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We sailed for the 1st time on NCL as part of the Outlaw Country Cruise 1/22/18-1/26/18. It was my husband 46 and myself 44, in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary and first trip without our kiddos. We had a really nice time. As ... Read More
We sailed for the 1st time on NCL as part of the Outlaw Country Cruise 1/22/18-1/26/18. It was my husband 46 and myself 44, in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary and first trip without our kiddos. We had a really nice time. As this was a chartered cruise a few things were different, I am sure, than normal on NCL. This was a sold out charter. Embarkation: Super easy, we picked the latest time 230pm for embarkation and walked right on, after spending a lovely day in New Orleans- Ship: We thought the ship was in great shape. Everything was clean and shiny. The Stardust Theater was a great venue for the big concerts we saw. The Spinnaker lounge was also a great venue. Since this was a concert cruise the main pool was covered for the stage the whole time but the other pool was open as were hot tubs. They all looked clean and nice. Cabin: We had an inside room, 11523, as we really planned only on sleeping in there this cruise. (of note, we have prev sailed inside on HAL, window x 2 on Disney and most recently Balcony on RCCL). We really thought this was a great room, layout and storage was fantastic. Bathroom shower was huge. Room was updated, clean zero complaints. Dining: As this was a music cruise, every afternoon until late evening there were concerts or events. As such we never ate in the MDR because our schedule was pretty tight. We ate all breakfasts in the buffet and all but one lunch and dinner there as well. We tried the free restaurants Lotus Garden and OSheahans ( I think it is called) for lunch. they were both ok, very limited menus. Breakfast buffet was great- lots of options, crisp bacon, etc. Fresh made to order juice was awesome and well worth the extra charge. Lunch and dinners got a bit tiring, even on a 4 day cruise. The salad bar was severely lacking, always just lettuce and maybe 3-4 other toppings (I am a big salad kind of gal). The first night the prime rib in the buffet was wonderful. Desserts I found to be unimpressive ( and I have a big sweet tooth). However, as it often the case, neither of us starved:) We also always had great drink service, we purchased drinks at various bars all over the boat and from various wait staff. Never had a long wait or problem finding a waiter but again, never overbearing or asking us to buy extra stuff. Entertainment: Well, as prev stated, it was awesome because it was all musical artists that we enjoy. Service: We had an excellent cabin attendant, Alex-very friendly and efficient. Everyone we encountered was polite and welcoming. The only people that was annoying were the man and woman working the front desk at the spa the first night who really try and pressure you into buying the week long pass, we bought a one day pass and loved it (highly recommend) but with our schedule it would have been a waste as we could not have gone but one day. Big shout out to all the workers in the buffet area-no matter the meal, this was the best service and most clean we have ever seen in this area of any cruise line we have been on. Tables are instantly cleared, wiped down, etc. they politely remove your dishes as soon as you are done without feeling like they are hovering. We always were able to find a window seat. Service: A++++ Ports and Excursions: Our trip only went to Costa Maya and back. We booked our own day at Nacional Beach Club (thanks to these boards) and it was AMAZING. Wonderful food, drinks, service and beach. Evan runs a wonderful place and we highly recommend. It was a perfect day. Disembarkation: We walked off the boat with our own luggage at 745am and had zero wait and zero problems, we were in our car by 810am and on the highway for our 9 hour drive home. Conclusion: this was a great cruise, made even better by the best fellow passengers and service we have ever had on a cruise. Again, this was chartered and we were traveling without our children, so this probably has alot to due with those circumstances. If we were traveling with our children, I am not sure there would be enough to do on this boat for them as there are not a lot of bells and whistles and the food, while fresh, was def lacking in variety. However, if just the two of us, we would not hesitate to book again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
A half charter of "grown and sexy" was booked at the same time as my cruise. We were not informed of this fact and at least 3 public areas per day were blocked off for this party. Had I known all areas would not be available to ... Read More
A half charter of "grown and sexy" was booked at the same time as my cruise. We were not informed of this fact and at least 3 public areas per day were blocked off for this party. Had I known all areas would not be available to us, I would have never booked. The "quiet" areas had people from this party who had speakers attached to their phones blasting music. I complained to guest services who told me there was nothing they could do. The pool deck was closed to the public twice for private events during our cruise. A staff member grabbed my son by the arm to escort him off of the pool deck during one of these parties. I had a aft facing mini suite directly below the 12th level aft facing deck where several of the private events took place with loud music. Guests from the party were throwing items down onto our balcony. Miserable cruise!!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose this itinerary for a quiet and warm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the frigid temperatures. It seemed to us there were fewer children on board and the majority of cruisers were middle aged, which was ... Read More
We chose this itinerary for a quiet and warm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the frigid temperatures. It seemed to us there were fewer children on board and the majority of cruisers were middle aged, which was appealing to us. We had cruised on the Pearl on the 9 day sailing November 26, 2017, and had a recent comparison. It was our opinion that the food was much better this trip than the last where the food was good but not memorable. We were told there had been a change in the Executive Chef, which may have had something to do with it. The staff were extremely gracious, friendly and attentive. We were in an aft facing penthouse suite and our Butler and the Concierge were hands on the entire journey beginning day one. This was much different from our previous sailing on the Pearl where we had very little contact with the staff holding those positions. The entertainment was good, the Pearl Show Band played in the Atrium and in Magnums and were very talented and entertaining playing a variety of pop hits and big band pieces appealing to many generations. There was a Broadway actress/singer, Jerry Sangar, who performed many known Broadway pieces and she was incredibly talented and enjoyable. We were not impressed with Lace. Every song sounds the same. The odor in the casino from smokers was overwhelming even on decks above the casino. It appeared that many guests used the casino as a smoking area even with the casino was closed. The weather cooperated throughout most of the itinerary with only a sporadic bit of liquid sunshine on the first sea day. The seas were rough on both sea days but otherwise smooth. We were able to watch NFL play off games in the Atrium but seating was hard to come by and people were saving seats an hour before kick off. O'Sheehans was packed more than an hour before kick-off too. All in all, we would have to say this was a near perfect cruise experience for us. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The mid-sized ship met our expectations of Norwegian. The food on the pearl was really good compared to my experience on other Norwegian ships. The cabin was clean and feels spacious...love the many outlets and charging ports in the ... Read More
The mid-sized ship met our expectations of Norwegian. The food on the pearl was really good compared to my experience on other Norwegian ships. The cabin was clean and feels spacious...love the many outlets and charging ports in the room. Most of the staff was courteous and professional. Some new staff members needs more training though. We enjoyed the cruise. There are many games and activities on board to keep everyone entertained. I especially enjoyed the show from Broadway star Jeri S. What a great performer with a great voice. Cozumel is too overtly commercialized...which is very disappointing. We traveled extensively in Mexico and really don't like the commercialized resort areas of Cancun. Rotaan Bay in Honduras is the only stop that we get glimpses of native lives. Harvest Kay and Costa Maya are two man-made wonders for cruisers who enjoy the beaches and zip lines. It was great sailing out of New Orleans on the Mississippi...only wished the day light was longer so we could see more of the Mississippi. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Was invited on a free cruise through Casinos at Sea. Brought my adult son. We had a fabulous time. The Pearl had one of the best Cruise Directors (Simon AKA Chocolate Thunder) that we have ever had! We attended the Cruise Critic meet ... Read More
Was invited on a free cruise through Casinos at Sea. Brought my adult son. We had a fabulous time. The Pearl had one of the best Cruise Directors (Simon AKA Chocolate Thunder) that we have ever had! We attended the Cruise Critic meet and greet and the Hotel Director and staff invited us back towards the end of the cruise to provide them with feedback on our experience. That was a first and I think that is why the Pearl is making great strides to becoming a fabulous ship! We did upscale dining as our choice, plus I am a Platinum Latitudes member, so we had five of seven days in upscale venues. All of them were great! Modernos didn't seem to have the salad bar variety that I am used to, but we went later in the evening, so I don't know if that plays any part. Teppanyaki was the usual fun, but if you have this type of venue where you live, it did not have the quality that I am used to now. Cagneys was superb, as usual; La Cucina also put me in my happy place (yay---Tiramisu); and Le Bistro was tasty, tasty, tasty. Honestly, we only had one disappointment in the food venue area and that was Lotus Garden. The sushi rolls were bland, as was everything we ordered. A let down, but we just went to the Imperial Palace afterwards to get some scrumptious food there. The ship was evidently out of Moscato, which was a let down, but we found something else to make us happy. This was a W. Caribbean trip and I have to say that I was not impressed with the ports. We did a private tour at Cozumel, kayaking at Harvest Cay, and just walked around the others (I will not make that mistake again.) The ship had lots going on. We did buy the Thermal Suite passes, which I used, but not as much as I thought I would. It was sparsly occupied, so that was a plus. We had a balcony cabin (upgrade from the inside we were offered free). We usually are in a suite or Haven, but this was just fine. Room steward was great! Everyone on the ship seemed happy to be there, which always makes cruising so much more pleasant! Lots of activities going on about the ship; trivia, dance classes, movies, etc. I was amazed at how often we could find areas with no one else in sight--which I appreciate, since I read a lot during cruises. The spa is always a highlight on my cruises. It seems the prices are getting higher, but the best value I found was after attending a spa presentation, we were offered a special price on multiple services. I took them up on it and BOY was it worth it! I think I will do that again on my next cruise! The entertainment on the cruise was quite good! They had an acrobatic husband/wife team (Duo Balskatt) that I could have watched every night. The comedian was not quite to our taste; in the welcome show he was joking about infidelity, and we don't appreciate that type of humor, so we skipped his show. All of the other shows were highly entertaining, though. The Pearl singers, dancers, and band were top notch! Biggest downer was the lack of luck we had in the casino, but that's just the way it goes! We received free drink cards while in the casino, so that was a pleasant surprise. All of the dealers were friendly, so even though we lost, we didn't feel too badly. Hoping that I receive another one of these offers in the future....I would love to bring my hubby, who couldn't get off during this time frame. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
After several trips with Carnival, and one with Royal Caribbean, we had the chance to take this cruise with Norwegian, and it was amazing! Hands down the best value of any cruise we've taken so far. The dining options were great, ... Read More
After several trips with Carnival, and one with Royal Caribbean, we had the chance to take this cruise with Norwegian, and it was amazing! Hands down the best value of any cruise we've taken so far. The dining options were great, with restaurant choices that didn't require an extra fee, and the buffet was outstanding. The Freestyle dining with no scheduled times was very nice. Embarkation and debarkation were very easy and fast. There was a ton of things to do onboard every day, and the cruise director and his staff did an outstanding job. We had an inside cabin on deck 10, and it was very nice. It seemed to us that everything about the ship and crew was very well done, especially when compared to cheaper cruises we've taken. The entertainment options were great, from the shows in the main theater, to the smaller events and performers in other areas of the ship. Thank you Norwegian for a 1st class experience! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I’ve always loved the ship. On the voyage, I had a couple problems. For the first time, in 9 cruises, I thought I’d continue my work out during the cruise. I could not get in the steam room because no one would start the steam at any ... Read More
I’ve always loved the ship. On the voyage, I had a couple problems. For the first time, in 9 cruises, I thought I’d continue my work out during the cruise. I could not get in the steam room because no one would start the steam at any predictable time. I even went so far as to speak with the hotel manager, no change was made. The food at La Cucina ,,, just plain wonderful. Every time we go there it’s great. We also ate at the sushi bar and as usual, the food was so tasty. The crispy rice was great. Another meal at Cagney’s proved a little less than great. I didn’t want squash/zucchini. The waiter substituted broccoli. He didn’t order my potatoe soup then he chosen a vegetable for me. This was not good. After delivering our main corse, he just disappeared. Our room attendant was really good. Everything was clean and well taken care. We went to the new stop “Harvest Caye”. The beach and pool was great and that’s all. The other space was filled with commercial crap to buy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Seven day, Western Caribbean out of New Orleans on the Pearl. In a Suite. There were 14 in our group in 7 Suites. The Pearl is a beautiful ship and the staff is very attentive. Norwegian has taken steps to upgrade the food and ... Read More
Seven day, Western Caribbean out of New Orleans on the Pearl. In a Suite. There were 14 in our group in 7 Suites. The Pearl is a beautiful ship and the staff is very attentive. Norwegian has taken steps to upgrade the food and done an excellent job. The dining room was excellent although the menu was 80% the same each night, they did have "items of the day". We were on a 7 day cruise and ate in 4 specialty restaurants. Cagney's and Le Bistro (French) were outstanding. Teppanyaki was fun and the food was very good, but you go there for the show. Limited menu at their oriental restaurant, but the food was good. Buffet was suprisingly good and the breakfasts were really good. Great cinimon rolls. Entertainment was good. They had a "legends" show with Elvis, Michael Jackson and Madonna that was fantastic. Staff was wonderful. Room stewards were always around the room was perfect at all times and they were never intrusivde or a bother. Bad stuff... In room movies were repeated for several days. I know your suppose to be out enjoying the ship, but occasionally some quiet time is nice and I saw the same 4 movies over and over. Sports on the boat is European..cricket and soccer...even when the College National championship game was played. They did show the NFl pl;ayoff games, but they were in the attrium and not on TV. New Orleans is an easy port to get in and out of, but the itenerary from the "Big Easy" is always the same (western caribbean). For the sake of the 75 million people who live in the center of the country...go some place else. The ship was easy to navigate and the elevators were fast. Leaving the ship was the only time the elevators were busy and hard to get. I would go on the Pearl again Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Overall, everything good. The Norwegian Pearl was beautiful, the food & service was excellent, the cabin and bed comfortable. I was a little disturbed that the cruise lines now seem to like to contain their passengers by the ship ... Read More
Overall, everything good. The Norwegian Pearl was beautiful, the food & service was excellent, the cabin and bed comfortable. I was a little disturbed that the cruise lines now seem to like to contain their passengers by the ship rather than encourage them to go into town where REALITY is. I would rather give my money to the locals (and get better prices) than to pay the ridiculous prices to the cruise lines. They have built little markets, pools, etc. right by the ship (which are very beautiful) but it encourages people to stay close by rather than venture out into the cities. We had one drink each (I don't drink anymore) because it was our honeymoon and the charge was $24.00! That is highway robbery. Also, the thing that really frosted me is that NCL doesn't allow you to bring water bottles onboard. It's bad enough that the airlines do that. When we embarked on the Norwegian Pearl, security threw my water bottle in the trash. I am accustomed to going into the first port and buying a case of water for the week, but that was not allowed. I feel this is a violation of my rights. Water is essential and I don't drink tap water, only spring water. I was without water for two hours. I had to buy NCL's spring water when I got onboard for $6.60 each! I don't believe this is about safety at all (you can bring hairspray and other things you could make bombs from!) I believe it's all about REVENUE. :( We had some nice weather but also some chilly weather. We left from New Orleans, so went thru the Mississippi River, then thru the Gulf of Mexico down to the Caribbean. The Gulf was windy, chilly and cloudy both ways and my husband got sea sick. We had two ports where the weather was cloudy and cool, and two ports where it was nice and hot. There was a band that played Latin music that was good, another band similar that was good. Two solo artists, one was fairly good and the other was pretty bad. It seemed that everywhere we went the DJ came and started playing rap / dance music which I don't like at all. Most of the guests were 40 yrs and up, so couldn't figure out why they didn't look at their demographic before selecting music. We saw 3 shows. The first night, a preview for upcoming shows. Decent. We saw a 60's show midway thru the cruise and it was very good. We saw a variety show toward the end and it was good also. The cruise director was so-so. This was my 10th cruise and he wasn't as good as most. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
There were 80+ of us who went as a church group on the Norwegian Pearl. We previously went as a group on the Carnival Dream. The Dream drowns the Pearl, hands down. I'd pay double to go back to Carnival. The ... Read More
There were 80+ of us who went as a church group on the Norwegian Pearl. We previously went as a group on the Carnival Dream. The Dream drowns the Pearl, hands down. I'd pay double to go back to Carnival. The ship...............wow, where do I begin....... We had a balcony room that barely had enough room for us to walk through. The bathroom was so small, my fiance' hit his knees on the wall every time he used the bathroom. Excruciatingly small!!!!!! The Legends in Concert was pretty decent. Madonna didn't strike me as overly good. Michael Jackson's moves were spot on, though his vocals weren't quite the king of pop. Elvis was pretty good. Like Michael Jackson, moves were better than the voice, but they were both pretty entertaining. We had the unlimited drink package & I can say that was a great perk. I can't say a negative thing about any of the bartenders. Keith Campbell in O'Sheehan's was a hilarious server. His personality will take him far in this industry. "Washy Washy" was stationed at the front of the buffet every morning and his attitude was infectious!!!!!!!!! When I'd see him in Summer Palace, I'd say "washy washy" and he'd stop & smile & wave at me. He was one of the last workers I saw while disembarking & we shared a great hug!!! He's another shining spot!!! While we did encounter some waves, the movement on the Pearl was overwhelmingly more than the Carnival Dream. I'm not sure if there were better stabilizers on the Dream but our time on the Pearl was agonizingly ROUGH!!!! If a worker & you came to a spot at the same time, the workers went out of their way to cross in front of you. When we were on Carnival, the workers stopped & let the guests pass. Gee, what a novel idea!!! The food was also better on Carnival. Norwegian served prime rib with a thick gravy. Each time I've eaten prime rib, it's been with aus jus. The best thing I can say about Norwegian's food is their tiramisu is better than ANY other I've ever tried. The service was sub par & downright rude at some points. Then we found Maria Ciriaco in Summer Palace in the evenings. AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH, what a breath of fresh air she is. She knew our names after the first night, knew our drink preferences and refilled our drinks before we could ask for refills. If we did need something like more bread or extra butter, etc, her response was always "I'll get it for you". Amazing woman. She hustled with every step. It's rare to see young people with such work ethic. The ports of call were just that, ports of call. The private island of Norwegian is nothing to write home about. All 4 stops were pretty equal and were worth visiting. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone told me "Norwegian is better than Carnival". So many times I was told that before our cruise. All of us in our immediate party agreed that Carnival had Norwegian beat, hands down. I can't see me ever spending another penny with Norwegian and I'll tell anyone else who will listen the same thing. Shout out again to Maria Ciriaco, Keith Campbell & Washy Washy!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Cool weather on sea days but great time......first timer on NCL, previously 5 times RCCL & 1 time Carnival. Great service, clean ship, more of a freestyle feel. Loved ports. Both of us had Unlimited alcohol package and was no problem ... Read More
Cool weather on sea days but great time......first timer on NCL, previously 5 times RCCL & 1 time Carnival. Great service, clean ship, more of a freestyle feel. Loved ports. Both of us had Unlimited alcohol package and was no problem getting a good drink on a regular basis - bartenders were all great. Adjusting to freestyle cruising was different for us, as a couple was harder for us to meet new people.......but I am sure it is great if multiple couples are cruising. We were ok with it.....just different. Comedian and acrobatic shows were outstanding. Going into this cruise we had in our mind that NCL was a peg or two below RCCL and after this cruise we have them near the top. Must point out a class act - we had a scheduled excursion at Roatan, Honduras for Maya Island tour & snorkel/beach. It was an overcast day and they advised forecast was 20-30% chance of rain and offered full refund if we wanted to cancel excursion......NCL this means a lot and I hope you emphasize to your operator as we heard other excursions did not offer this "out" clause opportunity. We stayed with trip and signed off on it. We have booked another NCL cruise on Bliss in October. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Great cruise overall and loved the outdoor buffet at the back of the ship. Very good service and variety of food. We took the water Taxi to Placencia and just loved it, went to Tipsy Tuna and Dawn's Cafe best food and drinks and darn ... Read More
Great cruise overall and loved the outdoor buffet at the back of the ship. Very good service and variety of food. We took the water Taxi to Placencia and just loved it, went to Tipsy Tuna and Dawn's Cafe best food and drinks and darn near had the beach to ourselves, much more true experience of Belize than what Harvest Caye can offer. Swim up bar was interesting at Harvest caye but overall I loved the feel of the village in Placencia. Highly recommend it. We also had great times with the other ports but ended up using excursions from a private company and had no issues whatsoever. The lounge band on this cruise was horrible and showed up when we least wanted to hear them, singer sounded the same for every song and every single genre which was not enjoyable, we said something to the cruise director but honestly it did not seem that he listened to anyone that was not a hot single woman. We cruised 4 adults 2 rooms, Jan 2018. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
This is about the 5th time we have done a Dawn repositioning from New Orleans to Boston, or the fall reverse. As always, we find the repositioning to be a great value, as well as the added advantage of walking off the ship and being home ... Read More
This is about the 5th time we have done a Dawn repositioning from New Orleans to Boston, or the fall reverse. As always, we find the repositioning to be a great value, as well as the added advantage of walking off the ship and being home in 40 minutes without the hassle of boarding a plane. Our goal on vacation is sleep late, drink lots, and eat good food. This cruise fulfilled all the above. We have a tendency to eat the whole time in the premium dining rooms and find them well worth the expense when purchased with the dinning package. The food and the service is well worth the $11 per meal extra charge. Our cabin was an inside on deck 8, 8089. We have always loved deck 8. One floor above the promenade and with O'sheehan's 24 hour restaurant on the same deck, and a view of the nightly shows in the atrium and sea day afternoons. Our cabin was one of those turned sideways to the hall. I have for a while wanted to experience one of these, and to be honest it was OK, but I think a bit tighter on the real estate. Next time I will opt for the standard Port to Starboard configuration. A couple nights you could hear the BOOM-BOOM of a base, but it was tough to tell if it was coming from the musicians on deck 6 or a party on deck around the pool. Very little hall traffic was notices. We have been to all the ports we visited a bunch of times and as this is a ship review with not comment on them in this ship review. The ship was in excellent condition, with only two exceptions, first the carpet in front of the Java café on deck 7 was soaked, and gave off a noticeable stink of...well, wet carpet. The seam closest to the bar was open, stretched and a trip hazard. Probably from guest repeatable spilling drinks, and the crew wet vacuuming daily. The other issue is during the refit last year, some really poor interior decorator or art consultant defaced the are in the Venetian Dining room. I spook to the Restaurant manager regarding it, and she agreed and stated she gets at least one complaint about it every day. She did not expect NCL to change and correct it as apparently, it was performing as expected and sparking continues controversy.... The food overall was excellent. If you have sailed with NCL in the past I have always found the main dining room food at breakfast came out cold and mediocre. On this trip, it was delicious, hot and cooked the way it was ordered. The main dining room lunch is still locked basically on one menu, but it was all dine very well and delicious. I will give them credit for offering a special one lunch of "Weiner-snitzel" that made me want to order a second. Cagney's has slid down a little as the steaks appeared to be slightly smaller, and from what I understand the giant portion steaks as the 38 oz. Tomahawk and the equally overwhelming T bone will be dropping from the menu. Which also reminded me that Lobster is no longer available, even as an add in the main dining room. One of my favorites the Beef Wellington was also regrettably recently dropped. La Bistro remains the same with basically the same menu it as had for years. Great food and excellent service. One note to make, the window seats look nice and wrap around your head. They look nice, but are extremely low, uncomfortable, and with the wings, almost impossible to communicate or rubberneck to the side. I liked it to being placed in a coffin at a viewing. Ask for another table if seated at one. There is nothing to see at night on an open sea. Crystal the Matre d, is quick witted, and fun to tease and spar with. Los Lobos - One of those good surprises. The guacamole is made tableside, and delicious. The skirt steak was very good, and my wife enjoyed the fish tacos. Much improved and was a busy place the two nights we visited. If you elected not to take the dinner package, this would be a good place to try a-la cart. as the prices were inexpensive. (Bar drinks were very limited as they push Tequila so if you drink scotch, get one before you go.) This restaurant was manned 100% by Philipino's. The Maitre D, Emelinda, spends the whole night turning ripe avocados into delicious mush. La Cucina - This was another surprise. A couple years ago the meal was poor to OK. Last fall it was good, this time it was great, the menu has changed and honestly, I had the best steak of the cruise here. The restaurant is lit well, and very comfortable. Certainly on our list to return to. Mario, has been the matre d, is a bit, I would say, nervous. He has held the position for the last year. A new hostess or host (I called him Mario 2, but I believe his name is Manual, runs the front of the house very well as Mario 1 lurks from around the corners and come out of the shadows when he thinks it safe. O'Sheehan's - When we didn't have anything else to do, this was our destination. It overlooks the Atrium or main lobby. Food is non-stop 24 hours, super hot as it is always cooked to order, and delicious comfort food. The bar is one of the largest on the ship and drinks are quick to come by. While at sea and at night there always seems to be some type of entertainment such as live music, demonstrations or Q and A's with department heads. I was lucky to be recognized by Komang the nightly maître d. A small stocky dark skinned guy from Bali. His grin is truly from ear to ear. We seemed to adopt each other from the first day, and he went way out his way to assure every aspect of our cruise was to our liking. I can not say enough for the things he did for us. The last name I want to drop is the Restaurant Manager, Ionela. A very tall Romania beautiful woman with a warm personality. She always made time to talk to us ever night, despite how busy things seemed to be. If you have ANY issues with any restaurant issue I'm sure she can straighten it out. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I've been on Norwegian before and thought the re positioning cruise out of New Orleans looked good. Price was right, but I was wrong. Not only was the ship dirty and poorly run, but the bathroom stalls in neither the men's nor ... Read More
I've been on Norwegian before and thought the re positioning cruise out of New Orleans looked good. Price was right, but I was wrong. Not only was the ship dirty and poorly run, but the bathroom stalls in neither the men's nor women's stalls would always unlock from the inside. Quite a few, including myself got locked in. Got a notice about 1/2 through that "Technical Work" was going to be done in my corridor. Notices crew working with locks the first day. Was off ship the 2nd day. Realized they were painting doors the third day. Didn't know that painting was "technical". Result was extreme allergic reaction, flight cancelled from Boston back to San Antonio as was afraid of airplane pressure in regards allergic reaction, $1151 in added cost to drive back. While I may cruise Norwegian again, I'll be much more careful the next time. To repeat, the worst cruise I have ever been on,,,, and I've been on 30+. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Have elderly family - nearly the last of my father's side of the family - living near Boston and try to visit a couple of times a year. Options are flight to Logan (from where I live in the Florid Panhandle) for a couple of days ... Read More
Have elderly family - nearly the last of my father's side of the family - living near Boston and try to visit a couple of times a year. Options are flight to Logan (from where I live in the Florid Panhandle) for a couple of days visit...or an ugly slog up I-10 and I-95 (or I-85 and I-95 for a couple of days each way. A couple of years ago I saw a re-positioning of the RCI Serenade of the Seas form NOLA to BOS for 13 days (enroute to the Baltic for the summer) and took it. MUCH more elegant than the interstate! Restful...and the RCI ship and staff were very good. (I may have reviewed this trip previously.) Anyway, we - my wife and I - were in an 11th deck mini-suite (aft, stbd side - Cabin 11172) which was fine. Very comfortable and we had an excellent steward. (Though we are very undemanding regarding the room and clean-up. Haven't ever tried room service! But the room service was very good.) Meals at the Aqua (noisy, and people not very subdued or quiet) was fine. Food and service OK for the couple of meals there. The Venetian (only a little more refined and quiet - until the Asian family groups came to dine!) was also OK with fairly good service. Food was pretty goods overall. Staff was noticeably very kind and polite. We remarked on this many times. THANKS! Specialty dining was at the Moderno, an Argentinian pig-out of meat specialties - judged: so-so. Better was the Teppanyaki - Japanese showy meal - lots of steel blades clanking and slapping around! Food was good and it was good entertainment! La Cucina was pretty much OK. Food OK and good service. And we changed one night to get into Cagney's - the steak house - which was also pretty good. (Those were our four specialty dining events.) We prepaid gratuities (for the 12 day cruise) and selected 2 offered Free at Sea options - the specialty dining package (4 dinner meals) and the beverage package (free drinks for the cruise). We pre-paid gratuities - $324 total. Gratuities were pre-paid also for the dining package - $30.24 - and the beverage package - $341.28. Travel insurance was $384. Cruise fees - arranged through Explore Cruise Travel were about $1,500 per person, with $180 Government fees and some other misc package fees and an upgrade fee...Basically all under $4,500. total. the ship was pretty good - we had been out on the Dawn for a week form/to New Orleans a year-and-a-half earlier (before a recent re-fit) and we found the ship in good condition and attractive. A previous lounge on the 13th floor had been converted to 'garden suites' or some such...we weren't there. The theater and shows were actually very good. Entertaining, and some of the entertainment in other lounges and venues were also very good. Overall a good cruise on a good ship that NCL should be proud of. THE BAD? Well, the port personnel in NOLA were horrible. EMBARKATION: After getting through the security screening, they rounded up passengers into groups and 'fed' them into two lines to wait to get to the room where you had the desks and personnel (NOLA, not NCL, personnel!) to check you in, give you the cabin keys, take your credit card, etc. Very slow - very, VERY unorganized! Of course they took all the handicapped folks (and their parties, and the Platinum/Double/Platinum/etc guests) directly to the front - I am used to that and it's OK. But they had one line - about 100-120 in it - and another line - it looked to be about the same EXCEPT it curved back on itself THREE times - and it had probably well over 300 people in it - to get into the room where you 'hooked and jabbed' with others to get to a check-in agent. Well, you can guess which line we ended up in! Took us about 1-1/2 hours to the other line's maybe 30 minutes to get to the check-in room! About half of the people that we met on the ship complained about the situation. Lousy, lousy, LOUSY New Orleans! ROUTE: After a day at sea, we went to Cozumel. We stayed on ship - been there done that. (And the shop was at the north terminall, not in town!) Next was Roatan, Honduras. Also stayed on board (Snorkeled there, too, before). Another day at sea and then we came to Cartegena, Columbia - a firt time there for us. Had a tour arranged with not NCL, but from Trip Advisor) with a Marelvy Pena. Actually had an other guide, but for $95 we had a nice A/Ced bus for us and 3 other couples. Nice tour of the old city. Next nother day at sea an then cemt San Juan, PR! Boy, General Kelly and Trump need to 'drain the swamp at Homeland Security and INS and TSA!!! We had nearly a two hour wait to get though custome and onto the island! No EXCUSE for this type treatment of US citizens in the US! OK, so when we got off the shop, we found tht the Carnivl was 'at the town pier' and we were a $13.50 each bus ride to the old town! Nice walk-around, saw the forts, nice lunch. And then when we got back to bord the ship we had all 1,200+ staff and crew in a (it was a full 3 hour wait they had!) line to 'clear US Customs.' Shame on our US Border and Customs personnel!!! OK so bad says getting on the boat at NOLA and a bad day with Customes at San Juan! Next (last enroute) stop was in BVI at Tortola. i arranged to take the NCL tour to Jost van Dyke for the day. Easy trip ($107 pp)....we took the Rebel Yell motorized catamaran there and found ourselves - all 50-60 of us - at a nice white beach with about 6 bars facing us. We got a short briefing on each and a promise that the boat would return for us in about 4 hours. We sat at on loungers at the first bar we came to - the Soggy Dollar Bar - and ordered a couple of Painkillers. After about 4 hours - and 3 or so more Painkillers and great Bar-B-Que for a lunch - the Rebel Yell did indeed return and take us back to the Dawn. Three more days steaming up the Atlantic Coast got us to Beantown, where - thankfully! - Customs and debarking was a breeze. there you have it - stale of taking a ferry form NOLA to Boston Spring 2017! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because we tend to enjoy the longer cruises as well as the re-positioning cruises. It was my husband, a friend and I in one cabin and my sister and her husband in another. We love traveling together with my sister ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we tend to enjoy the longer cruises as well as the re-positioning cruises. It was my husband, a friend and I in one cabin and my sister and her husband in another. We love traveling together with my sister and her husband. We didn't really care for the itinerary as much as ones in the past. In Cozumel, Mexico, our 2nd time to this island, we did the Fury Catamaran Snorkel & Beach Party. This was a good excursion. The snorkeling wasn't the best, but wasn't the worst we have done. The reef was ok and the fish were all the same, but I'm sure that comes with the location of the snorkel. The crew was good and the beach had plenty to do. In Roatan, Honduras, our 1st time to this island, we did the Jolly Roger Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling with Lunch excursion. This was one of the best, by far, excursions we have been on. The crew was great, lunch was awesome, the reefs were fantastic and the fish were if many varieties. The only this I could say that might be a little negative was that there were too many people so if you stayed with the group, you wound up getting kicked. My husband & I stayed in the way back of the group, whereas my sister did not and was one of the ones getting kicked. I would definitely do this excursion again! In Cartegena,Columbia, our 1st time to this island, was one that if I was to go back too I would just get off the ship and go to the Bird Sanctuary. We did the Hop On/Hop Off Bus excursion and only got off at a couple stops because the people swarming you to buy stuff was overwhelming, especially on an extremely hot & humid day. In Puerto Rico, our 3rd time to this island, we finally found a beach, and a gorgeous one at that. My sister and I sat on the beach, under an umbrella, because it was raining, while the lonely men entertained themselves. My husband did some metal detecting and my sister's husband did some body/wave surfing. I will definitely go back to this beach. I will have to figure out which one it was, but that won't be too hard. We got a taxi ride there and when it was time to leave, we called the same taxi to bring us back and he arrived very quickly. The guy we rented the chairs and umbrella from was also great. this was an all around great time had by all:) In Tortola, BVI we did the Norman Island Snorkel excursion. This one was also a great one. The boat ride over to Norman Island was a little rocky but once we got there the snorkel site and fish were awesome. The crew was also great on this one. I would also do this one again. Now about NCL... I have been on 9 cruises, all with NCL; 1 on the Majesty, 1 on the Dream, 2 on the Gem and 5 on the Dawn. I have found the NCL to be going downhill from when I first started cruising. Some of he employees, not all seem like they don't want to be there. They aren't as outgoing as they used to be...maybe that is because they are required to work a normal work week of 70 hours or more, which is ridiculous. NCL has also taken away extras that used to be given to the guest, Andy's candies on their pillows at night, ship pins when different levels have been reached, and perks like an extra point/per day (latitudes) on cruises booked 9 months or later in advance. I think that if NCL doesn't bring back some of the stuff they have taken away, it will cause people to look to other cruise lines for their trips. NCL seems to care only about themselves, as a business, and not about their customers or employees. I have never cruised on another cruise line but after this last one, I will consider looking at others. Please bring NCL back to where they were before this new CEO. Sincerely, Kelly J Marti Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it was a re-positioning cruise with multiple ports we had not been to, many sea days which we love and because it was on the Dawn and we had done a repo cruise 2 years ago and LOVED it. What makes the ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a re-positioning cruise with multiple ports we had not been to, many sea days which we love and because it was on the Dawn and we had done a repo cruise 2 years ago and LOVED it. What makes the ship and this trip so great? The officers and crew who go out of their way to make sure you're having a great time. The ship is not too big so you have the opportunity to meet the same people over and over. There's a great variety of restaurants and their newest one, Los Lobos, is fantastic!!! We've been on several ships. The Dawn has some of the best entertainment we've come across. The finale show is just amazing. We've seen a few Cirque shows and feel the show on the Dawn is well above. The music everywhere has something for all genres. Plenty to do or do nothing at all, it's your choice which makes it so appealing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I will start by saying we have cruised with NCL 18 times, and have never complained. My attitude is "If you can't find the good , that is your problem." This was the 8th time on the Dawn the 4th re-po.We chose this cruise ... Read More
I will start by saying we have cruised with NCL 18 times, and have never complained. My attitude is "If you can't find the good , that is your problem." This was the 8th time on the Dawn the 4th re-po.We chose this cruise because we love taking reposition cruises, especially if Boston is at the beginning or end. We live in central MA which allows for only one way flight. We spent 2 days in NOLA. We stayed at the Greenhouse Inn in the garden district. The Inn was very quaint and relaxing. We enjoyed the city using the day passes on the trolley. Embarkation was very confusing, with conflicting instructions. The service on the ship was excellent, however the itinerary was poorly planned. We went to San Juan after Cartagena which require all cruisers and staff had to leave the ship for customs . Wasting 3 hours of our day to get off the ship. We seemed to get the "bad" pier everywhere we went. In Cozumel and San Juan we were at the Royal Caribbean pier leaving us far away from the usual shopping . In Cozumel we were in a port with high rent shops. We went on the semi submersible sub which was excellent. Roatann we were tendered in, where we went to The Tabyana Beach Party which was fair. In Cartagena we went on the Horse Drawn Old City tour. The idea is very nice, but it was so hot inside the walls no breeze. The city is beautiful. When ever we stopped we were "attacked" by venders. I wanted to purchase some emeralds and the only shop we went to was ridiculous. She started at $480, I declined she went to $360 .again I declined then she asked me how much I would spend. at the point I told her I was not interested. In Tortola we went to Jost Van Dyke. That was the best excursion we had ,"Best Day Ever". We met some wonderful new friends in the staff. We enjoyed breakfast in O'Sheehans every day, and enjoyed Patti and Jose' in the evenings. We also made new friends up in the Bimini. Wilfred, Ana ,Krista, and Leo all very attentive and friendly. Our biggest problem with this cruise was it seemed like we were an afterthought to who ever arranged the cruise. If San Juan cannot be the first port it should be skipped due to the need of having customs done before entering a US port. Non American cruisers were treated like criminals. Disembarking was the usual mess. The idea of having everyone off the ship in 2.5 hours is an enormous task, to be turned around in 4 hours . Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My group of three chose this cruise due to the length of the cruise and the ports of call. We responded to an ad online from an agent out of Las Vegas, NV. We had all sailed on Norwegian previously however it had been over 15 years for ... Read More
My group of three chose this cruise due to the length of the cruise and the ports of call. We responded to an ad online from an agent out of Las Vegas, NV. We had all sailed on Norwegian previously however it had been over 15 years for each of us. I would point out the age of our party was 70, 70 and 80. We made clear with the agent we would need three twin beds and decided on an oceanview cabin. We were assured we would have two twin beds and a couch which would convert to a third bed. Upon arrival on the Dawn, we were surprised to open our cabin to find two beds and a bunk bed. We were then told they could put the third bed between the other two beds. This created three twin beds wall to wall with no walking space at all between the beds. One had to crawl onto the bed from the foot of the bed. Needless to say, the first time one of the passengers attempted to get on the bed it collapsed to the floor. I pursued the matter with housekeeping and the customer service department and was told there was nothing they could do. Norwegian made NO attempt to offer any resolution to our problem. I realize the issued arose due to the handling and promise by the agent. However, the travel agent of Norwegian acts on behalf of Norwegian and ultimately Norwegian is responsible and liable for the actions of their agent. The cabin itself was tiny. There was no room for three adults to co-exist for a week much less 12 days - many of which were spent at sea. The bathroom was EVEN smaller! Dining, entertainment and the ports and shore excursions were good. Needless to say, the three of us are unlikely to cruise again with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Had done a previous relocation from NO to Boston and loved it. It had been one of our favorite cruises. This one was good but not as good as the relocation in 2015. We liked the 2015 ports better and had a suite. We sail NCL when it offers ... Read More
Had done a previous relocation from NO to Boston and loved it. It had been one of our favorite cruises. This one was good but not as good as the relocation in 2015. We liked the 2015 ports better and had a suite. We sail NCL when it offers the value and ports we are interested in. NCL is our first choice. We were disappointed that the aft section of deck 12 was a kiddie area, rather than small pool and bar and dining. The entertainment was very good, the food choices and quality were very good. We enjoyed the spacious mini suite with tub/shower. Had several sea days and enjoyed the spacious balcony. Adult beverage service was excellent. Wish the bars offering entertainment had more seating as the performers were excellent. Had intended to purchase a spa pass, but the spa suite is very lacking---check Carnival Dream Spa--- it is A+. We are committed to NCL and purchased the maximum Next Cruise package. PLan to sail soon! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this 12 day cruise on the Dawn from NOLA to Boston because it was a great deal, fit perfectly into the itinerary that we had in mind, we had heard good things about Norweigan from others and the research we had done into it all ... Read More
We chose this 12 day cruise on the Dawn from NOLA to Boston because it was a great deal, fit perfectly into the itinerary that we had in mind, we had heard good things about Norweigan from others and the research we had done into it all seemed fine. We booked it for our Honeymoon and were very excited, my wife has a gluten allergy and on all the other cruises we had been on with Royal Caribbean had no issues with the gluten thing. We had called the cruise line prior to booking to make sure everything would be okay with her dietary restrictions, looked at all the literature they had for the boats and their policies. No one or anywhere we were able to find in the standards was it that she had to order all of her dinners or even room service 24 hours in advance. None of the food on the buffets were labeled with any sort of allergens and staff was very unhelpful when asked about the contents. One night she got very sea sick and I ordered her room service to try and help ease the stomach issues asked for some gluten free noodles with butter and cheese, guy on the phone said fine then proceeded to call me back and say that I needed to order room service 24 hours in advance, thats not really the point of room service plus its supposed to be made to order. Thankfully we had ordered her dinner for that night 24 in advance and they delivered that but it was sweet and sour soup and fishy fish, not the best thing for a nauseous person. The freestyle dining is nice in theory but the need to make reservations for every place we wanted to eat was a bit obnoxious and again not anywhere did it tell us we had to make those reservations. It just added another level of non relaxations to the trip. The ship was nice but a lot of dead ends and having to figure out the way around the boat. They were also doing a lot of construction while we were on there, redoing the doors re-tiling a bunch of things. Our room was really nice a bit better than the other rooms we had been in especially for it being a porthole room. The stewards were very nice and attentive we had a great interaction with them all. The dining besides the issues was alright, we really enjoyed Cagney's steak house was a really good steak for both of us our server there was nice and we spent a third of our nights at Los Lobos the mexican place since they were really nice and gluten free there wasn't too difficult and the staff was knowledgeable. The buffet wasn't great as we had the issues, and we met two ladies who had a really bad experience two hairs baked into their food, in the same day, and the staff said she could just grab a new plate never asked what is was or even investigate it. We wont be going back on Norwegian again as all the food difficulties and in general a majority of the staff were not fun to interact with, whereas on previous cruises with other lines it was really easy and fun with the staff and food. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Twelve days is NOT too much, we LOVED IT!! We chose this cruise because we always wanted to do a reposition cruise. Leaving out of NOLA allowed us to visit with family who live there and arriving back in Boston sealed the deal since this ... Read More
Twelve days is NOT too much, we LOVED IT!! We chose this cruise because we always wanted to do a reposition cruise. Leaving out of NOLA allowed us to visit with family who live there and arriving back in Boston sealed the deal since this is where we live. Thanks to our niece and nephew, we got to see a great deal of New Orleans via walking and by car the day before the cruise. It is s beautiful city. We stayed at Hyatt Place Convention Center which is very near the port (you could actually walk there). I would definitely recommend this hotel. Clean room and fabulous free breakfast!! Since we were in a suite, embarkation was very smooth, although the first couple of people you meet at the port don't look to see what type or room you have or what latitude level you may be, but if you have cruised before you usually know if you have special embarkation available. We waited a short time and were brought up in small groups to our suite. Ours (the Amber Suite 11560) was not completely ready, but we were able to comfortably wait there and enjoy the living room area and balcony until word was given that we could go to have lunch. The main space was lovely, but the second bedroom not so great. It was suppose to be a couch that converted to a queen bed, but the bed didn't have legs to it and was just a mattress on the floor. Adults were staying in that room. It was very difficult getting in and out of bed when you are on the floor!!! Our room steward was great and always available. Since it was a suite, we had a butler, Henry. He was very pleasant and always available. We may not have utilized his services too much but he spoke to us daily to see if we needed or wanted anything and always brought goodies to the room. Dining options are good. All the restaurants specialty and MDRs were good. I would like to see a little more variation the MDRs. In the main dining rooms, the left side of the menu stays the same and the right side varies a little. The food was excellent though. I feel Norwegian is really pushing the specialty restaurants. Entertainment was very good. I had seen a couple of the shows on a previous Dawn trip in 2016, but enjoyed the show anyway. The Irish storyteller, Harry O'Donoghue was very good and very funny. Another show, The Comedy of David Naster, was not comedy or funny, but he was more of a motivational speaker. Definitely not what it was billed as. Had I not been in the middle of the row, I would have left. Then there was a hypnotist, Kellie Karl. The usual, pick a couple of people to hypnotize and make do things that the audience didn't look like they believed at all. Then the rest of her show was questions and answers about how she could use hypnotism to help you lose weight, stop smoking, etc. Not a fan. The nightly music in the atrium (Java Café area) and Gatsby's lounge were great and usually crowded. This cruise was 12 days and with 5 ports, 2, Cozumel and Roatan, which we had been to multiple times. The other 3, Cartagena, Columbia, San Juan and Tortola, we did take excursions. Both Cartagena and San Juan we took bus trips around each city. Part of the Cartagena trip, going into the fort, was cancelled, for reasons unknown, so they kept us on the bus longer. Lots of street venders that crowded you and made you not feel too safe. Would not get off the boat if a trip took us there again. Same with San Juan, while there were less street venders to deal with, the fort and walled city were ok. Again, we would not get off the boat again here also. Tortola, we took a land and sea tour. The sea tour was on a comfortable boat and was very informative. They left us off on the opposite side of the island and the land tour took over, again, very informative and a beautiful island. A little scary traveling their narrow, very steep roads, but worth the trip. I found the service on the ship excellent., No long lines anywhere. Great service always with a smile. While we did not win in the casino, but we had a load of fun, especially at the craps table where the table crew allowed us to really be loud and have fun. Joanah, one of the bar servers was very attentive and always greeted us and asked if we needed anything. One of the casino hosts, John, was very pleasant and upbeat. Too bad they moved him to the Breakaway halfway through the trip. The casino lost a little energy without him. Overall, loved the cruise and the amount of days (12). We truly wish there were more options from Boston since we have done Boston/Bermuda multiple times. Not quite sure why Norwegian cannot do round trip Boston to Quebec, they do it from NY. We would definitely cruise more if we didn't have to fly everywhere to get a ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017

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