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10 Bahamas Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

Beware of what you think you are paying for!! Most likely it is NOT SO!! So I chose this cruise being that I had the Forth of July week off from my job. This fit great in to my plans, and I didn't have to rush back to work on ... Read More
Beware of what you think you are paying for!! Most likely it is NOT SO!! So I chose this cruise being that I had the Forth of July week off from my job. This fit great in to my plans, and I didn't have to rush back to work on Tuesday...Embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth! That being said..... I didn't have big expectations for the ship, although the Norwegian Sun was refurbished in 2018 and the public rooms and cabins had the refreshed look, the feel of the ship was still old and out dated. Also, I wasn't aware that every passenger on the ship had the free drink package...so really, this is a "drunk" cruise. Beware! It felt like a half step up from a Carnival party cruise. On that note, one thing I was disappointed in was that there were no enrichment activities available during the day, such as classes or tastings, etc., that I have always enjoyed on other cruises. I believe that that this is due to the open bar policy, and Norwegian doesn't expect that a bunch of drunk cruisers would have the need for learning anything. They did have PLENY of BINGO though! yay :( I upgraded to a balcony cabin so that we could receive the "Take all" package offered to balcony guests. This is where I had the most problems with this cruise. BEWARE BEWARE!!! This offer included the top shelf drinks package, 100 minutes of WIFI and specialty dining for all nights of our cruise. There was also a $50 credit for a shore excursion for ONLY 1 passenger per cabin, but because most of the excursions cost a lot more than needed to be, we opted to not book one. The only package to be worth this upgrade was the drink package. We did enjoy top shelf alcohol (Grey Goose and Hendricks martinis, and a very nice bottle of champagne at dinner. at no additional charge!) very enjoyable! As far as the specialty dining, I made reservations for the Cagney's steak house the first night, followed by the Italian restaurant the 2nd night, and the French place on the 3rd night. After reserving these dining options, I was prompted to add them to a shopping cart, and then 'check out'. So, if you don't have the dining package like I was offered, you would see the cost of the restaurants in your cart, and have the option to pay the upgrade as these specialty places are not included in the included cost of the cruise. In my cart, however, the extra cost for my reservations came out $0.00, so no extra charge for the 3 nights dinners. Or so I thought! On the first night we had an outstanding dinner at Cagney's complete with a fantastic bottle of wine and absolutely exceptional service from our waitress Rhoda! We couldn't wait for the next specialty dinner. However, When we arrived for our table the next night at the Italian restaurant, we were informed that we had been entitled to 1 specialty dining experience for the length of the cruise and we had used that the last night, and it would cost us each $40 additional to eat there. I brought my printed payment proof document down the customer service desk to find out what was up and was told that according to my cruise card we were only assigned 1 specialty experience. I then showed the annoyed rep that I had made the 3 reservations and that the payment came out to $0. This is where I really feel that Norwegian has lost my business forever...back and forth the reps went with each other for over 20 minutes, only to conclude that they didn't feel that we had the bookings according to the "Ultimate Dining Package" that I had upgraded to receive, only reservations. Anyway, I got the same response as many other passengers I had talked to, that they would send a message to the Miami headquarters, and hopefully receive a response the next day, or later. This made me really confused as I asked how was that going allow me to eat at the specialty restaurants without having to pay for them as my package entitled me to? Needless to say, we never heard one word from customer service, or from the Miami office since and it left me with a very disappointed feeling overall for the cruise experience! Also, the "free" WIFI was useless, as neither me nor my roommate was ever able to get a web page on our phones or my tablet...just kept loading, while using up the free minutes! Very inadequate system. In conclusion, I know that this is a way too long review, but I am just trying to warn folks to beware of the so called 'free perks', as they may not be as expected. This cruise cost us over $800. each for 3 nights. I feel that we could have saved a lot by booking on Carnival for a similar, but much cheaper experience! Thanks for listening. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I really enjoyed the cruise, overall. It felt a bit like a summer camp for adults, which I'm still deciding whether or not I liked. Two of the dining room staff even sang "wash your hands" songs with their guitar as we ... Read More
I really enjoyed the cruise, overall. It felt a bit like a summer camp for adults, which I'm still deciding whether or not I liked. Two of the dining room staff even sang "wash your hands" songs with their guitar as we walked into the breakfast buffet each morning. The ship itself was a bit older, so there were some rooms that smelled a bit like feet, Dazzles, in particular. Completely understandable, but I might consider a newer ship if I decide to continue cruising in the future. The staff was very friendly, and the service was truly excellent. We chose to purchase the special dining package. If you are a foodie, I highly recommend this!! It was SO well worth the extra money. The Bistro was my absolute favorite of the three, but we truly did enjoy each of the special restaurants on the ship. We had one night in the main dining hall - it was significantly lower quality! It felt more like standard catering at a mediocre wedding. I may have made the mistake of ordering pork belly, because it was pretty hard and crunchy, and tasted absolutely nothing like pork belly. I should have stuck with a simple pasta or chicken dish. I will say that the house cabernet on the ship was really quite good - this was a really pleasant surprise! We didn't take advantage of the shows as much as we probably should have. I'm a performer myself, and have spent so much of my life in that arena, so it can sometimes feel like I'm judging the performance more than relaxing and enjoying the show. That being said, the performances were very good, and the performers were very talented! My favorite excursion was our stop at Nassau. We chose to spend the day on Paradise Island, and purchase the passes for the waterpark at Altantis. It was pricey, but it was definitely worth the cost. Side note - TAKE THE TAXI from Nassau to Paradise Island!!! Do NOT take the water taxi. It will take up an hour of your day (at least), because they wait until the entire boat is filled before leaving. It's also really rocky, so when you're packed in there like sardines, it gets pretty uncomfortable pretty quickly. Other than our poor decision on that, we had an amazing time on the island. I actually want to take a trip to Paradise Island and spend the week there with my whole family. The Atlantis water experience really did feel a bit like walking through paradise. The multiple pools (beautiful) and water rides were maintained incredibly well. Everything was very clean, and didn't have that typical waterpark smell. The grounds were impeccable. We wanted to spend a little time at the casino, but that fell flat when we discovered that they don't have poker tables! This was a bit sad for my me and my husband, as we love to play Texas Hold Em. Maybe I'll put a little bug in Atlantis' ear about that one. :) Overall, a nice experience on Norwegian Sky. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shout out to our Waiters at Carnival Ecstasy !! Eduardo, Christian and Dennis.. they have been attentive to our needs! They are courteous, always have a smile in their faces.Keep up the good job !! Worth Keeping! Carnival is indeed a ... Read More
Shout out to our Waiters at Carnival Ecstasy !! Eduardo, Christian and Dennis.. they have been attentive to our needs! They are courteous, always have a smile in their faces.Keep up the good job !! Worth Keeping! Carnival is indeed a fun ship!! I love that everyone is friendly and you can feel everyone is having a good time! Princess Cay is beautiful except we have a hard time swimming as it was very rocky and quite dangerous.. Bring WATER SHOES!! I want to suggest a variety of breakfast choices.. a sample of breakfast from other countries maybe? We get tired of the same food for breakfast.. We enjoyed Gary!! He is very talented and full of energy!! The activities were very good!! We loved all the dancing / parties / games they have We love the food !! Better than other cruise line I've been ( Royal , Norwegian) Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise to celebrate my anniversary, NCL still gets excellent ratings so I went with them for our first cruise. The itinerary was Florida, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay (yay!) Two weeks before departure, there was a departure ... Read More
I chose this cruise to celebrate my anniversary, NCL still gets excellent ratings so I went with them for our first cruise. The itinerary was Florida, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay (yay!) Two weeks before departure, there was a departure from this - no Great Stirrup Cay. I understand this happens quite often. I was extremely disappointed as this was to be the highlight and I do not care for Nassau, and then truly upset when a rude rep named Barbara basically said too bad. Not even a small onboard credit was offered for removing the best part of this trip and therefore changing it completely. Cruise specialist Mauricio kindly took my call, and after chatting with him, I decided to go anyway. Here's what I liked: -Beautiful, clean, well-appointed ship with many attractions -Fabulous views on deck and one you can walk almost all the way around (8). -Lovely, clean cabin with more space than I ever expected -**Most important: Gracious, smiling crew members who hustled very hard to make the trip great (thank you all!) You are all very great and your efforts were much appreciated. You made the trip such a pleasure**Very comfy bed; I slept like a baby every night -Fluffy towels and extra bedding and pillows in cabinet -Many included dining and drinking options, including supper show -Delicious food at nearly every meal and excellent drinks (get the package!). I particularly enjoyed Taste, Savor and Moderno. Superb service - thank you! Manhattan Club was an interesting change of pace but too large for my taste -Fun show in theater ("Rock of Ages") - quite entertaining and funny -Movie on huge screen every night, plus favorite movie channel on TV with really good films. And here's what I wasn't wild about: -Crowds everywhere - 4,000+ folks plus crew riding with you. That gets old after a few days at sea -Way too many running children and little crying babies. (A careless child flopped into me by accident on the second day and kicked me hard in the ankle, and his mother pretended not to see. No apology from either. I saw stars, and it still hurts today.) Why so many kids? -Crazy crowded and confusing main buffet with no beverage service. Your food is cold by the time you find a seat. Now go back and get a beverage. Kind of like eating in a large commuter hub with a nice view. Also, salmon mousse rather than salmon, next to capers, egg and onion. Really? -Long, long - did I say long? - wait for cruise services is very frustrating, especially on embarkation day, and you *will* have to go there, trust me -Not everything you are told is true (examples: tips are not optional [which is fine, but say that]; your room key is demagnetized [no; it's perfectly fine, but your account is locked]; the raffle is closed [just ask another crew member], and so on. -The casino is a complete joke. Just hand over your gambling money and leave. You will never win a dime. Go get a drink. Or two -Few dining missteps, such as woman in supper club opening a cabinet drawer and revealing a full silver sauce dish (!). It takes hours to eat there - two and a half at least. -Child-sized adult pool and four hot tubs that are always occupied (sometimes by children, although they are adults-only). We skipped them. Pool rarely used. -Upselling and supplementary charges at every turn. Skip the "champagne" "art" "sale" - Chris should be selling used cars. He knows little about art - most offerings are truly hideous - and is quite rude. ("All Dogs Go To Heaven" sold? It must have Braille I did not see because a sighted person wouldn't touch that with a barge pole.) Never saw a drop of champagne -Getting on and off the ship can be a long ordeal, so either go early or much later, unless you enjoy lines (complimentary!) All in all it was a fun time, but please don't sell Great Stirrup Cay then take it away. Over and over. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The cruise it self was very good. the only thing that could have been better would be more earlier shows/ party having them at 10:30/11:30 till early in the next morning then docking at 7- 8 am and needing to leave then ship to get to any ... Read More
The cruise it self was very good. the only thing that could have been better would be more earlier shows/ party having them at 10:30/11:30 till early in the next morning then docking at 7- 8 am and needing to leave then ship to get to any excursions you booked. you either get very little sleep or miss going to the shows/party. Also would be great if the buffet changes a bit was mostly the same food every day. our cabin had cobwebs on the picture frames, a vent by the bathroom was falling apart. The pay restaurants was a fair value and very good food. we didn't have to book any reservations either and was seated quickly and had great service. all the staff was super friendly and gave excellent service. as for entertainment i felt it was to little. if you wanted to play deal or no deal,bingo, which they did every day of the cruise be prepared to shell out the cash. as for tv its mostly ncl channels with 1 or 2 hbo channels so dont expect to watch much. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
the cruise comes out of n.y makes it very easy for us. There are things we don't like about N.C.L. One is that each time we go on the cruise we find out that less food items are available either at the complimentary restaurants or ... Read More
the cruise comes out of n.y makes it very easy for us. There are things we don't like about N.C.L. One is that each time we go on the cruise we find out that less food items are available either at the complimentary restaurants or on the buffett. Restaurants that were complimentary before like uptown grill is now Margarittsville where you pay. We also dont like on the breakaway that many events are planned at H2O which is an outside venue, In bad weather they are either cancelled or moved to the atrium which is much smaller and a very public venue. The shows do not change we have been on the breakaway a few times the past 5 years shows are the same, very disappointing. The inside rooms are small but our biggest complaint is that there is very limited storage space for clothing especially if going on 7 or 10 day cruises. We are always happy with the crew they are friendly and very helpful. We would like more dancing options earlier than 10:30 in the evening. With all said we always have a good time and keep on going because it is convenient coming out of New York Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was my first ever cruise. Family of 4 (kids 2 and 6). Embarkation: Not too bad, but we were very rushed. Our time to get on the ship was close to 2 pm which I think was the latest group time assigned. That left almost no time to ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise. Family of 4 (kids 2 and 6). Embarkation: Not too bad, but we were very rushed. Our time to get on the ship was close to 2 pm which I think was the latest group time assigned. That left almost no time to start to get familiar with the ship before the mandatory safety drill at 4 pm. The safety drill, while necessary, is painful and long. Finally about 5 pm we were "released" to start the cruise, but our dinner seating was 5:45. We rushed to dinner, then rushed to find the theater for the 8:30 show. We were confused and exhausted after the first day. Some folks are able to get on hours earlier and explore the layout and get a plan in place for the day (and get some lunch that we had to skip, but clearly paid for!). After that first day though, it was smooth sailing. Our cabin was on the 6th deck, so we had a veranda (while small, highly recommend). Room was spacious by ship standards, and we had no problems navigating with the 4 of us in there. Cabin cleanliness was great, and the room host was equally good. Room was cleaned twice a day and we had no issues at all with anything there. The ship itself is amazing. Everything was clean clean clean, and there is so much to do, we literally only got about half done of what was available (never even made it to several bars, the sports deck, or some of the other restaurants). In the end, thats marketing genus by Disney, as people will just have to come back again to do it all. Food: REALLY good.I was shocked at the quality given it is mass produced. Cabanas buffet for breakfast and lunch is easy, and outstanding. Of course, you can go to a more formal spot for either meal, but Cabanas was the way to go. Dinner was simply amazing. Here is the key point for a great dinner : LISTEN TO YOUR WAIT STAFF! They will tell you a couple options that you should get. Do it. Don't vary to other stuff. Trust their recommendations. But, if you must, like me, take a chance on something they don't recommend, out staff went ahead and brought what was requested, waited a few minutes, then brought the recommended dish anyway! And of course, they were 100% on point with it. I got the pasta one night (it was OK), and they knew it would think i t was just OK, so they followed up with an amazing Filet that was a clear winner. The wait staff also really took the time to know the family and what we like. For example, the first night my son got a Shirley Temple to drink and loved it. Each additional night, when we got to our table, a Shirley Temple was already waiting on him with his name on it. Thats service. They also knew my wife loved the suffle dessert, and even though it was not on the menu the other nights, they brought her one anyway (along with her "other" dessert selection). The wait staff was BETTER than any 5 star steak house you have ever been too, and I have been to my share of them. The shows were also well done and the right length for kids. Here are my excursion thoughts: 1. Atlantis - Bahamas - Don't waste your time. Stay on the boat and explore the boat. Been to a water park before? Thats all it is. For $180 per person for the day on Atlantis, its not worth it at all. Its a hassle packing up for the day, getting off early in the morning and then rushing back. There is a Casino there you can go gamble, which I LOVE to do, but figure you are at least already down the $180 per person just to get off the ship, you have to hit it big to offset the cost. Skip this excursion completely. 2. Castaway Cay - Another moment of marketing brilliance by Disney. "Hey, lets buy an island, turn it into another money maker!" It worked. I do think you should get off ship for this one. Snorkeling is really fun and easy to do, beaches are really nice, great food at the BBQ place etc.... My kids loved going to the kids clubs. My 6 year old could not wait for us to drop him off there each day so he could play. It was stress free, great child care, and the adults got to go get some drinks in the adults only areas. Its really fantastic for everyone. Character Meet n Greets - Be prepared for long lines (up to 45 minutes each character) just to get a picture. Its awful. But, the kids love it. Whatareyagoingtodo. Is Disney expensive? Absolutely. But I think overall, if you skip the way overpriced Atlantis excursion, enjoy the boat that day, it is worth it. We will run it back next year for sure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I meant to write this quite some time ago but as usual back to land and back to work and life's every day doings. Let me preface this by saying I have been cruising for 19 years now. I have sailed on everything from Carnival to ... Read More
I meant to write this quite some time ago but as usual back to land and back to work and life's every day doings. Let me preface this by saying I have been cruising for 19 years now. I have sailed on everything from Carnival to Disney to Celebrity to NCL most recently. However, I miss Carnival and looking forward to going back next Oct! I am a single woman late 30's - again also just for reference. The Norwegian Gem is such an amazing ship, the refurb was beautiful, I did enjoy the new look of it especially the photo area. Very hip, crisp and fresh. The food this time around was excellent, can't say enough about it. We dined twice at Teppanyaki and both times were excellent! Love the Green Tea Ice Cream for dessert and we were even there for a proposal the 2nd time! We also ate at Cagney's my personal favorite, service was above par La Cucina we ate 2 nights there, food and service were great as was our server, he took very good care of us both nights! We did also eat at Sheehan's the 24 hour "Diner" as I refer to it, sorry I am from New Jersey. it was good, but wish they did have a better variety of choices before it changed I thought the menu was a bit better. We had beautiful weather for the week a little bit of rain in Nassau but we found cover and all was fine within 15 minutes. We had a lovely Balcony cabin an Excellent room Steward, he gave us great Towel Animals every night and used props from our room!! I loved it!! One of our other favorite parts of the Norwegian Gem was the Thermal Suite, I feel it is the best one so far on NCL ( have not been on the Getaway or Escape ) Never felt crowded and love those hot stone chairs and the hydro pool, so very relaxing. Well worth the money for the week. We were there everyday. If you want to relax what a great way to do it! We did not go to any of the Big shows in the Stardust theatre as they have not changed since the first time I cruise on the Gem ( this was my 5th time on this ship) However, we did enjoy the entertainment in the Spinnaker Lounge, that was where we spent most of our evenings, good game shows, good parties. Very enjoyable and Cesar the Bartender is THE BEST!!! We met him the first day at the Pool and he was the head guy and he took excellent care of us, even if we just wanted a Club Soda with Lemon. he saw me coming up to the bar and he gave me a nod and a smile and I nodded back and he had my Club soda with Lemon all ready My only disappointment this time was the overall entertainment and cruise staff. We were spoiled because on our last cruise on the Gem we had the top Team on NCL and they were fantastic, this time around not as great and I felt it was missing something. Now they may have not had a lot of experience either so they might have been just trying to find their place. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Very good embarkation, very smooth, very quite and relax, excellent breakfast, lunch and dinning food, very good entertainment, very clean rooms, very clean buffet, very clean all areas, very clean bathrooms, everything on time, no delays, ... Read More
Very good embarkation, very smooth, very quite and relax, excellent breakfast, lunch and dinning food, very good entertainment, very clean rooms, very clean buffet, very clean all areas, very clean bathrooms, everything on time, no delays, you can leave Saturday and return early Monday morning, good casino, good show, good food, good drink packages, excellent customer services, director Mr ALEX excellent and very helpful host, very nice we meet him and fully recommended person. He received us at the suite ocean view balcony room # V-11 and from that moment he Helps us to get the room, to get the restaurants, very good disembarkation leaving early from ship to the US custom returning to Palm Beach, florida. It was VIP presidential service Mr. Alex. And Elena Thank you very much. Excellent job. We will come back again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We booked 4 haven cabins and were very happy with the cabins. 7 adults and 4 children under 10 and we all were busy or relaxing, whatever we wanted to do. All of the crew was helpful if we needed anything but of course we had top shelf ... Read More
We booked 4 haven cabins and were very happy with the cabins. 7 adults and 4 children under 10 and we all were busy or relaxing, whatever we wanted to do. All of the crew was helpful if we needed anything but of course we had top shelf crew in the haven. We did have some rough weather but even though our cabins were at the front of the ship it was not that bad, the decks were off limits a couple of times but there was enough to do on the ship. We did one shore excursion in Florida and went on shore in the Bahamas. The weather did not allow us to go to the private island but again there is enough to do on board. Restaurants were excellent, I was only disappointed with one restaurant but that was Because I ordered something I really didn't like, our second time at the restaurant was great. With the Haven package, easy on and off, boarding, during the trip and leaving. No hassles and everybody was extremely helpful. Overall we were very happy with the cruise, I've been on several, and would definatley book again Read Less
Sail Date April 2016

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