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Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise secondary to the itinerary. The cabin was quite small compared to other NCL ships we have been on. Our steward did not turn down our bed three nights out of seven and did not receive our usual towel animal five of ... Read More
We chose this cruise secondary to the itinerary. The cabin was quite small compared to other NCL ships we have been on. Our steward did not turn down our bed three nights out of seven and did not receive our usual towel animal five of the seven nights. The food in the formal restaurant was inedible much of the time, had to go to the buffet or O'Sheehans for food after disappointing meals. The entertainment was the best thing on this cruise, professional and talented performers. The rest of the staff was either average or below average, not friendly, did not go out of their way. We did most excursions on our own as they were either half or one third of the price of going through NCL. I received a card as we celebrated my birthday on one of the days we were on the ship. They sent me a card and asked if there was anything they could do to make more day more special, please let us know. I asked for a reservation for 2 at the main restaurant and their response was it's their policy not to give reservations for a party of 2, so much for them making my day special. I will not be cruising NCL again. The final blow was that we had to wait almost two hours to disembark as there was a barge in the GEM's parking space, almost missed our flight. Horrible cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because of the dates and destination. Cruised over 30 times but this was our first time on NCL. Not impressed at all and found them to be sub par compared to other cruise lines. Entertainment is not very good, food is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the dates and destination. Cruised over 30 times but this was our first time on NCL. Not impressed at all and found them to be sub par compared to other cruise lines. Entertainment is not very good, food is lousy and cold, crew is unorganized, and the ship is a bit outdated. Food at the buffet is always cold and low quality, with the exception of the hamburgers and hot dogs. Buffet area does not have enough tables so you will always be fighting for a place to sit down. The Irish Pub service and food is questionable at best. Entertainment fails compared to other cruise lines. Most of the crew does not seem interested in their jobs. Tendering system is a complete failure as the crew does not even follow their own tendering policy. The itinerary is nice for a 7 day New England and Canada cruise but doe not expect much from cruise its self. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
I chose this cruise for it's itinerary, and because I'd heard and read only positive reviews. While the cabin, cabin steward and ports of call were all great, those aspects of the cruise were overshadowed by the bad food. The ... Read More
I chose this cruise for it's itinerary, and because I'd heard and read only positive reviews. While the cabin, cabin steward and ports of call were all great, those aspects of the cruise were overshadowed by the bad food. The buffet lacked any variety or pizazz, and everything tasted bland or bad. The main dining rooms also carried bland or downright spoiled food, as did the specialty dining restaurants. We were served spoiled, canned crab (crab cakes), mussels that were inedible and bread/rolls/croissants that literally turned to dust when touched. While some of the staff expressed concern (most were laissez-faire about it) it was obvious they weren't empowered to do anything about it. The on-board internet was also bad; very low bandwidth made it unusable. The on-board entertainment was mediocre at best (wouldn't pass the first test of American Idol!). This was our first, and sadly our last Norwegian cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
My travel companions and I (we were a group of 4 in two cabins/ 2 people in each cabin) chose this cruise for the itinerary, price and the fact that we had never before sailed on Norwegian and wanted an opportunity to try the Norwegian ... Read More
My travel companions and I (we were a group of 4 in two cabins/ 2 people in each cabin) chose this cruise for the itinerary, price and the fact that we had never before sailed on Norwegian and wanted an opportunity to try the Norwegian cruise line. Unfortunately we were extremely disappointed with just about the entire experience. Specifically, 1. Cabin steward never came by to introduce himself. 2. Bathroom floor not cleaned for several days 3. Dirty glasses left in cabin for several days 4. Food in all dining areas (Magenta, Grand Pacific & Garden) constantly cold had to ask the waiter to make certain food brought to us was hot. 5. No waiter service in Atrium/lobby area 6. Housekeeping never cleaned tables in Atrium/Lobby area, we sat in lobby area 2 times an each time dirty empty coffee cups and glasses were left on table from previous guest for an hour and not removed until we complained to Guest Services. 7. Toilet in cabin stopped working twice!! 8. Shower hose in my sister's cabin broke while she was taking a shower. 9. Toilet on very weird angle, literally when you sat on it you had to twist your body so as to face the shower...strange...peculiar, but mostly very uncomfortable. 10. Bartender in club Bliss was clearly drinking and trying to cover it up by sucking on lemons which he grabbed from the garnishment dish with his bare hands as a staff person in a suit looked on unconcerned. 11. Waiter in Bliss lounge never came over to take drink orders and never cleaned the tables. The waiter did however go behind the bar to cover for his friend the bartender who was drinking liquor he poured into plastic cups and then went into a back room to drink. 12. Over a 7 day cruise only saw one lone housekeeper wiping down one stairway rail..on other cruise line housekeeping crew are out in numbers and constantly wiping, washing and cleaning but not on Norwegian. 13. Freestyle dining was a disaster, as a party of 4 we were not allowed to make reservations so for the 3 times we showed up at Grand Pacific/Magenta we had to wait to be seated one time we were given an electronic buzzer to alert us when our table was ready just like eating at some cheesy chain restaurant. 14. At one dinner time in Pacific or Magenta (can't remember which one) we were seated right next to table where waiters were depositing dirty dishes but that's not the worst part, the absolute worst was the right next to the dirty dish table was the "clean" table were our waiter was sorting our meals...talk about yuck we had to sit near dirty dishes and then watch as our food was inches away from literal garbage. 14.Day before debarkation went to Guest Services to ask a question about luggage tags and the Guest Services crew person acted like we were bothering her, which maybe we would have understood if she had been busy, but she was just standing there doing nothing . 15. After disappointing meals in Grand Pacific/Magenta we ate most of the rest of our meals in Garden (buffet) where we had to wait or hunt down seats after which we had to beg someone to clean the tables and supply silverware. 16. During meals in Garden housekeeping crew came over, while we were still eating our meals, and asked that we move our feet so they could clean/sweep under our table. We were appalled but also confused because why they didn't seem to mind interrupting our meal to clean under our table we had to beg someone to clean the top of the table before we could sit down. 17. Crew person designated to spray hand sanitizer at entrance Garden dining area was a woman who appeared to be of Asian descent. Each time when we entered she would say "Washee, Washee" which to us sounded like some play on an Asian stereotype. Even though the crew member was Asian it made us very uncomfortable...why on earth does Norwegian allow the obvious use of such negative stereotypical phrases. 18. Every cruise line I've been on including Carnival, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean supplied bath robes...but not Norwegian, we were unpleasantly surprised to not have bath robes when we checked the closest in our cabin. 18. Given how health conscious everyone is trying to be these days we were disappointed yet again at breakfast when my sister asked for lactose free milk only to be told that they had run out. 19. There were red biohazard containers in our cabin bathrooms (which we did not request none of us use any kind of disposable needles) which the cabin steward did not remove...seeing the red containers was not only unsettling it was downright creepy. 20. The lighting in the cabins was so dim you could barely see anything including no extra lighting around the vanity mirror how on earth are you supposed to apply makeup or do anything! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
My spouse and I previously cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean before so I had high hopes for Norwegian Cruise Lines until AFTER I read their reviews AFTER I paid off our cruise and found this website. Needless to say, we will NEVER ... Read More
My spouse and I previously cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean before so I had high hopes for Norwegian Cruise Lines until AFTER I read their reviews AFTER I paid off our cruise and found this website. Needless to say, we will NEVER cruise on this cruise line ever again. After reading the negative reviews on this site, I really did want to give Norwegian a fair shot and form my own opinion because to be honest I don't need 5 star. However, with Norwegian, no better than 2 star and overpriced. Prior to beginning our cruise, we traveled to Quebec City 2 days beforehand because we wanted to explore the city and its surrounding area. Let me tell you Quebec City is so charming!!! If you are considering a vacation, I highly recommend you travel to Quebec because the area is just wonderful. On the day of our cruise, we were advised by our hotel we could either walk to the pier or take a cab. The day was nice so we opted to walk, BIG MISTAKE. Others like us experienced the same mistake as well. In Quebec, there are two (2) areas the ship can dock at. The first area is easily accessible but the other is located on the opposite side of the railroad tracks that is to be quite honest dangerous to walk to because there is no side walk that wraps around all the way to the boat so you are forced to walk on the street. VERY DANGEROUS. We seen families with small children walking in the street to and from the boat prior to us leaving on our cruise. When we arrived finally to the boat to check in for our cruise, it was complete mayhem with no signage anywhere. There were several open areas of the large tent to enter but some were for security, passengers leaving the prior cruise, and new passengers coming in for the new cruise. Again, complete mayhem! We walked to this gentleman at one section of the tent to ask him where do we go to check in when he screamed at us "GO AWAY"!!!! I was furious and tried to explain to him all we need to know is where do we go to check in at which time he screamed at the top of his lungs again "GO AWAY, GO AWAY, JUST GO AWAY". I was so furious at him I literally gave him a mouth full and walked away eventually finding the check in spot. When we found the check in spot, I immediately informed a Norwegian rep how we were treated and essentially ignored so I posted on Twitter 3 tweets of my experience with Norwegian, including Norwegian Cruise Lines, and my room #. Of course not one person from Norwegian has yet to contact me. Now mind you I paid about $3,500 to Norwegian for our cruise and 3 excursions so I did not appreciate being ignored or being contacted by Norwegian one bit. After we checked in, we proceeded to the boat and everything else fell into place. Below are my comments regarding everything else: Mid-Ship Balcony Room: Small but very nice. The Steward kept it clean daily and ensured we had ice filled daily. The TV in the room, however, was terrible. Hardly any channels to watch for free. We had about 5 or 6 dedicated Norwegian channels (i.e. camera of ship cruising the ocean, dedicated Cariloha sheet channel, programs of on board activities, etc...). The remaining channels were news, sports, and 2 movie channels that played the same movies all 7 days long. If you wanted to watch a pay per view, that was going to cost you $10.00 a movie! Buffet: OMG, please dear god do not eat at the buffet. The food was the worst. On Royal Caribbean you have several food stations to go to such as salad bar, Asian, desert, etc...On Norwegian, you have the same food EVERYDAY in all locations. The food was dry and looked horrible as if they save it from prior cruises. When I poured ranch dressing on my salad it flowed out just like water and tasted like it! O'Sheas Restaurant: Actually, very good. Burgers were great and the sandwiches were terrific. Fine Dining Areas: Not bad but nothing special. Food was restaurant quality at best. Pay Restaurants: We did not do because we figured we paid them enough. Cleanliness: Average. Everyday, we would see old drink glasses and wine bottles either on the stairs or outside that were not picked up for days. Literally! Shows: Average at best. Julie Bar the comedian was the best. Elements show was HORRIBLE. You walked out of that showing asking yourself "what was it about"? Port Stops: Sydney, Nova Scotia (Loved it); St. Johns Bay, Nova Scotia (We did not stop due to bad weather); Hallifax, Nova Scotia (Loved it, including Peggy's Cove); Bar Harbor, Maine (Loved it!!!). Tours: We took a tour while in Quebec, Peggy's Cove from Hallifax, and Bar Harbor and all were terrific. Each tour had primarily senior citizens who were severely challenged in walking so at times it seemed it took longer just getting on the bus than the actual tour itself. Disembarkation: Surprisingly, went very well. Take this review for what it is worth. It's honest feedback. If you have a chose between Norwegian and another cruise line, pick Princess or Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. Wanted to catch the eastern fall colours We have done several cruises (mainly with NCL) but we get the feeling that their shipboard experience has deteriorated considerably. It seems that ... Read More
Took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary. Wanted to catch the eastern fall colours We have done several cruises (mainly with NCL) but we get the feeling that their shipboard experience has deteriorated considerably. It seems that everywhere you turn, they are charging extra for things that used to be complimentary. Maybe we are getting more critical after having been on several cruises, but this had definitely gone downhill in our opinion. We felt that the food in the dining rooms had dropped in quality and selection. Mediocre at best. Dress code now seems non-existent in dining areas. It seems like they are constantly trying to promote or sell something - raffle tickets, etc. The ship design seems to be disorganised. The layout is not as user friendly as other ships that we have been on. On the plus side, our cabin steward was great. One of the best we have had. We like NCL because of their itineraries and freestyle dining options. We have placed a deposit for a future NCL cruise, but will definitely also be looking at other cruise lines for future cruises. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We were looking forward to cruise as the last cruise we took was several years ago. We were looking forward to the freestyle dining and we bought the thermal suite package which was good value and lovely. The public areas are garish ... Read More
We were looking forward to cruise as the last cruise we took was several years ago. We were looking forward to the freestyle dining and we bought the thermal suite package which was good value and lovely. The public areas are garish and dated and though our cabin was small, it was comfortable. It had only one outlet, but we did not mind. Embarking was smooth and we were excited for an autumn cruise. The crew. I know they work hard and are understaffed. However, it was not that the crew was inattentive; they were snarky and went out of their way to be unhelpful. There were eye rolls, wrong information and shoulder shrugs when asking for assistance or a question. I have never seen employees look so annoyed and contemptuous. We were unable to dock at Prince Edward Island because of terrible storms. They seemed not to be able to cope with change in schedule and not many things to take place of docking. We did not buy the private dining plan and the good was mediocre. Think Holiday Inn. Not terrible but not tasty and often served barely warm and not with a smile to be sure. There may have been a different experience if we had bought the private package. Because we were not able to port, I had to buy internet to deal with a family emergency at home. It was so slow when it worked and I bought 2 packages worth over 200.00 to connect a few times. It was difficult to turn off and if you had downloaded to 2 devices it often charged double time. Again, I had no choice as this was option as unable to port. If you know you will not need to connect with mainland for any reason, this won’t be an issue for you. I took this cruise with a friend hoping to convince my husband, who is no fan of cruise ships, that this was an option for South America as opposed to a smaller ship. I was also hoping to like it enough to treat extended family to a cruise as they live next to a port and it would be easier to do that then fly them to our home. This may still be an option, but definitely not with NCL. If you are thinking about a foliage cruise or visiting Nova Scotia I would recommend it as it is beautiful. However, do not take NCL. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Ship was a good size not to big. Cabin was large and roomy we paid for that. We found the food on this ship terrible like a restaurant that you would never go back to but instead we are stuck ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Ship was a good size not to big. Cabin was large and roomy we paid for that. We found the food on this ship terrible like a restaurant that you would never go back to but instead we are stuck for 12 days. We did go to all the specialty dining restaurants and found Cagney's to be ok nothing special. I was also disappointed that here we were in the sea food capital for north America and not a lobster, crab, mussels, etc  to be found on this ship (lots of rubbery shrimp there idea of sea food ) If it was in something it was little bits and pieces in a flavorless soup. All the soups tasted the same. We tried to have corned beef and cabbage at O"Sheehan's what a disaster. The waiter did try to warn use though. The waiters and other service personal were great, but does not make up for bad food. Also we had a lot of food options because of our cabin choice penthouse. like breakfast in Modenro and lunch in Cagney's. Day after day my husband would order waffles soft mushy gummy waffles from the breakfast menu at Moderno and me cold eggs benedict. The first day I was excited to try the crab cake eggs benedict I never ordered that again. It was out of a can pressed crab meat that was very fishy not like crab should be. The risotto at Le Bistro was like glue. The only dissent meals we did have were at Orchid Garden but you put enough soy sauce and chili paste on food it helps. The buffet I will say for breakfast had plenty of omelet stations cooking eggs to order. On the first couple of days there were little croissants but never did I see them again. just the same food day in and day out. as the cruise went on it looked like the were running out of things and your choices became less and less. I will say that my husband and I hate to waste food a lot of the time we would share a meal, so those of you who say just don't eat it and order something different that is not the way we are I just would have liked the food we ordered to be good and I was not about to order some more bad food. Someone in this company needs to get a grip on the chefs and food prep on this ship. Never have I cruised where the food was just so bad. So $10,000.00 later very very DISAPPOINTING ! Did not do much of the entertainment and activities as we were visiting the towns we went to see. Service was good although we did not use much of it as we are pretty self reliant. We did several excursions and got off the ship at every port. The best was Bar Harbor food tour although some of the towns people were rude guess by the end of cruise season they have had enough of the tourist. Also liked Boston food tour. Did not travel with children. Would not go again for the money we should have flown to Boston/New York rented a car and got to really see the fall colors and ate as much lobster and seafood as we wanted. Activities we did very little on the ship I did the painting class, we wanted to play deal or no deal but there was always a monetary amount of money the cruise ship required so never got to play. Service was great but if the food is bad it does not matter how good the service is. Are cabin was great as we paid to get this great cabin. Did not see any of the entertainment.The one thing I will add about the staff as reading some of the other reviews I found it humiliating to parade the chef out to talk to patrons about how bad the food is this is something the Norwegian corp needs to take care of I am sure the " chef " is only working with what they give him. Which is not much. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Thought we could see some fall colors along the St Lawrence. That just does not happen, as you cruise too far from shore. Once we got to the Nova Scotia coast area, the trees were all still green, and the skies were gray. Our biggest ... Read More
Thought we could see some fall colors along the St Lawrence. That just does not happen, as you cruise too far from shore. Once we got to the Nova Scotia coast area, the trees were all still green, and the skies were gray. Our biggest complaints however are the food, and public area layouts. The food, with a couple exceptions, was just a step above a Denny's. In the main buffet the food was nearly not eatable (think Days Inn Breakfast) and the two big main supper dining areas, the cuisine simply lacked the quality, and the taste of similar restaurants on other ships we have been on. The specialty restaurants are all squeezed into odd spaces, and, with the exception of the teppanyakki restaurant, lack any character. Ditto most of the lounges. And There really is no good pleasant spot to simple sit and read a book. By far the best feature of the ship physically is the atrium. Nicely laid out, with a sprinkling of pretty good entertainers. Jose and Patti were great. The service staff on the boat overall were good, and in a few cases exceptional. Because of the weather, the bars on the top decks, and the pool were pretty unusable. This ship needs to be relegated to four day cruises in the the Caribbean, serving lots of booze, and sun. No one will care then about the mediocre food, or so so entertainment. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I chose this cruise mainly because I wanted to view the fall leaves and also end in Boston, where my son is now living. It was an opportunity to visit family as well as going to new places and learning a bit of history. I am not new to ... Read More
I chose this cruise mainly because I wanted to view the fall leaves and also end in Boston, where my son is now living. It was an opportunity to visit family as well as going to new places and learning a bit of history. I am not new to cruising, but I will say I have not had these experiences on any other cruises I have taken. Norwegian Customer service staff is not helpful. My first tip off should have been when I called Norwegian's customer service before the cruise. I was double checking what the travel agent had told me. I had a late flight into Quebec and I was concerned with getting on board the ship if I missed the first day's last boarding time, which I had been told was 11 PM. The travel agent told me if I did miss this time, I could board the next morning after 9 AM, since the ship would not sail until after 5 PM. The Norwegian agent told me that I should have called them directly because I really did need to get on board the ship that first day and my travel agent should have told me that. I was so appalled that I called back and spoke with another Norwegian agent who said that my travel agent was correct and that I could board the following day in the event I was unable to make it there the first night. (I made it at 11:05 PM and got on the ship – yeah!) Once on board, you will have to figure out for yourself where to find things, what deck to take to disembark and the time to be back on the ship, etc. If you miss the one sentence in the announcement that tells you this, you are out of luck. They also do not respond to complaints. I did so in person and also wrote a complaint to them regarding my sleeping room and the noise. I was NEVER contacted by any customer service personnel. This is unacceptable. We were awakened every night by the cleaning crew in the restaurant that was directly above our room. This vacuum should have been used during the day when everyone was awake and the restaurant was closed. The Oceanview sleeping room was nice, the 1:00 AM wake up was not. Sydney is a stop that is not worth going to - there is nothing worth seeing, unless you want to take an hour-long trip (one way) and pay far too much money to see Alexander Graham Bell's house. We did not see many leaves turning color and we had assumed we would see them as the ship went along. Not so. You mainly see water only. No land. We did take a few hop off and on tours and did see a few trees with leaves changing color. If you think a tour will be cancelled due to weather, think again! If it is raining cats and dogs and you can't see anything out of your window, you will go anyway so be wary of timing and weather. You also have to go through what they call "customs" on the ship when you enter US water. Basically, everyone on the ship has to walk in a line and show your passport. This was a pretty big fiasco with the ship blocking most elevators to only go to the 7th floor where this was going to be held. We had people in wheel chairs and scooters trying to get to the 12th floor for breakfast. So - they had to go to the 7th floor, and get off, then wait in the very long lines to get back on to go to the 12th floor. It personally took me 40 minutes to get from the 5th floor to the 12th floor (and I walked up the stairs to the 7th floor) for my morning coffee. UGH! I will give credit to them for good food, great restaurant service, and good entertainment. If you stay somewhere besides the 5th floor, it might be something you will enjoy. If you want to view leaves, take a bus tour. Best Wishes! Read Less
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