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gdaym8
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Reading the blogs in regards to the Norwegian Jewel were spot on. Ranking: 1) Entertainment (the entertainment staff really does a great job on the Jewel) 2) Activities (there is something to do every hour of every day on the ... Read more
Matt195
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
For my first cruise it was okay. I wasn't sure what to expect but found very little guidance onboard on where to go, how things work, etc. The Dining experience was good. We had an awesome waiter at the Aqua and continued going back and ... Read more
kphillips71
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was the very forst cruise my husband and I had ever taken and boy am I glad we did. We did not want for anything on this cruise, everything you could want was right there at your fingertips. It was a great time from the minute we ... Read more
MamiSherman
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
We are first time cruisers from Canada, a married 40 year old couple with a 4 year old son. We chose a cruise, as opposed to an all inclusive resort holiday, so that we had a high level of service, great accommodations, excellent food, ... Read more
lindsdb
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
As a first time cruiser I couldn't have been more impressed. The ship it self isn't very large, but it was perfect for the few days at sea. Since this was our first cruise, we decided on an interior stateroom. For an older ship, i ... Read more
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j9inmaui
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
First cruise ever, last on NCL. The ship was nice, did not seem dated to me as some say BUT.... Staff - friendly but usually only if prompted for help - I think I saw my room steward twice, both times because I needed something - there ... Read more
Mrkjrk
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Came back yesterday 7/2 from our 1st cruise ever. Escape made that experience exceed our expectations. Only reason I did not give Excellent 5 star rating was due to the pools. The fact that there is only 1 main pool on a ship that size is ... Read more
eajusa
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
11 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I chose this cruise to see the beauty of Alaska and a lot of wildlife. I saw some of each. but two glitches made this a bad first cruise. 1) At the last minute our itinerary was changed. As a result, I missed Skagway and my excursion ... Read more
pippal
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
The Norwegian Escape is a beautiful ship but the cruise itself could do this A LOT of improvements. The worst experience of this cruise is Tyler - the Cruise Director. He is the frat boy who never grew up. He is everywhere throughout ... Read more
tarawilson13
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This was our first cruise. We took our three kids ages 16, 14, 10. We got to the ship after a flight, at 3:30pm and were able to walk right on. Our room was ready and it was bigger than what we expected. Also, the bathroom was a good ... Read more
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andym888
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
lorifl2 reviewed this same cruise taken the week before ours. I will only write about different experiences, so read hers too. This was our first cruise, so we can't compare to other lines. Scroll to the end for details on accessibility ... Read more
Sandy157
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Overall, a great experience and I would not hesitate to do it again. Getaway is a beautiful ship. The main indoor atrium is called 678 Ocean Place and this is where you will find a lot of the entertainment as well as the nicer ... Read more
vanfamily
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Never wanted to go on a cruise had pre notion of it and wanted no part…….thanks to our best friends we went and had a BLAST!! Tyler the cruise director was amazing, Michael Vejar is the best employee on the boat!! We ... Read more
pat_108@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I have traveled extensively, but this was my FIRST CRUISE. Norwegian Sun EXCEEDED my low expectations. Overall, our experience was a very good one. We could have complained that our luggage arrived at the room separately, the AC didn't ... Read more
gailron
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We are first-time cruisers in our early 60's and chose the Breakaway for our first cruise on advice from relative/travel agent. We loved the Breakaway and enjoyed the cruise very much. Bermuda was wonderful and we'd love to go back and ... Read more
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ramer25
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
As first time cruisers in our early 50's, we thoroughly enjoyed so much about our trip from NYC to Bermuda. We experienced incredible cuisine and desserts in comfy, posh restaurants, and loved the various activities and shows in the ... Read more
TonyaLeigh
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Getting on and off the ship was ran very smoothly. The ship is huge. We had a balcony room. This room is not large enough for four people. You could put two adults and one child in the room. We got our two kids an inside state room and ... Read more
Bee02
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was a family vacation, also first time cruisers. We are a family of 4, and my brother (21) and I (27) decided to treat our parents for their 30th anniversary (50s and 60s). Considering my parents are definitely not the party type we ... Read more
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Alexander van Swieten
Member Since 2016
1 review
56 helpful votes
I've just returned yesterday from my first ever cruise vacation, which was on the Norwegian Epic around the Western Mediterranean. And what a great experience it has been! Amazing ship, very friendly staff, nice atmosphere, lots of dining ... Read more
kaila.petty@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We embarked the Norwegian Jewel on June 4th from Seattle. We stayed in an inside room, no window or porthole. SHIP: PRO: The ship was overall very clean. CON: The ship was very outdated. CABIN: Overall our cabin was ... Read more
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nittany04
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
My wife and I are both senior citizens although both are active for our age. This was my first cruise and my wife's second. Throughout the cruise to Alaska, every employee on the ship proved to be friendly and helpful. The young man who ... Read more
Kate Inverness
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
As first time cruisers we were recommended to the Epic by a friend. We didn't know what to expect but can honestly sum the experience up in one word "WOW". The moment we arrived for boarding we were overwhelmed by the size ... Read more
Shady hollow
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2016
We were on the Joannie Madden cruise. First cruise ever. The cruise was great but the Joannie Madden folk & Irish part was the really excellent part. Don't think I will ever do a cruise without the Irish entertainment part. We had ... Read more
Dcati
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Family of 16, all older adults, booked on this ship because we wanted to go to Bermuda and NY City easy to sail from.Some of us were first timers and some have 34 or more cruise experiences. First time for all us on a Norwegian ship. ... Read more
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Tecuya
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
This was my very first cruise so I don't have anything compare it to. I can only tell what what surprised me, what I liked and didn't like. I traveled with my daughter and granddaughter. Since our cruise was stopping in Canada we had to ... Read more
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