Cabin with balcony, 10th deck: Having been born in Bermuda, wanted to return with my Brother to visit, together. Planned excitedly, all details of finding our family home, walking the same steps as our parents did, decades ago. Igor came along, week of 9/17-9/24 and they diverted our sailing down to Port Canaveral, FL for less than a day and then on to Nassau, Bahamas for, again, less than a day. Understanding NCL did not cause IGOR, nonetheless, they certainly should have been able to get us to another port for at least an overnight stay so we could have booked an excursion worth buying!
The ship was so old, dirty and creaked the majority of trip. The first 3 days we could hardly walk much of the time, then in and out of port for 2 days and again, another couple "rough days at sea", not "relaxed" as they suggest! This ship should have been decommissioned years ago! Fresh paint over rust and the lack of maintenance and cleaning were signs seen all around ship. When we returned to our room (after cleaning)the room was 'picked-up' but the railings were never wiped down and had bits of sea salt and water drenched everything; last day, they came with a machine on side of ship and hosed everything down. Unlike, either Carnival or Royal Caribbean, they hand-wiped railings all over decks and in staterooms, as well as straightening deck furniture and wiping down chairs you sit in. Most of my clothes were soiled from dirty furniture and railings I came in contact with.
We never got to swim in pool; couldn't get near for all the crowds! Restaurants: Buffets were as usual, nothing out of the ordinary there. We paid for dinner at Cagney's steakhouse one night and that was enough. Being with another couple, we were hoping for a relaxed evening and some good conversation. But the waiters, waitresses, hostess, etc. were constantly interrupting us. We wanted to have drinks, relax for a few minutes before ordering. One waiter took our drink order before we had all sat down at our table! Another Waiter insisted on taking our order, before the drinks had even arrived at our table! So I ended up ordering what I didn't want, I was so rattled! Then the salads came before we were done with appetizers and the dinners before we were finished with the salads and so forth! Rush, rush, rush!! We paid close to a hundred for all of that stress?! Really!! We had touted the pleasures of our experiences cruising over the years and it all fell apart on this trip. The only good part were "some" of the staff; quite memorably enjoyable and hardworking, too. Charles, our main room attendant and Nanette, bar server, were, both, quite excellent and added good memories of an otherwise miserable trip.
Adjoining Staterooms 10556 and 10552 (no 10554): small, no refrigerators, ice bucket does not hold ice for more than a few hours so bring a cooler of your own if you can. Sewage smell was horrible in bathroom area. It has adjoining door for family visiting. Door hard to open because bed hits it. Remotes worn out on TV's in both rooms. Balconies do not join up with removable partitions. Balconies so small only sit up chairs and 8 X 8 table between. Unobstructed views from both balconies.
Booked an Air boat excursion; the Love-Bugs were swarming! Horrible experience and boat ride was not impressive. Saw one alligator and then they served alligator meat to eat!! Horrible idea!
We've been there several times, before, over the years. Keep expecting it to improve but NO! Still have to walk several miles to and from ship, multiple times because they don't clearly explain where to get to your excursion. We were told it was at the entry of the dock so we walked all the way to the end (shuttles are for walkers or wheel-chaired guests only!) We got to the end and were told it was back "at ship" on the dock. Walked all the way back and sat on curbing or stood in sun for over an hour, just to be told we needed to walk all the way to end to get on the tourbus! Are you kidding me?! In port, between the junk (made in China or Taiwan) they try to sell (all the same from one vendor to the next)and the beggars selling the stuff; it was an annoying, waste of time to get off the ship! Our excursion, glass bottom boat...expensive, too short and could see better fish in our own lake at home. Don't do it - stay on ship and maybe get a chance at the pool!!