Sure, I had some gripes about the cruise. Who wouldn't? But overall I was very pleased with the experience. This was the first experience on Norwegian for the wife and I. We found it to be very good in most areas we consider ... Read More
Sure, I had some gripes about the cruise. Who wouldn't? But overall I was very pleased with the experience. This was the first experience on Norwegian for the wife and I. We found it to be very good in most areas we consider important: Entertainment, Dining, Gambling, Activities, Relaxation and multiple options at any given time.
The ship offers so much to do, particularly with flexible included dining options. It's nice to have both a buffet and numerous, non-premium restaurant options. I love the noodle bar best and I highly recommend sitting at the counter.
Wow! What impressive options. Two big shows, a cirque show, multiple bands and "street performers."
Burn the Floor is an incredible dancing show. Everything from ballroom dance to the foxtrot and beyond. Amazing footwork. Kylie from South Africa steals the show.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a cute Broadway-style adaptation with good production value, although the show's appeal is somewhat limited.
Cirque Dreams dinner show. While an additional charge - Wow!
Epic Beatles - great, no awesome tribute band. John is spot-on.
Siglo - another awesome band.
The Manhattan band - We tried to sit through two of their performances but the singing was just too off-key.
Degas - He did a Neil Diamond set and other great appearances.
A re-creation of Liverpool's Cavern Club was a great venue for the Beatles. And the main theaters fit their performances well, too.
We mostly stuck to the buffet, which was nice. However, we were dismayed by frequently being turned away from various restaurants and service counters because they were preparing to close for extended periods throughout the day. We would always seem to approach them at that time. In fact, during certain hours, there were only one or two limited dining options open on the entire vessel. You would think at least the buffet would maintain some level of continuous service.
The water park is great fun.
The thermal spa is to die for! Not only is it huge, it offers everything you'd expect from a spa and more. Saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, waterfalls, and bubbles!!! The staff's aggressiveness, however, reflects the overall feeling onboard that every crew member has a sales quota.
Although we found a few diamonds in the rough, the overall level of service was not world-class by any means. A bit of snootiness here, indifference there and it all adds up.
The toilets are awful, and since you'll probably be using them now and then, you'll certainly notice. Super-thin seats that make you feel like you're sitting on the bowl rim. Cheap, one-ply tissue. Ugh!
The TV is almost as bad. No football games during one of the biggest weeks of the season. Just European soccer, and lots of it. I'd understand if the ship was servicing European travelers, but this is out of Florida! Read Less