3 Boston Repositioning Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because it was a nice 9 day cruise out of Boston ending in San Juan with terrific ports of call. Of course the hurricane changed our itinerary drastically. We ended up with an OK list of islands. We are able to get ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a nice 9 day cruise out of Boston ending in San Juan with terrific ports of call. Of course the hurricane changed our itinerary drastically. We ended up with an OK list of islands. We are able to get non stop flights from Chicago at $56 one way to Logan, so it is a nice change to sail from the east coast. The ship is very nicely decorated in mute tones with elegant lighting and interesting carpeting throughout. The service was spotty but mostly good. We never met our cabin steward which has never happened to us in the 45 cruises that we have taken prior to this one. Our cabin was on deck 8 near the O'Sheehans restaurant. This was both a blessing and a nightmare. Two nights we had to call security as we had drunk adults running and yelling down the hallways. They then went into O'Sheehans and proceeded to scream there. At 3 O'Clock a.m. we called the front desk and asked that security get rid of them. The second night, the same screaming adults were back this time with their two girls (looked to be about 8 and 10 yrs old) the girls were knocking on doors at 2am REALLY? The up side is that we were close to the restaurant in the a.m. and we could walk down the hall to breakfast. We had loud obnoxious passengers seated next to us in Cagney's as well as at Le Bistro. We thought we were just picky, but we ran into 2 ladies in the elevator that walked out of Tempanyaki as they could not hear each other talk due to the loud inebriated passengers seated next to them. The perk of unlimited alcohol is just not something that should be offered. Most of the passengers drink sensibly, but there is about 20% who must be raging alcoholics. This was by far the most out of control cruise we have ever been on. The ships pool is beautiful, but it is the only one on the ship, so it fills up fast in the afternoons. Luckily we usually get out to the pool around 8am and leave about 1pm. The headliner entertainment was pretty good and the singers and dancers tried their best. All in all it was a good cruise, but we feel we like RCCL, Carnival and Celebrity better. This was our 4th NCL cruise, probably our last. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I was a big time lover of NCL before this cruise. The crew for the most part didn't seem happy to be there. Majority of the crew would walk by without smiling or saying hello. When we were on the Star everyone was happy and everyone ... Read More
I was a big time lover of NCL before this cruise. The crew for the most part didn't seem happy to be there. Majority of the crew would walk by without smiling or saying hello. When we were on the Star everyone was happy and everyone said hello, what a difference. We never saw our cabin steward until day 3. I had to leave him a note on day one to please clean our bathroom as it smelt like urine. Our cabin was never cleaned until around 2:30 each day. He told us that he worked alone although we always saw him either in the hall or in a cabin talking with a woman who was also dressed as a cabin steward. Was never sure what that was all about but I their talking slowed them down. I was concerned one day about our cabin being vacuumed as my husband had put some ice in a glass and the glass shattered going on the carpet. We picked up what we could see but you never know if there were little fragments still left behind. I asked our steward if he had vacuumed and he told me yes. Not sure that was the truth. As I was sitting there doing my makeup low and behold I saw two shards of glass which I picked up. Once again another note left to please vacuum as I was still finding glass after he said he had vacuumed earlier. His trolley was always around but never him. The specialty restaurants we just okay. Service was below par. We ate at the dining room twice, once for breakfast and once for lunch, it was okay. We ate at the specialty restaurants 9 times other than that we either went to Bamboo the asian restaurant or OSheehan's. We enjoyed OSheehan's for breakfast although service could be hit and miss. Chicken wings are great. They ran out of english muffins, diet lemon lime soda and pino Grigio wine was running low. These were just the things that we ordered that we knew they ran out of. On numerous occasions when I did ask for Pino Grigio wine if they didn't have it they told me to go try another bar. I guess my fare didn't pay for service? I did go down to the wine bar and got my own on my way back up to OSheehan's I stopped by Guest Services and the woman was very apologetic and asked if I would please talk to the head of bar services. He said that I should never have been told to go find my own and he spoke to the server. Let me just say after this it did happen 3 more times after that at which point I just gave up, service was just poor to say the least. I have an allergy to some wines as is why I stick to Pino Grigio. Around day 8 I was told they were running low on this wine, interesting. So one night at OSheehan's I ordered a glass of Pino. I took one sip and knew it wasn't Pino Grigio as I started breaking out in hives and sweating. I went down to the wine bar where I was told it was Chardonnay. Needless to say when this happened I went back to Guest Services and asked to speak with the head of Bar Services. The woman behind the desk's English wasn't so good and she told me the head of the bar was the bartender! Another person stepped in and got the Bar Services manager to come up to where we were sitting. After about 15 minutes someone showed up it wasn't the person in charge but it was someone under him which was fine. She came and apologized and gave me a bottle of Pino Grigio on the house (did I say I had the ultimate Beverage Package). No follow up letter or anything. On the Star I remember officers going around all restaurants, basically anywhere on the ship asking how everything was going, never on this ship. We got talking to one of the restaurant officers and she asked us how everything was. We told her that compared to the Star this wasn't that good. She agreed! Said this definitely wasn't the Star, she had been on the Star and loved it too. She told us that she worked her way up over 10 years and that now they hire people via skype off the street and start them off in the specialty restaurants, hence the comment I made earlier about the service. This is a wear what you like ship. We saw people in sweatpants and sloppy clothes coming and going out of the specialty restaurants. Our days on NCL are done which is too bad as we loved the Star. If you go on this ship look for a server his name Is Emory, he is the best. He served us in Gatsby's but was saying he thought they were going to change him to another bar as he would be able to get more days off. Poor fellow only had one day off on a 14 day cruise. Loved Gatsby's bar. We didn't see any shows at night in the theatre as we loved watching Patti and Jose in the Atrium, they were amazing. The ports of call were great, really enjoyed them. Embarkation went smooth we picked early arrival time of 10:30 and were on the ship by around 11:30. We had priority disembarkation and were off by 8:45 and at our hotel in the French Quarter by around 9:15. We had a midship cabin on deck 9, #9622, great spot easy access to everything. The rating I gave it is for the service of our cabin not the cabin itself. This is the first time I hadn't brought my own hairdryer, mistake. I have thick shoulder length hair and it took me over 30 minutes to dry my hair, and the dryers aren't light. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The crew were very good, cabin OK and the food satisfactory. The entertainment and shows excellent. The ship usage of space and some NCL policies created problems. The space usage on the ship was something of a mystery with ... Read More
The crew were very good, cabin OK and the food satisfactory. The entertainment and shows excellent. The ship usage of space and some NCL policies created problems. The space usage on the ship was something of a mystery with throughways blocked off for things like new pay restaurants or for some other use of space and a pay restaurant located next to the atrium. This ensured food odours circulated freely about the atrium and other areas of the ship. The atrium was used for entertainment, with additional seating added each night and stairways to the atrium blocked off. Next they added ship "market stalls" selling all sorts of stuff most of us don't need and allowed the photographers to set up shop blocking off what little space was left ensuring an adventure for anyone wanting to use the stairs or negotiate this area to reach another part of the ship. But that's not all, the internet centre was located around the upper level of the atrium and when the entertainment was in full swing anyone using the centre had trouble first finding a chair as the overflow entertainment crowd went up to the computer centre and used the chairs. The noise level made it almost impossible to comfortably use the internet centre at night and spend the 75c a minute after successfully gaining an expensive and impossibly slow connection. The lack of deck chairs on the promenade deck was inexplicable. Chairs, 11 on port and starboard with smoking almost unrestricted on the deck so no fun then for a non smoker wanting to enjoy fresh sea air while sitting down for a read. The noise level on the ship generally rivalled a room full of teenagers having a party while the parents were away. The daily service charge plus the service charges added to tours and drinks or just about anything sold on the ship would ensure a few surprises at the end of the cruise for the unwary. For the dancers, do not expect much on this ship. When an opportunity arose the cruise directors staff would sometimes invade the floor and jump around forcing dancers off the floor. It was almost as if the guests could not be trusted to entertain themselves without cruise director staff telling them what to do. Much of the organised daily activity was of the intellectual level suitable for a pet dog. The lack of a dress up night meant on occasions some people decided to unpack the tuxedo and gowns as they missed the dress up night and so they created their own. The big losers here were the photographers who are becoming a bit of a nuisance in the cruise industry. Perhaps NCL is too casual in dress code. Well watching dancers in shorts and flip flops and baseball hats, admittedly turned the right way around, dancing to the excellent big band, suggests NCL might need to review their dress code. Ports of call all good, the one tender stop negotiated without any waiting around for a tender which was a pleasant surprise. One big disappointment was on the Nov 11 remembrance ceremony they did not have the Australian or New Zealand flags but all the other relevant national flags were on display, lots of Aussies on board and a few from NZ. Have done more than 50 cruises and decided to try NCL again after a bad experience in 2007 because of the Boston start and New Orleans finish. Perhaps in 8 years we may try them again as they had improved from our 2007 cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015

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