This was a fall break trip for the two of us, our two teenagers and our friends (married couple) that were experiencing their first cruise.
Embarkation: Fair. Long line. But once at the counter it went quickly. They have keycards pre-printed and scan your passport photo for the photo they see when they scan your card. It took about 1.5 hours to get aboard the ship from when we got off the airport transfer. I already had a feeling that NCL doesn’t know how to handle big numbers at this stage of the cruise.
Ship: Big, new and beautiful, with appropriate modern design features. Even though it’s large, it is fairly easy to navigate, with only a few dead-ends and hard-to-find places. The things that aren’t easy to find include the waterslide line locations and the mini-golf. Carpets in the hallways for cabins have fish to designate fore and aft, but the big inside areas don’t have any indicators, where I think they would be more helpful. There are many areas that have their own feel, and yet everything goes well together. The décor is beautiful and tasteful.
Very nice, felt spacious. Bed not on par with Princess, but still comfortable. Shower has glass doors, good water pressure and fast hot water. Plenty of storage in the room (we heard later that there is storage under the couch, also). We had an adjoining door to the kids' cabin. Cabin 9764 has a bigger balcony, so given a choice between the two cabins, go for 9764. Both were fairly quiet, other than kids running down the hallway, there were no disco, restaurant or engine noises that we noticed.