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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
very disappointing embarkation went smoothly cabin ready when we arrived at noon. cabin small, but appreciated muted colours of brown and teal and coffee maker since room service costs 7.95 per delivery. noisy music blaring ... Read More
very disappointing embarkation went smoothly cabin ready when we arrived at noon. cabin small, but appreciated muted colours of brown and teal and coffee maker since room service costs 7.95 per delivery. noisy music blaring everywhere including the elevator. only cabin and observation deck quiet, except several times day and night, cabin shuddered from slamming doors. pop music played so loud in the cafeteria we took breakfast in our cabin. bar in the cafeteria opened at 6 am food served at 7 am. thank goodness, Savor and Taste restaurants open at 7 am. music loud, but I was not in danger of going deaf. ALL food stations noisy w/ silverware clashing w/ metal Holland America and Celebrity use wooden salad bowls, Princess uses plastic. Bliss uses meta; bowls and metal utensils.-- adds to the constant din. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT WAS THE NOISE IN THE THERMAL SUITE. Some women were talking so loud we couldn't hear the meditation music. I went at 8 am to avoid the crowds. On Holland America, Celebrity, Princess, RCI there r signs requesting silence and the staff remind the rare persons who forget. No signs on the Bliss and no one cares. I sailed on the Epic a couple of yrs ago. The Spa was quiet. even in the main dining room and specialty restaurants, people's voices rose as they drank alcohol. bliss advertised free bar as a perk and most people took advantage of this offer. in fact, because i am a silver member i get a free bottle of wine in my cabin even though i do not drink. no matter how many times i request sparkling water i get wine. some stranger getting off the elevator when i arrive benefits. i suspect the powers that be on Norwegian r alcoholcs. i am diabetic and i tell them every time i sail.-- no one cares Norwegian provides lousy customer service. when we arrived in San Francisco, due to unclear instructions i disembarked early b4 i had eaten breakfast. an officer came to me after i complained to security that i could not wait 4 hrs to get back on ship to eat he assured me he would solve the problem. i was shaking by this time on the verge of passing out. he never returned. i will forever be grateful to Gina from Frisco security who gave me a yogurt from her lunch. NorwegIan also disembarked people in wheel chairs who had to sit for hours b4 returning to the ship why couldn't they have been taken off the ship last, not first? when i finally got back on board i whimpered bitterly to a supervisor about them putting my life in jeopardy. to calm me they sent chocolate coated strawberries and a bottle of wine to my cabin. chocolate and alcohol will kill me. some travel agents already tipsy in the early afternoon benefitted. how hard is it to google diabetic diet? i was so upset i went to a manager at guest sevices who listened, but probably won't implement my simple suggestions eventho she said thet were good ideas. on the plus side, The Jersey Boys show in the theatre was great as were the Beatles impersonators in the Cavern Bar. we left Havana when a young lady on stage took off her bra. for a moment i thought i was in Vegas The food on Norwegoan ships has improved. I like the fact that i can order 3 appetizers and call that dinner. Teppenyaki was terrific except for the woman who spilled her beer on me. the food was almost as good as if i had eaten in Vancouver. Los Lobos served fresh quacamole which was as good. they had IMPORTED the corn from Chilliwack BC i recognozed the peaches and cream corn which was delicious why do i cruise Norwegian? Itinerary and spa. The Bliss stopped in Victoria where my daughter andi had planned to visit the Egyptian Exhibit at the museum. this seemed like a better idea than an overnight in a hotel. BIG MISTAKE Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary - visiting Japan and Alaska. This was our 11th cruise, all previous cruises with Royal Carribbean and Princess Cruises. The embarkation process in Yokohama took over 2 hours, we had previously ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary - visiting Japan and Alaska. This was our 11th cruise, all previous cruises with Royal Carribbean and Princess Cruises. The embarkation process in Yokohama took over 2 hours, we had previously experienced 30 minutes maximum on other cruises. The same applied to disembarking we were left mid way on the gangway for 40 minutes with no explanation. The communication on the ship was very poor with instructions often contradictory. We finally met our cabin attendant on the 4th day which is not the usual practice on other cruise lines. The service in the dining rooms for breakfast, lunch and dinner was non existent, orders were 80% of the time incorrectly prepared. The food was tasteless and uninteresting. Free style dining may have had something to do with this as we were not allocated with the same waiters at each meal and there appeared to be no personalised service provided. The customer service staff were sullen and quite grumpy given the nature of their job - to provide customer service. The Asian complimentary restaurant was also very tasteless, we had few meals there to get away from the dining room however we reverted to paying at the Specialty restaurants in a bid to find something of quality to eat. Entertainment in the theatre was just average, the two gymnastic performances were excellent. The plus was the music provided by the bands and guitar player/singer in the various bars each evening. We would definitely not travel with Norwegian again given there are a number of other cruise lines that offer a better experience Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was the worst cruise ever!!! It was to stop at mazaltan/Puerto Vallarta/cabo. One week prior to sailing we received a email that Mazaltan was to be cancelled because they needed to have routine maintenance on the ship in Puerto ... Read More
This was the worst cruise ever!!! It was to stop at mazaltan/Puerto Vallarta/cabo. One week prior to sailing we received a email that Mazaltan was to be cancelled because they needed to have routine maintenance on the ship in Puerto villarta and we would be there overnight we thought ok we can deal with that. We get on ship to discover our cabo excursion was cancelled so we go down to schedule for another one and the ones we want are sold out ok we decide we will just shop in cabo and do our own thing. We go to schedule our specialty dining and they are full we have to eat at 10:00 pm and one of them were totally booked. The 2 days at sea were lacking of entertainment and the staff is so rude the bars usually only had one bartender so the wait was ridiculous. We get to Puerto Vallarta and our excursions were awesome on the second day was told to be back at the ship by 2:59 we would set sail at 3:30 pm ar 8:00pm the captain came on and said the URGENT maintenance (they had said it was routine) had taken longer and would set sail by 10:00 pm for cabo. The next morning at 8:00 am the captain came on again stating we were not able to set sail until 11:30 that night and they would have to cancel cabo. So NO MAZALTAN AND NO CABO we were at sea for 5 days of the 7. The food was by far monotonous the same thing over and over again. The staff became more rude because the guest were frustrated. We only seen one port and everyone wondered why we paid all these port fees they did agree to refund 25% of the cruise on our last day but that is really a insult seeing how we not only did not see 2 ports but also waisted a week of vacation. I have cruised many time on other cruise lines this was my first on Norweigen and it will be our last. We had planned to schedule a Alaska cruise with em them while there but I will find another cruise line for that. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise because it was a short getaway from LA and it was cheap.(you get what your pay for!!) We had a balcony room which was very small. Right from the beginning, we got a bad impression. We had to check in on the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a short getaway from LA and it was cheap.(you get what your pay for!!) We had a balcony room which was very small. Right from the beginning, we got a bad impression. We had to check in on the second floor of the Vancouver terminal. It was a long walk to the second floor. Once we got there, we checked in and were instructed to go back down stairs to board the ship. That walk was even longer, even after we went through the security. It was like walking through a maze to board the ship. When we got on board and to the room, I had to set up my C-PAP. Usually, on other lines, you call down for an extension cord and a steward brings it up and tapes it down for you. I called and was told that I had to come down and check it out. If I didn't bring it back, I would be charged. Ouch! What happened to service?. The guest relations line was extremely long and I got angrier and angrier as the afternoon went on. A man came up to me while in line and asked how everything was going? He was the "Hotel Manager", so I told him about the CPAP problem and the extension cord for which I was standing in this LONG line. He laughed and moved on to the next guy.( by the way, no one ever taped it down). I think we saw our cabin boy maybe 4 times at the most. We we charged a mandatory service fee per person, per day. -- Okay, we understood this but when we went to order breakfast in bed the next morning, we discovered an additional charge of $7.95 CONVENIENCE fee if it was delivered to our room. We have NEVER been charged on any other cruise line for having breakfast in our room!! Outrageous. They nickel and dime you to death. On the positive side, the food in the specialty restaurants was very good as well as the buffet. Also, as part of our package, we had 250 minutes of free wifi. Bottom line: If Norwegian offered us a FREE cruise, I would tell them to give it to someone else. No more for us. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We upgraded to the Haven.Upon arrival we realized there really was no Haven. We met a butler, but after the initial meeting he was non-existant. We had no orientation to our room or the ship. No rules were presented although the ... Read More
We upgraded to the Haven.Upon arrival we realized there really was no Haven. We met a butler, but after the initial meeting he was non-existant. We had no orientation to our room or the ship. No rules were presented although the "butler" seemed to be creating his own A total waste of money. No butler not concierge no service at all Could not get any wine to the cabin. The people in the Haven patio were helpful but could not bring the wine or cocktails because that was the job of the "non-existant" butler. Do not spend the money on this upgrade. The room is nice and the service around the ship was OK. The food in the Moderno, the place where Haven members go, is horrible! The clam chowder the first day was like a watery celery soup. Nothing in it! The shrimp cocktail and sword fish sandwich were both sent back. Went to Cagney's for a nice night out. The steak was grizzly and the baked potatoes cold. Getting wine, was a hassle even though we had the beverage package. Don't pay for that either. Totally overrated. We stopped at Astoria....nothing to do. Then on to Victoria and Vancouver. The evening meals are probably Ok but the cost of the package is far too high. This is not like any other Haven experience, beverage package, dining package we have ever had. This comes with terrible food and no service. We have sailed many times on Norwegian, but most likely not again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
To begin, we were given a stateroom on deck 9 which was two floors from the theatre. It was noisy about 12 hours a day (we were earing singing and musical instruments on and off from 12pm to 12am. When we arrived in our cabin, the safety ... Read More
To begin, we were given a stateroom on deck 9 which was two floors from the theatre. It was noisy about 12 hours a day (we were earing singing and musical instruments on and off from 12pm to 12am. When we arrived in our cabin, the safety deposit box didn't work, I had to call twice and ask to an employee in the hallway and 4 hours later somebody finally came to fix it. We also had a bunk bed in the room, but when I opened it the sheets were dirty. I then call to request a change of sheets to that particularly bed, 5 minutes later, somebody knocked on the door and give me some sheets for me to change them by myself! I called 30 days in advance to let them know that my boyfriend was lactose intolerant, we have cruised before and never had problems, but on this ship it was something else! When we arrive at the dinning room the first day of the cruise, I let our server know about the situation ( he acted like if he wasn't aware at all about the situation and told us that there was nothing that he can bring to him) Finally, one of the chef came at our table and offer roast beef with no sauce and salad without vinaigrettes! Every morning (even on sea days) the captain woke us up around 7:30am to let us know about a lot of pointless information like the latitude and longitude of the ship (seriously who cares at 7:30 am??) Also on sea days, the only activity was '' bingo time'', seriously not adapted at all for cruisers in their 20's. Our itinerary was Los Angeles, San Francisco, Victoria (Canada) and Vancouver (Canada), this ship didn't have a retractable roof over the pool, the temperature was so cold, so on sea days, we weren't even able to swim. There was also no area on this ship for adult only, so there was a lot of kids in the whirlpools (which wasn't relaxing at all). Therefore, we endend up at the spa for 40$us each to warm us up. The disembarkation was also a nightmare, it felt like all the passengers were leaving the ship in the same time. There was a endless line to disembark the ship. Like NCL wasn't use to the disembarkation process ( they are suppose to do it many times a year...), we thought at the moment that we got lucky that anything bad happened during the cruise because we didn't see how they would have handle the situation. The price of this cruise was pretty low, but with all the stuff that weren't included, like a relaxing spot (the only one was reserved to those who paid more than a thousand dollars for their 5 days cruise) or activities (beside bingo or art auctions loll ) or the poor quality of the shows onboard, we endend up with the conclusion that maybe the other cruise lines are sometime a little more expensive but you get more for your buck! Therefore we will never cruise with them again! The only pros of our experience on this ship was that this is a pretty recent one, so the design of the publics area and our stateroom was nice and pretty much up to date. Read Less
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