We chose this cruise as a family cruise with my brother's family and my Father so there was 11 of us on the cruise. We have never Cruised the British Isles and thought this would be a great experience for the family. We have cruised with Carnival, Princess and Royal Caribbean in the past multiple times. This was our First Norwegian Cruise and will be our last. We have never been on a cruise where the family didn't want to go the dinning room. We ate in the Window's dinning room and the food and service were not up to standards. Many times we had to ask for water glasses to be filled and then when they went around and the pitcher got empty the never came back to fill the rest of the glasses until we asked them again. This happened multiple nights. The food wasn't up to the standards of the other cruises and half of the family most nights ended up not finding anything they liked on the menu and when up to the buffet or the Blue lagoon to eat.
The Entertainment of ship was ok. The singers and dancers were excellent, but the Magician was better suited for small children. My 11 year old was not impressed and all of his tricks were just hidden box tricks. And unfortunately since the Magician is so intricate to the elements show it was as my kids say "cringey". The cruise staff was ok but the cruise director was not very engaging on all the other ships usually the cruise director comes out after the shows and explains what is happening the next day and is very outgoing, this cruise director was not.
The Tender process was horrible and unorganized good thing they only tender twice, but one of the Tender's we are only in port for 4 hours and by the time they were done with excursions tendering off the boat people only had 2 hrs in port.
It was small but the one redeeming feature is that the shower is a real shower and room to turn in!
Took bus to Edinburgh Castle was enjoyable
got off the boat and took a taxi to Loch Ness it was beautiful
did not get off boat since only had 4 hours in port and it took 2 hours before people without excursions were allowed to tender
Did a Hop on Hop off bus around Glasgow was great
Did Hop on Hop off in Belfast also was great
Its a long walk from the drop off to the Tram/Bus. but we did the Hop of Hop on 2 day pass. Went to Guinness and Jamison Distillery both were excellent tours. Walked around Dublin and had some great food at Sheehan's.
took the train then the bus to the Blarney castle it was very enjoyable.
pretty but most of the town was closed due to it being Sunday. The maritime museum was interesting.