This was a 19 day repositioning cruise out of New Orleans. Many stops: Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Boston, Bermuda, returning to Boston.
My husband & I are both Platinum level, have sailed on NCL for over 100 nights over the past 3 years. Each ship has their pluses and minuses. We had sailed on the Dawn this past December over Christmas and it was not good at all. This cruise, however, was much better.
EMBARKATION: Embarkation in New Orleans is always easy. They know what they are doing. Too many people complain about it because they try to board too early. The ship is barely emptied at 10, needs to be fully cleaned. What do people expect? We always come around noon. Never have to wait in the off-shore waiting room which indeed is horrible. We check in, board ship and then head to the Venetian Room for a nice leisurely lunch. Most people rush to the buffet, which is a huge mistake. When we are finished our room is ready. We've been lucky about luggage, have never had to wait for it to arrive.
We walked off the ship. Felt very scary. Filthy, smelt like sewage. We probably should have arranged for a tour. Vendors were aggressive, I hate that. We ate at a mediocre restaurant. Overpriced for what we got.
We just took a cab into town. Nice shops. Had a very nice lunch at a beachside cafe. Took cab back to ship. Very reasonable. In retrospect probably should have found an island tour. Husband enjoyed his SCUBA diving.
We always take our cruises out of New orleans as we live one hour away. I find the embarkation to be so smooth in New Orleans, They know what they are doing.