Norwegian Prima Review

Worst Ship Design Ever Imagined

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jvaughan85
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2023

We chose this cruise as a bookend to our time in Iceland. Without going on and on, the design of the ship is so chopped up that there is inadequate seating in all common areas. The chopped up approach was to allow for segregated rooms/amenities for "The Haven" customers, the Vibe for Beach Club members, the Galaxy Pavilion, the Speedway, and many more things that were there for one reason....to charge more money. A daily issue was finding a seat anywhere near the Surfside Cafe and Grill, which is essentially the buffet. With capacity for 3250 people, there are probably less than 300 chairs at the Surfside Cafe. Almost every day we were instructed to go sit outside (very cold heading to Iceland) or go sit in a specialty dining room. That was a special treat as we looked outside at the Vibe Beach Club, that should be part of the buffet seating, but instead there were 3 people using the "private" hot tub lounging area that are available for $99 per day. The main deck available to all passengers had two hot tubs and one pool but there was VERY limited seating. This ship will have serious issues if it sails in a hotter climate because there will never be enough room around the main pool unless you want to pay for the Beach Club for $200+ per week or the The Haven which is estimated to be $3000 per person. Of course, the rooms for the Haven are segregated and not accessible to the "poor people."

In addition to an extremely poor design, the main theater entertainment was repetitive and very poor. Smaller venues were very small and many times we were unable to get inside the door to see some small 2 piece band that wasn't very good. In the main theater, the host told us about how the cast put together the show over the last couple days and wanted us to cheer their accomplishment. The singers were pretty good but it wasn't a show. A couple of the shows, which showed 2 and 3 times, required reservations. The Atrium, where was music playing, had VERY limited seated. Very poor design and very poor choice of furniture to maximize seating.

The food was pretty good but still pretty repetitive in the main dining rooms. The gym was well equipped.

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