We chose this cruise mostly for convenience - when our dog sitter/mom checker-up-on was available.
We like sailing out of NYC since we can get there by train. Our son lives there so we can also get to visit with him. This is our third NCL cruise out of New York.
Of our various cruises, we had never sailed north so this was of interest to both of us.
Our cabin - 9712 - was plenty big enough for the 2 of us and had a nice size balcony which was the best part. I had been looking for an aft balcony again but none were available. We had 1 lounger, 2 chairs and a table. One weird thing was that there was no light on the balcony.
Looking up at the other decks, we could see from the angle that ours was larger than the others above us but not quite as big as the one below us. Someone actually yelled from above us to ask if we were in the Haven and we said no - we'd just reserved the biggest balcony we could find.
There was a lot of storage but some was tricky to find. There were no shelves in the closet but I'd packed everything in packing cubes so that helped. DH put his stuff on the shelves under the TV.
The bathroom was a good size, as was the shower. I knew from past experience that was no conditioner (just that combo shampoo/conditioner that I hate) in the showers so I brought my own.
Last time, on the Breakaway, I noticed that they had a sharps container in the bathroom but I wasn't sure if that was standard now - it was! Hooray!
About the TV - we rarely watched it Tthe programming was mostly news shows, some sports, 1 cartoon channel, and 1 "favorite movies" channel. Not my favorites! They also had a Guy Harvey channel, consisting of lots of shark shows. Also not my favorites. Luckily, I don't cruise to watch tv.
Of course, they had the shopping channel and other in-house shows.
Our bed was great, very comfortable king-sized with 2 pillows each. At first, I noticed a sharp thing at the bottom of the beds. Turned out it was a clip of some sort to hold the 2 beds together. I was worried that I would cut my foot on it overnight but I never noticed it again.
The end tables on each side of our bed were pretty narrow but we made that work. The lights beside the bed now have a USB charger port. Yay! Luckily, I read a Kindle before bed so I never really needed to use the bedside light.
We did not take an excursion in New York
We were supposed to go on an NCL Working Waterfront and Lobster pull but NCL had contacted us before we left and said that this excursion was no longer available.
So, I'd found a Windjammer to sail out on. I had wanted to do the Casco Bay Mailboat but it sold out while I was talking to Tom. I had been on that trip as a kid and had fond memories.