This was my first NCL cruise, traveling with a group of about 25 people ranging in age from 5-55. I chose this cruise for the itinerary, Belize and Roatan, no flying and school vacation week. The bus ride from Boston was a bit scary, but it got us there. It took about an hour to board the ship. Leaving NY harbor is beautiful. Weather was calm the entire cruise.
Freestyle dining, not for us. We do not like making reservations. The ship is not set up for large dining groups. We like conventional cruising where you know your waiter, he knows you and your family, what you like to drink and eat, where you're from and remembers these things, a personal touch. The food was OK, somethings a bit strange. Not a lot of english being spoken by the servers in any restaurant.
Here's a list of a few of the things some of us did. Keep in mind there were a lot of people doing different things Grand stirrup Caye: nice but crowded Cozumel: Xcaret through NCL; great eco park, snorkeled through the cave system, had lunch on a beautiful beach, could spend a few days hear. 4x4 Beach adventure Belize: Mayan ruins/jungle cruise through NCL Cave tubing/ziplining through NCL Roatan: Private excursion Horseback riding along the beach and through the west end. Grand Cayman: Turtle Farm/Stingray city through NCL I stayed on board took advantage of spa deal offered 4/20 Jamaica- All inclusive Sunset Beach Resort, directly across from the ship in Ocho Rios. Great place. Don't let the drivers rip you off.