Never been on a cruise before (myself and wife) and I would NOT enjoy any type of formal dressing up; so, chose this for a beginner.
The embark and disembark went well and if you are fearful of sea sickness...the ship is too big to be rocked by a few waves.
- Large ship with a few entertainment options. Initially I thought it was massive, quickly realized that it was just right.
- Cabin was comfy (balcony), the room was made up every day (twice) and all was good.
- Food was acceptable, although the chefs from the various restaurants (even the a La Carte) has a VERY similar menu with minor variations.
- Shore Excursions. Book your excursions with OTHER companies as the Prices NCL charge are equal to Robbery! However, be warned, if for whatever reason the ship does not make it to any port (due to weather etc...) you have lost your money.
1. The information disseminated was poor; as the ship did not make it to Gothenburg; instead made it back to initial port (Copenhagen). NCL put on free transport to the city centre HOWEVER announced NOTHING.
2. As I was not pleased, I went to Customer Services (CS) queued for 20 min and asked for a gesture of good will from the ship (like additional credit etc..) the response someone will be in touch... I am still waiting...
3. I had credit due so I went to Customer Services (queued for 20 min) and asked if it was possible to get the dollars due put back into the account; the response certainly sir. So, I went away. The next day message on the cabin phone to report to Customer Services; again (queued for 20 min) went to CS discussed the refund and was given the same response that it will be paid to my account.
The following day cruise over went to leave got pulled to the side and was given a wad of cash... I explained to no avail...
To me it appears that when staff do not have an answer to either a complaint or an issue the resort to saying that someone will be in touch... do notice that when they resort to this they immediately avoid eye contact...
I am not alone in this assessment; I believe that NCL staff are trained to deal with things in this way as you have no way of getting anywhere. I noticed this more than once with others on the cruise as well.
I won't say that I will NEVER cruise with NCL again however be VERY wary as they have your money and they REALLY DO NOT CARE!!!!
Cabin was clean and perfectly adequate. The Coffee machine was inadequate but I could ignore that.
However, a couple we met on board had terrible problems as their inside cabin 5th level smelled badly of urine and waste. It took them 5 days to be moved... various promises what a negative experience.