We arrived a day early and stayed at the Barrymore in Tampa. Other than the great bottle of wine from the bar, our meal at the restaurant we have nothing good to say about this old, run down hotel. We went on the Dawn last January 2018 and thought of doing the same time this year, just chose a different ship. We like the smaller ones so we stayed in the jewel class, choosing the eastern Caribbean this year. We absolutely loved NCL from our last trip, not so much this time. Embarkation was very smooth and quick, as well as disembarkation. It’s the in between we were disappointed by. Rude people, dirty pool deck and food were our issues, which pretty much sums up how our time was spent. Breakfasts at the cafe is where we went for an omelette every morning. We didn’t do lunch very often, just a snack wherever we were. We were going to try main dining-once being turned away because my husband was in shorts, other times because I heard Indigo was nothing special. Cagneys was very good as well as o’Sheehans. We mostly ate dinners at the buffet because we always had luck finding salad, soup, and whatever else looked good. There was entirely too much Indian and Mexican food, not enough variety and no comfort foods ie., mashed potatoes. One days entrees were made with last nights leftovers. I did not have one desert worth mentioning other than jello. Even the whip cream for the desert wasn’t real.
If you weren’t on deck by 8 am, sea days by 6 am you didn’t get a lounge chair for sun bathing, which we enjoy doing a lot. lol. The issues continued out there as well. 2 beverage servers for the entire deck (we ended up standing in line at the bar because it was quicker), crap floating in the pool (straws, bandaids, dirt), dirty floors, overcrowded sitting areas-need I say more?!
The entertainment was sub par. Legends in Concert was awful-including “Elton John” and “Tina Turner” who couldn’t carry a tune. But “Michael Jackson” stole the show. The so called “Cirque du Soleil” entertainer juggler was mind numbing. OMG, the 4 girls were so off tune my ears hurt.
I had an opportunity to visit the spa for some pain management acupuncture with Dr Jin- she is amazing with a capital A!
Our room steward Rosario was very attentive and greeted us every day.
If you have the opportunity to go on NCL, just choose a different ship. Unfortunately after this trip my husband is considering other cruise lines. We do have a trip in the works on the Dawn next year, let’s hope they delight us as much as 2018!!
Outstanding beach, Soggy Dollar and one very frightening magician! (per a couple on the excursion)View All 109 Jost Van Dyke Reviews
On our own, walking around town.
Good to see St Maarten recovering so well from the hurricane.