This is our 2nd Norwegian cruise with our kids. Our first one, 3 years ago on the Getaway, was fantastic. We stayed in the Haven in the 2 bedroom family villa and EVERY part of the cruise was fantastic!
This cruise, we board to find a sign entering the Haven Sun Deck that only those 16 and over were permitted. That is completely ridiculous. First of all, there is ZERO communication on that while booking on NCL.com. There is NOTHING that states that children will not be allowed on the sun deck. On our Getaway ship, we spend numerous hours up there with our kids. This cruise...we basically were put in the Haven Pool deck which had the retractable roof closed, 90% of the time. "How was your time in the sun? We didn't get to be in the sun, but we did stay in a Holiday Innn Express!" Unacceptable.
Why...WHY would you have 2 areas of the ship, the Vibe and Spice2O, be adults only and then have the Haven Sun Deck to be the same when there is a 2 bedroom FAMILY villa in the Haven? It is ridiculous. There are 2 separate areas of the ship that allow adults only to "get away from" the kids/noise. That makes no sense at all. If those in the Haven want a complete adult only experience...they have 2 options.
Cabin was great! At least we had a nice place to relax since we couldn't do it on the sun deck.
We actually booked a room at the Westin on the Marriott site before we got on the ship. We got into the port and took a 10 minute taxi ride to the resort. Checked in and was able to use the grounds all day long! Cost of the room was $100 US and we had lunch at the resort, $50 US (2 adults/3kids). $150 is much better than the $600+ that the 'beach resort getaway' was being offered for. Greatest part...a guy with a catamaran was on the beach and gave us a ride back to the boat!! It was really cool!
We stayed on the ship...