I´m brazilian and it´s my second NCL Cruise, the other was NCL Getaway. The ship is old but tradicional, the crew members are great and the Cities I visited the best. What make me upset is an ilegal tax that all onboard have to pay, crew members and passengers, a 25% tax plus the 18% tax for the service, but this 25% we only know when we make the first payment. Researching, they create this because NCL was finned for Brazilan law and give to all to pay what it´s deservers only to NCL because NCL don´t follow brazilian rules, that they should have at least 25% brazilians working there. And for people that doesn't speak English is really hard, even in the recreation for kids there´s no brazilian, I had to complain because my 7 and 10 years old boys weren't understanding much. Roberto the cruise director is the best and all the adult Recreation team were great: Sandra, Clarissa, José, Adriano, love you all. Imagine, a beer costs $7.95 but you have to pay $11.35: +1.43(18% grat, ok) but the $1.99 brazilian tax is ilegal!!!!!).
I live in Rio, you don´t need to pay the ship excursion just around the ship you can go to lots of places walking, Uber is safe in Rio de Janeiro e best price, go to Copacabana and Crist and Sugar Loaf in it.
I went to the beach in front of Canal 3, best place to stay, after the beach went walking to a Mall, went there in Uber too. Don´t go to the old part of the city, it´s dirty, old and not a place to see.
Big City, great one.You can get the drop off drop on bus in the Port and see all. Eat in the port Market, great meats.