We choose this cruise due to the port location (no flights for us) and the deal we got at time of booking. Have cruised with NCL many times before but have never dealt with such crowds everywhere on the ship at all times. Bigger is not always better.
Ship: The ship itself is a beautiful ship. There are only 2 banks of elevators on this ship located forward and aft-none in the middle of the ship and the wait for an elevator was ridiculous to the point where people became very rude trying to get on the elevator cutting in line, pushing people out of the way, jamming themselves into packed elevators, etc. The Observation Lounge was beautiful, but out of 14 days we were able to get a seat one time our whole cruise. I was never able to get a lounge chair by the pool at all. On deck 8 there were couches and chairs that I was able to get a seat each day. Lots of kids on the cruise which we weren't expecting in January.
Cabin: We had a mini suite forward on Deck 11 which was a good location-cabin rooms above and below us and near the elevators. Advice-the mini suite itself was no bigger than a balcony room-the extra room is in the bathroom area, so if the size of the bathroom doesn't matter to you -you might want to pay a lower price for a balcony room. I didn't feel our room had a lot of storage. One closet with 4 shelves, 2 suitcases went under the bed. Room was clean, room steward did a good job, shower didn't drain well, so by the end of the shower you were standing ankle deep in water.
Good location-rooms above and below so no noise from venues on the ship such as nightclubs or pool area. Close to a bank of elevators. Balcony small with 2 chairs and tiny table. Same size as a balcony room-just has a bigger bathroom which we enjoyed having.
Not a lot of storage-one closet with 4 shelfs in it. Our 2 suitcases fit under the bed.
Did an deep sea fishing trip-well worth the money, caught about 13 fish, crew of the boat were great! Would do this again!
Our ship tour was canceled due to the weather-high winds. Just shopped in the village and bought some beautiful mahogany items.
Walked around the port area-very annoying as the vendors will not leave you alone. Would like to shop without having items shoved in my face every 2 seconds. Gave up and went back to the ship.