NCL has always been good to us. No exceptions this time around. We expected the same great experience and got it. We had an inside cabin, small but cozy. Had a great time enjoying all the venues. Did the Hop-On, Hop-Off excursions in most of the ports booked while we were onboard. Weather was perfect, ship's crew responsive. Enjoyed all the food and of course, ate too much. Embarkation went smoothly. Disembarkation in New York went smoothly also although we had a tight time window for our flight home from La Guardia. Cruise Critic Roll Call posts really helped and we appreciated all the inside and outside information we received from fellow "more-experienced" cruisers, like On the Go Mom. Noticed that the disembarkation for travelers carrying off their own luggage was very popular and the line to get off the ship was long. The couple traveling with us also walked off the ship with their luggage but did it later around 9:30 am. They said their lines were short and going through customs was not an issue. Guess a lot of people now walk off the ship on their own. Would definitely do the New England again!
We expected the inside cabin to be small and it was. But, of course, we spent most of our time out on the cabin.
Manhattan terminal is busy when ships embark and disembark passengers. Don't be in any rush and allow plenty of time.