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24 Bahamas Fitness Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise to leave from NY and not have to deal with airports. The ship was beautiful and clean. The food at every restaurant was excelllent. My luggage was broken in transport to my room. I filed a report and hoped they ... Read More
We chose this cruise to leave from NY and not have to deal with airports. The ship was beautiful and clean. The food at every restaurant was excelllent. My luggage was broken in transport to my room. I filed a report and hoped they would replace on the ship so I could transport my personal belongings back home. I contacted Customer Service twice after and received no response. We were supposed to have 3 beach days. The 2nd day was the private Island in the Bahamas. The weather was perfect but they said the tender couldn't go to the island due to wind. We were stuck on an overcrowded ship with over 1,500 kids who were allowed in the adult only pool and hot tub. Everyone complained about people reserving chairs that they didn't even use. On the last day, finally, the staff put stickers on the chair with times so if people didn't come to their chair, they would take the towels off. When you leave from NY, you expect 3 out of the 8 days to be at a beach. We got shortchanged without any compensation. the spa on the ship is beautiful, but very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I picked Norwegian Cruise Line because it departed from New York City. The embarkation was not easy. It took way too long for a handicapped person to complete the onboarding process even I went through the special need line. The ship is a ... Read More
I picked Norwegian Cruise Line because it departed from New York City. The embarkation was not easy. It took way too long for a handicapped person to complete the onboarding process even I went through the special need line. The ship is a smaller ship compare to other Norwegian ships or other cruise lines. The cabin is also small compare to other cruise lines especially the bathroom. However, I love the food option on the ship except the food at Orchid Garden which was horrible, it was way too salty. Also, the handicapped areas at Garden Cafe were always occupied. The cruise staffs should help the special needed passengers. All shows at Stardust theater were magnificent except the comedy show which was not funny at all. Yet, the services on the ship was exceptional. The cruise staff for activities were super friendly and helpful especially the girls named Sarah and Ranya. I'd like to try different ship from Norwegian next time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Went on this cruise on September 1-8, review posted on this site, and decided to get away for a quick vacation and maintain the tan now that the weather is turning. Get to the port and being a Platinum member I go to the expedited line to ... Read More
Went on this cruise on September 1-8, review posted on this site, and decided to get away for a quick vacation and maintain the tan now that the weather is turning. Get to the port and being a Platinum member I go to the expedited line to get my ship card. Waiting with 3 people in front of me 10 minutes, 15, 30 45 minutes with no movement on the line, meanwhile the long, serpentine line is moving. Turns out the computers were down on our end. Almost an hour later they decide to move us over to the Haven check-in. Why did this take almost an hour to make this call? You have multiple repeated customers standing in one spot without moving and it takes you this long to apply customer service when you have 3 reps at the Haven check-in sitting there, mind-boggling. Finally, I get to my cabin and the toilet is not wasn't flushing, OK, maybe by the time I get back from dinner. Still not working so I call the front desk who noted it and will get back to me. Went around the ship and on my return saw a message from them and it said the toilet should be working fine, it wasn't. Called back and they said they'll notify the plumber. Long story short after multiple calls it never worked that day/night, next day till 7 p.m. Sunday finally. Being a Platinum member I get 2 free dinners for 2 at Cagneys (with a bottle of wine) and La Cucina, Here's the kicker - being I travel solo they won't allow you to order 2 entree's but what they will do is give you 1 entree' and charge you $4.80 if you want a Caesar Salad, picture attached, even though the dinner they don't give you they're selling to someone else. So the moral of the story is the next time you go on a cruise, and get free dinners for 2, look for someone to accompany you so you wont lose out. Actually this website should have a whole section for future solo cruisers just dedicated for this purpose. What they should do in reality is give single certificates for dinner so instead of 2 dinner for two tickets have 4 dinner for one tickets. The one bright spot in this cruise was the excursion The Orlando Eye Sea-Life Auarium & Madame Tussauds which includes the Star Flyer swing ride the world's tallest. This place is so laid back and really nice to walk around in. You don't feel rushed like Disney and everything is very close to each other, fantastic trip. Of course the personnel on the ship is great and I have nothing bad to say about them and I like the smaller Gem-sized ships but they really need to up their game. I have one more CruiseNext credit left and after that I am going to seriously think about continuing with NCL, even after 13 cruises. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I wasn't super impressed with the cleanliness of my room, to be honest. There seemed to be some dust, or maybe mold - the first night, my nose was going crazy. Also, aren't cruises supposed to have a ton of entertainment? I feel ... Read More
I wasn't super impressed with the cleanliness of my room, to be honest. There seemed to be some dust, or maybe mold - the first night, my nose was going crazy. Also, aren't cruises supposed to have a ton of entertainment? I feel like I was waiting for events the whole time. The food was okay. The breakfast was great, even though my girlfriend didn't really bother eating most of the stuff that was served. The dinners we found to be great. We weren't exactly "impressed", but we at least enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, so we have nothing really to complain about this. My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the music! There were live bands, and we actually got to hang out with one of the guitarists after their set. He was super cool, and he kind of made the trip worth it. We also appreciated the nearby parking with Instapark once we got back to the mainland. Overall not a bad time, but not really impressed, to be honest. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Chosen for port of Embarkation and cost. Unfortunately, with everyone telling me how great cruises are, etc. It set a level of expectation that I didn't feel was met. The soups were too salty, the Omelette station was too slow, ... Read More
Chosen for port of Embarkation and cost. Unfortunately, with everyone telling me how great cruises are, etc. It set a level of expectation that I didn't feel was met. The soups were too salty, the Omelette station was too slow, worse since there were two people preparing them and then oiling the pan AND spraying it. The Cafe Promenade which catered to the out of hours dining rooms featured pizza, tea sandwiches and salads. But Ni's winning smile was worth the trip. The schedule should have been given for the entire length of the cruise instead of daily. It would help you plan your itinerary better when there was an overlap, which forced you to sometimes make the wrong decision if you didn't think you'd get a second opportunity, It seemed kind of silly that the photography gallery was inaccessible when the cash registers weren't open. It's obviously for upselling purposes but if I could have the opportunity to review my images on MY time I might have purchased more, I hate being rushed. The drink and wi-fi sales the last two days were last minute marketing gimmicks which was a waste of time. It might help those of us who don't drink enough to justify a drink package, especially if your partner doesn't drink. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
What I did like about this cruise is that we got a cheap upgrade to a balcony on the forward of the ship. We arrived at the port at 9am and were surprised to get parked so quickly especially in NYC. The Embarkment went well. The food, ... Read More
What I did like about this cruise is that we got a cheap upgrade to a balcony on the forward of the ship. We arrived at the port at 9am and were surprised to get parked so quickly especially in NYC. The Embarkment went well. The food, the steward, and cleanliness was all good. Food was available 24/7 and not just junk food like pizza. The shows were all good except the Rock of Ages show was not appropriate for a cruise ship, maybe it would be best for a Vegas adult sex show, It was lack of taste for a cruise ship. The gym and equipment was good. Problems on this ship included language barriers and lack of knowledge of the workers. Many adult areas such as adult clubs and adult karaoke had children there which made it not an adult time at all. Little kids on the dance floor dancing while adults are gyrating with adult music is not cute. This decreased any adult time since there was minimal private areas for adults. Private areas came at an extra fee!! Children were running up and down the stairs, through the hallways by staterooms all hours of the night and playing on the dance floor in the restaurant dance area where couple where trying to dance. It seemed like no one was in control or authority to set limits on the cruisers who thought this was acceptable. Disembarkment was a nightmare with no organization so everyone tried to leave the ship at the same time so you could imagine that disaster! We were to leave at 9:20am and got off the ship at 1pm. Not impressed with Norwegian at all. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We choose this cruise to see what Norwegan had to offer as we sailed from NY and it was difficult to with all of the traffic and arrangements. We really did enjoy the drink package as this was our first time it fit into the budget and that ... Read More
We choose this cruise to see what Norwegan had to offer as we sailed from NY and it was difficult to with all of the traffic and arrangements. We really did enjoy the drink package as this was our first time it fit into the budget and that was a plus. The kids stuff ( slides tubes/ rock climbing) had limited hours and we could not use it .. The fitness center was up to date, big and we utilized it everyday. The broad way shows: Burn the Floor was awesome, Rock of ages was well done.... Unfortunately the comedians were dry and stale.. Every 4th joke was humorous compared to Carnival or Royal Carb.. The pool entertainment was great as there was a Reggae band and the Bar staff kept up with the drink demands. The facilities were poor as our toilet only flushed once per day as we called everyday.. We did not care for making a reservation every night for dinner especially as this was not speciality dining. For the price ( $ 4,000) for a family of 3 with a ocean/ balcony view we felt we over paid. Sincerely Michigan Cruisers Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I'm sure that there are many cruise lines that are willing to offer more at a little higher rate. For a first timer this was an opportunity to get my "feet wet". The value was good for the services received. The breakaway ... Read More
I'm sure that there are many cruise lines that are willing to offer more at a little higher rate. For a first timer this was an opportunity to get my "feet wet". The value was good for the services received. The breakaway was clean. The cabin was clean and all surrounding public area such a bathrooms, stairs, hallways etc. The vocal entertainment was spot on. The bar tendering staff on decks 15, 16 & 17 where the best. The dining staff that i dealt with where also pleasant. Shore excursions i personally give 2thumbs down or 2 stars. #1. I wasn't sure if it was choppy waters or a poison sea snake in the beach water to norwegian's private islands. (Funds where refunded) #2.coco beach not quit a day at the beach. Too windy and dirty. #3.bahamas the weather was warm but only 1 day at dock. Even though ship docked the night b4. Food was decent and pretty much the same in most compliment dining rooms and buffet, unless you go asian or specialty dining. These spots served quality food and service. I'm a person who can find enjoyment in the worst possible case. I did just that. What others found unpleasant i made pleasant. Even a few racist. I met amazing and interesting people. I would advise all first timers and vets cruiser to never gave up the credit cards to load your ship payment card. I received $150 on board spending and added cash as needed. Carry only 1 card and use it for emergencies only. And cash out your card the final night and get back or clear up your account in cash. Who want to wait for a surprise bill in the mail.? Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The ship, crew and food were first rate. Million Dollar Quartet was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Definitely will see again. The comedians were awful. Attended the 18+ show and expected to be in tears laughing ... Read More
The ship, crew and food were first rate. Million Dollar Quartet was one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Definitely will see again. The comedians were awful. Attended the 18+ show and expected to be in tears laughing so hard from the wealth of material available. Barely broke a smile.. Very unfortunate, Shore excursions overpriced and not very good value. Harvest Key, Norwegian's own island was a waste of time. You can get a tan on the boat just as easy and use your drink package as well. Every stop you would see the same watches, cheap jewelry, bamboo sheets for sale. Annoying the third and fourth port of call as you have to walk right thru the stores every time you get on and off the ship. What upset me the most was the amount of money the casino was taking from the passengers. I do understand that the boat is a business that is supposed to make money. However there is a limit between making money and gouging your customers. Eg 1. Blackjack tournament with a $500 prize. The boat took over $1800 in entries. $1300 profit is really greedy. Eg 2. Texas Hold-em Tournament. Over $2800 in entries, 3 prizes totaling just over $2100 were given out. $700 profit for a 3 hour tourney. Eg 3. The hold-em poker table took a 10% rake of every hand. That amounted to $250-400/hour depending on the size of the hands. The boat was the only winner. As I said the boat is a business to make money, but greed and gouging of your passengers is not the way to do business. I hope they change their ways. Finally, paying for water. $6.75 for a 2 litre bottle. 1/2 gallon in the US. More greed. If you didn't buy their water package and you went to a drink station to fill up a water container you were made to feel guilty like you were stealing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
If this is your cup of tea, then please excuse me, but to me, it felt like a vacation at Bloomingdale's with a pool. Too many people, too much "gotta get there at X time and get it before you". It was not very relaxing. ... Read More
If this is your cup of tea, then please excuse me, but to me, it felt like a vacation at Bloomingdale's with a pool. Too many people, too much "gotta get there at X time and get it before you". It was not very relaxing. "Ooh, gotta pay $200 to swim with the caged dolphins" (hellooo Peta?). Everybody slowly waddles and gets in your way, attempts to eat/waste too much food, get in front of you, and generally qualifies as poster children for health issues. Now, that said, the kids had a great time with their friends wandering around in controlled freedom, as they could not get off the boat. Eating whenever they wanted to, and generally staying out of our hair. There were enough things to keep them occupied (as long as they could spend MORE money in the arcade _ i.e, if you’re clueless going on, they give minors credit), and you signed up and paid MONTHS in advance for whatever activity. This kind of trip is definitely for the "must do, do, do" people. Everything was on the clock. On the boat, off the boat, this time, that time, "oh isn't that so gorgeous", here a raffle, there a substandard piece of merchandise you must have – pages of retarded activities. No peace. For all inclusive, the "up-sell" is on the second you get on board. To get even more granular, all the entertainment is meant to "please all" so the shows are confused and erratic – Le Miz meets BMX bikers – Queen, Queen, Queen, rock means Queen and everybody love that right?. The food was good to a little better which did make it more tolerable (and of course the drink package as long as you drink 4 or more drinks a day), but if you want better, pony up (nothing new in all-inclusive tourism, it's just sad). The crew, were very polite, and at times excessively attentive, which is what it is (I would hide or run when our cabin attendant came by). Even though RCCL is supposedly a few steps above Carnival, they still had all the inane "staff parades" and noisy crap which interrupts what you would hope would be a period of peace and relaxation, i.e dinner. At lunch, they constantly made announcements about how great the restaurant was and to thank the staff (which being mostly not American citizens is another issue altogether). Made it seem like I was eating at a strip joint. And I could go on. So, If this is the environment you consider a "holiday", then they do it very well and the boat is well kept and functional for such. So enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
The staff was great. Everything on the boat closes after 1:30 which sucked. for my prev cruises there was always a 24 resturrant, ice cream and pizza. And also the room service after midnight cost for the delivery. The boat was a smallest ... Read More
The staff was great. Everything on the boat closes after 1:30 which sucked. for my prev cruises there was always a 24 resturrant, ice cream and pizza. And also the room service after midnight cost for the delivery. The boat was a smallest one ive been on but was god for relaxation. The food taste was great but like i said before wish it was open later for the people that have different sleeping paterns.  The rooms and bathrooms in the room were very outdated , but other parts of the ship were updated recently.  But getting on and off the ship was the smoothest and quckest ive ever wet through out of all the cruises ive been on. There was alot of older folks on the cruise and i know they had a great time . It was very easy for them to navigate with little walking. I wouldnt recommend this as a cruise for kids though. NOT MUCH TO DO , Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My wife and I went on one of the older ships, Empress of the Seas. It was very inexpensive. General rule of thumb in life is you get what you pay for. We have been on larger ships for longer time frames and this just couldn't compare. ... Read More
My wife and I went on one of the older ships, Empress of the Seas. It was very inexpensive. General rule of thumb in life is you get what you pay for. We have been on larger ships for longer time frames and this just couldn't compare. The food at the buffet and in the dining room was not very good. The selections were very minimal. The drinks were not as strong and the over all cleanliness was fair. If you go on one of the smaller older vessels just don't expect much! This cruise would be an OK starter vessel for someone with no expectations. I didn't find the activity list to be to grand. If you want to sit by the pool and have a cocktail, this is it because there isn't much else during the day. If you do want to sit poolside, get there early! We see families come and put their stuff on the beach chairs in the morning and rarely even use them during the day. Seeing there are only 100 or so, the staff should monitor them more closely/. For the size of this ship, I did like the 1/4mile track and the fitness room! If you simply want R&R, not horrible but don't go expecting something you would get on a newer ship! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Pros: 1. Beautiful ship 2. Fast internet Cons: 1. You may be misinformed throughout the trip as one question can get several conflicting answers, depending on whom you ask. Just returned from the Serenade of the Seas in Nov. ... Read More
Pros: 1. Beautiful ship 2. Fast internet Cons: 1. You may be misinformed throughout the trip as one question can get several conflicting answers, depending on whom you ask. Just returned from the Serenade of the Seas in Nov. 2015. We were told as diamond members we can get 2 free bottles of water per person per day from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, so we did every day for 14 days throughout the ship. Before I wend to collect the water first day on the Anthem, I called the customer service and was confirmed that's the case. Then, when I went to the bar that was next to the Diamond Lounge, the bar attendant told me "You don't deserve it". Later, the concierge told me the Serenade got it wrong. It's one thing you got it wrong one time; it hard to dispute that every bar attendant on the Serenade was wrong for 14 days. 2. Chaos in the Windjammer Usually when you enter the Windjammer, you can see the food from far away. This was not the case in the Anthem; all you saw was people, droves of people. There's no direction, thus there's no beginning or end of the line. People cut in right in front of you or bumped into you w/o even an "excuse me". 3. Food Seemed everyday was the same food in the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. For 4 days straight, I had nothing but chips w/ salsa and same vegetables. Moreover, everywhere seemed to be out of supplies throughout the week, such as Windjammer had no maple syrup one morning, and Promenade had no Camomile tea the last night. 4. Technology Technology is great only if it works. For our cabin door, unless you slammed really hard, most of the time, it's ajar. I wish someone could have taught us how to flush for the first time b/c there's no button to touch. You just stood there & tried to figure out every way you can to make the toilette to flush. If there's a toilette seat holder on the wall, you would expect to see the cover sheets, but I saw none throughout the public restroom during the entire stay. The robotic drink mixer looked great on TV, but it didn't work when I ordered my drink, and the bar attendant was so frantic and frustrated that there never a smile on her face. 5. Fitness place You would expect there are plenty of mats in the fitness room for a ship that holds 4900 passengers. In reality, there had less than 15. The 1st morning when I went to work out at 7:15, there was no mat left. I had to request a special one to be reserved for me, and I did feel obligated to get up early every morning to do work out. The worst part was I could never find the fitness staff onsite to learn how to use certain equipment. So, here you go, folks. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was our third cruise with Norwegian. We have also cruised with Celebrity 3 times. My husband and I decided to purchase a Spa Haven Suite since Norwegian was offering promotions that couldn't be beat, or so we thought. The promo ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Norwegian. We have also cruised with Celebrity 3 times. My husband and I decided to purchase a Spa Haven Suite since Norwegian was offering promotions that couldn't be beat, or so we thought. The promo included the beverage pkg, gourmet dining pkg, gratuities, spa, butler, concierge services. We feel the communication should have been a lot better. For instance, we didn't know that we had a separate phone number that we could call to access concierge services to plan our trip. This was included in our pkg yet I had to wait for over an hour on the phone with guest services only to be told by the rep that I paid for this service and I should use it. Once I called the concierge services to see what we needed to plan in advance I was told repeatedly that things were sold out. She seemed unaccommodating and I asked her if she was only going to say no to the rest of my requests. I was told that most restaurants that I wanted were booked, Cirque was booked for the first night, Ocean Restaurant was booked, Aqua Adventure for Atlantis was booked (we went directly to Atlantis and got there was no problem getting it), Clam Shells and Rock of Ages needed to be booked on the boat. To be fair, we did book our trip 3 wks prior to sailing which isn't much time. I was reminded of this over and over even though our pkg entitled us to special concierge services. We were told that the show that we could see the first night for free was sold out even though we were able to meet with the concierge the night of a show 30 minutes prior in order to be taken to a special elevator and to the seats that are reserved for Haven Guests. This is awesome but we didn't know until the last minute. Even the concierge on the boat was telling things were sold out until the last minute when they finally told us we could meet them and we wound up in the first row! Once we actually got to take advantage of the services for Haven Guests our trip was phenomenal but it seemed like the concierge was holding back until the last minute. Even when you go on excursions. We didn't know that someone will have a sign with Haven on it in order to get you on the return boat sooner rather than waiting on a never ending line at the end of the day. We stayed until the end to enjoy Coco Cay but we were ready to go. While frying at the end of the line we finally saw the man with the Haven sign. Our worst experience, though, was with our butler who was mostly MIA for the whole trip. We didn't even know who he was because he made no attempt to introduce himself. While other couples that we made friends with couldn't say enough about their butler service, ours needed to be chased. We mentioned our dissatisfaction to the concierge who told us to fill out a card for breakfast, but our friends never had to ask. Their butler brought a pot of coffee each morning with Danish. They had a cheese and fruit platter waiting for them in the afternoon, or he'd surprise them with little sandwiches and chocolates. He brought them special spa products and was just exceptional. I should also mention that they didn't book the same level Haven cabin (Spa Suite) that we did so their gratuities were not included. We feel that we were penalized for having the free gratuity pkg., even though we fully intended to tip if we felt the service was there. It really put a damper on the trip. The other negative was that you couldn't walk the full length of the ship because it's broken up. I always enjoy a good morning walk outside on the top deck but there is only a puny track that wraps around the kids area and some eateries so people and kids aimlessly wander on to the track since it's in their zone. Also the smoking was disgusting. Who wants to take a shower, put on nice attire only to smell like smoke just from walking on thru the casino or the outside areas. We were told by staff that some of the guests argue with them and smoke on the balconies and in the rooms despite their policy. Our Lavazzo Coffee machine seemed to malfunction. Our cabin whirlpool was broken from the start but they came after 11 pm to check on it out and fixed it the next day. They could have told us they were coming to check it that late. The Haven pool area is nice but the pool is not usable. Especially when people travel with kids and they monopolize the pool area. Now for the good news. We liked our cabin. We loved the Haven Restaurant. We loved the Maitre-de, Edgar, & May, who were exceptional, the breakfast, lunch and dinners were great. Ocean was great. We liked having our own Haven area before boarding the ship where they had a spread of coffee, tea, water, sandwiches, fruit, chocolate, and priority boarding and disembarking priority. Overall, if we did this cruise again we would book a Haven Spa Suite, since now we know how it should work. It's a great value if you get the right butler and the services are better communicated or simply executed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
3 Night cruise from MIA to the bahamas on Norwegian Sky. More tattoos than teeth. Easy to get a room on deck 10, right under the pool. I found out why. Pool area turns in to a Latin disco from about noon - midnight. The booming subwoofer ... Read More
3 Night cruise from MIA to the bahamas on Norwegian Sky. More tattoos than teeth. Easy to get a room on deck 10, right under the pool. I found out why. Pool area turns in to a Latin disco from about noon - midnight. The booming subwoofer could wake dead people, and they would complain. The show was good, a tribute to Vegas entertainers. We enjoyed it even though we got there at the last minute and took poor seats. Nassau was - Nassau. Probably better off staying on the boat. Stirrup Cay made up for Nassau twice over. We got the Cabana and had a great time. Service here is wonderful and the beach is clean and pretty. Food service on the boat is average. Food quality is also average. We enjoyed Cagney's the most (party of 8). Sadly the bar service was lacking if you go off the menu (like don't ask for a martini). I believe that the rest of the norwegian experience has to be better than this. Likely a budget crowd for the budget cruise. We picked it as a quick weekend fling, it fit the dates best. Would have been better off staying on Key West or some all inclusive in Jamaica. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
My husband and I have always sailed on Carnival, but we saw this Norwegian deal and decided to give it a try, for our wedding anniversary. Embarkation was a breeze. We got to the port of miami about an hour before the ship left, and were ... Read More
My husband and I have always sailed on Carnival, but we saw this Norwegian deal and decided to give it a try, for our wedding anniversary. Embarkation was a breeze. We got to the port of miami about an hour before the ship left, and were on board immediately and able to go to our room. AS soon as we got on board we smelled a horrible sewage smell, that followed us down to our room as well. The room's carpet smelled of urine, and the bathroom set up was terrible. Upon showering I realized the drain was clogged in our shower and drained very slowly, so we had to shower in two inches of water the entire trip. We NEVER met our cabin steward. No clue who he was. We never got the cute towel animals that Carnival leaves either. The room seemed very outdated but we were not too concerned as we don't spend much time in there anyway.... There were two buffets on the pool deck, one outside, one in, but had the same food. The same thing was served almost daily. The food was sub par at best. EVERYTHING, even the salads had meat in them, and being a vegetarian/vegan this made it hard for me. I did find a vegetable curry one day, but I don't really like curry so it was just "ok". One morning at breakfast I saw brown sugar, raisins-all the items for oatmeal-but no oatmeal. I asked a female behind the counter and she said, "yes" and just kept working....maybe she didn't understand me. Aside from the rude service at dinner, not so tasty food, the shows were great and we enjoyed both the vegas show and mo-town. We got up and left during the comedy show. Boo. Not funny at all. We did not get off at the private island, but did tour Freeport. We did not do any of the excursions, but the shopping was fun. The weather was wonderful and we didn't know if it was the captain or the what but we barely felt the boat sway at all. Getting off the ship was super easy. No long lines, and we pulled our own suitcases out. All in all, if we got offered to cruise on this ship for super cheap or free we would do it. If we are paying? No way. We will stick with Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Admittedly, this is the oldest ship we've ever cruised on, but after going on newer ships, it's hard to go backwards. Food lines in buffet are problematic although crew tries to direct you to alternative places they've set ... Read More
Admittedly, this is the oldest ship we've ever cruised on, but after going on newer ships, it's hard to go backwards. Food lines in buffet are problematic although crew tries to direct you to alternative places they've set up for food. Food itself in buffet is much like a cafeteria - lots of variety, very average quality. Ice milk from machine when you might get frozen yogurt or ice cream on another ship. Had dinner for $10 cover charge in II Adagio, the Italian specialty restaurant. Food and service were only slightly better than in main dining room. Live band only one afternoon by pool. Other times, female DJ just spun different tunes. Little kids swarmed hot tubs by pool. Compared to other cruises, crew didn't smile alot, didn't greet you when passing in halls or buffet. They were responsive if you asked them for something, although we had two requests we made by phone to guest services and we had to call back a second time. Nightly shows mostly average. Very old looking singer did Gloria Estefan tribute show. Much too loud. Good comedian. Bingo was not overly pushed - refreshing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
If you have toddlers and/or infants...by all means...take this one. Unfortunately we have teenagers 17 and 15....not unfortunately we have them, but the way they put it..."if it weren't for other kids we met, it would have been ... Read More
If you have toddlers and/or infants...by all means...take this one. Unfortunately we have teenagers 17 and 15....not unfortunately we have them, but the way they put it..."if it weren't for other kids we met, it would have been the most boring cruise yet!". My 15 yo son states one of the nights, one of the Disney employees at the teen club was so bored...she BEGGED for them to entertain her!!!....the one that's supposed to entertain them!!! As far as me and the Mrs goes...well...the same...as much restricted the kids felt in their activities, the same feeling we had as adults!!! We particularly don't drink alcohol...which i think is a disadvantage...the adult clubs at THE DISTRICT...a place for adults in the ship...basically were tiny hallways, very nicely decorated , with a bar. The is a so called dance club which we attended...very poor choice of dance music...and when they did play something decent...it was time for THEIR DISNEY DANCERS to hit the stage!!! BUMMER!!! By midnight???....ALL PRACTICALLY CLOSED...NO DISNEY EMPLOYEES IN SITE...very very sad scene. There were otherwise some positives, food - EXCELLENT. Spa, NICE. There is a sauna for adults to share, and one in the men's change room, which i enjoyed ....I'm assuming the same for the ladies. The room- IMMACULATE. The service in the restaurants, slow but good. They showed AVENGERS in their theatre in 3D! AWSOME! The shows?...the mickey golds award and villains were two of them. Not so good. Ive heard the third one...believe...was really good. I was disappointed by then, so i didn't go to it. My eleven year old...did enjoy her kids club....A LOT! So in general, nice food, clean boat, lame shows, no after hours activities for adults and teens, unless you as an adult like to drink alcohol. LOTS of shows for the toddlers/infants. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Recently spent 8 days on the Carnival Miracle. First time on Carnival.....and my last. The cabin was quite spacious and adequate. Nothing special but OK. The service was good overall, no complaints there. The food was alright, nothing ... Read More
Recently spent 8 days on the Carnival Miracle. First time on Carnival.....and my last. The cabin was quite spacious and adequate. Nothing special but OK. The service was good overall, no complaints there. The food was alright, nothing special and frequently lukewarm. Nick and Nora's (the specialty restaurant) was a big disappointment. The steak had a lot of gristle in it so I gave up trying to carve out something edible...left most of it uneaten. We went to a couple of seminars that the spa offered concerning detoxification and herbal medicine and quickly realized it was just a ploy to try to sell you acupuncture or some other spa service. The entertainment was quite enjoyable, a nice surprise. The biggest issue on the cruise was the number of smokers on board and the places they could smoke (pretty much the starboard side of the boat). People in surrounding cabins (balcony) smoked frequently so it was often unpleasant to sit on our balcony. The cruise clientele comprised mostly of morbidly obese smokers. Not my cup of tea!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
We've been cruising on Royal Caribbean for about 15 years now and this cruise had to be one of the most troublesome. The ship itself is rather attractive since its stretching a few years ago. The centrum is a nice gathering place to ... Read More
We've been cruising on Royal Caribbean for about 15 years now and this cruise had to be one of the most troublesome. The ship itself is rather attractive since its stretching a few years ago. The centrum is a nice gathering place to just sit or listen to music, and the pool areas are well maintained and easy to like. The staff and the entertainment were also first rate. Where the problems came in was just about in every other area of the ship. We had a number of problems in our stateroom that never were resolved—despite the cruise going on for 9 nights. Our sink took forever to drain, and when maintenance came they "fixed" it by taking the plug out. Then there were frequent problems with the water itself. Periodically, the hot water would stop. I would turn the tap for the hot water and nothing would come out. Sometimes, hot water would come but it would be erratic, turning cold and then back to hot. Again, we called maintenance, and they couldn't fix this problem either. Then there was the time when the toilet wouldn't flush! Lastly, neither the air nor the heating worked. Leaving Baltimore, our room was cold, and down in the Bahamas it was hot. For a long time, nothing came out of the AC/heating vent. Then, after a number of complaints, the maintenance people "fixed" it by turning the AC on permanently. It blew like a gale for the last two days and nights of the cruise. When I talked to other passengers, they mentioned similar complaints and one that everyone commented on was the stink in the corridors leading to the staterooms. There were spots that smelled like the toilets were backed up. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We have traveled many times with RCCL. We normal go for a 7 day cruise with a balcony. This ship was an older ship 18 years old and we wanted to see what changes they have done and also a quick Christmas weekend. The price was right. They ... Read More
We have traveled many times with RCCL. We normal go for a 7 day cruise with a balcony. This ship was an older ship 18 years old and we wanted to see what changes they have done and also a quick Christmas weekend. The price was right. They added some great things a Johnny rockets, Delly, Pizza place. Rock wall. The cabin have all the new bedding. The ship really looks great for the age. The entertainment was a joke. Small stage the head liner was a juggler and dropped his stuff more then you could count. The main show was so bad we walked out. Some things need to change. They need more food around the ship. There was no extra things like afternoon or late snacks except for pizza. The staff seem to not really care much about the passengers. The shop area is so small that one night there was a riot to get a sale. Im use to lots of different venues for food. This was the first cruise we lost weight. I like the my time dinning and the food in the dinning room was ok. They even offer a chops menu in the dinning room at a small charge. The ship was nice for a small get away but im staying with the larger ships and new ones. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
I'm fairly new to cruisinghaving spent most of my adult life knowing "for sure" without trying that I really wouldn't like cruising.  Eighteen months ago I gave it a try and now I'm a huge fan...bordering on an ... Read More
I'm fairly new to cruisinghaving spent most of my adult life knowing "for sure" without trying that I really wouldn't like cruising.  Eighteen months ago I gave it a try and now I'm a huge fan...bordering on an addict.  I especially like NCL for its freestyle cruising.  I travel on my own and sometimes I like to meet and talk to people, but much of the time I love revelling in the chance to be silent but around others.  I like watching the water, reading books, using the jym and sauna, and enjoying days when someone else cooks the food and makes up the bed.  During a hectic spring and summer at work in 2009, I decided at the last minute to book NCL's 4 days to the Bahamas in mid July.  In brief...I thought it a wonderful value, a fun trip, a great diversion, but decidedly a "3," compared to the newer NCL & HAL ships I've enjoyed.HOTELI flew into Miami the night before and had a beautiful ocean view room at the gorgeous Lowes Hotel.  They are doing some contruction so rooms were highly discounted.  I barely heard any noise from the constructiona great way to start my mini-vacation.  Embarkation:I got to the ship at 11AM and breezed through the embarkation process.  Hats off to NCL for efficiency.CABIN0219My previous experience with NCL has been a fabulous minisuite on the Jewel.  The sandard balcony cabins on the SKY are 1/3 smaller and half as nice as the Jewel's mini-suites.  The cabins on the SKY look exactly like the pictures on the NCL website, so there was no real surprise.  The substantial downside, however, is that unless you can get an aft balcony cabin (BA), you don't get the 2 panel glass door to the balcony that is conventional on newer ships.  Instead, there is one side with a porthole, and the other side is a door with a glass panel insert.  The result is that the tiny cabin feels even tinier because there is less light than if there were a 2-panel glass door.  There was just enough storage space for my stuff (and I travel pretty light, with only 3/4 of my suitcase full)...so I can't imagine what 2 people do with their stuff.   The bathroom is also tiny with a elfin shower and stick-to-your-skin shower curtin. The rug was a bit on the frayed side and the 4 foot love seat had seen better days, but the cabin decor was bright & cheerywhite walls with framed Impressionist reproductions.  SERVICEConsistently cheerful & polite.  I was sorry to not get any towel animals, but happy to have clean towels and otherwise totally adequate service.  SPAI had a massage, a facial, a manicure & pedicure.  The first 2 were overpriced and not very good; the last 2 were just fine.  The area for the SPA is relatively small so the waiting room is crowded.  Instead of the glamorous spa I've come to enjoy on newer ships, the one on the SKY is sort of like a standard shoreside local beauty parlor.  Nothing special.  DININGI ate at 2 of the specialty restaurantsCagney's & Le Bistro.  Both were decent and worth the cover charge.  I ate in the main dining rooms a couple of times.  The food was OK, though not great.  But considering what I'd paid for the cruise, I thought it fine.  Most of the time I ate in the Garden cafethe buffet line.  It was more crowded and not as well laid out as the newer NCL ships, but adequate.  OTHER ASPECTS of This CRUISEOne more downside of this older ship is that there isn't a really nice place to just sit and read.  The libracy is just an inner corridor with a few not very commfortable chairs.  There isn't an observation lounge with big squishy chairs and lots of windows.  But there were always plenty of places to sit in the sunny atriumif you don't mind listening to elevator music all day.  Finally, this was "low season" meaning the middle of summer and the Carribean is Hot as Hades (90+).  This limited the time for me to enjoy being outside during the day.  In the evening, when the ship was moving, there was sufficient breeze to make sitting out on the balcony nicethough not as wonderful as it is in January.  But, as noted at the startthis trip was truly an excellent value for the very small amount of money it cost me.  I love NCL and will continue to cruise with them, though I'm unlikely to take this particular cruise again and wouldn't recommend the SKY unless it was the only option (for an agreeable price) that someone had.  Read Less
Sail Date July 2009
Just got off the NCL Gem 3-21-09. Been cruising for 30 yrs approx 28 cruises. Been on NCL 3 times. After cruising on the Dawn 2 yrs ago I vowed never to go NCL again. Wish I'd listened to my own words; I wanted to go out of New York ... Read More
Just got off the NCL Gem 3-21-09. Been cruising for 30 yrs approx 28 cruises. Been on NCL 3 times. After cruising on the Dawn 2 yrs ago I vowed never to go NCL again. Wish I'd listened to my own words; I wanted to go out of New York and avoid flying. It seems like everything on NCL cost extra. Most lines will give you a key to their spa so you can work out in the gym then go into the spa for a shower, steam or sauna. Nope not NCl, Spa guest only at $100 for the week or $20 per day. However try to get in on a sea day for $20 and you're turned away. Most line have a couple of movies running on the TV in your cabin which change everyday. NOPE! Not NCL you get CNN, Fox News, TNT (Charmed, Bones all day long) cartoons and pay per view at $12.95 a movie. No movie theater or movies under the stars. Most lines leave a condensed newspaper (NY Times) for free everyday. NOPE 3.95 per day but you do get to choose from about 6 different papers. Food fair nothing to write home about. 2 lobster nights (Small) Shrimp cocktail available every night oops Baby shrimp. Never saw a normal sized shrimp all week. The ship itself was beautiful but poorly designed. Like old school. Certain locations like the Grand Pacific restaurant require you to go up or down one floor or outside to enter that part of the ship. Pool set up also a poor design. Most new ships now have a separate pool usually by the spa for adults only with a retractable roof for rain and cold. Considering this ship pulls out of New York half the year and in winter months it's definitely lacking the roof. This ship has, both pools together separated by the band stand so the adults looking to relax by the pool have the band blasting in their face while they try to read a book or magazine. On a good note the staff was very friendly (Mostly Filipino) however I did notice a language barrier from time to time. The blue lagoon is open 24 hr a day so you can get fish and chips or burgers during the evening but I was there with 2 other tables and after being served I waited 40 minutes for the waiter to come back so I could order desert and a second glass of water. I went back there a few days later for breakfast and had the same problem. 3 tables 5 waitresses and I had to get the hostess to get me a waiter after waiting 15 minutes and when I told her I had the same trouble a few nights ago and just want to place my order she asked 3 times if I wanted water? Anyway I guess I'll be going back to RCCL, Carnival, HAL and Princess. Sorry NCL. PS: If you're booked in Balcony 9618 get it changed Now! They are having a noise problem which I was told can not be fixed. It took numerous trips to the purser's desk and finally got my room changed after complaining to a executive officer at the captains welcome reception. Read Less
Sail Date March 2009
This was our 4th cruise together and my 5th cruise total. All of our other cruises together had been with Princess. We prefer not to fly and this was one of our only options. I had cruised on the Norway 12 years ago and had a wonderful ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise together and my 5th cruise total. All of our other cruises together had been with Princess. We prefer not to fly and this was one of our only options. I had cruised on the Norway 12 years ago and had a wonderful experience so I was not nervous about cruising with NCL. Boy was I wrong! Embarkation: We arrived at the terminal in Manhattan around 1:00 as was suggested in our paperwork. We made it through the terminal in about 30 minutes with no problems. That was the last positive experience we had. We then had to stand in the stairwell for an hour and a half because our cabin was not ready yet (unheard of on Princess). We finally dropped our carry-on bags in the cabin and met our cabin steward. We never heard from him again. Cabin: Thank goodness we decided at the last minute on Friday to upgrade from an inside cabin to a balcony! Our cabin was very small with just enough room to shimmy past the end of the bed. We caught a peek into an inside cabin and it looked as if two adults would hurt each other in there! The closet was smaller than we are used to on Princess and the bed was very uncomfortable. We both woke up with back aches everyday. We couldn't even see if there was anything in the mini-bar that we may have wanted because it was locked all week. The bathroom was nice. I liked the glass door on the shower instead of a curtain. Dining: The food on the Gem left much to be desired! It was no better than something I could have made at home and being a vegetarian my options were limited. I had researched ahead of time and NCL was supposed to have a lot of vegetarian options, not true! There was a vegetarian section of the buffet and I enjoyed the lunch I had there on the first day but was unable to find that choice again. In the Grand Pacific there was always a vegetarian choice on the menu but often times I was not sure what they were trying to feed me and ended up with the always available pasta dish which was bland! It may have been nice to try one of the specialty restaurants but I felt like I had already overpaid for this cruise and was reluctant to spend more money. the drinks were also expensive with a glass of white wine running around $6.50-$8.00. Activities & entertainment: All I can say about this is I'm glad I brought a couple books!! The Second City Improve show was the only show I enjoyed. During the day there was nothing going on except bingo, jewelry sales and art auctions. "Extra Fee" seemed to be the theme of this cruise! Getting near the pool was also impossible and the children's pool was right next to the adult only pool! I will never again sail with NCl. I have learned my lesson and will stick with Princess from now on! Read Less
Sail Date March 2009

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