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Maggott
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Chose this cruise to go with friends...first time cruising and did not know what to expect...everything was wonderful...staff was universally friendly and polite...all English speaking...the ship was highly organized and efficient...dining ... Read more
llbcruisin
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I received a Total Rewards voucher for a cruise for two and chose the Alaska cruise because we lived in Alaska for 20 years and have been away from it for the last three. We knew in advance what the scenery and climate would be like, and ... Read more
Harrilo
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
26 helpful votes
This was my first cruise so have nothing to compare with but from start to finish I could not fault NCL. Pre cruise I found the website a great source of information, I pre booked speciality restaurants online before leaving home, I had ... Read more
wslin1
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
First time cruiser. Family - parents in 50's - 4 kids age 16-27. Both parents travel frequently and have high expectations for accommodations, dining and how we spend our time. This cruise exceeded all those expectations. Booking ... Read more
markboise
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We did the Norwegian Fjord 7-day cruise, departing from Copenhagen, in May. This was our first cruise. We were pleased with everything. The food was excellent, the employees were genuinely friendly and the ship was managed very well. My ... Read more
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benedicta
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
My 1st experience cruise with NCL to Alaska from Vancouver 7 days with my family in May 2016. I guess its gonna be the first and the last. CHECK IN: It was extremely crowded and a little bit messy and the lady who served us is very ... Read more
relaxcruise
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We had great time. Lots to do on the islands and loved the free style dinning, it gave us alt of flexibility. the cabin was big and the food was very good and plenty of it. It was great to have the balcony, we could see the stars at ... Read more
Summerlily
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We have just returned from our honeymoon. We chose the Aft balcony cabin. It had fantastic views. The cabin was spacious and at a very high standard. The Ship was very clean and all the staff were extremely friendly. The ship had lots to ... Read more
chuckandcarol
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was our first cruise that we had been on, always feeling it was not for us. Anyway on strong recommendation we decided to try a relatively easy cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines. It was myself and wife who went and....... Wow ! From ... Read more
katharina
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2016
This was our first cruise, so we did not know what to expect, but we are definitely going again. The best thing on board is the high quality and selection of the food. The service was fine and we never had to wait long. Sadly some drinks ... Read more
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fran-matt
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
this was my very first cruise and i travelled from the uk the previous day to be sure i would make the cruise sail time. the check-in at the port was not 100% and once on board people was just wandering and had to ask where they should ... Read more
Cruisingisfunforall
Member Since 2016
1 review
We choose this cruise because it was coinciding with another trip we had planned. We had a good time we booked our own excursions and liked the Roatan Catamaran cruise as well as the Maya Chan Beach Resort day trip the best. the Al Tun Ha ... Read more
Mouteremoa
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
If you are looking for a good way to visit all the main Hawaii attractions in a week this cruise is a good option, but we were a bit disappointed with some aspects of the ship. If there was an alternative cruise doing a similar round trip, ... Read more
Miswmn
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Background - This was our first cruise and we were very excited to go. Ship Information - There is not a lot to do on the ship if you don't drink or gamble. Activities - Laying out by the pool, Game shows, Name that tune, Dance ... Read more
jmiller914
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our first cruise but we traveled with 4 friends all of which have cruised before. All 6 of us are in our 30's. Check in in NY was fine, no major issues, we parked at the port for $40 a night and walked with our luggage to check ... Read more
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Melicia713
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
I sailed the Norwegian Getaway from March 29 - April 3rd. It was my first cruise and I went on my own. I chose the Getaway because they had Studio cabins for solo travelers, which is why I flew to Miami for this trip. Overall, I ... Read more
irishizkmb
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
First cruise with my spouse. Traveled with others who were cruise offianatos but also had younger children so we get the connection of the vacation for Mom & Dad and vacation for Kids. Great options for the children with endless ... Read more
Jab2012
Member Since 2015
1 review
22 helpful votes
First I need to say is that anyone that wants to be picky should never go on a cruise!! I couldn't wait to write this review. In fact I'm doing it as we head to the Airport. The Escape was a very Beautiful Ship with the Wow factor! From ... Read more
slpdrew
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
First I will say that this was our first cruise and most likely be our last. This was a trip of a life time and Hawaii is an amazing place. If you are going to go, a cruise is the way to go to take in all of the beautiful sights. For ... Read more
Princezz_Tezza
Member Since 2016
1 review
41 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My boyfriend and I went on this cruise to celebrate our anniversary and expected to have a great time. We are 25 and 26, so we where happy with the unlimited drinks package and pleased to find that it wasn't a ship known for being over run ... Read more
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madison1686@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
The ship and staff were awful. The food was gross.There is entertainment unless your a kid or a drunk, They catered way to much to partying. You had to wait in line behind all the drunks to even get a soda. The same bartender 2 times said ... Read more
Mvegacabrera
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Not knowing exactly what to expect as a first time cruiser, I nevertheless always expect service with a smile, and that's exactly what I experienced aboard Norwegian Sky. Every Norwegian staff I encountered was cordial and helpful. The ... Read more
Chotejaan
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our very first cruise and one of very few vacations taken together as a family. (we are self employed). Absolutely loved it. We drove to New Orleans. Parking facilities were provided by the cruise line. Check in was a breeze. We ... Read more
awill2015
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our first time taking a cruise and it was so much fun! The ports were excellent, the ship, pools, deck and food were all wonderful. My kids loved the rope obstacle course and water slides the best. The food was really good. We ... Read more
trit159
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was our first cruise. Two adults, two teenagers and two other couples. We had adjoining balcony cabins for us and the kids. Here are our random thoughts about the experience: Embarkation was smooth and easy. Seas were very ... Read more
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