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Sail Date: February 2018
I thought the cruise ship itself was a disappointment from start to finish. I went on this holiday with my mum and dad who were also appalled with the ship. Boarding the ship we were never told about the previous sickness that they had ... Read More
I thought the cruise ship itself was a disappointment from start to finish. I went on this holiday with my mum and dad who were also appalled with the ship. Boarding the ship we were never told about the previous sickness that they had had on board so as you can imagine it was horrific, floors 6 and 7 stank of sick and the food was horrible - I and my parents hardly ate. If we had been told previously about this sickness and diarrhoea on board then we would have cancelled and rebooked however we were never given that opportunity even thought they’d had it a week before we were due to set sail. Instead they informed us after we had set sail. We even signed the standard declaration that we were fit and healthy when we embarked - pity they didn’t do the same! NCL put our health at risk as both me and my father have to take oral medications. During the cruise whilst sitting outside trying to relax we were met with very loud noises of drills and banging about, not exactly what you expect when on holiday given the money we paid for it. We were not again informed about any maintenance work taking place before booking the trip. These were refurbishments which should have been carried out in dry dock, not when people are trying to enjoy their holiday. We were also appalled with the organisation of the ships dining rooms. Most evenings we had to wait for a table and were given a pager there was normally a wait of between 20 to 30 minutes. Obviously everything had to be sanitised due to the Norovirus on board so this may have added to the wait. In the dining room we were seated amongst buckets of disinfectant and treated to the view of staff walking past in hazard gear like something from Ghostbusters! A lot of the staff were disinterested - there seemed a lack of leadership. The Captain was conspicuous by his absence. We were served different dishes to what we had ordered and we became utterly tired of complaining - they wore us down. On the last two nights they ran out of red wine even though the ship had sailed through some of the world’s greatest wine producing countries. When we got home my parents complained formally to NCL and they immediately offered us £500.00 per person off another one of their cruises. To be honest, I don’t trust the company and would never want to cruise with them again. We have been on many cruises but this was our first with NCL. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Re NORWEGIAN SUN depart San Antonio (Santiago) 17 Feb 2018 heading to Miami. (Departure port was changed from Valparaiso to San Antonio shortly before the cruise) On arrival in our Cabin we were told that: • There was an ... Read More
Re NORWEGIAN SUN depart San Antonio (Santiago) 17 Feb 2018 heading to Miami. (Departure port was changed from Valparaiso to San Antonio shortly before the cruise) On arrival in our Cabin we were told that: • There was an outbreak of Acute Gastro Enteritis (AGE) / Norovirus on board • There was Maintenance planned during the cruise. We had not received any advice by email, text or phone before boarding despite the AGE having occurred 10 days earlier and the maintenance planned for some time. The ship was effectively in ‘lock down’ to try and eliminate further cases of AGE. There was mandatory hand disinfectant at the entry to all restaurants, the theatre, lifts, staircases, etc. There was no self service in any restaurant. The cramped Garden Café was intolerably busy with all the food stations shrouded in plastic and the drink stations closed. The crew served everything required by passengers – creating long queues and crowded areas. In the Main Dining Rooms the paper menus were destroyed after each use and the menu covers disinfected before use by the next passenger! The food was dull and uninteresting - I suspect certain products were avoided to reduce the infection risk. In the Cabins there were no magazines, no ice and no glasses. The cabins were fumigated on at least two occasions during the cruise and smelt terrible. All deck sports were initially cancelled and then slowly introduced under strict supervision and disinfection of gold club handles and shuffleboard pushers between players. The Library and Card room was closed throughout the cruise due the risk of an infected person having touched a book. Apparently Norovirus cells can live for and incredible 14 days. Conversely the Casino (which makes money for NCL) was fully operational throughout the cruise with no hand disinfection at the entrances and no washing down the handles of the slot machines between players. Seemed very contradictory. Smoking was permitted in this Casino and it smelt terrible – the stale smoke wafting throughout deck 7 at times. How does NCL think they will be protected from claims by the Casino Staff that they have developed lung cancer from passive inhaling the smoke? There were no announcements during the cruise about the number of passengers or crew infected. The captain was ‘invisible’ throughout the cruise appearing only on the last day at a Q&A session. At this Q&A it was announced that 81 passengers (out of around 1950) had been infected. There was no mention of the number of crew infected – I suspect it was a much higher figure. There was a severe shortage of crew apparent especially in the waiting and bar staff – 20 minute waits to be served at a bar and over 30 minutes in the MDR on several occasions. The Maintenance was required to prepare the ship before scheduled dry docking in Vancouver in a month or so time. Around a quarter of the upper deck (Deck 12/13) was out of use at a time on a rolling programme. There were no announcements in ‘Freestyle’ regarding these areas. Parts of the Promenade Deck 6 were also closed. It became impossible to walk around the ship without meeting a blockage. There was no co-ordination between this maintenance and the sports activities announced in Freestyle – the latter were often cancelled because the deck was inaccessible. We will remember this experience as the 'washy-washy' cruise - the light hearted phrase used by all the restaurant door crew when trying to overcome a serious outbreak of Norovirus. We were not told what was being squirted on our hands 10 times a day, nor what chemicals were used for fumigating the cabins - there were many passengers who appeared to develop a dry asthmatic cough after the fumigations. The final blow was a disastrously slow disembarkation at Miami. After arriving 3 hours earlier than scheduled, disembarkation started a couple of hours later than scheduled and took 2 hours to get off the ship - unacceptable. Thank goodness we visited some great ports and locations and this made up a little for the poor on-board experience. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
NEVER AGAIN ON NCL!!! Wanted to do Panama Canal so decided to do this one. The cruise before had 80 illnesses and no one contacted us to inform us of the issue. We were not able to board ship until late afternoon and once on board could ... Read More
NEVER AGAIN ON NCL!!! Wanted to do Panama Canal so decided to do this one. The cruise before had 80 illnesses and no one contacted us to inform us of the issue. We were not able to board ship until late afternoon and once on board could not get to cabin. Had to wait to be served any food or water the whole time on ship. We could not use the library until the last 3 days of 16 day cruise, could not use hot tubs until last 5 days of cruise. All of the Pool chairs were covered in towels (mostly with no one using them) by 8:30 AM and when complained was told to just move the towels but felt as though the Pool people should have done it. The ports were filthy dirty and stunk something awful - with the exception of Columbia, which was very nice. The shows were mediocre at best. The cabin steward was nice. The ship is too small for 2000 guests and was dated. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
1st This is too small an area to list the problems we encounterd on the ship. The biggest being the noise levels due to ship refitting being done while we were cruising. DB levels were off the charts very annoying in lounge areas (when ... Read More
1st This is too small an area to list the problems we encounterd on the ship. The biggest being the noise levels due to ship refitting being done while we were cruising. DB levels were off the charts very annoying in lounge areas (when raining and no other place to hang out) and pool side. Tea was store bought tea Lipton (sorry Lipton Fans) - why not then also use store bought coffee. Extremely poor service from wait staff - yet they get 20% for being bad at what they do. French restaurant had rolls that were so dry (all the way through) that they shattered into dust as you tried to open them. Watched another person do the same thing with their roll. Ashes were often coming down over our food and drinks while sitting aft. Have pictures of them in my drinks and on the floor. Yes, I did post them on Social media so others could see. Only places to take unobstructed pictures were often blocked off - due to Ship Refurbishment. One of the worst cruise experiences I have been on. Was very disappointed, expected a much higher class of service and products. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Cruised around South America with NCL. The ship was old and numerous things in the room did not work or were broken. Food was very basic quality and there was no variety. Same menu every day. NCL seem to have a simple policy for ... Read More
Cruised around South America with NCL. The ship was old and numerous things in the room did not work or were broken. Food was very basic quality and there was no variety. Same menu every day. NCL seem to have a simple policy for dealing with any customer queries. 1. If the answer could be Yes or No then the answer is ALWAYS "No" 2. If a third party is involved then the third party is ALWAYS at fault. 3. If 1 or 2 fail to deal with the query then they just ignore you! They have no flexibility in their thinking so make totally ilogical decisions. As an example we did not like the choice of desserts in their steak restaurant so asked if we could order from the French restaurant 50 feet away. "No" was the answer but we could order from the main restaurant four floors below. So a waiter sent down stairs to get us a menu then went back down to get what we wanted.You simply could not make this up!!! Everything about NCL is about taking the maximum money from every cruiser. Gratuities on food and drink add 20% to the base price. If you have the all inclusive drinks package it is $89 per person but only allows you drinks up to $15.00, You have to pay anything over this price plus the 20%, The package does not include speciality coffees. The cost for two people on a 15 days cruise is a massive $2670! Shore exursions are very pricey and can easily add over $2000 more on a 15 days cruise. That been said many of the ship's team were exceptionally nice and very helpful. However we were told they live in fear of making a mistake that gets reported as their contract can be terminated straight away. This was our first and our last cruise with NCL. There are much better cruise companies out there. Read Less
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