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pe4all
Member Since 2006
1 review
7,750 forum posts
11 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
3 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
Cmm4036
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We had 16 cruisers total for our holiday trip. We had been planning the trip for almost a year. Everyone was so excited to travel on this huge ship with so much offered. To start off, I never even saw our cabin steward. He never ... Read more
bjlo
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Traveled for the Christmas week on the Epic. Our group was a party of 6 with two large balcony cabins. We were 4 adults and 2 teens. Embarkation was very easy. No lines at 11 AM. Staff greeted us with a smile and we were easily on board ... Read more
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Spanier2007
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We are normally Disney Cruise Line Cruisers but this past December we chose a different path to try something different. Big mistake!!!! We went on the Norwegian Epic after reading reviews that seemed pretty good. My wife was detained by ... Read more
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karishma992
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was our first Norwegian cruise. We chose Norwegian Sun because we wanted to go to a place we hadn't before, which was South America. We also wanted a cruise ship that was sailing for both Christmas and NYE. We thought the itinerary ... Read more
Likes2Cruze
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Friends on boarding process 2 1/2 hr wait no water no communication no shade.The computer system went down. They waited on the bus and hr for transfer to the dock. No Hanukkah at all even though the cruise is advertised as such on ncl.com. ... Read more
ljmiranda23
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We recently returned from a Christmas cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn. This was an extended family group of 22 people including 5 families with all at least 3 or more past cruises on other cruise lines. We were highly disappointed in ... Read more
djcoach
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Where to start.... being our first cruise I was so excited from all the great things I have heard from friends about their experiences on cruises. The amazing service, freestyle atmosphere, relaxation, incredible food. The Epic did not ... Read more
preilly1515
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose Norwegian mostly out of options. We wanted to drive from St. Louis down to New Orleans so we did not have to fly my family of 5. With two kids in high school and one in college, we had a very short window to make this work over ... Read more
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metntex
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Our party included my wife and I and our 3 young adult kids. Ship - the ship seemed to be in pretty good shape having been updated within the last year or so. The layout is kind of confusing. We all thought the elevators were extremely ... Read more
momoriarty
Member Since 2003
1 review
39 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise because of the departure port and the ports visited. We have sailed several other cruise lines and have decided that unless there was a specific itinerary, NCL would not be our #1 choice. Too much of the ship's space ... Read more
JulieWhite
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have cruised with NCL before, and had a blast! But.... this was a disaster from the start. We busted our butts to get to the 12:30 p.m. allotted departure time where we stood in line in the blazing heat for 2 hours waiting to board the ... Read more
bnb1975
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We are currently living in Asia and wanted to "sample" the travel options available and this cruise was the perfect solution. Our family loves cruising, there's something for everyone. This particular cruise offered a good mix ... Read more
scotthardie9
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
First time cruiser so did not know what to expect. Arrived in Hong Kong to Commence Holiday on the 19th was informed of major itinerary changes due to propulsion problems on the 21st even though NCL knew of issues over a week prior. Too ... Read more
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Westie8
Member Since 2012
1 review
8 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Eight members in our extended family signed up for Norwegian's West Caribbean Christmas cruise aboard the Epic. It was epic all right. Epic crowds. Epic lines. Epic waits. Epic disappointment. But not everywhere. You could always ... Read more
spandance
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
214 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
I am a great fan of NCL, well I should say I used to be then I found that they started to go downhill and tried RCI, Holland America, MSC and celebrity. I sailed back on NCL in September on Jade from Venice and had such an amazing time ... Read more
FloaterGirl
Member Since 2013
9 reviews
65 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We have cruised on the Pearl several times and we have always enjoyed the smaller ship "feel" of it. The Pearl did not fail us this Christmas. And, as always, we attribute the success of NCL to the staff so I'll start there. ... Read more
ToddKTT
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our third cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. We chose this itinerary because it sailed into ports we have never visited. The ports we hit were Oranjestad, Aruba, Cartagena, Columbia, the Panama Canal and Colon, Panama, and ... Read more
CCCBAYVILLE
Member Since 2011
1 review
183 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Knowing this was 'family Holiday time" I expected children...I did not expect the lack of enforcing pool/hot tub rules where THE KIDS RULED...so gave up on pool time. The extra charges are getting outrageous. I called ahead, I spoke ... Read more
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aracarterjr
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
The staff on the GEM always professional, attentive, and hard working. This was a outstanding vacation. I was concerned about going on vacation alone; I met a 3 people who I spent the whole cruise with and the 3 of us are still ... Read more
Rdever
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Wanted to experience holiday on the gem, by leaving the cold behind us to warmth , visiting eastern carribean islands of interest. The staff and crew were very friendly , compassionate and went above and beyond. Entertainment, service, ... Read more
msonstein
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have cruised before, but never on a Norwegian ship. We wanted cruise as a family vacation for Christmas this year. We selected Norwegian because it met the locations and timeline we wanted for our cruise. The cost was reasonable, and ... Read more
johnmcnally
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
No flights to deal with. A cab to the ship. Great crew perfect food. We had the vacation of a lifetime. The crew went way out their way to be helpful. We had so much fun. They made it so easy to get on and off. THat was a shocker. Spotless ... Read more
msjifyournasty
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Fun staff,Great food and resturant service, great way to spend Christmas. loads of Holiday spirit on the ship including a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. An Excellent way to spend Christmas with the family. Splash academy was ... Read more
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