Random thoughts on our cruise – this is longer that I expected! I had a great time with my two sisters on our annual cruise. Yes This was my first NCL cruise and they had both cruised NCL once a number of years ago. I’ve cruised mostly on Royal, but also have done Carnival, Celebrity and Princess. We were in room 11639- Inside Cabin. Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.
· Embarkation was quick! We got to the port about 11:30 and were sitting down for lunch in Savor at noon!
· Debarkation was the fastest ever! We did self-assist but weren’t getting picked up until 9:30 am so we had a wonderful, leisurely breakfast in Savor with a nice view of the beautiful Disney ship. We literally grabbed our bags and just kept walking! We never stopped except to show our ship card and the customs face recognition (very quick scan of your face from a hand-held device). All along our walk-out, we encountered friendly NCL crew wishing us off – very nice touch NCL! When we reached the gangway, we saw a ton of people but this was moving at a fast clip and we literally never stopped walking and made it outside the terminal in no time!
Very small compared to other inside cabins on other lines. Very comfy pull down bed though. Bathroom not a bad size really and shower was a decent size. Getting organized with 3 women was a little tricky with our things tucked here, there and everywhere, but we managed!
Port Canaveral is great to sail out of. It is close to us - about an hour away and we've always had an easy-in, easy-out experience. We get dropped off at the port. Staff is very friendly and efficient.
We did not stop - we were prepared for potentially not stopping at tender ports as we are used to cruising in February.
We didn't plan an excurion because we weren't sure if the ship would be able to tender in. It was a gorgeous day and we enjoyed watching the other ships come in. Tendering was really easy. The port is OK. Lots of typical port shops - nothing special. Will definately plan an excursion next time we are here. None of us had been there so we just wanted to get off the ship and walk around a bit. We got back to the ship early and enjoyed a more quiet pool deck and drinks for a couple of hours.