakers. From day one we knew we were gonna have trouble ... Read more
lesliefergus
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose to sail again over New Years and wanting to give Norwegian a try due to the water slides and activities for the kids. Boarding-Went fine although the time slot doesn't appear to be really managed. I was hoping for a smoother ... Read more
gibbsmik
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
With the Sky now just doing 4 and 3 day Bahamas cruises - with no days at sea, maybe most have their expectations set going in. I knew the age of the ship and that this would just be a quick weekend getaway - but I still left feeling like ... Read more
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kimmathias
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
My husband and I have two children (12 y.o. son and 18 y.o. daughter) at the time of this cruise). We had been on two prior Caribbean (Western) cruises with Disney (first was on the Magic and the second on the Fantasy). NCL Gem is about ... Read more
Will883
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
I wanted to share a review of our December 29th 10-day cruise on NCL GEM. We were able to cruise in cabin 14500 (a 3-bedroom Garden Villa) with five people: myself, my wife, my 70-yr old father, and two teenage children. I wanted to ... Read more
M1chiganGirl
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
We choose this cruise because it was on sale and wanted to visit some new locations, such as the Panama Canal and Cartegena, Colombia. Went with a group of family members and friends between the ages of 30 - 70 and there seemed to be ... Read more
bluecat1968
Member Since 2012
1 review
13 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We just did the New Year’s cruise on the Epic, with stops at Stirrup Cay, St Thomas and Tortola. On board were my husband (50s), son (10), and me (40s). We travel twice per year on vacation and have done RCCL and Disney Cruise Line ... Read more
jk158
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose this cruise with family and friends to escape the cold of the midWest and be someplace warm and fun over New Years. The boarding process was the only real negative experience. Even though the ship only hold 2400 passengers, we ... Read more
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scotty2hottie
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
The ship left from west side of Manhattan which meant almost no pre-cruise travel for us! Plus, the boat was big and packed with activities. First, if you can afford to travel in the Haven, it's worth it! In a lot of ways, you'll have a ... Read more
weetzie00
Member Since 2009
1 review
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We normally cruse with Princess or Royal Caribbean so my experience is relative to what I am accustomed to. We joined this cruise because we were joining a group trip and had no choice in the matter. Their group services organization was ... Read more
SassyGirl
Member Since 2004
5 reviews
63 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My mom and I sailed on the Breakaway Christmas week 2016. By way of background, I have been on about 10 cruises and she has been on about 6. I have sailed on Norwegian (twice), Carnival (once), Celebrity (3 times), Holland (once) and RC ... Read more
TheyCallMeSharon
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
This is my third time on the Norwegian Breakaway. My first trip was in 2013, I sailed again in 2014 and now for New Year's. Each trip I sailed for seven days. Here are a few things that really stuck out from my first trip to now: 1. ... Read more
macmancape
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We've cruised NCL since 1999. The food has steadily gone downhill with each cruise. This one was the worst yet. Worst quality, worst variety. Overcooked meat to the point of being dried out. Too much repetition of the menus. NCL is cutting ... Read more
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Paulwarns
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our family's 1st cruise (total of 5 of us) and we were directed by our travel agent that the Sky was a good 1st cruise option. We have 3 children 23, 19, and 15. We had 2 interior staterooms which turned out to be great. ... Read more
davidfromglencoe
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Chose this cruise based on ports of call (st. thomas/tortola/bahamas) and positive impression with NCL cruises. NCL has declined significantly in the past 8 years. We have been on four different ships. 1. Service, crew seems overwhelmed. ... Read more
pliebl
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise as a family holiday Cruise, and it was ok. It wasn't fabulous or extraordinary. It was difficult to say the food was great, it was well done, but not great. The best part was the cruise director and his staff. We saw ... Read more
cruisersince84
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Every cruise line tries to find its niche. NCL seems to want to break the cruise mold and shake things up. Some good. Some bad. Entertainment on this cruise had the typical game shows and bands, etc. which is a welcome expectation on ... Read more
Bufferdoo
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
236 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Choose the ship for my grandchildren. (Ages 13-22). While the water slides and zip lines were cool, the lines were always so long, my grandsons were only able to do each once. There is only one pool which is ridiculous since there were ... Read more
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seans13
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Cabins - fairly small but enough room to do what was needed Dining - enough options for everyday meals. Specialty restaurants went above and beyond Bars - Never made you feel like they weren't giving you enough drinks or that you ... Read more
dotlady505
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Truthfully, I chose this cruise because the dates worked perfectly with my grad-student daughter's schedule. When I told my travel agent that I was an older parent who wanted her creature comforts and yet wanted for my daughter ... Read more
andreakbelen
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
This cruise was a very fun week. To start off we stayed for a night in Miami, making it easy to arrive early to board the Escape. The ship is enormous with tons of people, about 4400 passengers. The rooms were clean but not very well ... Read more
pe4all
Member Since 2006
1 review
7,750 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Just got back from POA 12/24-12/31. Traveled with dh58, dd25, dd28. Had 2 large balcony cabins - 8528/8530. - Took Hawaiian Airlines direct from JFK to Oahu on 12/22. 1 hour delay going. Stayed at Holiday Inn Beachcomber Waikiki - 2 ... Read more
CindyAnnK
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
So we were super excited for this cruise. We had not been on one for about 15 years, and the Escape is only a year old. We were a group of 11 - with 6 adults, a 19-year old, 17-year old, two 13-year olds, and one 11-year old. My ... Read more
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