Sail Date: August 2019
We traveled to Cozumel/ Progreso and it was fabulous. From the first time you stepped onto the ship you had a friendly welcome from the staff to the last day of the cruise. We flew into New Orleans and took the shuttle to the boat which ... Read More
We traveled to Cozumel/ Progreso and it was fabulous. From the first time you stepped onto the ship you had a friendly welcome from the staff to the last day of the cruise. We flew into New Orleans and took the shuttle to the boat which was so convenient. Highly recommend to do this way. Since we shuttled we were able to board the ship right away and did not have to stand in the line. This process made boarding the ship go very quick and easy. Since the cabins would not be ready until 1:30pm we enjoyed out lunch on the Lido deck with plenty of options. Our luggage arrived at out door within plenty of time to unpack then go and explore the ship. The ship was very clean every day and our housekeeping staff were great. This is my 3rd cruise and we decided to get a porthole and was on the second floor. It was amazing to look out the porthole and see the sea right below you and be able to watch sunsets/sunrise. The cruise director KEVIN and his assistant GEORGA was AMAZING.. Kevin was so energetic and got the party going all the time. His enthusiastic nature was outstanding and you could tell he so enjoyed his job. He always got the people involved in all activities. We went to the nightly shows that were fabulous! We were able to do early dining at 6pm which was perfect to be able to do excursions, return get showered, eat then enjoy the evening shows. Our waiters at our table REGIE, JULIUS and I GEDE EDWIN were OUTSTANDING! They learned out names and drinks by the second night- AMAZING gentlemen!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
The Good • Room Steward service was actually very good. He asked us up front if wanted our rooms serviced once or twice per day. That was the first time I had ever been asked that question. With three people in our smallish balcony ... Read More
The Good • Room Steward service was actually very good. He asked us up front if wanted our rooms serviced once or twice per day. That was the first time I had ever been asked that question. With three people in our smallish balcony room we requested twice a day. Both ice and towels were replenished every day. • Bar service was also very good. We got the Cheers package, and certainly didn’t break even this time. Carnival has a decent cocktail menu that is worth exploring. The crowds on the ship sometimes made getting up to the bartenders a challenge. You just have to horn in and raise your voice a little. The Lobby Bar and Casino Bar stood out for us. • Main Dining Room service and food quality were certainly decent to very good. I was a little disappointed that the traditional surf and turf on the more formal night has been completely replaced by the upcharge menu. This is a noticeable cut to us veteran cruisers. You can get a hanger steak and some sort of seafood any night on the menu, but it is not quite the same thing. Expected more from formal night menu. • Both Embarkation and Debarkation were painless. Since we didn’t have a car, and we checked our bags with the stevedore downstairs, it almost seemed like a walk on and walk off situation. Using the express option, we showed our Passport, got in a cab, and left for the airport. Limiting luggage to a roller board and a personal bag helps tremendously. • Scarlett’s Restaurant was as good as any premium dining experience I have had on Holland America or Royal Caribbean. Steaks were expertly prepared. Art for the Table desert has to be experienced to really fully grasp. Delicious and entertaining. Service was 5*. Sadly, the restaurant never seemed fully booked on the whole cruise. • For the first time in 15 cruises, I actually had to use the Ship Hospital when I developed a case of pneumonia. The very kind female physician from South Africa could not have been better. Steroids, nebulizers, and antibiotics were ordered exactly as they would have been at home by a good family physician. She made a point to call and check on me after one very rough breathless night in a hot room. The Bad • The ship was crowded. With 3,700+ passengers on board, the 800 people above typical double occupancy could be felt all over the ship. Lots of lines for just about everything including the elevators. Mid-ship pool was a mob scene that I totally avoided. Carnival just does not do as great a job as RCI at dispersing the crowds with activities of equal draw in different parts of the ship simultaneously. • The Lido Buffet for breakfast was absolutely the same every day. On Day One, I was satisfied that it was the quality of a decent cafeteria. If you are going to eat here every day mix it up with the omelet station or eggs cooked to order. They are almost hidden along the side walls as you approach the buffet. This buffet pales in comparison to any one of Holland America’s. Sometime you just long for a pastry and a bowl of Muesli - not the strange pale sausage covered in onions, reconstituted eggs, and frozen hash brown patties. No problem finding corn flakes and fruit loops if that is more your speed. • Some of our party were smokers, and this meant that we all spent a good deal of time in the smoking areas. Tucked away on an obscure portion of the starboard side of deck 10, Cocktail service was really very sparse in the largest smoking area, and a simple trip to the bathroom requires a trip to another deck. Though clean, public bathrooms seemed fairly scarce overall. Another more agreeable choice is a small area on deck 3 starboard exterior deck – at least it was convenient to the Lobby Bar. Non-smokers would have to go out of their way to be offended here. Lastly, 4-5 bar stools jammed into the casino end of the Dream Bar is the only interior choice for smokers. I guess this is good news overall for non-smokers, but don’t complain when smokers are five deep behind five bar stools in the casino. • Though I did not think the ship was in bad shape at all, the overall design was not my favorite. Decks 3 and 4 present you with the “You can’t’ get there from here” dilemma if you dine in the Washington Dining Room. Back up to deck five to cross over. You will repeat this maneuver many times. • The muster drill was a bit of a mob scene. Cruise Director, Kevin’s very acerbic voice booming over the loudspeakers did not help lower the temperament or the temperature. It certainly wasn’t a great introduction or welcome being jammed onto another obscure exterior deck on level four that I never saw again. The Ugly • Our room was way too WARM. Any sailing out of New Orleans in August will come with heat, but did not expect this in my stateroom. It was reported twice and we received four pre-printed cards that stated that our room met Carnival standards for temperature control. I witnessed one of these inspections. Indeed, the vent was 72 degrees. The only problem was that it did not blow sufficient air into the room. The two letters received from guest services stating that it was important that we call them immediately to make sure our issues with our room temperature were resolved - not helpful. These phone calls just resulted in two more pre-printed cards. It just pissed me off even more when I was told that fans were reserved for those with medical problems. Alas, out of the blue, they did provide a fan. It did help a great deal, but the room was still very hot for a person who is sitting on the side of the bed all night long with a full-blown case of pneumonia. Having never experienced this myself, I have a new respect for my patients who suffer for respiratory problems. • Others reported that their room was a bit cold. Avoid the whole block of rooms that include stateroom 7396 back toward mid-ship if you don’t want a hot room. Many of our neighbors said the same thing. Too warm, but I am sure it meets Carnival’s standards for climate control. Would I do it Again? Nope. Not this time, and that is a first time ever saying that in 15 cruise reviews from RCI’s old Song of Norway to Cunard’s QM2. This ship did not meet my personal standards for comfort. There are many varieties of “Fun”, and I am not swearing off Carnival as a whole, but I am the entire crowded Conquest class of their ships. DONE! I will also stick to longer cruises outside of summer or any other holidays, as I am more compatible with that Journey’s crowd and I am not even a senior yet. There are things that really shined about this ship, but I am afraid that the bad and the ugly outweighed the good on this trip. One last note. The Shore Excursion to Uxmal is worth every penny. This is a world class heritage site that would definitely use Carnival to tour. Progresso is a great stop if you don't go to Progresso. Too logistical to do on your own, but they do a great job for less money. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
The Carnival Glory is a grand ship that is pleasing to the the eye. Every detail of this ship has been carifully and magically created by the designers. The staff was friendly and informative about the activities that were happening aboard ... Read More
The Carnival Glory is a grand ship that is pleasing to the the eye. Every detail of this ship has been carifully and magically created by the designers. The staff was friendly and informative about the activities that were happening aboard the Carnival Glory. The cleaning team under Aurelio care did a fantastic job of keeping the rooms clean and I enjoyed that they folded the towels into animal shapes. The food aboard was creative and pleasing to taste. The cooking staff and the servers were always ready to make your dinner special.The cruise director kept the spirt alive making every day grand.The islands were beautiful but my favorite was Belize. I saw temples that had been constructed along time ago that had held the test of time. The wild life was vast , Monkies swinging from the tree tops , a real adventure. Good job Carnival looking forward to setting sail again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
So I have been on several Carnival cruises and I have to say this was my least favorite. I chose this cruise mainly for my mom since it was her first time cruising I thought this ship was large enough to not feel the waves so much and the ... Read More
So I have been on several Carnival cruises and I have to say this was my least favorite. I chose this cruise mainly for my mom since it was her first time cruising I thought this ship was large enough to not feel the waves so much and the distance to the port was close enough I didn’t have to take an extra day off work to drive there. We did purchase faster to the fun which was a complete waste of money in my opinion. First things first - port of New Orleans AWFUL!!! Our check in time was 12:30-1, I don’t remember it giving me any other option. We arrived at the port area around 11:30 and then waited in a car line for about 45 min to park in the port parking garage ($88 to park for the duration of the cruise). We finally made our way up the parking structure to the roof only to find there were NO PARKING SPACES LEFT. Luckily we ran into apparently the only parking attendant working that day who had me and the twenty other cars behind me follow him back down to deck 3 where they opened up several blocked off spots. It was nearly 1pm by the time we finally got through check in and on the ship. Seemed like most folks were already on the ship so kind of defeated the purpose of having the faster to the fun pass. Bottom line - if you can park somewhere other than the port and shuttle/taxi/Uber in - do it. The ship itself was ok, you can tell it’s kind of older and you can see the wear and tear, but the crew did a great job on keeping things clean. The ship seemed generally very crowded and cramped everywhere the whole cruise. One thing I did notice was there were kids EVERYWHERE! Not sure if this ship had a kids club but it didn’t seem like it. The ship did have an adults only pool with two hot tubs in the back and the serenity area in the front. Our cabin was ok. Would probably book midship next time. Food was pretty good. We only ended up doing sit down dinner one night. All of the other cruises I’d been on the waiters encouraged people to try what they wanted, if you wanted 4 appetizers and 2 entrees go for it. I felt the waiter we had was making people feel guilty for ordering that way. It was awkward so we just chose not to go back. We just did the buffet the other nights, which was good, had a lot of the same entrees as the dining room. Entertainment was alright. We did see two of the theater shows. My mom really enjoyed those, I thought they were kind of cheesy but appreciate the work the performers put in it. I was on a different carnival cruise last November and I’m pretty certain they were the same shows. Cruise director was alright, not my favorite but he was friendly enough. Our port was Cozumel. We booked the elite champagne catamaran sail through carnival. Honestly this was easily the highlight of our trip. The group was small, 20 or so (there were other catamaran sails boarding boats nearby packing 60 people or more on one boat). We had a crew of 6 or 7 that were all so wonderful! They took us out to an area to snorkel first for a while then we got back on the boat and they took us for a nice sail while they served drinks (open bar) and a nice lunch. We stopped in another area for some free swim time where they had a few paddle boards you could try out, use the snorkel equipment again, or just simply float with a pool noodle. I’d recommend this excursion to any adult travelers!! Overall I probably wouldn’t book this cruise again, mostly because of the port on embarkation day and the age/size of the ship and it feeling so crowded. Great crew though and really enjoyed the excursion in Cozumel. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
It was our first family cruise with 2 kids. I do not even know where to start .... the staff were amazing, our cabin was always clean, beds made, fresh towels... and every time we would come back from all our activities, there would be an ... Read More
It was our first family cruise with 2 kids. I do not even know where to start .... the staff were amazing, our cabin was always clean, beds made, fresh towels... and every time we would come back from all our activities, there would be an elephant, or penguin, or a puppy made from towels.... kids absolutely loved it!!!! The highlight for the kids, was of course... Splash Academy!!! Kids never wanted to leave that place:) They organized kids to perform and dance on a stage, painted there faces, it was great show!!! Best kids show ever!!! And while kids had fun, we had even more fun!!! There is an ice room, where you have a few drinks while dressed like am Eskimo... it’s really cold in there. Piano dueling performance, stand up comedy, casino. On one floor we found great live piano performance....I have not danced like that with my husband since our wedding 10 years ago. Do not even let me start on food... it was outstanding!!!! Caribbean, Asian, Nexican and my favorite, Italian!!! We ate lot’s of Tiramesu cake:) Everyone were very polite, thoughtful and organized!!!! It was smooth sailing ⛵️, we felt great, no motion sickness at all!!! Big shut out to Captain Matko Candrlik for a safe and smooth sailing!!! We started planning another trip while we were on the ship:) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I have been going through some personal problems. MY spouse and my Doctor suggested a cruise, because every one knows how fun they are and they thought it was the perfect thing. Well the first night the maître de was very rude when we ... Read More
I have been going through some personal problems. MY spouse and my Doctor suggested a cruise, because every one knows how fun they are and they thought it was the perfect thing. Well the first night the maître de was very rude when we asked to be put on the list for dinner. The hostess tried to be nice and told him that they still had a whole section they had not opened yet. The Maître de was very rude to her and told us it would be 30 minutes. NO problem, went tried to get a drink while we waited. No wait staff anywhere. So we went to the nearest bar and ordered drinks, it took 20 minutes. At dinner the wait staff were working very had to keep up with everything. That was impossible for them. We keep running out of water, he forgot our bread basket. NO smiles, no apologies, he was just to busy to care. Everyday was like this. One morning I just had to complain. The service was so offal and food was terrible. I was so upset I spent 2 hours crying in my room. We made it into 2 shows Jungle Dreams and the rock show. Both shows were fantastic. The food and service at the Jungle dreams show was delicious and on point. We tried to get into some of the bars, the lines were long and over crowded when we did get in. NO wait staff again. some clubs had standing room only. we didn't like that very much. so we ended up watching tv in our room a lot. I would never recommend this cruise line to anyone. The waitstaff was rude and practically not there. I fact I am thinking about suing Norwegian for a full refund. And medically setting my recovery back. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
NOLA was a blast as always, got there the day before. We parked at Fulton Garage without incident, no shuttle wait at all. Breakaway embarkation at noon was fast, painless. Traffic there is a nightmare with the construction. I have no idea ... Read More
NOLA was a blast as always, got there the day before. We parked at Fulton Garage without incident, no shuttle wait at all. Breakaway embarkation at noon was fast, painless. Traffic there is a nightmare with the construction. I have no idea if parking at the pier was any easier. Stayed in cabin 12780. Excellent location right by the front stairs. A forward facing angled balcony, the extra room out there was nice. Little to no noise from the kiddie, elevator area and on spring break, forgot it/they were there. The balcony was not too windy, very pleasant. I found the provided soap, wash, and conditioner adequate, your mileage may vary. The tap water was perfectly fine, taste free. Bring 3 way plug extenders vs power strips - they will confiscate those if they find them. Glad I brought both. We also brought a Bluetooth speaker, no one complained about the music, but maybe that was just our exceptional taste. La Cucina was our favorite Specialty dining followed by the Cirque dinner show. (Cirque menu is a planned Surf & Turf) Word to the wise, they really were pushing the T-Bone at Cagney’s and La Cucina. Steer clear of that & you will be OK. In fact the La Cucina filet with ravioli on top was the best I've ever had! No kidding! The entertainment was all great. Rock of Ages is not to be missed, unless you are prudish, lol. The Glow party was a blast, the teens on spring break did take that over a bit, all good! The UBP was amazing, the bar waits by the pools could get long, however there are a couple carts that had beer and drink of the day, those never had lines. The best bar IMO is Maltings. Also try the bar next to it with the Aperol! Yum! Boardwalk Syd Normans bar is 2nd for the laid back outdoor view. Early morning bloody marys are found only at the Atrium bar. Grab one before going to Savor for a nice sit down breakfast at 7:30… did I say early? The sushi at Wasabi is awesome with great prices, great for a light boardwalk lunch. The Rock N Roll with rock shrimp kicked it! The noodle bar was a good too, and included! The main pool can be a crazy sea of humanity, fun for a bit, but not very relaxing. Chair hogging is ridiculously rampant. We simply did not stress over it and could always find loungers in the sun or shade somewhere. When we were done we packed up and found a different & sometimes more fun location later, no problem. Spice H20 at the back was our go too place, and generally the bartenders there were pretty quick. The front of the ship has an area too next to Vibe. That bar is smaller and can get a line. Most folk at all bars were courteous and paid attention to who was next, vs thirstiest. O'Sheehans was always fun, good bar food, TVs, draft beers, quick service. We always do our excursions independently. At Harvest Caye you must be off the boat first thing and get to the marina to get the first ferry to Placencia. They will not sell you 9AM ferry tickets from the ship and the ferry always gets full. On Car Rentals in Cozumel - If you rent a jeep or car there make sure the gas attendant zeros the pump out first and make sure you are clearly above the tank mark where you picked it up or you will get dinged. I always video the entire car in the presence of the rental agent at pick up too. Disembarkation was the smoothest I've experienced. So unless you have to get off super early just let the ship deal with your luggage. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We got a good price for a ocean view room but really booked this to see New Orleans. Harvest Caye was the biggest let down as everything except the pool and the beach costs extra and your drink package is no good off of the ship. For me ... Read More
We got a good price for a ocean view room but really booked this to see New Orleans. Harvest Caye was the biggest let down as everything except the pool and the beach costs extra and your drink package is no good off of the ship. For me paying $5.00 for a beer is a bit much. On Harvest Caye that beer was $8.60. We enjoyed the beach and then went back on the ship and had a drink. Cozumel is a good shopping port if you like to play the game. My wife purchased earings for her sister that started out at $580.00 . 2 beers 4 shots and walking out of the store once we paid $160.00. 1 ct. mystic topaz stone with a diamond crown. Did we pay to much? Dont know but it was fun. Costa Maya had us and two other ships at the same time. You couldnt even walk down the street withought bumping into someone and if you are wearing a full backpack do not go into a store. A lot of those shops will charge you for the items that you break. The cabin 5828 was small but always clean. Had a problem with the outlet in the bathroom and it was fixed right away. Sea days did not have enough things to do in the ship and not enough pools for number of people. Bars were always busy and all seemed to be short staffed. We had 3 speciality dining included and went to Moderno twice. Both times had problems getting something to eat. Second time there asked for the head waiter and finally got served. Cagneys was much better. The ship itself was great except for allowing the smoking at the casino. O sheenhans was right above and you could not get away from the smell. The one positive thing that impressed us was that in our last 19 cruises this one was the quickest on and off that we have ever had. We waited maybe 10 min for our number to be called to get on and we walked right off at the end of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was a spring break trip for our best friends family and we were invited to go along for the ride. What a great decision! We had never cruised before so didn't know what to expect but it turned out to be one of the best vacations ... Read More
This was a spring break trip for our best friends family and we were invited to go along for the ride. What a great decision! We had never cruised before so didn't know what to expect but it turned out to be one of the best vacations we've ever had. The Breakaway ship and crew were incredible, the options on the boat amazing, the entertainment top notch, and the overall experience couldn't have been better. Our cabin was clean and comfortable and plenty large enough for 2 people. It was so nice to come back to a freshly cleaned cabin every day. The food on the boat was delicious and plentiful as were the beverages. With a boat full of passengers, the bartenders did a fabulous job of keeping up with the demand. We loved Belize and had great shopping adventures in Cozumel and Costa Maya. I can only say we will definitely cruise again and Norwegian will be the first cruise line we look at. The service, entertainment, and value of our cruise made the trip perfect for us. Thanks so much for making everything so enjoyable and memorable. Can't wait for the next one! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I have sailed with carnival Previously on the Triumph for a 4 day cruise. This ship was extremely similar and I enjoyed it just as much if not more. I did love the serenity deck, but it also being the deck of camp ocean ( for kids) was ... Read More
I have sailed with carnival Previously on the Triumph for a 4 day cruise. This ship was extremely similar and I enjoyed it just as much if not more. I did love the serenity deck, but it also being the deck of camp ocean ( for kids) was a little confusing. Really enjoyed speciality meal and the steak house and of course, Guys burger. Main restaurant food was iffy . Cruise director was great and fun. Casino was good and never too crowded. Placed third in the slot tournament so that was fun. Our balcony room was fun and nice to have an outside area to sit and watch the ocean. So much to do and never enough time to do it. We loved our cabin steward. We had a great cruise , a great ship and all staff we encountered were very accommodating! Will definitely Sail again with carnival Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We took a cruise on the NCL Breakaway with 4 of our friends, so a party of 6 total in 3 different rooms. All 3 parties in one way or another booked the all-inclusive internet/dining/drink packages and several excursions with a small ... Read More
We took a cruise on the NCL Breakaway with 4 of our friends, so a party of 6 total in 3 different rooms. All 3 parties in one way or another booked the all-inclusive internet/dining/drink packages and several excursions with a small exception here and there. Overall our group experience was unpleasant. In total this group has been on more than 20 cruises on multiple cruise lines including previous NCL experiences. Internet: From day 1 the internet was a problem. 3 members of our group ended up going to the internet café to get help with the internet, and we were unsuccessful. The internet would work for a few minutes or not at all. A few members of our group spent several hours at the internet café trying to find someone knowledgeable to resolve the problems. Finally, on Saturday, the issues were resolved. When you have 20 – 40 people in line for help at the internet café you have 1 or 2 basic problems. Usability of your app and internet connections. Not enough knowledgeable staff to help. Food: In general, the food was ok, nothing to write home about on the ship. I will highlight the highs and lows of the week for the group. So, let’s first start with the highlights: The Main Dining room. These people; your staff, are without a doubt, perfection! We wanted nor waited for nothing, ever. The smallest of details was taken care of before we could even ask, bread, butter rolls, and even the main course was incredible. Japanese steakhouse, excellent food! Chef was fantastic, entertaining, and inventive – not your normal Japanese steakhouse experience. The staff was another story, our waitress was nowhere to be found most of the evening, and like most events on a cruise chip timing is EVERYTHING. We told our waitress that we had booked a show for the group and needed to be done in time to go to the show. When we needed to leave we could not find our waitress anywhere. We finally contacted a manager, and in total waited about 30 minutes to get our ship card back so we could not leave, and we missed the start of the show! NCL, please do not hold your passengers’ hostage because your staff is on a smoke break or whatever! Cagney Steakhouse, again excellent food! We arrived early and asked if we could sit together, after first checking with Dining Reservation Desk to make sure asking such a thing was acceptable. The Dining Reservation Desk assured us it was not a problem to sit 6 people together. When we arrived and checked in for our reservation they had major problems accommodating our request and we were told to sit at the bar and wait a few minutes. Not a problem, we arrived early! 40 minutes later we were not addressed, looked at or acknowledged. We had to go back up to the reservation desk at the restaurant and ask if our table was ready, we were told to go to the end of the line at which point I reminded them that our party has been waiting for 40 minutes patiently. They had forgotten all about us. After waiting some more, a manager spoke to us, some panicking staff ran about and we were seated and had a good meal. Completely missed our show that night too by the time we were done with dinner. All of the other restaurants we ate at were nothing to write home about in terms of food, some meals were fantastic, and others were cold and unimpressive to inedible and were sent back. Overall the service was poor at all restaurants EXCEPT the main dining room. Bars: Sine we were on vacation and had the soda pop and alcohol unlimited packages we did indeed have, or shall I say try to have some adult libations. The presentations of the drinks were great! The bar and waiter / waitress services were poor and incredibly slow. The drinks all tasted great but took forever to get! A single drink at the pool, the upper deck, inside bar, outside bar, anywhere would take anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes. It did not matter what you ordered a can of beer or a complicated mixed drink. The service was poor and slow. Tracking down a waiter at the pool bar was like trying to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Running out of and drinks, oh yes you did! About Friday afternoon or so a few of the bars reported that they were out of “diet” pop and then like a miracle they had more! What we observed and tasted was that they were mixing water with regular soda and calling it diet! By Saturday the outages were at all bars and restaurants and you could not even get a coke or diet coke or sprite! So not only did you have to wait a long long time to get a drink, you would get to the front of the line and order something with the potential or blowing your blood sugar out of the water and praying your insulin was nearby or try your luck at another bar and wait again, and again only to be disappointed. Some people cannot have sugar, quinine, or phenylalanine some people have allergies, your cannot substitute without communication. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
All in all we had a really great time on this 7 day cruise out of New Orleans to Cozumel, Belize City, Harvest Cay Belize and Costa Maya. There were 35 of us in our group of family and friends! This was our first ever cruise with NCL ... Read More
All in all we had a really great time on this 7 day cruise out of New Orleans to Cozumel, Belize City, Harvest Cay Belize and Costa Maya. There were 35 of us in our group of family and friends! This was our first ever cruise with NCL and it was very different from our previous cruising experiences, both with Princess. The ship was EXTREMELY BUSY, which is just fine. We expected that given the spring break holiday and the overall carrying capacity of the boat. We really enjoyed the dining and bar/lounge options on this ship. We never wanted for anything in either regard. We love the variety and availability of both. There really was something for everyone in our group. We really liked the cruise director and his staff. They were a lot of fun and very personable. They excelled without a doubt. We enjoyed the different spaces on the ship as well. It could be as slow and peaceful or as fast paced and loud as we wanted it to be and there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy both given the offerings on this ship. And most importantly, there was always something to do for everyone, regardless of their age. Our biggest complaint, and it was not just our group as we spoke with at least a dozen other passengers that felt the same, overall the service was lacking. Our housekeeping service was good, but not friendly at all. Just people doing their jobs, which is fine, just not what we expected given our past history on Princess. The other thing about the housekeeping was the carts were always in the hallways. There was a family with a child in a wheelchair on our floor and they always struggled getting to their stateroom because of the carts. The restaurant staff did their job well, they just lacked friendliness. There weren't a lot of smiles going around. Much like the housekeeping staff, they seemed to be doing their jobs to a satisfactory standard, but they weren't joyful or even friendly. The bar and lounge staff was actually the low light of this journey. And it really was the talk of the ship in regards to anything negative. It truly felt as though they worked slower because almost everyone was on the drink package. The boat was not making a profit with each drink served and as a result it really felt as though they were told to work slowly to limit how many drinks were served. It was also very recognizable in the limited bar staff available. It seemed as though the same couple of individuals were working the same bars and lounges all the time, morning, noon and night. We were frustrated at the slow rate of service but also empathetic because their shifts were LONG, DAY AFTER DAY. NCL needs to find a way to address this for their staff members' sake as well as for their customers. The other disappointing thing on this trip was the price for excursions. We cruise about every 4-5 years, so maybe prices have increased across the board no matter what cruise line you take. But in regards to this trip, our family of 5 couldn't do an excursion for under $500-$600. Our last cruise was not nearly as expensive. The pool area and surrounding bars on the NCL Breakaway leave something to be desired. It is simply a very congested layout. The pool was always shoulder to shoulder and PACKED. The bars had LONG lines and there are no tables mixed in with the loungers unfortunately which made it difficult for the older people in our group to sit with us and enjoy the sun and family time in that area. Again it wasn't awful, its just different than my previous experiences. The staterooms are fantastic. We found them to be very roomy compared to our trips with Princess. Our family of 5 was able to function just fine in our balcony stateroom. Storage, closets, etc. were abundant. The bathroom was bigger than we expected as well. The balcony was sufficient but it would have been cool if it was a little larger. The entertainment on the ship is another hit. From Burn the Floor to Headliners Comedy Club we enjoyed it all. We didn't purchase tickets for any shows that charged a fee, but the free options were great. Bingo, however, was expensive and short. We played once and never went back and that is something we love to do. It just wasn't worth the cost on this trip. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. The staff for that was very helpful. The ports were not my favorite, but that's not the cruise lines fault. Harvest Cay is expensive and EVERYTHING costs money except sitting in the pool or on the beach. That was disappointing. Food and drinks there were VERY EXPENSIVE. All in all we had a great time. We would cruise with NCL again, but we might hesitate to get back on this specific ship. However, if the itinerary was right we would probably do it. New Orleans and cruising down the Mississippi was a VERY COOL experience, everyone should do it at least once! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The overall experience was horrible! It was too crowded! They had the same food on the buffet everyday. The staff was rude and it would take over 30 min to get a drink. You had to make reservations for everything but by the time you get on ... Read More
The overall experience was horrible! It was too crowded! They had the same food on the buffet everyday. The staff was rude and it would take over 30 min to get a drink. You had to make reservations for everything but by the time you get on the ship everything was already fully booked. They did not offer refills when dining at specialty restaurants . It is not a kid friendly ship. They only have one very small pool and splash pad. There were not enough seats around the pool area. The smoking area was a small little shack on the 15th floor. The bars would close too early. There were only two channels on the tv. The beds were wore out and uncomfortable. The app was hard to download and cost $9.99 a person and only worked half the time. The help desk was not helpful at all. And the best place we visited was Costa Maya and only got to stay their for 6 hours. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This cruise was chosen because it left from New Orleans and I had never been to that city and thought it was a good opportunity to visit the city before going on the cruise. I think that because there were so many young adults, teenagers ... Read More
This cruise was chosen because it left from New Orleans and I had never been to that city and thought it was a good opportunity to visit the city before going on the cruise. I think that because there were so many young adults, teenagers and children on board, that it made the ship seem very crowded. There seemed to always be a problem finding seating in the common areas such as the pool (impossible), the atrium and the outdoor decks. Also, the casino location in the center of deck 7, the area of the floating steps which opens up from deck 6 to deck 8 had a terrible smell from the people smoking while playing. The free restaurants served good food as did the specialty restaurants. The buffet was ok. The food presentation at the buffet needs improvement. The entertainment was ok, nothing great. There seemed to be a lot of staff in training so there were times when help was needed for them. The ports were very nice and I enjoyed 2 private tours to ruins which I had arranged in advance. We did have trouble making reservations in the restaurants because Norwegian did not let me know that reservations had to be made before coming on board and that was very disappointing. I also did not like the fact that if you ordered a drink, a tip was automatically added on to the cost of the drink. They charged $14,95 per day for tips for the crew but still added on this additional charge. This is the first tine I cruised with Norwegian and I don't think I will do it again,. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I went on this cruise with both sides of the family so we had a large party overall but for now, I am going to speak for him and I. This cruise was very disappointing for the following reasons: 1. FREESTYLING - We ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise with both sides of the family so we had a large party overall but for now, I am going to speak for him and I. This cruise was very disappointing for the following reasons: 1. FREESTYLING - We were told this was a "Freestyling" cruise but all we kept being told was "you need to make a reservation" ... how is it there were more specialty restaurants than main dining? We even had to make reservations for the shows!! So not only did we get nickel and dimed time and time again but we felt we couldn't relax and do what we wanted because we were so worried about making reservations just to do the things we wanted to do. 2. EMPLOYEES - The amount of employees to passengers was significantly lacking. There was maybe 1-2 bartenders per bar, including the only bar on the adult deck. I think the shortest time I waited for ONE drink was 15 mins. 3. WAIT TIMES - That goes along with the meals: the shortest dinner my husband and I had was about 2 hours and 15 minutes. That was just for drinks, app and dinner. No dessert or anything fancy. You could tell NCL was clearly understaffed or were lacking in the important areas. 4. POOLS - There was only 2 pools on the whole boat, at least that we knew of. The pools, hot tubs and little water sprinkles were packed so tight with people we decided not to even try. I believe you if you have over 3,000 people on a boat, there should be more than 2 average size pools. 5. PORTS - The ports were less than impressive. I was so excited to get off the ship and have fun on land but there was nothing but overpriced souvenir shops. Nothing exciting or fun to do unless you booked an excursion through the cruise line. 6. EXCURSIONS - We booked Salsa, Salsa at Cozumel, Rainforest River Tubing at Harvest Caye and Mayan Wellness Retreat at Costa Maya. Salsa, Salsa was fun and very family oriented. I liked it a lot! Rainforest River Tubing was the biggest waste of money!!! Rode a ferry for 40 mins then another bus for another 50 mins to float on a still river for 30 mins. Almost 2 hours each way and only 30 mins floating. AND the floating wasn't floating; our tubes were all tied together with a rope and some guy was swimming, pulling us down the river. DO NOT DO BOOK THIS ONE!! Mayan Wellness Retreat was relaxing and different. I liked it a lot. Great for the price and had fun doing their culture rituals. 7. PICTURES - The amount of money you are charged extra is ridiculous. I know sometimes prices go up for certain things but some on board were per robbery. 10 pictures were $150 ... excuse me??? We were so excited to get dressed up and take family pics but we couldn't even get them because they were so expensive! 8. ENTERTAINMENT - Some of the shows looked funny and good to go to. Unfortunately, my husband and I were unable to see hardly any because either you had to pay to see them (additional charge, not included in your room price), or you had to make reservations ahead of time, or they were smack in the middle of dinner hour. We didn't see 1 show while on board this time, very disappointed. 9. SHIP - The ship is very big, clearly as you are walking up to it. But like i previously stated, the employee to passenger ratio was disappointing. It was a beautiful and nice ship but some areas didn't have enough room including restaurants, bars, pools, clubs, etc. 10. FOOD - The food was average. The complimentary dining rooms didn't change but 1 or 2 entrees on their menu every night. It was the same menu every night. Like I said earlier, there were 8 specialty dining places and 2 complimentary dining rooms. Another way to nickel and dime you. One thing I loved from the first day was the pasta bar at lunch. Lunch is from 12 - 430 then they only shut down for 30 mins to set up dinner. I went 3 times between 3 and 330 to get pasta for lunch and EVERY SINGLE TIME they were closed. I would get more mad and mad as the week went on. With that being said, one of the 'highlights' NCL would promote is their "O'Sheen's 24/7 Dining Restaurant." I thought this was awesome cause nothing is better than some fries or pizza after drinking and dancing till 2 in the morning. NO!... we were told at 11pm at night there was a 45 min wait for 2 people to sit and eat (and there were tables open everywhere, so I assume it was because lack of waiters). I asked about the bar because no one was there and they said no because that's only for dessert...? What? That's the stupidest thing I've heard! Nothing about the food was special enough to brag about and half the time that's why I go on vacation - FOR THE AMAZING FOOD! My husband and I have been on numerous cruises! We love cruising! But this is one we definitely will not do again! NCL was very disappointing in our opinions. If I had to sum it up I would say, This is for the type of people with an itinerary on vacation and don't care to spend more money for upcharges. In this case, this was not us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise for a new itinerary. This is not our first time on the Breakaway. Fewer waiters in bars. Less activities such as expert lectures. Less musical choice, too many DJ sessions. Shambolic disembarkation. The cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a new itinerary. This is not our first time on the Breakaway. Fewer waiters in bars. Less activities such as expert lectures. Less musical choice, too many DJ sessions. Shambolic disembarkation. The cruise ship had a lot of facilities closed until 4 or 5pm each day giving little choice when wandering around ship. The entertainment was only 50% ok. The "rock of Ages" show is not the kind of thing that is needed on a cruise ship with lots of teenagers and younger on board, I wouldn't go to a show at home that was over 100 minutes long without an interval. The content was unacceptable as it meant that a large number of passengers had no show for two evenings. The waiters in the resturaunts had poor grasp of English and we ended getting our full meal delivered at the one time and when asked for them to be delivered as 3 courses all they did was leave the plates at the serving hatch to get cold. I had asked for no main courses and have my starter along with my wives main course. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we had never sailed NCL and because this cruise was about the same price as Carnival or RCCL, but came with the premium beverage package (PBP) for free. Well, first we were hit with an additional $250 charge ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never sailed NCL and because this cruise was about the same price as Carnival or RCCL, but came with the premium beverage package (PBP) for free. Well, first we were hit with an additional $250 charge for the mandatory gratuities that come with the PBP. This made the trip $250 more than Carnival or RCCL, but still much less if we were to get the PBP, which we never do. There were no signs guiding us to the parking lot; no one to tell us where to park; no one to tell us where to go to get on the ship, and no signs; reserved check-in times were not paid attention to at all; no one took our bags (we had to lug them around all the way to our cabin). Our cabin was so filthy it was unusable until after 4 pm. Cabin steward made up room once per day only; missed previous guests underwear and socks left under the bed; walked in on my naked wife when "make up room" light was UNLIT and did not bother to knock; no towel animals at all; no special attention paid even though this was booked as an "anniversary cruise". Cruise Director was hardly ever seen or heard. Overall, staff seemed to think of guests as a bother: no smiles, no "hellos", etc. Saw three workers lounging on decks during this cruise: seemed they were overworked and found the one place where the superiors would never think to look for them...around the guests. Dining service terrible. No beverage waiters anywhere, just a table waiter and an assistant waiter in all venues. Waiters seem to be trained to be "order takers" and "food deliverers" with no concept of "waiting" on guests' needs. Bar service terrible. PBP not worth it! Bartenders rude and took orders from loudest, most obnoxious guests before those waiting politely for their turn. Little to no bar servers visit guests lounging in chairs and lounges throughotu ship. Pros: free ice cream in buffet. Cons: terrible customer service; tiny cabins with TV unusable when closet opened; only 2.5 ports visited on 7-day cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We took a Carnival Dream cruise in September, The Breakaway ship was not as clean as Carnival. The staff (except our cabin steward who was fantastic) was not as personable. Carnival Dream goes out of its way to make you feel important. ... Read More
We took a Carnival Dream cruise in September, The Breakaway ship was not as clean as Carnival. The staff (except our cabin steward who was fantastic) was not as personable. Carnival Dream goes out of its way to make you feel important. They need many many more bar staff especially near the pool or a better system. Getting drinks was a hassle and took way too long. The waitstaff walking around the pool couldn't keep up with the orders. One of the poolside bartenders was mean and rude. Everyone around us felt the same way. I made complaint about her. I also overheard her and the other bartender rolling their eyes and saying to each other "just a few more hours". They really need to speak to the staff about who is making their jobs possible. The buffet food was AMAZING. However, the food in the restaurants and dining halls was very subpar. I liked being able to eat when and where I wanted as opposed to Carnival but it was not obvious that reservations needed to be made months in advance. The shows were AMAZING. Very high quality as were the singers and dancers around the ship. The dance classes need to be in a bigger venue. We were stepping all over each other and could not see the instructor. The games (newlywed etc..) were very forced and not entertaining. The excursion, drink packages, and wifi packages are extremely higher than Carnival. Considering they own Harvest Kaye it would have been nicer if they offered more affordable excursions and we didn't have to pay $25/person to go to Belize. Costa Maya was way too short considering we paid for a day there. The slides and outdoor ropes course were better than Carnival's dream. The front desk staff was extremely nice. If it were not for our friends we probably would not have had a good time. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
wanted my kids to experience a cruise so ended up going on NCL breakaway. From our embarkation to our disembarkation our experience in that aspect was great. We had fun on our first day at the sailaway. My girls had fun dancing although ... Read More
wanted my kids to experience a cruise so ended up going on NCL breakaway. From our embarkation to our disembarkation our experience in that aspect was great. We had fun on our first day at the sailaway. My girls had fun dancing although it was a bit nippy on our first day. My kids were on their own for once without me having to supervise them or without them gettting lost. They participated in activities while I went around meeting various people and making new friends. Bowen the concierge was friendly, Naresh from guest services was accomodating and awesome to talk to, from the bar and restaurant Cielo, Desiree, Marites, Jackie, Teejay, Naresh, louis, chakra, Bagus, Indra, chef Jovan from wasabi, Ayu and the staff from Ocean Blue. The best restaurant on the ship was the ocean blue because of their service mainly from the Manager Albanus Dmello who accomodated passengers, he made them feel welcome, he went to every table and made it a point to ask his guests if their food was good, if they were having a good time on the ship and if there was anything else he could do to make their stay enjoyable. Totally outstanding Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Value and destination, we had a great time, the on board staff was great, our room attendant Egi Martin was awesome he always was there if we needed something, the bars were awesome and clean, the pool was a little small but we made it ... Read More
Value and destination, we had a great time, the on board staff was great, our room attendant Egi Martin was awesome he always was there if we needed something, the bars were awesome and clean, the pool was a little small but we made it work everyone seemed to be happy and enjoying themselves.The bar staff would come around the pool and keep up with drinks.All the food on board was completely amazing, o’sheehans, and the Buffet were great choices, Cagney’s steakhouse and tepannyki, were absolutely amazing, we did the unlimited drink package and it was worth every penny we can’t wait to book the next cruise and we will definitely go again with NCL, they also have a lot of great onboard entertainment shows the rock of ages and the dueling pianos as well as the comedy show were great as well highly recommend going to see them if you are taking the trip Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I've been on over 50 cruises and I have to say that I think this has been my favorite ship so far. The ship is big enough so you don't feel crowded. We could always find a place to sit even when the event was crowded. The ... Read More
I've been on over 50 cruises and I have to say that I think this has been my favorite ship so far. The ship is big enough so you don't feel crowded. We could always find a place to sit even when the event was crowded. The shows were outstanding, my favorite being "Burn The Floor". I LOVED IT!! We had a balcony cabin and our cabin was very comfortable with lots of storage space. The bathroom was a good size as well. The food in the specialty restaurants was very good. The main dining rooms were good, but not great. All buffets had many choices. We always frequent O'Sheehan's for the wings on every NCL cruise. I wish they would have the same menu in the bar area of O'Sheehan's as they do in the restaurant area instead of a very limited menu in the bar area. If there was more seating in the restaurant then the limited menu in the bar would be okay but we always had to wait for a table in the restaurant. Embarkation was a nightmare with traffic, but it was Mardi Gras in New Orleans and 2 ships were unloading passengers and reloading passengers so it was very congested. Overall, I'd do this ship again and again. Can't wait for the Getaway to come to New Orleans as we will definitely be sailing on that ship!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
One enjoyable aspect of living in south Louisiana is Mardi Gras week. I anticipate this week not for the parades, but because the kids are predictably off from school for the entire week, allowing me to plan family vacations. Many ... Read More
One enjoyable aspect of living in south Louisiana is Mardi Gras week. I anticipate this week not for the parades, but because the kids are predictably off from school for the entire week, allowing me to plan family vacations. Many families use the opportunity to go skiing in the Rockies or to visit theme parks in Orlando. An overlooked and superior option in my opinion is taking a cruise from New Orleans. My 4 and 5 year old boys had a fantastic time and made some great memories this year on the Norwegian Breakaway. My wife and I loved the cruise as well but for completely different reasons - convenience, relaxation, great shows, good food, and especially the included ultimate drink package. Except for embarkation our experience on the NCL Breakaway was superior to our recent 7 day cruise on the Carnival Dream. The Port of New Orleans was predictably chaotic due to an active Mardi Gras parade on St. Charles, preparations for the Bacchus parade/ball at the convention center, and embarkation of two large cruise ships (NCL Breakaway and Carnival Dream). Getting to the port and navigating to our parking lot was an exercise in patience and we will try to find an alternate method next time. Carnival has exclusive use of the Erato parking garage and port building. NCL passengers instead park in front of the Riverwalk Mall next to the huge whale murals and then walk through the Riverwalk Mall itself to find the Julia St. cruise terminal. Parking is $20/night and luggage drop off is adjacent to the parking lot. Security and check-in was slow and crowded as passengers were all instructed to arrive early due to the Mardi Gras parades. Embarkation was a pain but at least we didn't have to navigate an airport and fly with our two kids. The ship itself is quite new (2013), attractive, and impeccably clean. We booked a standard family room with picture window (just over 200 sqft) and found we had adequate space. Our boys loved the fold-away bunk bed from the ceiling, and the bathroom with tub was bigger than expected. The art, decor and color schemes throughout the ship were classy and not at all tacky or obnoxious. Dining was great with one caveat. Make all evening dining reservations as soon as you can! This will save you from waiting and will ensure you get to experience the specialty restaurants that interest you. You can always cancel later. The main dining room fare (Taste, Savor, Manhattan) was at or slightly above average for cruise ship dining. Le Bistro and Ocean Blue were really good. Teppanyaki was meh. Didn't get a chance to try Cagney's since we missed our reservation after getting far too drunk. Didn't try the italian or brazilian place. We didn't eat at the buffet, but our boys ate their weight in mac&cheese, pizza and soft serve ice cream. Cruise ship buffets always feel crowded but finding seating was never difficult. Entertainment was quite good. All of the live performance shows were well rehearsed with great dancing and vocals. We didn't spend much time up on the pool deck so can't really comment. Some of the bars looked under-staffed but it's easy enough to walk 100 ft to the next bar. Our favorite bar was Shakers on the 8th floor which served up some excellent (and powerful) martinis. Splash Academy (kid's camp) does an incredible job. The counselors are all friendly and enthusiastic. Our 4 and 5 year old boys spent 8-10 hours/day in camp and clearly had a blast. Each night they fell asleep the moment their head touched pillow. Our favorite cruise stop was Harvest Caye, the island owned by NCL. Drinks were pricey and not covered by on-ship drink packages. But we loved the island with its gigantic pool, swim-up bars, and decent beach with abundance of chairs and shade. Our family cruised on the Carnival Dream last year so we are in a good position to make comparisons. We certainly enjoyed our trip on the Dream but prefer the Breakaway for many reasons. On Breakaway the kids camp was slightly better with more councilors, more variation in activities and more extended hours. The ship itself felt more luxurious and less crowded. Far less waiting for elevators. The variety of activities on board and the variety of dining options helps ensure that the 4000 passengers are well-dispersed. The food and food variety is better on the Breakaway. Alcoholic beverage variety is better as well with some themed bars having special drinks (whiskey, martinis, etc). And NCL beverage package is unlimited, so you will not be cut off after so many drinks like on Carnival. However, an NCL cruise is probably 25% more expensive in the end (once adding the Carnival drink package) so everyone should decide for themselves if the extra expense is worth it. Our family is booked for a repeat cruise in 2020! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Restaurants were good but the buffet food was bland and not good. We found ourselves purchasing dinner for a good meal. The gym was nice but you had to purchase spa access for $200 to enjoy a steam or sauna. There was no complimentary ... Read More
Restaurants were good but the buffet food was bland and not good. We found ourselves purchasing dinner for a good meal. The gym was nice but you had to purchase spa access for $200 to enjoy a steam or sauna. There was no complimentary water and every water fountain has a do not fill your water bottle sign even in the gym. Very little entertainment poolside, slow or absent service. The only show we were interested (Rock of Ages) was cancelled. Lastly, my wife could not use her blow dryer or flat iron without blowing a cabin fuse which would take an hour to get fixed and room service was delevered very slowly and with an 8 dollar charge. We enjoyed ourselves on the cruise and will cruise again. We likely will choose another line that we have cruised in the past. RC and Carnival were more to our liking. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Travel agent advised that we would love this cruise. We were extremely disappointed. Our room was not clean when we went in. We had to ask for everything. Our balcony was not cleaned. Tables were not washed and dirty dishes were left ... Read More
Travel agent advised that we would love this cruise. We were extremely disappointed. Our room was not clean when we went in. We had to ask for everything. Our balcony was not cleaned. Tables were not washed and dirty dishes were left on the table. We find that because we are automatically charged for service, no one cares anymore. We were shocked that there was only one small pool for adults and the hot tubs were dirty. Two out of the 4 people in our group got sick. We will never travel on NCL again. We found that most of the paid entertainment was a gimmick. Very disorganized. Was not enough bar tenders or wait staff for the atrium. We find that the staff is not well informed on the areas of the ship. We paid up for a floor seat for the Cirque show of $48/couple for the floor. This is a total rip off as the theatre is small to begin with and the floor was a table next to the stage. There was absolutely no benefit for paying that much more. We didn't end up seating on the floor as we changed the time, but we were still charged $10/ person more for seating that was not normally charged for. The food for the show was amazing. We were extremely disappointed with the buffet. Not a great selection and only one cook doing omelets at each station. I guess we have been spoiled by our wonderful experiences on Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
The Breakaway was amazing but with two caveats. The entertainment was beyond fantastic. Rock of Ages Musical was fantastic and Tenors of Rock was like going to a rock concert. Really enjoyed. The only minus you have to make ... Read More
The Breakaway was amazing but with two caveats. The entertainment was beyond fantastic. Rock of Ages Musical was fantastic and Tenors of Rock was like going to a rock concert. Really enjoyed. The only minus you have to make reservations for everything. It's easy to do on the touch screens but remind your customers to do it asap when getting on ship. The main pool is a bit small for this size ship so if you are a pool person there were well over 100 people in the pool and appeared mobbed. There is only 1 pool and the second pool is a childs pool. If your not a pool person though doesn't matter. The dining was also beyond fabulous. The Manhatton Room dining room was excellent they have bands or shows and a dance floor during dinner was really nice and service was excellent. They also didn't allow shorts or caps in this dining room (they did in the rest) so it was rather high class something I appreciated in their normal freestyle environment. I don't know how Norwegian does this but NEVER had a problem finding a table in the buffet they really handle the crowd well this is a constant irritation on other cruise lines. Take a few minutes to review the map of ship. wasn't till 5th day we discovered an outdoor theater on the top deck that showed movies was almost like a drive in movie without the car very fun. Would highly highly recommend! Read Less

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