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Chotejaan
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our very first cruise and one of very few vacations taken together as a family. (we are self employed). Absolutely loved it. We drove to New Orleans. Parking facilities were provided by the cruise line. Check in was a breeze. We ... Read more
awill2015
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our first time taking a cruise and it was so much fun! The ports were excellent, the ship, pools, deck and food were all wonderful. My kids loved the rope obstacle course and water slides the best. The food was really good. We ... Read more
trit159
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was our first cruise. Two adults, two teenagers and two other couples. We had adjoining balcony cabins for us and the kids. Here are our random thoughts about the experience: Embarkation was smooth and easy. Seas were very ... Read more
cmcadams1
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
This was the first cruise we've taken 2 adults, 1 child (10). We weren't sure how we would like cruising since we usually like to drive around and explore when we travel. We were very happy with this first experience, and very pleased ... Read more
jeromepineau
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
My first ever cruise and last one ever at least on this company. Very underwhelming experience from food quality to staff friendliness. Lack of attention to detail, overcrowding, and poor to lackluster service depending on where you're at ... Read more
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serena.amos@gmail.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
26 helpful votes
Prior to our March 20-27, 2016 cruise I spent months reading reviews and doing online research about the NCL Getaway. Now that we've returned home we are left wondering how ANYONE could NOT have an absolute blast on this ship!? In ... Read more
Newman1515
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My wife and I took our first cruise on the Norwegian Dawn. To be honest it only took us 35 years of marriage to take a cruise, we often go to the islands but were very nervous with the thought of being a captive audience on a cruise. After ... Read more
mhindal@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was my first cruise, so I do not have anything to compare it to, but we enjoyed this trip and I will do my best to review without having a comparison. We just traveled on the Norwegian Star, it left from Tampa and went ... Read more
cirillo5@frontiernet.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was my first cruise. It was not good. The ship was very crowded and most activities were either cancelled or booked. Many months before the cruise I booked shows only to find out my bookings were changed when I arrived on the ship. ... Read more
pearl61
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Returned today from a cruise to the Bahamas. Embarkation was very smooth. First off the ship is beautiful! We had mid ship balcony cabin and it was perfect. We sailed with multi generations and everyone enjoyed themselves. This was my ... Read more
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tjfgott
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
The ship is huge and beautiful. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were great. There were many amenities but the lines were so long that we didn't even participate in some. There are 2 pools but both were small. One ... Read more
jjfanoele
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We decided to book a cruise on a whim and take our kids (11,7) somewhere amazing for spring break. We reserved a mini suite with the hopes that having a spacious room would ensure a better experience. We drove to Houston and found the ... Read more
kobr0606
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We went on our first cruise for our honeymoon. We did the beverage package, had a mid-ship balcony, and did 2 shore excursions. The beverage package was perfect, all drinks under $15 were unlimited, if not you paid the difference for ... Read more
Justno
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
This was my first and last cruise. I cruised on the NCL Pearl to the Panama Canal. I prefer paying for my vacation and vacationing without the worry of penny pinching. Unfortunately, for this vacation I felt like I was watching my nickels ... Read more
H20forever
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
Visiting the Bahamas was a pleasure and I will certainly go again, but there's literally no chance we'll ever cruise with Norwegian again. We didn't pay the inflated Norwegian excursion prices and instead worked directly with locals. ... Read more
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ashworthing
Member Since 2016
1 review
42 helpful votes
I just returned this evening from a 4 night cruise out of Miami to several stops in the Bahamas. This was my first cruise and I read a TON of reviews and prepared for the exciting get away. Note - I did go on this cruise over spring ... Read more
JBorowicz83
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was our first cruise for me (32) and my fiance (39). Im a scuba diver and we normally like to go to resorts and stay in country for a time but we thought we would try it with the deal they were offering. Overall we had a great ... Read more
gunney1100
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Sailed on the Dawn from NOLA on March 13, 2016 with my wife. Ports were Cozumel, Belize, Rotan Bay, Costa Maya. This was my first cruise and after sailing it won’t be my last good Lord willing. First let mention the staff on the ... Read more
griffinb
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
I was a first-time cruiser, but two others in our party were seasoned. There was a good blend of people on the ship; older, younger, families, couples, etc. We made friends with just about every type of person, and especially with the ... Read more
Ljsmith79
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
When I called to schedule my cruise I explained to them exactly what my family was looking for in a cruise. I explained that this was our families 1st cruise and the only place we wanted to go was the Bahamas, and the other islands would ... Read more
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Bigmac14
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We had fantastic weather, great excursions and enjoyed the cruise. We arrived on the Friday and checked into the Doubletree beside the Bush Airport it had a supplied shuttle and we went to a cajun restaurant down the street and had ... Read more
Newcruiser34
Member Since 2015
1 review
37 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
First of all this was our first ever cruise experience and we really had no idea if it was for us or not so have absolutely nothing to compare it to. It was also our very first holiday without the kids so 10 days just the two of us could ... Read more
SteveP-NewJersey
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
4 forum posts
9 helpful votes
REVIEWER'S BACKGROUND: Experienced cruisers with 16 total, 9 on NCL. Married couple 68/67 years old. We had previously cruised on the Breakaway in July 2013 to Bermuda, and were not pleased. Service was poor, waiting lines for ... Read more
jennadwheeler
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
First, it was probably my fault for not thinking about College Spring Breakers, but our first cruise was such an incredible disappointment, and I'm certainly not saying college students shouldn't have fun, I work at a college, more it's ... Read more
MissAmanda7
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
I had the absolute best time on the Norwegian Escape! This was my very first cruise ever. I went with 6 of my closest friends and my mom to celebrate my 30th birthday. Prior to the cruise I did a lot of research on which cruise line and ... Read more
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