434 New Orleans Romantic Cruise Reviews

Cabin 9916 has a huge balcony, two bathrooms and grants you access to the Haven. This room is out of this world. One shower has a variety of jets and a glass wall to view the ocean. Tons of storage. The Haven bar and wait staff are ... Read More
Cabin 9916 has a huge balcony, two bathrooms and grants you access to the Haven. This room is out of this world. One shower has a variety of jets and a glass wall to view the ocean. Tons of storage. The Haven bar and wait staff are terrific and so is the food. We loved the rope course on this ship. Concierge Bowen is very professional and does an outstanding job in arranging all your dinner and show needs. We tried the Italian, French, Cagneys, Moderno and Ocean Blue and all very good. Ocean Blue is worth the up charge. You can walk most of the way around the ship on deck eight and the views are good at that level. Can’t recommend the cruise next staff. You can book deposits with no problems but not a future cruise. They could never get the promotions right, had to fix when I got off the ship with NCL. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We decided to do a ten day cruise for my 40th birthday as we always feel 7 days is just not enough time. In addtiion, the idea of leaving from New Orleans and experiencing the Mighty Mississippi sounded great! It was just me and my ... Read More
We decided to do a ten day cruise for my 40th birthday as we always feel 7 days is just not enough time. In addtiion, the idea of leaving from New Orleans and experiencing the Mighty Mississippi sounded great! It was just me and my boyfriend and we had a mostly amazing time. I was not a fan of the embarkation at all. There were very little (if any) signs telling us what building to go into or who was the correct porter to drop our luggage off with. In fact, I along with another couple seriously hestitated handing off our luggage to a porter next to a cart because he had zero identification as a porter besides the metal cart he loaded our stuff into. When we walked into the Norwegian building it was absolute chaos as we had to ask a staff member where we go (as there were no signs) only to find a line mashed in the middle of all the guests leaving on tour busses and cabs from the previous cruise. Once we finally were able to go through the doors to start the process (we stood in line for 45 minutes), the embarkation was pretty typical once we got through the doors so it was really the lack of signs or Norwegian staff to help that made it difficult. Once we got on the boat the first day was mostly excellent, until our suitcases arrived. I have a medium sized hard spinner luggage that weighed only 38 lbs (weighed at airport) and by the time it made it to our stateroom it was completely missing a spinner wheel on the back and was very beat up. This piece of luggages was in perfect condition when I handed it to the Porter and was only three years old. Now reality is, I have no clue who destroyed it but lets just say it was a real pain traveling home with a completely missing wheel at the end of the trip. The ship itself was awesome! I would love to travel on her again. We had a great steward and we LOVED Syd's Pour House. We could spend every night in that place when Guilty Pleasures was playing. I was not as big of a fan of the other band but the house band in there was amazing. We went to Burn the Floor, and it was not something we really liked. I love a story with a show and i just felt bored because it was just dancing and singing but I do know many on the ship loved the show. Rock of Ages was amazing, funny, and was the story I was already familiar with but production value was excellent. I think our love of this show was directly related to our age range as we grew up on this music!. Howl at the moon was enjoyable but i also think Norwegian's desire to keep it PG until 11:00 pm is slowly killing the ususal fun show, but again the crowd traveling on this 10 day trip was an older crowd than I was use to on other norwegian cruisese that may have had something to do with the overall tone of the Howl show. Food as usual was amazing. One major issue that did come up was, I had selected and paid for the Cirque dinner show the first day we were able to book the show online and scheduled my dinning package specialities as well. On the 2nd day of the trip, I received a letter from Norwegian in my stateroom stating that the previously schedule show date was no longer available and they moved our show/dinner to the next night. Well guess what, that was the date of my scheduled visit to a very popular specialty dinning. I went to Guest services who then handed me off to dinning reservations people, only to be told they could do nothing and it wasn't their fault. They didnt offer a credit or offer to call the box office. Just said oh just show up at specialty restaurant and they may be able to seat you. I was not happy and pretty much walked off. I then personally walked to the Box Office, and a wonderful man (I didnt catch his name) made a few phone calls and squeezed us in an oversold Cirque show to avoid missing the the teppanayki restaurant. He was so kind, and acted the way I had come to expect Norwegian employees to act. I believe even if he was unable to help, he made a few phone calls and really tried to make something work and I would have appreciated his efforts regardless. Not to mention he was able to squeeze us in on Valentine's Day.....I wish I had gotten his name as he was definately a vacation hero. Also, I will say is Michael who is a bartender at the pool bar, and also the most amazing ICE BAR bartender! My boyfriend and I were the only one's inside the ice bar and he made the 49 minutes we stayed in there one of the best times I had on the ship. He played some awesome music, made some super yummy drinks, took some awesome pictures or us, and just really made us not feel like we were the only people at the party. As for Excursion: prepare to be crammed into boats/vans/cars etc like a sardine. We went on an Olde Belize river tour and Altan Ha ruins. It was a great time, but the boat was so full it was difficult to enjoy. We were lucky as we got decent seats but I know others were upset because the boat was too full. Also, wee did a snorkel at barrier reef out of Harvest Caye, while the boat so full we thought it was a big mistake. One we reached the site, they have amazing guides onsite in the water that made the experience in the water so amazing. We were able to get some amazing video, and our guide even held his breath and went to bottom to record endangered species of fish he saw at bottom. It really was a great excursion and would recommend this to anyone. Overall this trip was amazing. I have loved Norwegian since my first time on one of their ships 5 years ago. I have gone on one Norwegian a year since then. Even with the issues that came up, the services, the spa, the bars, and the food are always amazing. I am bummed about my suitcase, but in the end this was a great 10 days for my birthday and I met some amazing people on our trip. I always remember that the worst day of vacation is usually better than your average day at home/work. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Very happy with the cruise overall. There were a few things that could have been better, such as embarkation and debarkation. Also the stop in Grand Cayman was not very organized with 5 other ships ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Very happy with the cruise overall. There were a few things that could have been better, such as embarkation and debarkation. Also the stop in Grand Cayman was not very organized with 5 other ships in port, because of the lack of organization our shore excursion left late and seemed to be rushed trying to get caught up and we still ended up getting back to the ship late. Thankfully it was a Norwegian booked tour and the ship had to wait for us otherwise we would have been out of luck. Our cruise was great except for the few things mentioned above, the ship was fantastic and the workers were great. Our room steward Jonah was very good at her job , always had a smile and something nice to say. Our butler Manolito was also very pleasant and made sure we wanted for nothing. We also had the privilege of having Bowen the best concierge that we have ever had on any cruise, Bowen was vey helpful, cheery and seemed to really enjoy his job, we hope to cross paths with all of them again on another cruise. As for the different stops that we made they were all good. Cozumel we did a Mexican cuisine and cooking class that we would most likely do again given the chance. Two stops in Belize one at Harvest Caye where we just hung out on the beach, the only downside of this private island is that nothing is included except the beach chairs. Second stop in Belize we visited the Mayan ruins at Lamanai which we would highly suggest. Grand Cayman we did the turtle farm and stingray city which would have been better if not so rushed. Finally in Jamaica we had a beautiful day at the beach. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
While I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the trip because I did there were many things I didn’t like. First we get to the port and the shuttle drops us off at the carnival terminal because of traffic and we had to wheel our luggage down the ... Read More
While I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the trip because I did there were many things I didn’t like. First we get to the port and the shuttle drops us off at the carnival terminal because of traffic and we had to wheel our luggage down the street to the Norwegian terminal which was quite a chore for disabled people. We even had a truck hit our bag my husband was pulling. Then with the bad backs and the disability making it difficult to stand very long.. we were in line for over 2 hours past our check- in time. Then we get on the ship and My husband is a smoker and instead of having an open area and smokers on one side & non smokers on another where the fresh open air would disperse the smoke. We felt isolated because like on carnival the deck above the midship swimming pool was smoking on one side and not on the other. NCL put us into a penalty box and were unable to be part of the fun. I wish the shows such as newlywed, etc were done in one of the theaters because there were not enough seats in atrium, and if you were at O’Sheehan’s you had to be able to get a bar stool right along the wall because lf you sat at one of the table in the bar there you couldn’t see, which was very disappointing.If you wanted to sit in the fresh air you can’t smoke except in one small area on the upper deck away from the fun which is not an ideal situation for disabled people that can’t walk very far as it is. While we understand not being able to smoke in the rooms or sitting at the bars it would be nice if smokers wernt made to feel like they weren’t wanted on the ship. It’s like if you smoke we don’t want you to enjoy your cruise. I could not believe all the people I heard say how bad they hated the way they were made to feel like lepers and that they would never set foot on a Norwegian Cruise ever again. The Carney’s steakhouse was great and ocean Blue seafood was amazing! The rooms a very nice and spacious. Be aware some cruise lunes offer free room service and while Norwegians has some free they charge you a “convenience fee” of $7.50 to bring it to you so if you want coffee in the morning it’s gonna cost you. While I’m not sure things are like this on every boat I would be willing to give ncl another chance to try to win our loyalty but it would have to be a great deal. I’m sure this has got to be an exception to the rule surely all Norwegian cruises aren’t the same experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Cruise on NCL many many times. Getting on this ship was awful. The line was at least a mile long. Many many people did not make it on the ship two hours before and there was no information given or help for elderly that had to walk or wait ... Read More
Cruise on NCL many many times. Getting on this ship was awful. The line was at least a mile long. Many many people did not make it on the ship two hours before and there was no information given or help for elderly that had to walk or wait in the hot line. The ship departed late because It took so long to check everyone in. Service for our room was very good. Very clean and always made up timely and we never saw them which is a great thing. It means they always timed cleaning our rooms perfectly. Specialty restaurants were excellent with great service. This is the only ship we have been on that enforced adult pools, hot tubs and areas. THAT WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS SHIP! Water slides and rope walk was great. HOWEVER, the service for drinks on this ship was the worst we have ever experienced. When we were by the pool or in the adult section, we may have been asked if we wanted a drink maybe once a day if that. The friendliness of the staff was blah. We actually overheard a woman giving a complaint to one of the officers and he was really rude to her. We have been on other ships where we have made friends with our drink service person, taken pictures with them, swapped emails, etc. and then of course tipped them extremely well. Never made that connection with anyone on this ship. In the casino, service was even worse. And the layout of the casino is bad. You always felt like you were in the hallway. This ship did not have easy access to the outsides of the ship to walk around outside. If you did make it outside, all you could see were life boats in your face. Balconies in the rooms were extremely small. Food at the buffet was pretty much the exact same every day. We have been on the Dawn many times. I think NCL should make the service employees on that ship mentors/trainers for the Breakaway and the Epic. Those two ships really need help. I went on an excursion in Mexico renting ATVs through the ship on the third day. I received second degree burns on my leg. Filled out a report at the excursion but never heard a word from anyone asking how I was. Will not be going back on the breakaway! Mexico was nice, Belize City was gross, dirty and disgusting, Jamaica was nice. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We picked this cruise because it was over Superbowl weekend. We wanted to watch the big game form the big screen up on deck. We arrived at the port about 30 minutes after our arrival time since we received an email telling us not to arrive ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it was over Superbowl weekend. We wanted to watch the big game form the big screen up on deck. We arrived at the port about 30 minutes after our arrival time since we received an email telling us not to arrive early and that boarding would be delayed due to loading of equipment and supplies. The guy managing the line made us rush past other and said you are late, we arrived at 155 pm and out boarding time was 130 pm, so what ever, then he got mad at us because I printed our documents on 1 page of paper back to back thinking I was being eco friendly, he said this will not work you need to each hold your own paper work, why? whats the difference? We have never had this problem before. We were onboard by 215 pm and ready to have fun. I had read lots of complaints about this ship as how bad of shape it was in. I did not see any issues, yes you could tell that it was due for an update, but nothing like others have posted recently. The Triumph is an easy to navigate ship, well laid out. Our Cabin was dated looking but it is going to be refurbed next month. Our bed was comfy and our cabin spacious with plenty of closet space. We had a great time on sea days, so many activities and some really good music in the evening. Getting on and off the ship in ports was so easy, never had to wait in a line. I Cozumel we just did our own thing, been there many times before. I Progresso we took the scenic photo and foodie tour to Merida. We really enjoyed this tour, the guides were wonderful and the tour of the city was very enjoyable and the food was great. We felt rushed on the tour due to time crunch, the time we spend in a local bakery was way too long, but the tour guides couldn't get the other people out of the bakery. The staff on the ship we excellent, professional and willing to talk to the guests. Kudos to the Bar staff they entertained my husbands bad jokes, ha ha. Really they were lots of fun. Disembarkation was smooth and very fast. I look forward to seeing the ship after it comes out of dry dock. We had a great time and will sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have taken a few cruises on Norwegian and wanted to try the Breakaway since we had sailed the Epic last year. Sorry to say the Breakaway was just as bad on layout and design of the public areas as the Epic was. Elevator locations are ... Read More
We have taken a few cruises on Norwegian and wanted to try the Breakaway since we had sailed the Epic last year. Sorry to say the Breakaway was just as bad on layout and design of the public areas as the Epic was. Elevator locations are one of the biggest drawbacks. Why did Norwegian decide to stop putting elevators near mid-ship. Balcony rooms have been shrunk along with storage in the room. I will say they had excellent entertainment in the main theater but other locations were so -so. The buffet food, O' Sheehan's, Taste, and Savor were all very good. If you didn't make reservations for the main dining room well in advance you could not get early seating. Some of the free shows were booked full, weeks before the sailing date so if you didn't book early you were out of luck. If they transmitted information about the tender ticketing plan, we never heard or seen it. Luckily, I found it while checking my planner on the TV. Then when you tried to set a time for the second tender port, they still had the first tender port info as the only option. So I selected Group B with a 12AM departure even though I knew we would not be tendering at midnight. Amazingly there must have been enouogh complaints that they straightened out the options before we arrived at the second tendering port. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Wanted New Orleans cruise . Wanted to try Norwegian and try a larger ship. We were very happy with all of the above. Larger ship delivered great entertainment as well as diversity of entertainment. We really enjoyed the various dining ... Read More
Wanted New Orleans cruise . Wanted to try Norwegian and try a larger ship. We were very happy with all of the above. Larger ship delivered great entertainment as well as diversity of entertainment. We really enjoyed the various dining options and the service was great. Even though the largest ship we ever sailed on , we witnessed very high service level on deck and the movement around the ship was very smooth and relaxing. We really enjoyed the flexible dining times. Temperature control Inthe cabin was excellent. The excursions we took were great and very well organized. It was very nice having access to breakfast on disembarkation. Also first time we self disembarked which was a great choice . Basically walked off the ship with no crowds. Finally casino was nice to have a nonsmoking section. Norwegian won our business. We plan to sail with them this summer to Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Hits- Cleanest ship I have ever been on, Embarkment & Disembarkment is fast and easy...the best I have experienced. The Garden café is well designed with sinks at the entrance and can move large amounts of people through quickly. ... Read More
Hits- Cleanest ship I have ever been on, Embarkment & Disembarkment is fast and easy...the best I have experienced. The Garden café is well designed with sinks at the entrance and can move large amounts of people through quickly. The ship holds almost 5000 people, but it doesn't ever feel crowded Deck 8 is truly a lovely spot, the Boardwalk is a quiet place to have coffee in morning with a coffee station set up on either side of ship. My favourite spot for sure. Manhatten Dinningroom was such a nice change from the traditional dining with the Big bands playing, or the singers and the dancers. We loved that place. Our waitress Laraeffe was a delight, she was personable and professional, we followed her from Taste and then into the Manhatten as her service was immpeccable. Misses- The main Pool area is way too small for the size of ship, crowded and in some ways very unsafe as people had to move beach chairs because they pack you in like sardines. So a Beach chair was parked right infront of the handicapp bathroom almost everyday. I made several comments to the lady but she ignored me and continued to lay in front of the door. I even mentioned it to staff and they did not ask her to move. Honestly I was shocked. But you see people putting their chairs in front of walkways ect just to get some space. Casino- honestly what were you thinking ??? the location for ventialtion is a health hazard...thats all you can smell regardless of what floor you are on because its an open atrium style. And the Asian Restaurant located right in the middle with children there inhaling the cigarette stink. YUCKKK! although I can't believe familes even took their kids to eat there. Reservation system for shows......FAIL! I booked our shows 3 months in advance and you guys let our seats go 15 min prior to show. We arrived on time only to find out it was full.....NOT happy so nevertheless I never did see Burn the Floor....it would be nice if this was told to one when reserving. Seating in the comedian club, uncomfortable and again not really sure why it was desgnied this way pillars everyway...an epic FAIL Ship clocks were all whacked out, I don't know how many mornings that our clocks inside our room were different than the elevator or port times. They seemed to change them at different times. One morning I awoke went to deck 8 for coffee only to find out after I lost an hour between 6:00 am- 7:00 am who changes times at 6:00 am ??? Pay attention to ship time, would be nice if they spoke about this every morning. The Breakaway is a beautifully decorated ship, but many design flaws...it never felt like you flowed into one space. It felt broken up and isolated on many decks. Lot's of wasted space for Haven guests......their areas were always empty. Margarettaville was dead everyday because of covercharges. My hubby says Gym could be bigger as well. Walking track on deck 15 is in a ridicoulous spot, again probaly the biggest fail. So you had some people walking on deck 8 instead. All in all I of course enjoyed my cruise, my hubby says he prefers the smaller ships, so we will go back to those. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our 4th cruise with RCCL and by far our favorite! We loved the Vision and her crew. Our waiter was absolutely amazing, making recommendations and making sure everything was to our liking. He had a great personality and gave us ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise with RCCL and by far our favorite! We loved the Vision and her crew. Our waiter was absolutely amazing, making recommendations and making sure everything was to our liking. He had a great personality and gave us great, personal service. The food in the windjammer and MDR was excellent! The windjammer staff did a great job of keeping the buffet area stocked and clean. There were always plenty of options for each meal. We did MTD and were able to walk right in for our table at our reserved time. Our stateroom attendant was also great, quickly taking care of our room in the morning and evenings. The ship was lovely and the activities staff constantly had fun things going on. The ship did not seem dated to me, despite previous reviews I had read. Everything looked updated and clean. The entertainment was good but I would have preferred more variety than the 3 comedians. In the past we’ve had magicians, aerial acrobats, etc. I definitely recommend the Vision! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We love cruising Norwegian, and this was a our best ever experience: - We booked through Dan McCormick, our Norwegian Cruise Consultant. As always, Dan was a great asset to us and to Norwegian. He's friendly, professional, ... Read More
We love cruising Norwegian, and this was a our best ever experience: - We booked through Dan McCormick, our Norwegian Cruise Consultant. As always, Dan was a great asset to us and to Norwegian. He's friendly, professional, available, and striving to make sure we had a great vacation. - Embarkation was busy, but the staff kept the line moving. It's a large ship, and we are bronze latitude members, so that's to be expected. It would have been nice if folks didn't try to line jump, but certainly not the staff's fault. Staff members at check-in were very friendly. - We loved our cabin and it was very comfortable (see below). - The food was very good. We ate at Taste, Savor (Main Dining Rooms), the Garden Buffet, and O'Sheehan's. We also had a great meal at the onboard Cirque Fantasy. The only time we experienced really poor service or quality was at O'Sheehan's. The staff just seemed new and it was difficult to get service. They kind of stood around, and this was the only place on the ship we saw that happening. Food was often not optimal temp when served at O'Sheehan's and the food was not up to the standard on the rest of the ship. That said, Taste, Savor and Garden Buffet were excellent. Daily selections kept us trying new things and we didn't eat at the specialty restaurants at all. The buffet was far above average and the staff there was wonderful, always singing and coming by the tables. Savor's staff also stood out as excellent and personable. - We loved the shows. We saw Rock of Ages (80's fun), Burn the Floor (they're so talented), three of the Levity Comedy shows (Tom Foss is the best!) and the Cirque Fantasy (fabulous!) and did the Escape Room (loads of fun). Rock of Ages was very entertaining and exactly as billed. It was disappointing to see that so many went and then reviewed it poorly. It's raunchy in a fun way, and there's lots to do on the ship if this is not your cup of tea. I can't recommend Cirque Fantasy highly enough, though it is extra. - We played miniature golf, worked out in the fitness center, walked and lounged on Deck 8 and spent as much time outside as possible, since the weather was excellent. I highly recommend Deck 8 (The Waterfront) for daytime reading and friendly conversations. It's quiet and comfortable. It's also the best outdoor walking, as the "jogging track" is in a busy recreation area where people kept bumping into us and is only really good for jogging early a.m. and late day. - We're not drinkers and didn't have the package, so I can't review that portion of the service, but we did enjoy our free sparkling wine as Latitude members. - The casino is way too open and that kept us from seeing and doing things on Deck 6, 7 and 8 inside because of the stench of cigarettes. That kept us from trying the Shanghai Noodle Bowl, as it's basically inside the casino. Other guests told us the restaurant wasn't the best, and there was so much great food elsewhere we weren't bothered. - The crew is nice and accommodating, but I recommend going to Guest Services personally if you have a question. The Box Office is pure chaos, and your Box Office booked shows won't show up on your app or TV screen. - We took two shore excursions through Norwegian. Both were great and we thought they were a good value for the tour received. The excursions are very well organized. Our tour of Chacchoben Mayan ruins from Costa Maya was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The Turtle Centre in George Town Grand Cayman was a wonderful experience. These folks do great work, it's a great place to learn about these beautiful creatures. I recommend the shore excursion because I heard some folks getting dubious info from local tour companies. We would joyfully sail Norwegian and The Breakaway again. We definitely recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose the cruise because we wanted to explore New Orleans prior to our first cruise. We had never been to New Orleans and we explored the sites and sounds of the city for 5 days prior to boarding the ship. Bourbon street lived up to all ... Read More
We chose the cruise because we wanted to explore New Orleans prior to our first cruise. We had never been to New Orleans and we explored the sites and sounds of the city for 5 days prior to boarding the ship. Bourbon street lived up to all expectations, museums, city history, and the architecture was amazing in the French quarter. Cruise terminal dated but sufficient, embankment and disembarkment went smoothly. We throughly enjoyed our ship, the Breakaway. We had a cabin on deck 5 with a picture window and was big enough for us and served our requirements perfectly. We were up and gone early, came back for a shower before dinner and then out enjoying the ships activities until mid nite. Did we need a balcony ? I don’t know when we would have used it 10 minutes in the morning before breakfast with a coffee. The lower you go seems ship is a bit more stable. Bathroom was excellent, nice size shower with a curved door, not a curtain. Enough storage and shelf space to put amenities. Cabin has a big closet, enough drawer space for 2 of us and a desk and mirror for my wife to do hair and make up. Entertainment was very good. Main theatre is a bit small for size of ship but entertainment was good. We took in shows every night ranging from a broadway production Rock of Ages to a small bar rocking out to 80’s tunes. Quiet nites spent at one of piano bars on the ship. Used the casino but the smoke can become over bearing for non smokers in certain areas. If we had one issue on the ship smoke drifted out of casino and could be smelt in areas of the ship. Doors to cigar and cigarette rooms should be only accessed from outside decks. Service on the ship we thought was top notch. Service was polite and would bend over backwards to assist you. We had no complaints of dining, food was excellent from buffet to speciality restaurants. Ate and drank way to much. Way to easy and accessible. Ports were good, we did not use excursions but explored most stops on our own. we rented cabs for the day and got a better tour of areas using a taxi driver as our guide. Other days we cabbed it to a beach on the island and enjoyed the sun, sand, water and local beverages on the beach. We would most certainly entertain a cruise again! If we could get the same perks for the same dollars. A balcony room may br nice but for what you need a room with a picture window is all we needed. Gratuities seem a bit on high side but it is what it is. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
So I chose this date for our Carnival Dream Cruise because my husband wanted to go to the Eastern Caribbean and we had never been to Key West Florida before. The weather beganvery cold from our port in New Orleans- we definitely had to ... Read More
So I chose this date for our Carnival Dream Cruise because my husband wanted to go to the Eastern Caribbean and we had never been to Key West Florida before. The weather beganvery cold from our port in New Orleans- we definitely had to wear our jackets for the first Port of call which was Key West. We walked for most of Key West seeing a lot of the sites, saw the southernmost point of the U.S. We got to see Hemingway's home, and also the bar that he frequented, Sloppy Joes. I had some very good conch fritters there. The weather turned a little warmer as we ended up in Freeport & then Nassau. Freeport ended up being the most favorite Port out of the entire itinerary. We visited the Lighthouse Resort at Grand Lucayan there. Food abounds on the Carnival Dream, you'll not run out of choices from the MDR, to all other choices I felt like we were eating every couple of hours! The buffet, the sea day brunch (steak & eggs) Guys hamburgers (ate about 20 of those entire trip) Guy's pig & anchor BBQ (pulled pork is best), the Bonsai Sushi, (good prices), the Italian place above the buffet(great bolognese), the pizza, the blue iguana (taco salad). The best meal we had on the ship was our anniversary night-we ate at the Chef's Art Steakhouse. The steaks were outstanding. The service there was so great, the ambience was wonderful, our waiter was great. We really enjoyed this, I wish we could have eaten there every night! There were a few things that didn't please us while on the cruise - We saw a couple of instances where Carnival employees were being a bit rude to passengers, but for the majority of employees, they were friendly & helpful. Other things were out of Carnivals control, such as actual passengers being a bit rude by not getting in line for the buffet , just walking right in front of others. Also witnessed parents letting their child "drink" from the strawberry yogurt machine! Our room's balcony was the best part of the room(wrap around after on 7th floor) but it was very dirty. The glass on the inside of the balcony was cleaned by a group of 3-4 employees on the 2nd day of our cruise, but they didn't clean the outside of the glass on the balcony which was the dirtiest part! Overall, the room 7454 was nice, but I do believe from experience the suite rooms have better cabin service from the stewards. I still give Carnival a 4 out of 5 on this cruise. The next cruise on Carnival will be Glory in April this year, so we will see how that one goes! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Dream Embarkation Wedding Review(Song Lounge and Burgundy Lounge) -I just have to go ahead and say our experience was incredible and completely exceeded my expectations! I did hair and makeup for myself and my bridesmaids at our hotel. ... Read More
Dream Embarkation Wedding Review(Song Lounge and Burgundy Lounge) -I just have to go ahead and say our experience was incredible and completely exceeded my expectations! I did hair and makeup for myself and my bridesmaids at our hotel. We shuttled from our parking space. I definitely recommend giving yourself extra time. We were almost late to check in. This made meeting our coordinator and letting our guests know where to go pretty hectic. Jill was our coordinator, and she was fabulous. She made sure someone brought me lunch to my room. They didn't have our first dance song, but she made it happen. She took care of setting up our decorations in the ceremony and reception spaces. She also made sure everyone signed our guest book. Valeria was our wedding host. She made sure I was never empty handed. She checked in on us throughout the week and made our steakhouse reservations. For hors d'oeuvres we had: shrimp sushi, tomato mozzarella, steak burritos, chicken empanadas, beer battered fish, and smoked salmon. For drinks we had rum punch and margaritas. Our cake was coconut with coconut filling, The food was plentiful and delicious. The drinks were strong and they kept them coming. So strong that half our guests didn't make it the dining room that night! The reception itself was great. We did the first dance, mother/son and father/daughter dance, and cake cutting. The rest was party time. The dj had us dancing the entire time. The reception was only an hour long but I don't think our guests could have handled any longer. Kadek was our photographer and he made the wedding for me! I was so worried about pictures and I had no reason to be. The ceremony was in the Song Lounge and we had the curtains open for natural light. He took us all around the ship for pictures. We took so long that I had to go to Muster Call in my wedding dress. Overall, I'd recommend Carnival for a wedding a million times over. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as 11 days! and Caribbean! NCL really has their act together when you are talking about their packages you can choose to add to your cruise when signing up! Of course, duh!, first choice unlimited ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary as 11 days! and Caribbean! NCL really has their act together when you are talking about their packages you can choose to add to your cruise when signing up! Of course, duh!, first choice unlimited drinking package and balcony or higher 3 choices and even more as you go up in room category. The operation of the ship as far as handling the large ship under all circumstances was probably the most professional I have seen yet. Everything they did was smooth to a "T" and most of the time when parking it was amazing. I am an engineer by trade, so I was amazed how good they were. The ship is really easy to explore around , even has fish on the carpet swimming to the front so you don't get turned around. They kept us busy by having many above average shows and performances nearly every night. I will rate the entertainment down just a bit as there were a few days that we wanted to go to the comedian, and you had to arrive at least 30 mins early or you can't get in and most of the entertainment you had to pre - book so what happens is the experienced cruisers (you know who they are) get to pre-book BEFORE the "regular" cruisers so A. best times are taken and B. A lot of shows or specialty dining is all booked up. C. And then they don't show up. I really don't like the "know the rules" handling of the shows and specialty dinners as some book and then never show up. The specialty dining was some of the best ever when you do get in, but I really don't like eating at 9:45pm and missing shows that are usually scheduled between 9-10pm for the good adult stuff. There were a few times the specialty dining rooms showed booked up on the computer and yet were 1/2 full or just a little better, and yet if you went to the dining kiosk to book dining, it said all booked up. Anyway in my rambling, freestyle cruising is ok, you can scale back your dining attire a little, but my wife and I feel it is a little more respectful to dress a little nicer than that, which is ok. We come from a rural environment and my wife doesn't get to wear warm climate dresses except for on cruises so we raise up the dress a little above minimum for the specialty dining. Freestyle dining or cruising should be just that, either very limited rules or none at all. You can eat anytime you want, but realistically you can't because the Haven on up people have most of the booking booked early. The crews on the ship were professional and fun and after the first day recognized you! I made some permanent friends and yes I did purchase the CruiseNext bonus which is way better return than the stock market. We had a spa room, and enjoyed the thermal suites area, but if I had to upgrade from a regular room to Spa and purchase the rights, I personally don't feel it would have been worth it. The Doctor on board was absolutely amazing and helped my wife with a few things and she was very happy with the top notch professionalism he showed. NCL didn't really brag that they had him on the ship and my wife stumbled upon his video in the spa and he literally saved us thousands of dollars and did a better job! WIN_WIN! Getting on and off the ship was a breeze, and the NCL transfers to and from the airport were convenient and fast and professional. In summary, NCL is very classy, professional, great employees both in operations and service, and just needs to work on the booking of entertainment and specialty meals and they will have it all. One more thing, the specialty dining options are top notch, better than any normal dining I have access to at home, and the first trip I went to them it was smooth and easy and very enjoyable. But now everyone has figured out how good they really are and you are lucky to get any reasonable time to actually get to go to them to eat. It seems the only slots open are when you wanted to go to a show that night, so instead of doing both (like on other cruise lines) You have to sacrifice one for the other. I still would rate the overall trip at 9.6! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We usually sail on the Princess Line, but decided to give Norwegian a try. We really liked the Breakaway ship and crew. Staff was friendly, attentive, and polite. The ship was clean and modern looking. The only criticism of the ship ... Read More
We usually sail on the Princess Line, but decided to give Norwegian a try. We really liked the Breakaway ship and crew. Staff was friendly, attentive, and polite. The ship was clean and modern looking. The only criticism of the ship was the casino area, which reeked of cigarette smoke, especially the last few days of the cruise. It's too bad they still allow smoking onboard. The stench extends to other nearby areas and is not limited to the casino. Our favorite place to eat, besides the buffet, was O'Sheehan's Pub. The food was great and it was a nice spot to relax and enjoy a meal. The Garden Cafe Buffet was very good as well, with plenty of variety and tasty theme nights. The only improvements needed there are those of the cruisers! Stop eating off your plate in line, be polite, and watch where you are walking - so many people are so absorbed in their food that they run you over. Be sure to use the antibacterial gel AFTER using the tongs to get your food if you don't want to be exposed to everyone else's germs. And clean up after yourselves a bit! If you have kids throwing food all over the place, clean it up. Oh, and it was our anniversary and we got a nice cake and bottle of bubbly :) Our balcony cabin was spacious and well-appointed. I did not like the hair dryer's location (in the living area, not the bathroom), but I made do. Our cabin steward was nice and attentive, but did not hover over us, which was appreciated. The bed was too hard for me (I have hip bursitis), but a quick call to housekeeping resulted in an egg crate mattress pad which helped substantially. Luckily our room was in a quiet hallway without a lot of loud guests disrupting our sleep - but take ear plugs just in case! We found the shows onboard to be very professional and enjoyed them a lot. We did, however, think the cost of playing Bingo ($39 each) was a bit pricey, as were most of the excursions if you bought them through Norwegian. All of our ports were fine (except Jamaica - scary place!), and we love Grand Cayman the most. Sadly that was the one port where we only got to spend a few hours instead of having a full day. We were surprised at how trashy and poor Roatan Honduras was, but we still had an ok day at a private beach park where we enjoyed snorkeling and lunch. There were armed guards on the beach, which is very telling of the issues they have there. Our embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly - as smoothly as can be expected with so many people coming and going. Again, the Norwegian staff was friendly and welcoming at all times. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We took a 7 day cruise out of New Orleans. We took this cruise for several reasons. The first reason is because it left from New Orleans. Since we live just outside of New Orleans, it is very convenient to just drive to get on the ship. ... Read More
We took a 7 day cruise out of New Orleans. We took this cruise for several reasons. The first reason is because it left from New Orleans. Since we live just outside of New Orleans, it is very convenient to just drive to get on the ship. The second reason is because it was a Royal Caribbean ship. We have sailed several times with this cruise line. We usually enjoy their ships. The third reason is because it was a New Year's Eve Cruise. Overall the cruise was enjoyable but there were some disappointments with this cruise ship. The entertainment was top notch. The music was good and the entertainers were awesome. Our cabin was very comfortable. We did not have a very attentive room steward. We also did not care for the food in the main dining room. We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants. The ports were visited were very good except Miami. We landed in Miami on New Year's Day. Most of the tourist attractions were closed. This port was a change in our itinerary. Originally we were supposed to go to Coco Cay. We were very disappointed with the change in itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our 6th or 7th NCL cruise (I have lost count), but our first in several years, our first on the larger of NCL's ships, and our first Holiday cruise. Embarkation was fast and efficient, especially when contrasted to 2+ hours ... Read More
This was our 6th or 7th NCL cruise (I have lost count), but our first in several years, our first on the larger of NCL's ships, and our first Holiday cruise. Embarkation was fast and efficient, especially when contrasted to 2+ hours standing in line for our September cruise on MSC Meraviglia. Debarkation and re-embarkation at ports was also fast and efficient. We did not have any tendering ports. First day was a bit chaotic, as many discovered that reservations were useful to assure dining times in both main restaurants and shows. After the first day we (party of 2 or 4) were able to walk right in to the main dining room without reservations, except at peak times. Food at the main dining rooms was good, but the days of escargot and lobster are gone. Food at the buffet was good, not great. Our son and grandson are vegetarian, and we found that many dishes were mislabeled, or not labeled at all, and dishes that are commonly vegetarian often were not (fettuccine alfredo, squash soup had added bacon, most salads could have meat to add on the side but instead had it mixed in). Fortunately, grandson can almost live on mashed potatoes. We did not use specialty restaurants, but I heard both rave reviews and comments that main dining room was better. Ship layout had many specialty restaurants and small venues, narrow hallways with passage from forward to aft on decks 6, 7 (through smoky casino), and 8. The 3 deck spiral staircase and chandelier went through the casino, so smoke traveled to all 3 levels. Walls in the commons areas were dark colored with subdued lighting, making for a feel some would call cozy but seemed dingy to me. Venues for the popular shows (game shows, pool parties, Queen tribute, Comedy club) were too small. The 2 main pools were small, but the cold one was never crowded. 4 hot tubs in the main pool area were nearly always crowded. Grandson liked the water slides and harness course, but lines for the course were usually very long. Entertainment was good and bad. Cirque de Solei was good, but pricy at $47.99. The meal was good but not much better than the free main dining rooms. They did offer a vegetarian option, but it was items son and grandson did not like. Small music venues were good, and Howl at the Moon was great. We were rightfully warned that Rock of Ages was for mature audiences, but were still unprepared for the raunchyness of the show. The audience seemed to like Burn the Floor, but to me it was too loud, too fast, to flashy, and too much repetition of the same dance steps with just different costumes. Drink servers and photographers were attentive, but not aggressive and obnoxious as we have experienced on previous cruises. Soft drinks were in cups, not cans. We signed up for the $9.95 pp talk and text cell phone service through the ship's wi-fi system, but it was worse than useless, as it failed to work when we needed it most, and it does not work if you try to share an account. Cabin service was adequate, but far less than any previous cruise - No towel animals, no turn down with chocolate, daily minimal service. At Costa Maya we booked a tour of Chacchoben Mayan ruins with Native Choice. Anthropologist guide Ivan was a local of Mayan heritage, and was OUTSTANDING. Excellent tour. As a manmade Harvest Caye is very well-done, beautiful foliage, nice beaches, ziplines and rope course, local vendors (bring cash or credit card), and the world's best chocolate (chocolate was invented by the Mayas using local cacao). We took the ferry to Placencia to connect with relatives for a nice snorkel trip to Laughing Bird Caye. The only downside was that the passenger ferry left late and returned early for a very abbreviated shore time, as ships tour passengers got priority. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We absolutely love NCL. We were loyal Carnival cruisers but once we tried NCL, we will never go back to Carnival. I love the specialty dining, especially Cagney's Steakhouse. The comedy shows were hilarious, I never laughed so hard. ... Read More
We absolutely love NCL. We were loyal Carnival cruisers but once we tried NCL, we will never go back to Carnival. I love the specialty dining, especially Cagney's Steakhouse. The comedy shows were hilarious, I never laughed so hard. We loved Burn the Floor, this is a must if you are on the Breakway. Rock of Ages was ok, just not what I was expecting. We just got off the Breakaway 12/23/18 and already booking another one, looking at April. I just love cruising. The layout was pretty easy to get around. The only problem of course is the pool area, where everyone holds chairs all day and never go to them but no one pulls the belongings from the chairs. Out of our 7 day cruise we were only able to hang out by the pool with chairs on one day. But that one day we had a blast at the pool. We are going to bring our grandkids the next cruise, there are lots to do with the kids. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Service seems to have declined on the ship, especially in the restaurants. Service in Le Bistro was mediocre at best (empty drinks, dirty plates on the table, dinner took 90 minutes due to slow service). Service at Moderno Churrascaria ... Read More
Service seems to have declined on the ship, especially in the restaurants. Service in Le Bistro was mediocre at best (empty drinks, dirty plates on the table, dinner took 90 minutes due to slow service). Service at Moderno Churrascaria could not have been any worse. Our waiter brought us drinks and didn't come back for over 45 minutes. We had to ask the "meat guys" for drink refills and for missing silverware. The service was truly aweful. At the cost of the Specialty Dining, there just is no excuse for bad service. Service at Cagney's and the main dining room were both wonderful. Service at O'Sheehan's was equally as bad... it was like "once they brought you something" they never came back. It didn't seem to matter if the place was slammed busy or just a few tables, the service was terrible. So now let's address the wonderful Port of New Orleans. What a hell-hole this port is. I'm 48 and have been cruising since I was 12. I'm Platnium on NCL so I've been through numerous ports. Port of NO is by far the worst one ever. First off let's start with the drop-off process. It took our LYFT driver 58 minutes to get from the street entrance to the port to the drop-off spot for NCL. This is crazy but they only have 2 lines for traffic that cars, buses, and even tractor trailers share, and the right-lane is allowed to stop and pickup or drop-off passengers. Certainly the worst configuration I could ever think of and horrible by design. Then you have to give your luggage to "some dudes" near the door where you enter who do not have any identification but "say" they are there to take your luggage... so you just pray your luggage makes it on the ship. Then you go inside... Not only did they not have ANY priority embarkation, one of the best "perks" of being Gold or Platinum, but the process took forever due to poor "crowd herding" and bad design. First there is the Security Check point... a hallway 25' wide and hundreds of feet long "herds" people into two single file lines... this is a mess at best and very slow. Then the 2 single file lines route you into 4 or 5 security check points stations. After you get through security, all security check points "dump" you into a general area that requires everyone to go into a single line yet again, causing people to jump in front of each other and less aggressive and elderly people keep getting pushed back in line. Again, it's a poor design and flow of human traffic. Then you get to the processing area (for your room card) and the single line coming from security brings you to "a guy" who sends you into one of two new snake-lines to get to a human at a computer. There was priority boarding for Haven ONLY, NOT for Gold and Platinum, I asked the NCL guy standing there and he said "Sorry, no priority boarding, you have to get in line like everyone else".. After getting to a human and getting processed, you have to fight across another crowd of people who are waiting in a line to go up the ship just to get to the chairs so you can wait for your boarding group. It's a giant mess. Very poor organization and horrible execution. Thankfully our cabin was very nice, our room steward was fantastic. We enjoyed the cruise and ports of call but the restaurant service & New Orleans ports will make is consider other ports of departure and other cruise lines. Our same cruise itinerary on Carnival is $1400 less (for 2 people with a balcony). I really don't feel like I received $1400 worth of "increased value" by going with NCL. It's a shame because I have been on more than 15 cruises with NCL and I'm a Platinum member. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The food was 5 star. Everything we ate was spectacular except the buffet. I don’t particularly enjoy buffet because the quality of food is fair. They had a lot of choices but when you have eaten in the restaurants they just don’t ... Read More
The food was 5 star. Everything we ate was spectacular except the buffet. I don’t particularly enjoy buffet because the quality of food is fair. They had a lot of choices but when you have eaten in the restaurants they just don’t compare. The shows were amazing. We fell in love with Howl of the Moon. The atmosphere was so much fun! I love karaoke. I was excited to find out they offered it on the ship. We attended one show. I was disappointed when it came to song selection. Very limited song selection. So small they didn’t carry even the popular karaoke songs. My friend and I did the 6 splurge spa from a free pamper party the spa put on. It is a MUST for all you women. It was so relaxing and worth every penny. Don’t worry it won’t brrak the bank it was so fairly priced. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This is our third cruise on Crystal and Symphony. Our first was 22 years ago from Istanbul. Our second was February 2017 Singapore to Hong Kong. Both were amazing. We chose an easier quick trip out of New Orleans with our daughter and ... Read More
This is our third cruise on Crystal and Symphony. Our first was 22 years ago from Istanbul. Our second was February 2017 Singapore to Hong Kong. Both were amazing. We chose an easier quick trip out of New Orleans with our daughter and her spouse. We both had suites, we decided on the new Seabreeze suites which were just redone in 2017. They were very nice woth a large shower with excellent water pressure... Anyway the ship was superb, from the staff, the AMAZING speciality restaurants and the fabulous entertainment. I even had time for the casino. Keep in mind everything is inclusive, all liquior, wine, WiFi, grautuities. This time there were children on the ship and the staff seem to handle well. We are in 9051 and as I said it was very nice. We have taken over 45 ocean cruises and three River Cruises and Crystal and Silverseas remains at the top of our list. You cannot go wrong with this cruise line. Good luck and keep cruising. We loved it! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Our first Caribbean cruise went very well. The Vision of the Seas isn't a new ship but it is very well maintained. The food was superb, the service excellent, lots of entertaining. We faced a very stormy weather for one entire day and ... Read More
Our first Caribbean cruise went very well. The Vision of the Seas isn't a new ship but it is very well maintained. The food was superb, the service excellent, lots of entertaining. We faced a very stormy weather for one entire day and the ship swayed a lot. My wife got motion sick and crew member gave us a miraculous pill that helped us to heal faster. Two issues they can easily get fixed: 1. The cigarrete smell at the casino should be controled by installing glass slidind doors both edges. 2. Mold smell in the steam sauna. Otherwise, a great ship, a great crew and a wonderful itinerary. Ports of call at Cozumel, Costa Maya and Roatan are excellent choices. This was a family-oriented cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and fast. The Captain is accessible, absolutely knowlegeable and participates in a lot of cruise activities and dinners. Restaurants are excellent. Great food and an unique gourmet experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The only nice thing about our cruis was our housekeeper Fandy he was great. We booked this back in April or May for our honeymoon. We ended up getting two twin beds.... there was a constant loud buzz/hissing sound outside our room we ... Read More
The only nice thing about our cruis was our housekeeper Fandy he was great. We booked this back in April or May for our honeymoon. We ended up getting two twin beds.... there was a constant loud buzz/hissing sound outside our room we could here 24/7. The spa double charged us. Each night for our dinners the service was horrible. They never brought my wife’s wine one night, we had a hard time getting our water glasses re-filled, and the food was either wrong when they brought it, and each night we ended up having to go get pizza or something to eat. This was just a few of our problems we encountered on our honeymoon trip on the dream. We are both positive happy people so we roughed it through, but I would NOT recommend this boat due to poor service and problems. Twin beds on a honeymoon :( Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My partner and I were very excited to travel on one of Carnival’s larger, “newer” ships. Our first cruise was Carnival Conquest in May 2017. This was a disappointment for both of us compared to Conquest. Dream seemed too large for ... Read More
My partner and I were very excited to travel on one of Carnival’s larger, “newer” ships. Our first cruise was Carnival Conquest in May 2017. This was a disappointment for both of us compared to Conquest. Dream seemed too large for its crew to cope with. Service was severely impersonal, though most crew was at least cordial. At embarkation, a person who I assume works for Carnival at the port of New Orleans was on a microphone trying to direct people, demanded to see my boarding pass over her microphone and chastised me for being behind another guest over the microphone to the entire queue of people outside. I was pretty embarrassed by her awful attitude. Then no porters were around to take our luggage that we could find. Microphone lady rushed us inside and we had to carry our suitcases on and wait with them for about 1.5 hours on in both the crowded boarding area and deck 3 before we could get our stateroom. Maintenance in certain areas like decks and pools was handled by one person in any area it appeared, so a lot of time elapsed between cleanings or upkeep. Only the port side Serenity deck whirlpool was “hot” for the entire cruise. The aft starboard whirlpool was temperate, and every other whirlpool was about 90° or lower. In the dining room, we were often left without certain items on the table and had to ask for the wait team to bring them to us, meals were badly cooked (very tough, over cooked prime rib one night), but we did have two really great servers on different teams. Upon returning to the ship at our last port, our cabin door’s lock died and couldn’t read our S&S cards. Guest services had to replace them, and then we returned when that didn’t work, and maintenance had to change batteries and reprogram twice, as first maintenance still had us locked out later when we left the room. Shows were fine. Only the 80’s Pop To the Max was outstanding, though. The cast couldn’t seem to stay on key in the other shows we went to. The comedians were pretty funny in the adult shows most nights, but the Burgundy lounge has many “blind spots,” where you can’t see the stage, so get there 30 minutes early for a decent seat. The laundry facility was alright for washing ($3, drying is free). The ironing boards and irons were a bit confusing and felt cheap/shoddy. Another guest had to give us a tip on how to use the iron as there were no instructions. For good things: air in the cabin worked well. A couple cool nights we had to use the heater for, and warm nights the AC worked fine. The cabin was good sized, and felt about as big as our interior cabin on Conquest, and bathroom was the same. Disembark was so much better than off Conquest in May 2017! Breezed right out through Customs with a quick check of ID’s. Our cruise director Alex was GREAT! Very friendly and fun. Always nice to see him around the ship when we were walking around. We didn’t do the LGBT mixer, but guests and staff we met seemed mostly friendly with us as a gay couple. So I would say it was an LGBT friendly environment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018

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