The NCL free promotions for dining and beverages etc is a real differentiator. I have noticed that in the last few years the cruise lines are now up charging for everything and it is very annoying. I would rather pay a little more and not have to be nickel and dimed. At RC (Royal Carribbien) and Princess you now have many items on the menu which are at additional cost. Seriously - it just ruins the experience. You don't have this at NCL. If you are in the complimentary dining areas - you can order anything off the menu and its included. Of course there are specialty restaurants - but that's ok.
The buffet is probably the best of the cruise lines I have been on - RC, Carnival, NCL and Princess. Good variety and quality. Only problem is that it ends a bit earlier than I would like. The main dining areas are ok - not great. Think Princess is the best of the 4. The service is extremely slow. I assume its the kitchen. Experienced the same issue at multiple dining areas.
The Teppanyaki restaurant was excellent. Shanghai Noodle was pretty bad.
Clancy's was excellent - although they had some up charges. La Cucina - was ok - but not great.
The shows are ok but there is only really 2 for the week. The other shows cost extra. The comedy shows were packed and I was never able to get in. The venue was too small. They had a terrific venue for movies and hardly used it on the 16th floor. Very few movie offerings - most nights none - and no popcorn. Also unlike RC no soda fountain so you must get it from the bar and they did not provide a complimentary container for the package. The Cruise director seemed to be non-existent except during announcements. During our cruise we had high winds and they cancelled a port. Think it was pretty predictable since it was windy 24 hours earlier - perhaps they could have planned better for more activities.
All in all NCL was enjoyable but has some room for improvement.
Cabin was smaller than I am used to on other cruise lines but was enough room. Balcony also was pretty small. The only issue was some smells in the bathroom - not sure if the steward did not clean well enuf or the design of the toilet.
Waled around the French Quarter - very nice. Stayed in the Hilton right next door to the port. Very convenient.
Just walked around. Mostly endless amount of the same stores in each port.
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