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Took my elderly mum as this type of cruise was all she could manage. She really enjoyed it as it was more friendly than the big ships and you got lost less. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze - took 10 mins each time. Cabin was ... Read More
Took my elderly mum as this type of cruise was all she could manage. She really enjoyed it as it was more friendly than the big ships and you got lost less. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze - took 10 mins each time. Cabin was ok, clean and worked fine. Window showed its age with a lot of silastic. Tele was useless, but we didn’t need it. Cabin staff were lovely as usual. Food was excellent and our deal included free drinks and gratuities which made it easy. Tried a few exotic cocktails - all good, but stay off the rusty nails they give you a head ache! Service was efficient but could have been a little more friendly in some cases. Nightly entertainment in the theatre was the best I have experienced on any cruise. Bryan in the lounge bar was brilliant. Really enjoyable cruise all round, but articulately suited to an older crowd. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Wanted to experience NCL’s newest ship. She’s a beauty! Ship’s design prevents crowding in popular spots. The Observation Lounge and the Waterfront are favorite spots for relaxing. Dining options are exceptional - Le Bistro is so ... Read More
Wanted to experience NCL’s newest ship. She’s a beauty! Ship’s design prevents crowding in popular spots. The Observation Lounge and the Waterfront are favorite spots for relaxing. Dining options are exceptional - Le Bistro is so good we went a second time. Kinky Boots and Choir of Man provided high-quality entertainment. I’m a fan of NCL’s Free-Style cruising so I always choose an NCL ship but the Encore exceeded my expectations. Was not a fan of the ports-of-call so didn’t leave the ship - stayed aboard and enjoyed the quietness. An extra bonus was that there were very few children aboard. My cabin steward kept my cabin clean and fresh. As a Latitudes Platinum member I enjoy the complimentary wine and strawberry’s. Boarding in Miami was very organized and well managed. NCL’s method of categorizing groups for disembarkation is very efficient. Staff is available, friendly and very helpful by answering questions and giving directions. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I have read several reviews that have incorrect prices listed, or what seems to just be a rant and less of a helpful review. As some background info, I booked this vacation with my girlfriend (were 28 years old) and spent a grand total of ... Read More
I have read several reviews that have incorrect prices listed, or what seems to just be a rant and less of a helpful review. As some background info, I booked this vacation with my girlfriend (were 28 years old) and spent a grand total of about $1,800 ($900) each. For this value, I left the cruise feeling as I got a great value and overall trip. I plan to break this down further, as this cruise has MANY upcharges depending on what you want to do allowing one to customize their own experience. For other comments of couples who have spent over $4,000, I can certainly understand being upset. In my opinion, much of this is their fault, as these fees (for the most part) are clearly available through the NCL website, and many other sources. EMBARKATION: Quick and easy. Passengers are called up by groups but we just got in line and no one stopped us. When you get on the ship, everyone runs straight to the wall kiosk’s or in long lines at The Social to book entertainment for the week. Some events can be booked online, which I would suggest. Other entertainment options must be booked online. There are available kiosks throughout the ship so don’t waste your time in long lines, ride up a few floors and use an empty kiosk. Specialty dining options and comedy/Broadway shows book fast. Laser tag, escape room, go-karts were mostly available through the week. VIBE CLUB: With some of the ship modifications in comparison to others in the class, free to the public deck spare is very packed and sun spots are few. Many comments state that buying a vibe pass is the only choice, but this depends on your goals. Does a lounge chair, a quieter atmosphere, and a spot in the hot tub matter to you? Vibe may be your option. At $209 per person, these spots are not cheap. Tickets should be more easily available than other Norwegian cruises, as the Vibe has 230 or so seats. We were able to purchase these passes at 1:00pm on embarkation, so get there early but you don’t have to make a mad dash. Is a chair in the shade, close access to waterslides and the pool, a loud atmosphere, your atmosphere? Then do not worry about Vibe. SHIP ATMOSPHERE/STAFF: Although this was my first Norwegian cruise what may have made it most enjoyable was the other passengers. There was always a lively atmosphere with extremely friendly people. Not to say other cruises were not, but normally people seem to keep to themselves. There were also many younger people, and couples on this cruise making it much more lively. Staff, as you will find on any cruise, were extremely hard working, helpful, and enjoyable to speak with. This cruise also had a big LGBTQ following, so anyone part of the community would enjoy many of the activities geared towards this. I also found wheelchair access to be extremely helpful for these individuals. ENTERTAINMENT: Choir of Man was a fantastic show. It runs about 45 minutes and IS free (some reviews say it isn’t). Kinky Boots is one hour and forty-five minutes long and is great as well if you are into Broadway plays. There are two comedians who run 18+ shows, and a regular show. Both of the comedians were pretty good as well. Go-karts run in half hour blocks, cost $15 (or $199 for the week), and are about 20 minutes long. These are pretty fun, and go faster than you would expect. Laster tag runs in half hour blocks, is $10 per person and lasts about 15 minutes. I had originally signed up for this but after hearing many complaints cancelled my reservation. I was surprised at how few people seemed to visit the galaxy pavilion. Each ride in there besides one of the race cars and the escape room are $8 per ride (or you can buy a one hour block for $30). Each ride lasts about 5 minutes. I couldn’t find anyone on the cruise who had tried the escape room, and noticed many open spots were available all week for it. In general, all these activities had availability through the week, so don’t feel pressured to immediately book them. Only one waterslide was functioning during our cruise. The slide that drops passengers was closed due to plastic cutting them. The other slide was fun, a bit more slow paced, and always had about a 15 minute waiting line. The bars on the cruise were a nice stand out. Each bar from the brew house, country bar, Beatles show, Latin show at the mojito bar, the late night club, and the atrium band had a very different feel and were a lot of fun. Each bar has different specialty drinks and I spent a good amount of time at each bar. This was a highlight that really stood out, and I feel Norwegian did a good job here. A final thing to keep in mind is there are many upcharges you may not fully expect. If you want to communicate over the messenger on the Norwegian app it will cost $10/person. If you want to see the Probation stage play it will cost $30/person. If you want to play bingo, deal or no deal, or some other on board games you have to pay. This appears to upset many people which is understandable, but it also allows you to customize your experience while not having to battle large crowds to enjoy it. FOOD: The food on board was great. I only dined at the free to eat places, which were all amazing and had something for everyone. Seating at the main dining area is always available and I never had to wait. Specialty dining is quite popular. Many cruisers I heard from particularly enjoyed Cagney’s steak house, Food republic (sushi), Le Bistro (French), and Los Lobos (Mexican). STATEROOM: I stayed in the cheapest basic stateroom. I found the room to be clean and staff were very helpful. There is a lighting system when you need your room made up or if you do not want to be disturbed. The bathroom felt more spacious than other cruises even with the smallest stateroom. There are also USB ports on the bedside lamps to charge your phone. I spoke with many who had balconies and loved the experience. ISLANDS: San Juan stopped at 5:30PM – 11:59PM. This was a different stop but gave an opportunity to see the night life at San Juan if you like that idea. One thing to keep in mind is that even if you have the alcohol package, you will be charged tax for each drink while in San Juan (12% tax) and in Miami before leaving. St. Thomas: we visited Magen’s Bay as many do. This is a beautiful cove with calm and shallow water that extends out, making it ideal for families with young ones as well. There are excursions with strict time standards that are quite expensive through Norwegian. We found that taking a taxi on land was much cheaper. Round trip for two of up costs $32 ($16 each), and be aware that there is a $5 charge per person to enter the beach. This is to keep the area maintained and beautiful, and to pay for the lifeguards as well. Tortola: Many on board made the water taxi trip to The Baths which everyone raved about. We took a cheap route and visited Cane Garden Bay through a taxi on the island (also $32, but no charge for the beach). This was a nice area with shallow calm waters within a cove like Meghan’s bay, but much smaller and a bit crowded. DISEMBARKATION: Quick and easy process. If you plan on getting breakfast before a travel home, make sure to be up early. The buffet was entirely emptied out by about 8:30, and most everyone was off the ship around 9:00. You can choose to exit yourself, or if you have lots of luggage they will have you put your bags out the night before and dismiss you off the ship by groups as many other cruise lines do. FINAL THOUGHTS: Don’t forget that if you do buy into the alcohol package offer, this does NOT include gratuity, which will be another extra charge for you ($138). Also, 15$ per person is charged per day for inside state rooms totaling $210 for the week. I believe this is a bit higher if you have a larger room. Sometimes these fees can sneak up on you, so it is good to know. I would also strongly suggest looking up gift vouchers through eBay and other related websites. I was able to buy a $500 voucher for $350, which was very exciting to have that instant savings. These vouchers are pretty easy to find. . Personally, for the price I paid I really enjoyed the Norwegian Encore and had a great time. If I were to be looking to spend around that $3,000+ price, I would look at other cruise ship options. In the end, your experience is what you make of it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We got a great price on a Junior Suite 7714 on Dec 5 2019. Boarding was a breeze and we even left 5 minutes early from Galveston. Galveston port is rather dumpy, dated and not the most friendliest elderly staff at check in. Crew was ... Read More
We got a great price on a Junior Suite 7714 on Dec 5 2019. Boarding was a breeze and we even left 5 minutes early from Galveston. Galveston port is rather dumpy, dated and not the most friendliest elderly staff at check in. Crew was simply fantastic - especially the main dining room team on the 4th deck. Seems to this Diamond member of RCCL Crown and Anchor that the food is improving and offers a great selection including great Veg options. Cruise events were really good but the Saturday Night Fever production was Broadway style and brought the entire theatre to its feet at the end......Well done Tony (played by Chris Hansen). Cabin certainly showing its age and drapes had holes in them. Bedding was comfortable thankfully. The carpet and balcony areas need a good scrub / replacement ....rust showing all over the exterior at the rear of the boat. LOVED the adventure in Roatan Honduras and Costa Maya Mexico. You can have Cozumel and certainly won't get off in any future cruise going to this port. Kinda dumb that you have to go thru a security check then a metal detector for the port security then do it all over again further down the pier when you board the ship. We had over 1,000 people jamming the exits near the 4 pm boarding time.....Sadly caused by 4 four ships sharing the same facilities. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The food was wonderful. The crew bent over backwards to make sure the guests are happy. Great selection of restaurants. Something for everyone okay. However, there is no program for solo travelers. I was happy to meet some Travelers that ... Read More
The food was wonderful. The crew bent over backwards to make sure the guests are happy. Great selection of restaurants. Something for everyone okay. However, there is no program for solo travelers. I was happy to meet some Travelers that were also traveling alone. It made the trip much more enjoyable. However, if I had not gone to a meeting I would not have met these people. I think there should be a concierge service for solo travelers. Other cruise lines have such and Royal Caribbean should consider doing the same. If the cruise line had someone to plan excursions and other activities for solo Travelers that would be appreciate it. There is a market for these Travelers, and giving a special rate would encourage solo travelers to consider Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean offers great service an excellent food choices. I would love to plan activities for solo travelers. But since I am not an employee, to have that service available to me as a guest of the cruise line would be a plus. Also embarkation was easier than I envisioned. The waitstaff was awesome. We chose the my time dining option. The problem is, my time wasn't there time. If my party wanted to eat at 5:30, that was never possible. My time required a reservation. Besides fat, the food was great and the wait staff would call me by my name. They were awesome and made sure if I wanted anything other than what was on the menu, I could get it. There was a large selection of restaurants available to our guest. Some require additional cost where is others were free. I like the options available, and I never felt as if there were crowds. This cruise line handled the large amount of guests appropriately. The cabin steward was very attentive. He never entered unless I requested service. There was a large amount of entertainment on the cruise. There was something for everyone no matter the age. They were Broadway shows, comedy entertainers, Las Vegas entertainers, piano bars, and aqua shows. There were game shows. The only problem is, there would be children and areas where they shouldn't be. I enjoyed the solarium. That was an area where I could go and children were not allowed. it was quiet, and there were whirlpools, bars, and a restaurant for the adults. It was a good getaway area. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I am a diamond member with MSC and I love their ships and all the benefits that come with being a diamond member. The cruise critic event was top notch and I am glad I finally signed up for one. I got a great opportunity to talk to the ... Read More
I am a diamond member with MSC and I love their ships and all the benefits that come with being a diamond member. The cruise critic event was top notch and I am glad I finally signed up for one. I got a great opportunity to talk to the officers. Great ship, great food, best entertainment on the seas. As a solo traveler this time I got a little lonely, but that is not a reflection on MSC. I enjoyed the drink package. I bought the Easy Package and it was plenty for me. The first week I ate more in the main dining room. The second week I went to the 8th floor buffet more. I had a fabulous room steward. I was in a 15th floor balcony room, bella experience. I was surprised by the amount of noise I could hear in the room from running feet above my head on the pool deck and up and down my hall. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and fast. It is a great deal for the money and I will continue to sail with them in the future! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I chose this cruise because I liked the itinerary and like Princess Cruises. I was very happy with the itinerary however the ship needs a complete refurbishment. I had a Junior Suite and the bathtub caucking was all molded ad disgusting. ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I liked the itinerary and like Princess Cruises. I was very happy with the itinerary however the ship needs a complete refurbishment. I had a Junior Suite and the bathtub caucking was all molded ad disgusting. The balcony chairs were totally covered in bird poop and the metal casing on the balcony was rusted in many places. The suite itself is however well appointed and I loved the layout which I have had many times previously on Princess. The beds are the most amazing I have ever slept in. The pillows are marshmallow soft and the mattress is the most comfortable I have ever slept on even in 5 star hotels, just terrific. Passengers could not help but rave about the beds on this cruise. I was disappointed in the food however. The buffet is SOOOO SMALL for a cruise ship!!!! There are basically three sections plus a salad bar which I found very disappointing. Very repetitive food as well. They did have however amazing desserts. The dining-room food was mediocre at best. No decoration on the tables either, only salt & pepper, no flowers or anything decorative. Even on Christmas day there was nothing special on the table....very boring. Service was excellent however. I had taken the soda package which states you have a choice of fountain sodas and on the first day I asked for a diet sprite and was told that it was not part of the soda package!!! When I asked "Do you not have Sprite or 7-Up on this ship?" I was told "Yes but only in cans and cans are not on the soda package"...OMG HOW RIDICULOUS... the only soda on the soda package was diet coke. I was once addicted to diet coke and my doctor told me to avoid it at all cost but I was stuck having to drink it or pay for my sodas which I presumed were to be prepaid. I find this very unfair. The entertainment also was not up to par for Princess. They are know for putting on Broadway shows but none of that on this cruise. They had the usual lake lustre shows, really bad comedian as well. The worst part of the shows were that they only had one entertainer every night instead of several acts. If they had a comedian then that all there was, nothing else. If they had a singer then that was all they had nothing else. I remember the day when a show consisted of the cruise director opening with jokes, then a singer and then dancers ...a mix. Not here. Also I was on a 21 day cruise as were many others but Princess considered this two cruises. a 10 day and then an 11 day so whatever shows you saw on the first part were exactly the same on the second part which I feel is very unfair to those who paid the big bucks for a 21 day cruise getting basically 10 shows instead of 20. I had pre-booked shore excursions in each port.....most were nightmares!!!! They either left very late or did not provide what was described on their tour descriptions. I took a transfer in Bangkok which was advertised as having from 9am to 3pm in Bangkok. Well we were told to arrive in the departure lounge at 7am however we did not leave the ship until 9am!! Because of traffic we got to Bangkok at noon!!! We sill had to leave at 3pm so literally no time to see anything since traffic is so bad in the city you can barely move. Since they do this every week they should know traffic is bad and should make us leave much earlier. Stupid to drive 5 hours to and from Bangkok to only spend 3 hours there. Ridiculous! On another tour we were supposed to stop at a market with handicrafts and instead they took us to a smelly, dirty tiny fruit & vegetable market by the side of a road with no handicrafts at all...was horrible. We were supposed to stop at a Batik factory and when we were ready to get there we were told it had to be cancelled because we did not have enough time!!!! a major part of the tour was cancelled yet the smelly market was kept in....very badly organized. One main issue I have with all the tours is that we are in cities and towns with incredible people making world famous hand made items and yet no time is ever included to visit these wonderful markets which are a big part of the culture here. You should not have to choose between seeing a major monument or temple and shopping, both should be included. I am sure most people would prefer to leave earlier and not miss out on seeing the locals make beautiful items. The photographers were great and the photo package is a fabulous deal. You get all as many pictures as you want both in print and on a USB drive for $249....that was a great deal. Came home with over 40 photos. Considering these cost $25. each, the package is the best deal. Now on to the internet....OMG IT IS THE WORST!!!! It costs a fortune on this ship for internet and when you do pay $199 for 250 minutes when you open it, it takes about 10 minutes to log on and when you do it takes another 20 minutes to get what you need. It's a disaster. I need to be connected for checking work on a daily basis and since they don't have an unlimited plan, it cost me a fortune. Better to go on the Medallion Class ships which offer a reasonable unlimited high-speed internet. I love the itinerary so much I am doing the exact same itinerary this December BUT on the Grand Princess which is a Medallion Class ship with unlimited high-speed internet ...... plus the ship is gorgeous. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Made for an inexpensive front for a back to back. Upon arrival at pier found staff to be rude and demanding when I requested to carry my bag onboard with me. LACK OF SINGLES ACTIVITIES! The first single get together was nonexistent ... Read More
Made for an inexpensive front for a back to back. Upon arrival at pier found staff to be rude and demanding when I requested to carry my bag onboard with me. LACK OF SINGLES ACTIVITIES! The first single get together was nonexistent as no cruise activity staff bothered to show up. All ports were easy to explore without spending any money for shore excursions. The food was good but often lacked much variety in the buffet for healthy eating (Lacking in variety of fruits and berries) Many staff go above and beyond, but overall they seem to do what they need to to get by. A good example was with my coffee I prefer heavy whipping cream. Room service had it, no problem. In buffet one day told they did not have it but another day the Buffet steward quickly found me some. Same thing in Dining room at dinner during dessert. Some nights willingly found, other nights not available based on waiters efforts. . At sea activities lacked variety. Same stuff every cruise, not a lot of activities to get passengers involved in entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
The price was great for a solo cruise. Only paid for single occupancy. Travel from Houston to Miami was also at a bargain rate. I llike the layout of the ship. Especially enjoyed the Cigar room. (No cigarettes allowed!) The cigar ... Read More
The price was great for a solo cruise. Only paid for single occupancy. Travel from Houston to Miami was also at a bargain rate. I llike the layout of the ship. Especially enjoyed the Cigar room. (No cigarettes allowed!) The cigar room Steward (Aurturo) learned my name and drink preferences the first night and did not have to ask again. Also my room steward learned my name and never failed to greet me. I gave each of them extra tips. upgrade your WIFI package to unlimited. (without streaming unless streaming is very important to you. I was disappointed in the Meal Package I was happy with the Steakhouse and the French Bistro. Disappointed with the Brazilian & Italian venues. I also had the unlimited drink package. It was part of my "Free at Sea" package and I was quite satisfied. The embarkation was a little disorganized. I wound up carrying my luggage on board. Never did find out where I could have turned it over to the ship crew. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
People were generally friendly and staff was first rate.. service and hospitality! I met many international travelers! Interesting discussions and interactions! Guided tours were exceptional... choices allowed for interests as well ... Read More
People were generally friendly and staff was first rate.. service and hospitality! I met many international travelers! Interesting discussions and interactions! Guided tours were exceptional... choices allowed for interests as well as level of activity. Sometimes exiting and returning to boat were challenging as double parked boats made exiting long; lus sometimes ramps etc were a bit slippery. Just be mindful of what you are doing. Staff is nearby just in case. Dining allowed for various tastes, choices, and drinks for dinner and lunch! Choice of "light lunch" in another area is worthwhile after you get inundated with too much food! The "invited" dinners at Portabello and Table la Rive were very good... especially the wine pairings. But I think one per cruise is ok, Two seemed redundant. Would prefer Table la Rive. Meals seemed too similar. And make sure you get a massage on board! She is fantastic! And anyone with sinus issues... use the Salt Room!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have always loved Norwegian Cruise Lines and its super friendly/entertaining atmosphere and staff before this last cruise we just took in December on the Norwegian Sun. However, after this cruise my family and I just took we were all ... Read More
We have always loved Norwegian Cruise Lines and its super friendly/entertaining atmosphere and staff before this last cruise we just took in December on the Norwegian Sun. However, after this cruise my family and I just took we were all highly disappointed with our cruising experience. While there were some positive aspects of our vacation, such as the photography services and the friendly staff that helped us choose and buy our family photos taken onboard, the disappointing aspects of our experience outweighed the positive aspects. Firstly, our dining experience onboard was subpar at best. When we would go to the Garden Cafe for a meal, there were not many options and variety available to choose from and eat. Especially with our family being vegetarian, finding options and options that were tasty were pretty difficult; this is true in the complimentary restaurants as well. Our family even went to the specialty Mexican restaurant Los Lobos; however our family could only choose and eat 1 entree because it was the only vegetarian option (even the rice and beans had meat in them!). Secondly, the staff was noticeably less visible and friendly on this cruise compared to our last two cruises, for example our cruise director Jamie only introduced the first show and only hosted one event (the Newlywed Game Show) and we did not see or hear of her at all for the rest of the cruise. Our housekeeping staff was also not too friendly, even rudely telling my sister and I that we have to leave the room within 10 minutes so they can clean it (the housekeepers waited outside the cabin door knocking for us to leave). Another experience with rude staff was in the Garden Cafe, I was apparently blocking the plate stack while I was serving myself some food and the worker was tapping his foot behind me and gave me an attitude to move over so he could put more plates on the stack, even though it had only been a couple seconds that I was standing there. Lastly, the entertainment felt lazy and unimaginative. All the game shows and events were exactly the same from our past NCL cruises and nothing felt innovative or exciting. Also, the biggest disappointment with the entertainment was that most of the “fun” events were for additional fees, which seems very greedy and vicious from NCL seeing as though everyone has already spend a hefty amount of money to already be on the cruise. It was the constant additional fees and the constant selling/advertising that made me lose most of my respect for NCL and its ethics, they don't seem genuine anymore and it seems that all the company wants to do is suck their consumers out of as much money as they can. Overall, my family and I had a pretty subpar/bad experience this time around on NCL even though we have been loyal to them in the past and are Latitudes Rewards members. I am unsure of if we will choose NCL again for our future cruises after this last experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Chose this cruise because of the departure port and Caribbean tour. Enjoyed NCL cruise a couple of years ago so decided to stick with the line. Overall, the trip was meh. Had no expectations, and that was good. The folks who wrote ... Read More
Chose this cruise because of the departure port and Caribbean tour. Enjoyed NCL cruise a couple of years ago so decided to stick with the line. Overall, the trip was meh. Had no expectations, and that was good. The folks who wrote five-star reviews of this ship were definitely sailing on a different ship. Embarkation: The Gem got into port late that morning so it was extreme chaos and took many hours. I expected and was prepared to wait but not for as many hours as we did. Finally boarded and first impression was crazy crowd of people trying to squeeze onto the few elevators. Total madness. Hiked down to cabin; it was ready and fine. Time to dine. Food: Lines for complimentary restaurants looked long so hiked all the way up to Garden Buffet. Food that night was poor at best - there were just two things I would eat - and there were no seats except the outside section, which was open even though it was snowing. Ate dinner standing up at perimeter like many others. Staff was working hard but was overwhelmed b/c ship is small - you can easily see out of windows on each side if you turn your head - and it was full. (Complimentary restaurants in following days were better choices.) Did not get seasick, but saw others suffering - this ship does not have the heavy stabilization system of large ships where you feel nothing, and it rocked like a manic cradle in rough seas. Something to know. (I found it hilarious but felt bad for the folks who got sick.) At sea: Three long days before first port, as we knew. Pool deck always crowded - hard to find a seat - Jamrock band that played for hours was too loud and could not make out one single word sung. (And I really love reggae btw.) It was not at all relaxing to sit on crowded deck listening to neverending noise - um, music - but that was your only choice if you wanted to enjoy the sun. Thankfully, bartenders there and everywhere with one exception (Topsider) were absolutely fantastic, especially Reggie. Casino visited at night of course was simply a money vacuum but fun until cash was gone. The dealers looked terribly sad. Positives: Good weather, very clean, very pretty ship and very few children - win-win-win. And bartenders. Bless them all. You will really need them. They served us quickly with a smile and they cared. Thank you, bartenders! Ports: Aruba was the best; beach we went to on our own was very beautiful and relaxing. Other ports were nice, however leaving Bonaire and St. Lucia (?) at 1 p.m. was a bit early. We knew it was a tasting menu of islands of course; just be aware of the schedule and be sure to reset your watch when the ship time changes. (Had no problems, thank goodness, but can see that catching folks by surprise.) Entertainment: Bliss was a cool lounge. Went there a couple of times. Piano player/singer was good. Did not see shows after the one starring the highly vaunted juggler-comedian, who thoroughly embarrassed himself and his audience and did not care. Movies on the large screen were mostly very old and also poor choices. Huge missed opportunity - previous NCL ship knew how to do movie nights right and they were much enjoyed by many. Some diversions and contests also, but many too many sales presentations. We avoided the art sale events and the ubiquitous photographers because we know the goods are very poor and shockingly overpriced. Positives: Most of the staff works very, very hard and we really appreciated that. Thank you, NCL staff! Did not have to wait to eat in complimentary restaurants - that was terrific. Some of the food was good and some was not - kind of a gamble really - but the service was consistently very good. (If you value food quantity over quality you will be totally thrilled - you can eat till you burst.) Small size of Gem means you learned the layout pretty quickly, and the signage at the elevators was excellent. The bridge room viewing area was very cool. Most passengers were cool and many were friendly. There were loud exceptions of course. Didn't socialize a lot because I found the crowds a bit intimidating, but we met two nice couples and I did see folks wading in to crowds on the top deck and having good times. Decided when I stepped onboard to enjoy my trip no matter what, and so I did. Attitude is everything. Definitely felt relaxed once home. Sunning oneself in the winter is fun. Sharing my impressions, good and not, with you in the hope of being helpful. (Re my title, it honestly did feel like "Survivor: Cruise Edition" at points though. It was challenging; many issues are not detailed here and high points were few and far between. And short.) I was more than happy when we finally arrived at our home port. Disembarking was not as crazy as embarkation, but still took three-quarters of forever and tested everyone. Carry your own luggage and pack extra patience if you go. Will be exploring other cruise lines personally. ... Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I picked this cruise for the price as a solo traveller as I thought the itinerary was good for the time of the year (Dec), overall I got good value for money as the ship was clean and the crew hard working. The food in the buffet was good ... Read More
I picked this cruise for the price as a solo traveller as I thought the itinerary was good for the time of the year (Dec), overall I got good value for money as the ship was clean and the crew hard working. The food in the buffet was good Italian fare with hotdogs and burgers always a favourite for the kids and grown up's alike. The big let down for me was the standard of food in the restaurants in the evening as I feel the best offerings should be for the evening meals as you look forward to dressing up on formal nights but the food was dressed down. The buffet in the evening always provided choice in a cafeteria atmosphere if you wanted to battle the crowd at main meal times. My outside cabin was very adequate for a solo traveller but space would be limited if I was to share with a friend, you would need to be extremely close to somebody to get on with each other in the area provided in my outside cabin, the cabin itself provided a safe and a mini bar which in my opinion was good although the prices a little high for the drinks and snacks provided in the mini bar, my package included free mineral water but the mineral water provided in my cabin was charged to my final account at 2.95 Euros a bottle... Only free in public areas so soon figured out how to play this one.... As for the entertainment onboard I thought the cruise staff worked hard to entertain the passengers throughout the day and I enjoyed their hard work, as for the cast members they also worked hard but shows and sets were were very limited and short, also noticed that since the ship had been stretched the show lounge still only accommodated a limited amount of people during show times which then led to people sitting on stairways obstructing the exit ways which led to some argy bargy at times ? . Could not comment on shore excursions as I did not book any but pleased to see the ship did offer free buses to the port gates were you could not walk through the port area. As for the overall service I found to be very good with a good mix of crew that could speak English although the ship is geared up to our Italian and European friends onboard which is what you have to expect from an Italian cruise company... also be aware that with all the different European cultures onboard you will not always see the British style of courtesy during busy public times.. you can make your own mind up on this one. Would I go back.... Yes if the price is right and the itinerary was good although, I would prefer a little more quality and therefore pay a little more. Also be aware that if you are not a smoker some public areas inside the ship are set aside for passengers to smoke so you will need to avoid these areas if this would upset you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose the NCL Bliss, because it is big and new and will bring us to our long planned destination -- South Caribbean. Unfortunately, captain announced after get onboard that we had to skip Puerto Rico due to waves (each passenger got $16 ... Read More
We chose the NCL Bliss, because it is big and new and will bring us to our long planned destination -- South Caribbean. Unfortunately, captain announced after get onboard that we had to skip Puerto Rico due to waves (each passenger got $16 refund.) The previously NCL advertised Free bar, Free shore excursions, Free WIFI, Free specialty dining were not available at all. (You probably have to pay more to upgrade your cabins.) Forgot to bring books to read? Playing ping pong was then a major activity for many of us to kill time. (New ship has no basket ball court.) It was a really disappointment. The indoor game has been still placed on an almost open area, though mostly covered ceiling. Wind and rain blowing through the open glass panels and balls flying in all directions or ditches. You had to chase balls towards underneath many beach chairs. The glaring sun beans made players put sun glasses to play in the afternoon. The dim light made playing almost impossible after 5:00pm. The worst scenario was that ping pong balls kept shooting out of ship and fell into the sea. Shame on NCL to pollute the sea! It might be the similar set up on other cruise ships. Cannot understand why they did not cover up the glass panels like lower deck and put up some boards around to curb balls. I promise that will be a good attraction if they did so. I will not choose Bliss or NCL if it's not improved. Many people also complained about the Garden Café (buffet) whose food has never changed through the 12 days. Indian taste section was authentic prepared by Indian chef, but had attracted very few people. Hope they will add other Asian taste like Chinese. Other dilemma is that in public areas, you did not know which direction you were heading. Garden Café is at the front while the gym is afterward. You could tell between staterooms, as the little fishes tell you the direction. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Great for first time cruise travellers .We booked from official RCI wholesaler in India -Antilog Vacations website & got a steal deal of 45% . On board there were lots of shows at extra pricing which was steep.excursions to sea halt ... Read More
Great for first time cruise travellers .We booked from official RCI wholesaler in India -Antilog Vacations website & got a steal deal of 45% . On board there were lots of shows at extra pricing which was steep.excursions to sea halt ports were a little expensive . One tip is to never ever book a DC cabin.Take balcony.Ship is good and hospitable staff welcomes u with smile.At night the ship would shudder and being the first timer it was a bit awkward for us to adjust.Sea sickness is not an issue during the day but for elderly its a major issue & needs to be taken care of. For veg travellers its a bit of nightmare as food is mostly east asian & south asian with non veg thrown around and limited tasteless veg options but still for all its money its definitely a steal . I have heard that its far better than genting & star cruises. Dining has different areas.One can dine at the deck or the restaurants .Majority is non vegetarian food .There are 2-3 indian dishes like dal,roti,pulao as well.Activities happen mainly in form of shows like dance troops & magic for which one has to pay . Service is a tad slow so i would give it a 2/5 rating . better go for things in the house than ala carte ordering Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Terrible food, like bad airplane food and no seasoning, odd combinations of food, and a glass of wine goes for $18, going to dinner is a 2 hour affair, fraudulent charges(watch your statement, they try to charge you), charged me $148 for ... Read More
Terrible food, like bad airplane food and no seasoning, odd combinations of food, and a glass of wine goes for $18, going to dinner is a 2 hour affair, fraudulent charges(watch your statement, they try to charge you), charged me $148 for a spa service I didn't even receive, rude spa staff that treat you like crap, nothing to do on board. The most exciting thing was bingo. One small pool for adults, and 2 small jacuzzis, and one small pool for kids. The ship is always swaying back and forth like I've never experienced before. I will never go on this boring, terrible cruise line again! Don't waste your time! You'll be disappointed! You're better off going on a direct flight to a beach. After all was said and done this trip cost me over $5,000. Totally not worth it by no means. Totally disappointed and upset about the whole vacation. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My friend actually won this cruise and asked me to go with her. I was thrilled to have this opportunity to enjoy this beautiful ship and meet new friends along the way. I was a little shocked when we were boarding the ship and they handed ... Read More
My friend actually won this cruise and asked me to go with her. I was thrilled to have this opportunity to enjoy this beautiful ship and meet new friends along the way. I was a little shocked when we were boarding the ship and they handed us a piece of paper that explained the situation regarding the nonavirus but was quickly calmed by the explanation of them scrubbing down the ship before we could get on it. When we were finally able to enter we were greeted by sanitation stations all over the ship, some were people physically squirting sanitation on our hands and others were do it yourself stations. I was amazed at seeing the employees literally scrubbing down the walls and handrails to our stateroom twice a day. We were lucky enough to have a cabin with a balcony and the cabin was great. Honestly I was thinking it would be so small you could barely move but it was spacious and well thought out. Despite the situation I thought that the crew really did everything in their power to keep all of the people on this ship is safe as possible. I had a really great time on this beautiful ship and would diffidently recommend anyone to enjoy this ship and crew. The cruise director Roberto and Assistant cruise director Bianca were amazing at keeping everything so lively, fun, and entertaining. I have to give a shout out to a couple workers in the Garden Cafe. The food was surprisingly good with a good selection for different pallets. The special shout out has to go to June, Clyde and Mark because they were friendly and kind and were always willing to help whenever they could. Thank you all for making this cruise amazing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I had an awesome time indeed!! It's such a luxurious experience and it's not even expensive, it's worth every penny. From the friendly staff, to cleanliness of the rooms, passages each corner is extremely well taken care of. ... Read More
I had an awesome time indeed!! It's such a luxurious experience and it's not even expensive, it's worth every penny. From the friendly staff, to cleanliness of the rooms, passages each corner is extremely well taken care of. I don't know how they do it. The entertainment is extremely exciting and for everyone to part. The food is fresh and there was a wide variety of meals to choose from. OMG the club!! Dj was the bomb from Thursday to Saturday night. Yoh hai shame I had a blast and I want to do it again soon. The island was such a beautiful and private place the boats pick up and drop off on time. Infact everything regarding time on the MSC is prompt, no delay the queue must go on. Staff have lots of respect, our cabins were clean on time. Personal belongs kept in the same spot where you it. Overall I want to say the trip really depends on the type of crew you are with. The group of friends I went with were so awesome, which made the stay even more excellent for me. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
The Celebrity Reflection is a great ship. The food was excellent. Two of the ports were not worth stopping at, Colon and Limon. Boy was it hot and humid in Cartagena but it is a very nice city. I think the cruise line could have more ... Read More
The Celebrity Reflection is a great ship. The food was excellent. Two of the ports were not worth stopping at, Colon and Limon. Boy was it hot and humid in Cartagena but it is a very nice city. I think the cruise line could have more late night activity for us singles. Martini bar closes about 12:30 and the casino bar closed early also. Where was the dance music after midnight. I met some great people on this cruise and had a few dances with some very special ladies. The shows were great and funny. There was very limited entertainment in the pool area. During sea days there should be lots of music pool side. The TV was very limited. There were no college football games of interest on Saturday. We docked in Colon Panama on a Sunday and the whole town was closed. We could have stayed at sea. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I cruised out of Miami to Belize and Costa Maya. The buffet food on this ship was poor. Little selection for non meat eaters, and what vegetables they had were overcooked. Specialty dining portions were ridiculously small. Entertainment ... Read More
I cruised out of Miami to Belize and Costa Maya. The buffet food on this ship was poor. Little selection for non meat eaters, and what vegetables they had were overcooked. Specialty dining portions were ridiculously small. Entertainment was average, although the band on Deck 15 was very good. Service- Staff in general were pleasant. My room steward was overly cheerful, however was not overly attentive to room details. Did not provide a clean wine glass. No ice bucket was provided. Had to request my complimentary sparkling wine. Glasses over sink were not provided x 2 days. Did not pick up shower towels once. Not sure where his head was at. Ports here were pretty cheesy- Harvest Cay is NCL's own creation. Its safe and clean, and enjoyable, but if you are looking for authenticity, you won't find it here. It's just a place to put your feet up and enjoy the sunshine. Costa Maya really has nothing much to offer unless you want to shop for cheap tourist goods. I would suggest an excursion if anything interests you. Many families/children on this cruise, younger travellers. I would not do this cruise again. I did the Mexican Riviera cruise out of LA earlier this year on the Bliss and found it much better all around. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Since I had not been on a cruise before, a friend asked me would I like to go to see if I would like it. I absolutely enjoyed it very much and I would like to go again. Having a disability which requires me to use a walking ... Read More
Since I had not been on a cruise before, a friend asked me would I like to go to see if I would like it. I absolutely enjoyed it very much and I would like to go again. Having a disability which requires me to use a walking stick and some limited movement, I was worried how I would manage, but I managed very well. From embarking to disembarking everything was Great, even the weather was perfect. All staff and crew were friendly and helpful. The stateroom was ideal for me., especially having grab rails in the shower and near the toilet. I enjoyed taking my time walking around the ships and I had no difficulty get on and off the tender when going ashore. I enjoyed the entertainment, movies and the wonderful food and I even got to see dolphins , the one thing I wanted to see. If you have a disability or mobility issues, I recommend checking out going on a cruise. Rough seas I think would be a challenge getting around, but I think I would stay in my stateroom, order room service and when the seas calm down, I would head out to enjoy everything the ship had to offer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I was on the maiden voyage of Norwegian Encore from Southampton England to New York. The ship is the last in a group that started with Breakaway...I sailed twice on Breakaway but never really liked the ship chocking on second hand ... Read More
I was on the maiden voyage of Norwegian Encore from Southampton England to New York. The ship is the last in a group that started with Breakaway...I sailed twice on Breakaway but never really liked the ship chocking on second hand smoke. On Encore they have pretty much corrected that, except I don't know about the promenade as it was always too cold and nasty to use the area. A North Atlantic crossing in November is NOT good. We had gail force winds and rain...the exterior of the ship was pretty much no go most of the time so you really got a lot less for your money. They should said south to Lisbon, cross over to Bermuda and then North to New York so passengers get the full use of the ship. I was at the bow so it was rough in the gail...the balcony furniture was levitating like something out of Harry Potter and in the middle of the night the flying furniture was slamming into the glass doors and I was so terrified it would break the glass that I rushed over...slid the door open with great difficulty...the Gail and the wake from the bow was very sevier like Niagara...I was nude in the freezing rain on the 10th level grabbing furniture and staking it in the only corner that seemed to miss the wind...I had trouble pushing the door shut again and even then the wind was pushing through the seams. I was soaking wet and had to dry myself before going back to bed. Not what I expected at 81 years of age. The weather is not the fault of N.C.L. but the balcony furniture could perhaps be a bit heavier so it can't fly...I suspect some went into the sea. My stateroom 10108 was the standard layout...it seemed more narrow than usual...No chair at the dest just a box to sit on. The "couch" which is really a day bed for jamming more passengers into the room is like sitting on a plank...not comfortable but the only option for watching T.V. news if you don't want to lay on the bed. Vanity poorly laid out...the desk area had a tray with coffee pot and mugs etc and no place to put your computer etc. the phone was out of reach...this area in this room did not function. The first rule of design is functionality...no matter how nice it looks it must function... The bed was great, the bathroom was great...the location was a bus ride from the elevators so I suggest allowing Uber to operate on the ship. The food selection everywhere on the ship was wonderful...high standard except for sliced bread which was so dry it seemed stail ... it wasn't it just wasn't nice bread...while all the other baked goods were wonderful. On the Encore they moved the classic Buffet from the aft to full forward and this was great because they put the Observation lounge under it with food/snack points dotted about and the bar. This was the busiest part of the ship where it is normally empty...good move. The theatre seemed a lot smaller...no balcony at all. The main show was Kinky Boots and it was cut to 1 hour 40 min. but this did not harm it...I saw it on Broadway and fully enjoyed it on the ship except for the stampede to book it...it was sold out the second day and many passengers didn't get to see it at all. There was another original show..Choir of Man and this was fabulous. A third show about Prohibition was SOLD out the first day and cost an extra $35.00. I suspect they will start charging for all the shows. Specialty restaurants were as always...fabulous...except for the atmosphere...the Italian restaurant looked like a hotel restaurant with no clue to theme...the same for the Mexican. Cagney's and La Bistro were wonderful and the atmosphere was spot on. I am platinum and was supposed to get a free bottle of water...I didn't...I was suppose to have Concierge service...they no longer turn up or call....you have to call them but they do not give you any clue regarding their number...had to go to lobby to get it. Since 95 percent of sailings are Latitude members the programme is now pretty much pointless. The overall decor and appearance of the interior looked, luxurious, expensive, well designed ... but looked nothing like a ship. If you woke up in the concourse and had to guess where you were you would say an up-scale Shopping Mall. Simply doesn't feel like a ship at all. It is now just as cheep to stay in a major Las Vegas hotel and dine out and you would have much the same experience. This is now a Vegas Hotel at Sea. In the Caribbean where you can use the decks and balconies this ship would be much better when being charged the same price in the North Atlantic is not good value...Would you go to a luxury Resort with no ocean or pool where you had to stay inside all the time? Much improved...but found myself waiting for it to be over as I actually got tired of eating all day, watching T.V. and then hoping for a seat in the theatre. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Nothing better to me than Carnival and Freedom is my all time favorite,. I've sailed 4 times this last year. Once on Carnival Vista, however nice, Freedom is my choice how the crew remembers me and always makes you feel so ... Read More
Nothing better to me than Carnival and Freedom is my all time favorite,. I've sailed 4 times this last year. Once on Carnival Vista, however nice, Freedom is my choice how the crew remembers me and always makes you feel so welcomed.. The food is worth every cent, the entertanment is always amazing. Would like to sail to different places, but can only leave out of Galveston. When we had a power outage, the Captain and the crew made us feel at ease. We were dining at the time, instead of a panic we were enjoying entertainment. Finished our meal with the back-up lights and still had an amazing evening. We sailed on the July 4th Cruise, that was done that made my heart so full of pride to be an American. The respect that they showed our veterans and the way we got to show them how much we appreciate what they have done for our Country. Thank you so much Carnival Cruise line,I will always be your cruiser. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I was a little nervous about this cruise - especially the ship - because of all the crap reviews I had read on cruise critic about it being beat up, old, blah blah blah. Fake news! I actually really liked this cruise. The Island is ... Read More
I was a little nervous about this cruise - especially the ship - because of all the crap reviews I had read on cruise critic about it being beat up, old, blah blah blah. Fake news! I actually really liked this cruise. The Island is not brand new but it’s in decent shape. And it also has character, lots of places to escape with a good book, nooks and crannies etc. It did not seem crowded at all, much different from Royal and Regal. They’re both gorgeous ships but almost *too* bright and new and too crowded. Stupid parrot towel clips and unread hardcover books on every deck chair on those - obnoxious! But the Island never seemed that way. The cabin was nice, it was just for me, so plenty of space, balcony was perfect. The bed was amazing - I slept so well! The food was so-so - honestly, it could be improved a bit, as could the variety of items you can have delivered via room service. Was not impressed with the specialty restaurants. The staff overall were very friendly. As a solo traveler, I did feel overlooked by staff at times compared to larger groups that seemed to receive more attention and a higher level of service. Sad! The staff who did go the extra mile got very nice tips. Those who didn’t did not. Such is life. But they almost all got nothing because the only ATM on board has an $8.50 transaction fee, which I would’ve refused to pay because $8.50 = highway robbery. Luckily, my bank covers those charges. The ports of call were fantastic! Colombia was a little edgy but I’m glad I went. Going through the Canal was an incredible experience, and Limon, Costa Rica is gorgeous and welcoming. The shore excursions were all great. Horseback riding in Falmouth, horse and carriage tour in Cartagena, and whitewater rafting in Limon. The crowd on board was old - very few young people. But given the itinerary, I expected this would be the case. It would be nice if Princess tried a little harder to attract a bit younger of a crowd - I’ve been on several of their cruises and this seems to be a theme. Overall though, this was a very good cruise. If you’re on the fence, go for it. You only live once. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
After sailing on Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the seas I had sort of sworn off large ships. Just too big, too many passengers, etc. When this cruise on Quantum of the Seas came up, I was intrigued though and so, after convincing 3 ... Read More
After sailing on Mariner of the Seas and Voyager of the seas I had sort of sworn off large ships. Just too big, too many passengers, etc. When this cruise on Quantum of the Seas came up, I was intrigued though and so, after convincing 3 other friends, we signed up. We all had single cabins and to start with. 2 had interior cabins and 2 had balconies, all near each other. I had an interior but as the cruise drew near I saw a balcony cabin open up so I called my TA and snagged it for the same price as my interior! It also had a huge balcony, over 100 sq ft. We arrived at the cruise terminal in Singapore about noon. There were zillions of people around as both Quantum and Voyager were sailing the same day. I was not sure how long it would take to get on the ship. Luckily, after security, 20 minutes, the check in was painless and we were on the ship in another 10 minutes. Fabulous! The cabins were ready since this was the first cruise out of dry dock. I was pleased with my cabin and blown away by the huge balcony, almost as large as the cabin. We headed up to the buffet for lunch and as usual it was mobbed. Not a table anywhere. I decided to check out the solarium cafe. It was almost empty and although it had a smaller selection, it was fine. The following are my observations of the ship. Cabin The studio balcony cabin was fine but I did miss having a place to sit besides the bed. I could sit on the balcony though. The bathroom was lovely and big enough. There was plenty of storage for one person. Dining We ate in the Silk dining room every night since it was easier to coordinate. The first night it took an hour to get our drinks and first course. After complaining, the service was excellent the rest of the cruise. The food was hit and miss but generally good. I ate breakfast in the Solarium cafe every morning and never once ate in the buffet, it was always wildly crowded. We had pizza in the promenade area once and a nice lunch in Two70 one day. Entertainment I thought the bands and singers around the ship to be quite good as were the venues. Two70 was amazing and a great place to hang out day and night. The show in Two70 was hard to get tickets to and though impressive on many levels, it lacked a common theme and continuity. Worth seeing though. I only saw a few minutes of a juggler in the main theatre and it was dreadful. In general I loved this ship! It’s gorgeous and has lots to do. I spent most of my days in the Solarium which was so beautiful and calm with no children. Lovely padded loungers and air conditioning! It was delightful. I never even saw the bumper cars or the sky diving. We did go up in the North Star while in Phuket and that was worth it. I am booked on this ship for a 9 night cruise next year and looking forward to having more time on this incredible ship! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019

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