We have done the Mexican Rivera many times, we live in AZ now so just drive over to San Diego and jump on a ship :). We have cruised many times on NCL so kind of knew the vibe just hadn't been on this one. As we had booked only 3 days before boarding we didn't have much of a choice in staterooms- ended up in an inside one- but had an amazing steward named Mark who helped keep us tidy. Bed was comfy, bathroom & storage adequate for us for the week.
We found there are 2 MDR on this ship- The Azura & Tsar's Palace- having looked at some photos on line I thought the Azura would be more of what we would like- boy was I wrong- we ate there only once- the first night- what a fiasco- the noise in the restaurant was nothing short of deafening- we had to yell to speak to one another even though we were at a tiny table for 2- wait staff must have been overwhelmed, orders wrong, hubby's main course came 15 minutes before mine (I had pasta) and we never got the coffee we ordered....anyway learned our lesson & ate in Tsar's Palace every night after & even had breakfast there. The staff was nothing short of amazing- food was quite good. The reason I thought we wouldn't like it was that is was pretty large & the décor kind of turned me off....but the staff , wine and food made up for it.
Shows were OK- they had an acrobatic couple that was great as well as a Philippino band that played on the main stage as well as one of the bars that was excellent, comedian not so much- started the show off good then downhill pretty fast. Would hope that at some time they can find a way to do the Movies Under the Stars- there were quite a few other passengers who said the same to me
Tiny but efficient, Mark our steward was wonderful, bathroom functional, bed very comfy
we did the Baja Highlights shore excursion through NCL because we had the $50.00 per port credit- we had done this one before- nice easy way to see the highlights