1,649 Miami Senior Cruise Reviews

Do yourself a favor, research the ship’s age before you book a cruise. It has been decades since we have been on an MSC ship. In between we have cruised on medium sized ships with lots of lines, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, ... Read More
Do yourself a favor, research the ship’s age before you book a cruise. It has been decades since we have been on an MSC ship. In between we have cruised on medium sized ships with lots of lines, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Holland America, Carnival etc. All have been great to very good. Then we went back to MSC because we saw a “Fantastica” level balcony, seven day Caribbean cruise for $567 per person. It was not so Fantastica. Embarkation in Miami went smoothly, which gave us hopes for the cruise. However, the food was terrible, with dried out fish and chicken and both pork and veal so tough it couldn’t be cut, nevertheless chewed. The MSC Armonia is very old. Even the captain blamed missing the port of Grand Cayman because the “low powered” ship couldn’t overcome the waves. So the older stabilizers didn’t seem to work well either, and we rolled constantly. The upholstery and carpeting were worn and dirty. There are kids clubs for all ages. Teens and LGBT cruisers had their special meeting areas and events. But better confine your kids to the splash park though, as the two swimming pools were both over 6’6” deep throughout, with no shallow end. There were only two Jacuzzis, so they were constantly full. The entertainment troop was small at eight dancers and two main singers, doubtless because this is an older, smaller ship. They performed valiantly but not very effectively. There was one very good band in the main bar area. The other bands were not good. To be fair, there were good points. The staff was amazingly warm and helpful, the beds were comfortable and we were one of the first ships to visit MSC’s new private island in the Bahamas. But on balance it was a memorable experience, a bad memory we don’t want you to repeat. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I chose this cruise for the price. My husband and I cruise an average of once per month. This was our first time on a MSC ship. I can't believe the amount of reviewers who wrote to complain about the dumbest littlest things. Yes ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the price. My husband and I cruise an average of once per month. This was our first time on a MSC ship. I can't believe the amount of reviewers who wrote to complain about the dumbest littlest things. Yes the ship is crowded after all its sold out. Is it dangerously overcrowded, duh NO! Food- limited but cooked well and tasty. Great pizza! Cabin-Spacious could be cleaned better Entertainment- Theatre show very good. Entertainment staff Superb!!!! Lots of interaction with passengers, much better than Royal Caribbean. Very nice Cruise Director. Much to do around the ship, day and night to keep you busy. Destinations- Same as other lines. The cruise lines don't govern the islands they choose as destinations or Holidays. Yes, some will be nicer than others. Excursions-Book your own, cheaper. Check out the internet for other excursions. Step out of the box and explore. Give yourself ample time to get back to the boat. Ship appearance cleanliness - Excellent Private Island-Fun! Fun! Great Snorkeling As soon as vegetation kicks in, it's going to be a beauty. Parade was fun. Fire pits on beach were a very nice romantic touch. The lighthouse shows and Luna libre party were spectacular. Shop items were a little high but not out of the norm. The quality of the merchandise was very nice. Yes there were flies on the island by the. food area after all they were cooking hamburgers. How is the cruise line at fault for this? Should they have placed several staff members near the food area dedicated to swatting the flies? I have seen flies inside and outside the ship on various cruises. Come to think of it, I have seen flies in my backyard when I BBQ. Here's a simple solution cover your food. We are booked on their Transatlantic and Greek Cruises and looking forward to it. It's all about attitude. Don't sweat the small stuff. Life is too short! If you expect luxury at bargain prices, this is no the cruise for you. I for one am happy. to pay less and cruise more! P.S. If you are worried about getting sick and. that there won't be enough sanitizing gel, as a safety measure bring your own. Helpful tip bring a small can of lysol and spray your cabin down. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I am retired and an avid cruiser. I have cruised on most of the major lines. This was my first trip on MSC. I was attracted to it by the price and my desire to try something different. I had read a lot of really terrible reviews so I ... Read More
I am retired and an avid cruiser. I have cruised on most of the major lines. This was my first trip on MSC. I was attracted to it by the price and my desire to try something different. I had read a lot of really terrible reviews so I arrived at the ship with some hesitations. The load in was a headache. Long lines mostly in the sun. My mind is drawing mental pictures of a ship that looks like a 50's B movie. When we arrived on the ship, I found how wrong I was. I was surprised by the beauty and quality of the furnishings and decor. The Italian flavor of the vessel is everywhere and quite tastefully done. I particularly enjoyed the mosaics in the pool area. My second fear was that I would be spending 5 days eating tv dinners. So my first stop was at the buffet. There were not as many entrees as on some of the other cruise lines, but the choices were adequate and preparation and taste was on par with any ship I have been on. The pizza bar in particular was phenomenal. Ok so the ship is beautiful and the food is very good. I bet our stateroom is going to be the size of a closet. Wrong again. I had booked a room with a window. But when I arrived there, MSC had given us a free upgrade to a balcony. The room was spacious by cruise ship standards and nicely appointed. The bathroom even had glass shower doors. The staff was pleasant, maybe not overly so but I don't take a lot of pampering. The entertainment was a bit of a throwback to earlier times. Acrobats, aerialists, dancers and singers. It wasn't Royal Caribbean Broadway, but these performers were at the top of their game and their enthusiasm was obvious. The shows were lots of fun. (One caveat, the Cruise Director and Captain talk too much. You can arrive at the show 15 or 20 minutes late and still have time to be bored before the show starts.) Lest you think I see the world through rose colored glasses I will tell you service in the Dining Room is slow. Very slow. Plan on two hours for dinner. The Buffet is a good alternative for quicker food but will be crowded to the max. Here's a tip, if you don't mind a few steps, there are tables in the adjoining pool area with a lovely ocean view and less noise. Also the public restrooms are small for a ship of this size. You may find it easier to return to your stateroom especially if you are in a hurry. : ) The beaches at the private island are gorgeous. There is some coral so it is best to have water shoes. If you like to snorkel go along the rocks you will see some good size fish. Don't miss the laser light show of the lighthouse. It is a genuine stunner. The plants are recently planted and not what you would hope for in a tropical "paradise." If you have problems with flies near the food trucks. Cover your food with a plate and step away before you eat, or take a short walk back to the ship and eat there. So was it a perfect trip? No. Every cruise has its own little headaches. But to be honest I recently came off cruises on Royal Caribbean Symphony and Celebrity Edge that cost a lot more and delivered a lot less. Would I cruise with MSC again? I already have booked two more cruises with MSC. That should be recommendation enough. My advice to you: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade, add Tequila. Call it a Margarita, and book another Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I traveled with a group of 16 people on this cruise. It was an "Escape From Winter" cruise. I liked the size of the ship....not too large. Staff was friendly and the Captain was amazing, speaking 5 different languages to welcome ... Read More
I traveled with a group of 16 people on this cruise. It was an "Escape From Winter" cruise. I liked the size of the ship....not too large. Staff was friendly and the Captain was amazing, speaking 5 different languages to welcome everyone on the first night! Staff was courteous and kind. Activities Director was a hoot. However, after about 4 days on a 6 day cruise, I was ready to leave. Here's why: There seemed to be no space anywhere around the small pool area to sit or swim. There was no shrimp to be found anywhere. There were no towel animals. I know, I know first world problem.....but I missed them! Food on the menu had weird names like Walleye Cod. Well, is it a walleye or a cod? Main dining room menu was boring and uninspired. We ordered chicken wings 5 times in O'Sheehan's. They arrived cold every. single. time. In the Lotus Garden restaurant the food was cold, dry and pretty uneatable. The rice was ice cold and tasted like frozen rice that wasn't heated up properly. I was so excited for this restaurant and it was a big disappointment. I LOVE Chinese food. I really didn't like anything I ate there. Customer Service people extremely rude and not courteous. Amazingly bad. And then there was the Karaoke: The Pearl has a policy that everyone sings in the order that their slips of paper are filled out and handed in to the DJ. We had to endure some pretty bad singers every single night singing the same songs over and over and over. Sometimes they sang 7 times or more in one night! New policy would be easy: Once you've sung once you cannot sing for another half hour. End of problem! Also, I wanted to sing an Abba song. Because the main show had a five minute Abba number on the main stage once, all the Abba songs were pulled from the Karaoke playlist. Come on, we're all not THAT good. No threat to the cast on the ship as far as I could see! On a positive note, the Bliss Lounge was amazing, with fantastic decor. Speaking of Entertainment, I thought the cast and entertainers did a fantastic job on the main stage and in the nooks and crannies of the ship. All professional actors and musicians and all music was fantastic. I enjoyed the comedian at the FIRST show. At the second show he got, very, very rude and I really did not enjoy it. I am not a prude. Just did not appreciate how hard he tried to be rude. I didn't mind the swearing, it was his jokes. Next time, I'm going to bed!! I stayed away from the Buffet because there was just too many people there. However, there is a really nice place to sit in the back outside, very pleasant. However, all the people serving were just wonderful, caring and courteous people. They did wonderful! The people on board, both staff and cruisers seemed to be really nice.....all the time. I just wish it would have been better. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This is my 30th RCCL cruise, of the fifty over 35 years and I am at the Diamond + level. I selected this cruise via a "discounted" Casino Royale cruise certificate. My main focus will be on the casino. Explorer of the Seas has ... Read More
This is my 30th RCCL cruise, of the fifty over 35 years and I am at the Diamond + level. I selected this cruise via a "discounted" Casino Royale cruise certificate. My main focus will be on the casino. Explorer of the Seas has one baccarat table, two three card poker tables, two Ultimate Texas Hold'em tables, several blackjack tables, two roulette tables and on ten seat poker table. Minimum bets start at $10. The slot machines are a mixture of MANY old style slot machines, and "Asian" themed slots and a few video poker machines. The Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to be renovated in the early 2020, before it sails to European ports. THE CASINO NEEDS A TOTAL OVERHAUL. The casino staff were cordial, bar and waiters were prompt in providing beverages to the passengers playing in the Casino Royale. Now on to the rest of the review: Embarkment was at Terminal F, in Miami, FL, and if you ever sailed through RCCL's new Terminal A in Miami, FL, you thought you were back in the dark ages. It takes less than 15 minutes to go through check in and security in Terminal A and get onto the ship. Terminal F had lines for Security to check you passport and cruise documents, then it was up to the second floor to get into another line for you to check in, have them take you picture and get you sign and sail card. Then to another line to finally get on the ship, it took approximate 45 minutes. First day Windjammer Buffet: Crowded, but that was to be expected, standard buffet food, good but not great. Stateroom: Interior room, 7305 which had a window to view the promenade which was the open area in the center of the ship that had the guest services, shops and bars. Nice room, my stateroom steward, Anant was very friendly and attentive, he fulfilled my several requests promptly. Main Dining Room: It appears the RCCL fleet has standardized its memus, as the Sunday menu, was exactly that same as on the Oasis OTS in December and Allure OTS in November 2019. Food was good, and service was prompt and courteous. As this was a casino cruise, I did not do any shore excursions or see any shows. The ship overall, was in good shape, but you could see that it needed to be refurbished, In the Diamond Club, the chairs were somewhat worn, as well as other seating throughout the ship. Pools: There is a Solarium pool and whirlpools for adults only which was nice, The main pools, split on the port and starboard side had plenty of lounges for sun bathing. The smoke area was adequate for the dwindling number of smokers. Drinks are very expensive, so if you tend to over indulge on the adult beverages, the pre cruise discounted beverage package if you buy it only is about $55 + the 18% tips, so if you drink 5 alcoholic drinks per day, its a push, more than 5 per day it might be worth the purchase. I did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants, however, for what I heard at the Diamond Club passengers, the quality has done down hill. Overall it was a good cruise, not a great cruise, compared to the quality of the food and services on the mega ships. The problem is that every time you experience an exceptional cruise, that sets the standard for the next cruise, to be either met or exceeded. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband and I just returned from our cruise with two friends. We drove to Miami on Friday and arrived early on Saturday so we could park at the port. Embarkation was easy and they had our cabins ready by 1:30! The weather did not ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our cruise with two friends. We drove to Miami on Friday and arrived early on Saturday so we could park at the port. Embarkation was easy and they had our cabins ready by 1:30! The weather did not cooperate but we had a great time anyway. We thought the food was excellent and the servers was very attentive and well trained. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Garden Cafe buffet, with the exception of one breakfast in Taste restaurant. There were many delicious choices, including a small selection of Indian specialties. My husband especially enjoyed the waffles with banana topping. Dinners in the Manhattan dining room were outstanding because of the romantic atmosphere, attentive wait staff, delicious food, and excellent entertainment. We saw both of the big shows in the Escape Theater. After Midnight was enjoyable and the performers were quite talented, especially the tap dancers. Choir of Man was an amazing, energetic experience that was different from anything we’d seen before. We actually saw it once early in our cruise, and we returned to see the last show on the last night, which turned out to be their last show on the Escape. (They are beginning a U. S. tour.) We were sad to leave this beautiful ship and are looking forward to the next time we see her. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We booked this ship because of great previous experience with Divina On the contrary cabin was extremely bad designed too narrow poor illumination no tissue and the cabin care person was very impolite He locked the fridge the day before ... Read More
We booked this ship because of great previous experience with Divina On the contrary cabin was extremely bad designed too narrow poor illumination no tissue and the cabin care person was very impolite He locked the fridge the day before arrival (?) taking out medicines that had be refrigerated Restaurant service was good Buffet was very crowded Food was average and service not helpful at all Shows were good Cirque Soleil showed a combination of sound and images but the performers did less than those I saw 35 years ago In a 45’ show the also had music players and singers. The drinks they included were very watery. People left them untouched The Italian ship didn’t have an Italian restaurant. No places to dance Remarkable is the ceiling at the promenade We really enjoyed it every time they showed combination of music and images Not even close with our experience at the Divina But everything else could be forgotten If they had a satisfactory passenger service Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We selected this cruise because Cuba was originally on the itinerary. Through no fault of Viking, this port of call was cancelled due to a change in government policy. We still kept the reservation, as we wanted to visit the Central ... Read More
We selected this cruise because Cuba was originally on the itinerary. Through no fault of Viking, this port of call was cancelled due to a change in government policy. We still kept the reservation, as we wanted to visit the Central American places on the itinerary, as well as part of the Panama Canal. We knew we had some days at sea, but because of winds and rough seas, in addition to the Cuba stop being cancelled, we didn't get to Honduras or Mexico either. Way too many days at sea for us. The food was generally good to excellent in the Restaurant, and the service was outstanding. We did wish there were more choices of included wines--two reds and two whites, for example. The dishes were always beautifully presented. The included excursions sometimes included lengthy bus rides and not a lot to see--Belize and Panama City, for example. We like adults only trips and appreciated the quiet and upscale atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We booked this cruise 2 weeks before we sailed for a Christmas trip. We live in Florida so driving to port is a breeze. We have not been on a ship this small in a long time as we usually do any new RCI or Celebrity ship that is sailing. ... Read More
We booked this cruise 2 weeks before we sailed for a Christmas trip. We live in Florida so driving to port is a breeze. We have not been on a ship this small in a long time as we usually do any new RCI or Celebrity ship that is sailing. We were pleasantly surprised with this ship. The crew is amazing, the friendliest we have ever encountered. The carpets are new throughout and the ship is very clean. We were upgraded to Aqua (up biding) because we wanted to try the Blu restaurant. We loved it! The food in the Cafe was good, we only had lunch once in the dining room, and it was good. Shows were good, staff excellent, food in Blu very good. Also the service in Blu was amazing. Our cabin did need new tile in the shower but the fabulous spa shower system made up for that! The staff in the shops were also great, my credit cards shows the damage! We would do this ship again, I know she gets redone in October which would be a plus. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Originally I chose this cruise for my adult daughter and I to enjoy a short cruise in the Yacht Club. But as things turned out she could not go and I changed my stateroom to a standard ADA inside cabin. I am a Black Card member and was ... Read More
Originally I chose this cruise for my adult daughter and I to enjoy a short cruise in the Yacht Club. But as things turned out she could not go and I changed my stateroom to a standard ADA inside cabin. I am a Black Card member and was paying for a Fantastica experience. I am not sure why but I never received some of the Black Card perks. No robes, no free gift, no chocolate ship, no chocolate covered strawberries and proscecca. I am not sure why I bothered to pay for a Fantastica Experience either since the only real perk was room service, which I never used. Lesson learned. It has been years since I booked a short cruise and now I remember why....packed with kids and young families. Too many passengers allowing their kids to run rampant without parental control, even in the Main Dining room. I do not feel the Maitre d' did a very good job of seat assignments. There should have been families with babies and small children seated in the same area. Instead they were spread all over the dining room. I was in an ADA cabin which should indicate that I had a disability. Mine is a mobility issue and need to use a scooter to get around. Logically I would think that a person with a handicap would be seated close to the entrance. I was assigned a table all the way in the back of the dining room by the kitchen entrance. To get there I had to traverse the length of the entire dining room. And to boot there was a large family at the table behind us with 6 restless kids who were jumping up and down and yelling during dinner with NO parental intervention.That did not make for a pleasant dining experience. I requested a table change. The next night we dined in the Butcher's Cut which was great except for the fact that when my cabinmate asked to change her salad because she did not care for the dressing on it the waiter told her they would have to charge for a different salad. Since when can't you send something back and have it replaced without additional charge? I found the staff in general to be snarky, unfriendly and stressed out. I found some of the passengers (American) to be the same way. When returning from Ocean Cay I was positioning my scooter to be able to board the elevator when it arrived and some woman who had been standing there waiting also must have thought I planned to cut in front of her. She started screaming at me about how just because I was disabled it didn't give me entitlement for a prime position on the elevator. I was shocked! #1 anyone with common courtesy would insist to allow a disabled person go ahead of them. I was an RN for nearly 40 years and ALWAYS helped the less abled. Guess she was just a rude person. As it turned out there was plenty of room for me on the elevator but I had no intention of riding in it with such a rude individual and just waited for the next one. What the heck? You're on vacation lady! When I sailed on the Divina two years ago I had a wonderful 7 night cruise. The food was really great, the entertainment spectacular and everyone tried their best to make the passengers happy. This time was such a disappointment! I traveled with someone who had never been on this line and it was kind of disappointing to encounter so many issues when I had been bragging this line up so much. There were situations after situations where excuses were constantly made for shortcomings in the dining room service. EX. ask for iced tea in the dining room at lunch and it is still not there after 30 minutes. Then the waiter gives you some lame excuse that it has to be brought from the buffet so you ask another assistant waiter and it is there in 2 minutes. Too much inconsistency. Menus were not the same. Too much cayenne in food that should not have it. But the breads, pizza and desserts remained exceptional. Ocean Cay was advertised for over a year to be open and was constantly pushed back month after month. I sailed on the Seaside last December and the island was supposed to be open by then. This time it was open. This was only the 3rd sailing going there. As it was we were unable to spend more than 2 hours there due to an incoming storm. I have no doubt that this will be a great beach place to spend the day eventually but it is really not ready yet. The computers on the island are not communicating properly with the system on the ship making for really long lines at the bars and coffee shops.I had the opportunity to speak with one of the construction foremen there about future plans for the island. When I asked him about the opening delay he told me that construction was never started on Ocean Cay until Spring 2019 so he had no idea why MSC would have been promoting it's opening LAST year. Really MSC? I am a cruise consultant and I have been excited to see MSC have great success in the USA market but they still have a very long way to go. In my opinion they need to employ more staff for their dining areas & do better training with their staff about attentiveness to details and customer service. That seems to be extremely lacking. I ran into a woman just down the corridor from me who incurred an injury right in front of the Guest Services area. The story she told me about her treatment was appalling and should never happen on a cruise ship. First off, this woman and her husband own a travel agency and both worked on a cruise line for 11 years. Regardless of this, she sustained an injury by getting her heel caught on the carpet and fell flat on her face. Not only did the staff not assist her one of them started arguing with her about her need for medical attention. I was under the impression that the Golden Rule in customer service is that the customer is ALWAYS right. In summery...I will never book another short cruise on this line. I must say I have had good experiences on a 7 day sailing on the Divina and on the Seaside. My next sailing will be on the Meraviglia for 12 days. I hope that is much improved! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
All rooms were suites. . It was awesome. Christmas decorations were beautiful. Great Christmas events We enjoyed all restaurants except Prime 7. Steaks were dry. lobster over cooked. Our favorite without reservations were Sete ... Read More
All rooms were suites. . It was awesome. Christmas decorations were beautiful. Great Christmas events We enjoyed all restaurants except Prime 7. Steaks were dry. lobster over cooked. Our favorite without reservations were Sete Mari the Italian and Compass Rose. Chartreuse was excellent on Christmas Eve. The shows put on with musicians and dancers were great. The comedian wasn’t very good. There was a guitarist that was good also but I don’t remember his name. The staff was great that took care of us. No lines. There was a block party to meet all your neighbors in your corridor. The Captain was going to come by and cheers to all. They ran down the hall and tapped glass and ran off. Not a good experience. Should have avoided the Captain part all together. We were a little disappointed after we booked that they changed one of our destinations from St Bart’s to St Kitts. The chairs on the upper deck were very comfortable. The pools were nice but we didn’t use them. Not pool people. There was an infinity pool on back deck in spa. Great experience. Will definitely use this cruise line in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Because good price and wanted to try it the best thing was the entertainment group Alex ameed don’t remember the name good of all but they were just a team they should never be broken. My table 539 the best service it’s something I ... Read More
Because good price and wanted to try it the best thing was the entertainment group Alex ameed don’t remember the name good of all but they were just a team they should never be broken. My table 539 the best service it’s something I will never forget because of the teams how they work their island beautiful the only thing is that they have to clean the windows that’s the only thing that I had problem with but other thing like the buffet on the morning was the same thing no variety and same for lunch but is ok the food was good but again the entertainment group is the best thing that cruise have and the theater good movie new make more jacuzzi and ice cream was good I would all over again in they cruise with the same people thank you so much Armonia the best time I had in a cruise Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Open space has been reduced to sardines in a can, it irked me to no end to see the free open space turned into a paying super expensive Vibe club. Outrageous!!!!!....Stop it already with the money grab trying to squeeze more and more ... Read More
Open space has been reduced to sardines in a can, it irked me to no end to see the free open space turned into a paying super expensive Vibe club. Outrageous!!!!!....Stop it already with the money grab trying to squeeze more and more money from us. You now have anywhere between 2000 to 2500 people using a tiny pool, hardly any space on the pool deck. I would consider another ship. Then there are the employees following around at the shops like you are some kind of thief ready to pounce on a cheap bracelet I can buy at the dollar store. Annoying and just rude. The good stuff: Buffet was very good, the specialty restaurants excellent food. Most of the staff was friendly, the ship was super clean. The enterteinment was excellent as well. The many games in the Galaxy Pavilion we enjoyed very much, we did the zombie kill, the spaceship, and the dinosaur park. All very good. We did not do the go cars, or the laser tag. My husband did the water slide and loved it. I will cruise again with norwegian but not on the encore. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This is my 27th RCCL cruise and I am at the Diamond Plus level. I am a "loyalist", as such as the cruise line tries to raise the bar of quality of food, service and entertainment. Those levels are expected on the next cruise and ... Read More
This is my 27th RCCL cruise and I am at the Diamond Plus level. I am a "loyalist", as such as the cruise line tries to raise the bar of quality of food, service and entertainment. Those levels are expected on the next cruise and the next cruise, etc. Embarkment: Traveling via RCCL arranged bus transfers from Fort Lauderdale to Miami, the ride was smooth and we arrived at Terminal A, we were on the ship in about 15 minutes, it was amazing. as we arrived about 1 pm our balcony stateroom was ready. Starboard, 10724. Stateroom: Nice, but due to the size of the ship my wife had to rent a Special Needs Group handicap scooter. Our cabin steward, Edgar was terrific and he fulfilled our every request. Windjammer Buffet: Good quality food, but the steam shop round was tough and chewy. and for some reason, they do not serve "creamy" cold slaw. Promenade Cafe: this 24 hour cafe still serves sandwiches on a roll that lacks adequate meat, if you think one or two slices of meat a sandwich, on a small club roll. Main Dining Room for Breakfast: Excellent food for breakfast, it has a limited ala carte menu for being a sit down and being serviced, but it also has a buffet. Main Dining Room for lunch: Good service and a nice ala carte menu,EXCEPT for its turkey club sandwich, which consisted of three pieces of barely toasted bread, with one slice of turkey, one sliver of a slice of avacado, one half leaf of leaf if lettuce and two pieces of bacon. I told the waiter "you call this a club sandwich" a dining room floor supervisor came over and said I could request more turkey. I told him, it the cook knew how to make a decent sandwich, I should not have to request additional meat. We tried the MDR for lunch and I had the steak and fries, and it was served rare not medium rare as requested and fries. No more MDR dining room lunches. Main Dining Room for Dinner: EXCELLENT service for MDR deck three and our table waiter Romando and assistant table waiter Vikash. Every meal was excellent, but it cracks me up as on the Allure OTS which is the Oasis OTS sister ship, the menu is the same on WEDNESDAY, they feature braised beef short ribs, excellent but serving the menus on the same night across the fleet for each night is a bit much! Casino Royale: Standard, slots, a lot of "asian" themed slots, and table games with a $10 minimum. The casino staff as always was friendly, and waiters were plentiful. Park Cafe: Limited lunch selection the day we had lunch it was salads top round beef and a variety of deserts, not too crowded in the Central Park area. Entertainment: The headliner Ronn Lucas was excellent, the One Sky a Cique de sol' knock was okay and the 90 minute "CATS" was a little boring and my wife and I did not get the premise of the show. Did not do the comedy club, the band was great. Debarkment: Fast, we were off the ship by 8:30 am and at Fort Lauderdale airport by 9:30am. OVERALL: It was a very relaxing cruise, as this was a Christmas break week 12/15 to 12/22/2019 week, the ship had a lot of families and children. The pool as never really that crowded. We stated on the ship as the ports of call were the been there done that! I am a cigar smoke and noted the smoke area on the pool deck 15 is shrinking.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This ship is stunning. Plenty to do all the time. Cabin (Inside Bella) is average size, but not a lot of storage. Pack light. Dining is average. Service in the dining room was very good and efficient. Buffet is enormous and can get ... Read More
This ship is stunning. Plenty to do all the time. Cabin (Inside Bella) is average size, but not a lot of storage. Pack light. Dining is average. Service in the dining room was very good and efficient. Buffet is enormous and can get crowded at times, but overall the food was good and plentiful. Omelet station should be moved to a less awkwardlocation. Current location in in a corner with other foods around it making it difficult to form a line without being in the way of the other food. Entertainment is good overall. Some shows need to be changed. Not up to the level we've come to expect from MSC. We mainly took this cruise for the ship and the private island. The ship and the island went well beyond our expectations. The island is still a work in progress and looking forward to seeing it again in the future. Would sail this ship again. Lots more to still explore and see. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise because it fit our schedule, was cheap, and was about a month since their private island, Ocean Cay, was opened. But we never got to see it. The onboard activities were plentiful, but virtually everything was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit our schedule, was cheap, and was about a month since their private island, Ocean Cay, was opened. But we never got to see it. The onboard activities were plentiful, but virtually everything was charged for, including such simple things as a glass of apple juice! Coffee, tea, and a few other (terrible!) juices were free, but anything else goes on your onboard account unless you buy one of the upscale packages. We chose the cheapest "Bella" cruise package, BIG MISTAKE!! We went to the Thermal Spa for one day and it was $112 for each of us, whereas the "Aurea" package gives you most beverages except hard liquor (the Easy Drink Package), unlimited use of the Thermal Spa, two free massages, and priority restaurant access over Bella and Fantastica packages for about $400 more per person. And then even if you buy one of the upscale packages if you want to so much as play a game of pool on their billiards table you have to rent it! It felt like an amusement park that charges you a hundred bucks to get in and then charges for every ride anyway! While the buffet was typically cruise ship mediocre, I will say that the main dining room was excellent: steaks tender and cooked to perfection, salmon juicy and melt-in-your-mouth, the soups were marvelous and the service top-tier -- even the coffee was better than the buffet. But to highlight the difference, except for the pizza they'd close the entire buffet during transition from one meal to the next rather than closing one side and then the other, so there were a couple of hours mid-day when you couldn't get anything but pizza. ???? And not only did two of our three pre-paid excursions get cancelled (one due to weather, one because of a lack of participation), but no compensatory discount for rescheduling another excursion was offered to those who prepaid but were cancelled. And even though the weather wasn't very bad they never even stopped at Ocean Cay, citing "possible danger to passengers from severe weather". Methinks there was some other problem on the island that they didn't want to talk about because there were just some sprinkles and a few whitecaps, not much wind at all. So we just sailed circles around the island for the entire day. The "bottom line" for us was that where the service by the cabin staff and main dining room staff were excellent, the service in other parts of the ship was mediocre and occasionally downright rude. All in all it just seemed like they didn't quite have their act together, the result being less than a satisfying cruise. Which is a shame, because other than not being able to access the front of the ship where the upscale "Yacht Club" dominates, the ship itself is outstanding. Would we sail MSC again? As tempting as the prices are, probably not. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I chose this cruise because of several reasons. This class of Celebrity ships are all excellent and the price was right. Celebrity has cut back in some ways but the food in main dining room and buffet is still very good. We ate in three ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of several reasons. This class of Celebrity ships are all excellent and the price was right. Celebrity has cut back in some ways but the food in main dining room and buffet is still very good. We ate in three specialty restaurants and they were all excellent led byMurano The highlights of the cruise for my wife was the lobster tails in Murano being flambayed at our table and yes they were so delicous. ! The entertainment was not up to the standard on my previous cruises but was ok.Fabulous staff in every way led by dining room waiter Rabinger or Happy Happy as he refers to all guests!Last but not least the cruise had a great itinerary including four ports and four days at sea!.The ABC islands are so nice and if you like snorting or scuba diving this cruise is for you. Enjoyed our fourth Celebrity cruise!! 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
I traveled with my wife and adult children. I watched a lot of reviews but somehow missed that the encore shows and dining reservations fill up the first few hours. The 1st full day of the cruise almost every show was full. I did make ... Read More
I traveled with my wife and adult children. I watched a lot of reviews but somehow missed that the encore shows and dining reservations fill up the first few hours. The 1st full day of the cruise almost every show was full. I did make one reservation for the teppanyaki restaurant before we left home, it was the best place we ate. The above information is what you need to know from this review. I was able to make reservations for late at night at Cagney's (disappointed) and Ocean Blue very nice place to eat formal ($40 for lobster over priced). We also was able to get in The Choir of Men a must see, and Kinky Boots very well done just not my cup of tea. I enjoyed the laser tag and a couple of virtual rides, but 250 pound weight limit on go-carts. Getting on was easy but crazy first two days with four thousands quest trying to sit around one swimming pool. There was an up-charge of $200 a piece for the adult only area, If you add the space for that and The Haven that is the back top 3 or 4 floors of the ship, off limits to most guests. With only three ports and one of them San Juan only 5:30 pm to 12 pm and most things on shore closed it was wasted port. To much time at sea and not enough space to get away from all the quests. I heard for a couple of staff that even they were not having fun and would try to return to their previous ship. We would not cruise on the encore again. 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
After breakfast in the dining room the food was unacceptable. The buffet was exactly the same choices every day. They virtually had no pastry chef. Maybe three desserts at the buffet any given day. Even the pizza which on MSC was ... Read More
After breakfast in the dining room the food was unacceptable. The buffet was exactly the same choices every day. They virtually had no pastry chef. Maybe three desserts at the buffet any given day. Even the pizza which on MSC was supposed to be great was awful. The ice cream at the pool was great we had it for lunch every day, it was ore like gelato. Staff very nice except you had to wait on line every day to talk to someone. guest Services staff were not very well informed, they all basically said they were new. No shade at the outdoor pool. All lounges were in the sun. If you wanted shade you had to sit at a table near the windows. Chairs were hard wicker and very uncomfortable. For cocktail lounges they were all really small on the promenade. Don't go to Cirque, definitely not worth the money. We had two acts a juggler and two ladies that swung on ropes upside down. In the beginning they had a singer that sang in a language that we did not understand, something from the islands we think, just a time killer. They had one galley that services four dining rooms. All food was cold and we usually sent it back. They don't care how many entrees you order. I think they are used to having the food sent back. We ate in Olives main dining room. Down the entire room they had the waiter staff, so you could see during your entire meal all the dishes and waiters moving around. Not a fine dining experience and very loud, Some of the waiters were not very experienced in English. Had to ask for everything, including water and ice tea, they didn't come around asking if you wanted any. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We are platinum on Carnival and don’t have kids. We have been on 3 other cruise lines. Thought to give MSC a try because of the reasonable price. We were pleased with the ship design and onboard activities (for additional cost), ... Read More
We are platinum on Carnival and don’t have kids. We have been on 3 other cruise lines. Thought to give MSC a try because of the reasonable price. We were pleased with the ship design and onboard activities (for additional cost), everything else was average fare. Biggest disappointment was the lack of 24/7 self serve ice cream machines on board. Food in the dining room was average, nothing to rave about unless you only eat fast food. The ports of call were not remarkable unless it is your first cruise. The onboard buffet was well laid out so there were no logjams ( except for omelettes). Food choices were somewhat limited compared to other cruise lines. Desserts were a pleasant surprise, they were way more flavorful than Carnival and smaller portions so you could sample a few without guilt. The only other free dining choice was the dining room, there are no Guys burgers or taco bars like you have on Carnival. The embark/disembark process went well, even for Miami. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I love Norwegian for the solo rates - no single supplement on many of their cruises, and a dedicated cruise director staff member to the solo group. I usually have a great time with new friends and love the price! This was a last ... Read More
I love Norwegian for the solo rates - no single supplement on many of their cruises, and a dedicated cruise director staff member to the solo group. I usually have a great time with new friends and love the price! This was a last minute great deal so I grabbed it. What I expected was something similar to past cruises with NCL (7) such as Epic (very few ocean views unless your room has them), a bunch of drinking games like on the Sun and Sky (short cruises and lots of fun), food that is tolerable, and happy staff that aren’t always the best, but love their job. This ship has blown me away with the level of service above and beyond what I expect, the beautiful ocean view venues, and number of venues, bars, restaurants, entertainment, quality of the room and cleanliness. The views from Margaritaville are fantastic, as well as those from the lower deck waterfront section with water views for many restaurants and lounge sections outside. Also views from the thermal suite (Forward) and Spice from the back of the ship are fantastic. The entertainment was above and beyond any I’ve seen on Norwegian - Choir of Men even pour you a beer before their performance! Their performance was outstanding! Love the Supper Club with D63 who were very enjoyable. Dinner and a show included in your cruise fare! Also very much enjoyed the District Brew entertainer last night. So fun! For my lowest balcony price with perks and a sale, I got 4 perks, 7 nights, used 2 cruise next certificates, and have lots of money left over to spend on things like a spa package today while everyone else is I. Cozumel, onboard souvenirs, and so much more. My room got upgraded to an aft, and with the overhead coverings on all, no one can see into my balcony, which is wonderful! I got all this for the price of a beverage package on most cruise lines plus the cost of one of my cruise next certificates. An incredible value! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Yacht Club experience means pure vacation enjoyment! From embarkation to disembarkation. it is a wonderful relaxing experience. When we arrived at terminal 4 in Miami, you go to the Yacht Club tent out front where they take your bags and ... Read More
Yacht Club experience means pure vacation enjoyment! From embarkation to disembarkation. it is a wonderful relaxing experience. When we arrived at terminal 4 in Miami, you go to the Yacht Club tent out front where they take your bags and you are escorted to a lounge area where you are given refreshments including Champaign, as you await your paperwork to be completed. After the paperwork is completed your photo is taken and you are given your cruise card and a wrist band which can be used to open your cabin, buy things in the gift shop etc. You must link your credit card at a kiosk near the concierge's desk. Our butler, Rodelyn was fantastic, she anticipated all our needs and was always a complete joy to be around. By the end of the cruise Rodelyn, Maria and the rest of the Yacht Club staff were like close family. My birthday was while we were onboard, they decorated my room, sang to me in the restaurant and made me a birthday cake. The Yacht Club brings people together for a wonderful relaxing experience, we've made great friends on each of our MSC Yacht Club experiences which I expect will last a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My perspective: Single young male no kids, looking for good blackjack, dancing, maybe younger singles groups to meet people my age. Not too picky on room nor food. Novice cruiser. A bit nerdy. I do not smoke nor drink. Overall 3.6 out of ... Read More
My perspective: Single young male no kids, looking for good blackjack, dancing, maybe younger singles groups to meet people my age. Not too picky on room nor food. Novice cruiser. A bit nerdy. I do not smoke nor drink. Overall 3.6 out of 5, rounded to 4/5. 1. Service. +Excellent staff (++). 2nd Engineer (Propulsion?) took time to tell me about ship as I am a nerd (+). Solo Traveller Leader danced with me for a few hours (+)... crowd was mostly too lame to dance and mostly just sat with drink package at Bliss club or pool deck - not NCL's fault. Personal Shopper and Bartenders very friendly (+) (even though I do not buy stuff nor drink alcohol). Guest Services knew my name and family's names (+). Room Steward for my mom and Aunt's room was very attentive to their security on day 1 - when I was trying to get in their room alone to drop off bags from embarkation (when they were eating), steward politely checked to see if I knew the occupants, my name, and their names (+). He paid enough attention that even on first day only females were in room (+). Stirrup Cay snorkel manager gave excellent brief to find underwater statues and avoid stepping on stingrays (+). NCL app kept losing wifi on phone (-) but may have been because my phone was old (Crapple IPhone 5s) however the communication package was only 5$ (+). Mandatory Deck 6 Day 1 safety brief to muster at lifeboats conducted in unpleasantly hot Florida sun on Starboard side for me for about 45 minutes... seriously folks, for those tourists only knowing snow, standing and sweating in the direct hot FL sun for about an hour shoulder to shoulder with other guests is the equivalent of someone up north wearing a bikini in -10 degrees F with 30 mph wind chill... it's not fun (-). I CANNOT stress enough how professional and polite the staff was (+). And the ship was VERY clean, no sickness from anyone I saw. Porters armed with hand sanitizer in plant-spray bottles lined the halls offering a spray to anyone with the endearing note of "washy-washy?" 2. Dining. Sushi should be part of buffet (-) not a la carte. Pizza was free for limited times (-). Breakfast served until 1230 (+) for late nappers. Sit down restaurants had good food (+) but be prepared to wait up to 90 minutes for it at some times. Dessert was limited unless guests enjoy ice cream (-). Very hardworking kitchen staff, always cleaning or working (+). A few good Indian dishes served with a good spice level (+). 3. Cabin. Slept like a rock, very quiet even though close to kids' arcade and activities; barely heard them running down hall (+). Mid ship can feel engine when moving at night at 25 knots (I do not get seasick, but some might). Bring ginger aboard as needed. Mini fridge allows aloe storage for emergency sunburn remedy (+). Decent size, although some may find it too small. Shower pod was small but had very good hot water (had to guess for temperature, finding 11 o'clock to be ideal temp for me). Drying rack-string did not work in room (-) but dehumidifier and air conditioning was very good, and I like it cold-I would say the room was a comfortable 69 degrees F (+). Safe was good, easy to program and had little LED light, but only big enough to fit about nine fists' full of stuff (+). 4. Entertainment. Movies in Sugarcane theater by day: Captain Marvel (-), Spider-Man, and Crazy Rich Asians; no interest but may appeal to others. Surprised no live theater during Sea Day on Day 3 (-). World-Class Juggler was excellent, saw two musicals with themes on 60's-70's music, Motown, and dancing (+). Casino was very bad overall, minimum 10$ for blackjack or anything else... I've played at other casinos that had lower minimums (should be 1$ to 3$) and games last much longer (- -). Smokers are not NCL's fault, but wow they need a smoker's gambling area as the smoke is enough to stagger a non-smoker (myself). Bingo was very bad; for the big drawing the caller goes very fast and actively tries to distract the players with irrelevant information (-). "How to Run a Cruise Ship" event was awesome, got to meet senior engineer, cruise director, director of hospitality, and even the captain. Virtual tour of bridge and engineering was good but diminished by fact that guests could not schedule a guided private tour or something. Senior crew was VERY knowledgeable. Took intense pride in providing relief to Bahamas after Dorian (like 100 pallets of supplies per trip to the islands when they needed it). They fielded dozens of questions expertly and I felt comfortable in their decades of naval expertise. Solo traveler group was all retirees, which is fine for some, but not for me (-). Nearly all younger people my age were married. Recommendation is for cruise to have age-bracketed solo traveler group. 5. Embarkation. If you got priority, MAKE SURE to mention to staff so you can circumvent lines. Luggage delivered later in day but in perfect condition and to correct rooms (+). Be advised if you have valuables to keep them on you as your bags will be sitting in the hall until you secure them. As usual, if you can, pack as light as possible - personal opinion but experience from many other forms of travel. 5a. Disembarkation. Relatively painless, although PRIORITY DOES NOT get you off the ship faster, so that 99$ does not cover it. 6. Excursions. Stirrup Cay staff is as good as the excellence demonstrated by shipboard. PRIORITY DOES NOT get you off nor back on ship faster (-). Be prepared to wait in a long line, although it moved within 30 minutes with the two tenders. 7. Would I go again? Probably not on this cruise in particular as the age group was too senior for dancing (not NCL's fault), the casino was very bad (- -), and I was hoping for more live entertainment. There should have been age-bracketed solo traveler groups with 20 year intervals. The food was good (+) although sushi was a la carte (-), and the service staff was outstanding (++). Props (pun) to you if you read this far! You get a (++)! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019

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