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1,100 Norwegian (NCL) Tampa Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we joined a group of friends and family that had already booked. Getting on the ship was smooth. Our cabin was adequate but having a place to sit other than the bed would have been nice. The stateroom attendant ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we joined a group of friends and family that had already booked. Getting on the ship was smooth. Our cabin was adequate but having a place to sit other than the bed would have been nice. The stateroom attendant did a nice job but did not visit our room on the last night. We were not impressed with any of the food onboard and the service we received in any of the complimentary dining options was awful. The waiter in OSheehans made snide comments when we made any extra requests and we did not have a meal that was not served to the wrong person. Dining was very disappointing. Multiple times I was given somebody else’s ship card after ordering and our waiter could not keep track of what we ordered. The bar staff were all amazing and the piano guy was incredibly entertaining and engaged with the crowd. The entertainment in the theatre was great. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Late docking at 3 of 4 ports. This cut into our vacation time! Setvice at the nain dining rooms was pretty bad. Service at the cadino bar wad careless. The room steward was great. The inside rooms are small but at least everything ... Read More
Late docking at 3 of 4 ports. This cut into our vacation time! Setvice at the nain dining rooms was pretty bad. Service at the cadino bar wad careless. The room steward was great. The inside rooms are small but at least everything fit. We left on St. Patrick's Day but there was little decoration or celebration.. One of the pools and two hot tubs were closed the entire time. The casino slots were old and tihht. The payouts werent n big. If you.lose more than #300 ,you won't make it back up. Walk away. The Harvest Kaye port is owned by NCL. Not very impressive and the shore excursions were pricey. Roatan Bay was kind of scary. Armed guards coeld be seen on the streets further into the island. The Chizen Iza tour has a sickening 45 mimute ferry ride to Playa Del Carmen. Costs Maya was actually fun. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I always take this cruise line because it is freestyle ... You can wear what you want to at dinner no dressing up to eat and eat at anytime you like to. The cabin was nice the entertainment was real good, housekeeping was the best. The ... Read More
I always take this cruise line because it is freestyle ... You can wear what you want to at dinner no dressing up to eat and eat at anytime you like to. The cabin was nice the entertainment was real good, housekeeping was the best. The service was very good . If you need something they was right there . The ship it itself was very clean and I would go on this cruise line again. The ports was nice but a couple of them I would change and they should go to other ones just because of the poor shape they were in. I would rate the dinnering very good you can go and eat when you wanted to and no dressing up . Why should people tell you when to eat and what to wear. The ship was kept clean ever day always saw crew cleaning it night and day . Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Staff simply showed no effort or attentiveness to make the passenger expierence enjoyable Specifically the entertainment staff and shore excursion staff The specialty restaurants were nice, food good but expensive and noisy. ... Read More
Staff simply showed no effort or attentiveness to make the passenger expierence enjoyable Specifically the entertainment staff and shore excursion staff The specialty restaurants were nice, food good but expensive and noisy. Pool always crowded. No attention paid to not leaving towels out to reserve seats. Most chairs blocked for the day by 8am With drink packages offered as inducement to book with Ncl most had it. Turning into carnival booze cruise for middle aged. That said they seem to be making it more difficult to get beverages during meals, staff no longer circulate for drinks, you must go to a mini bar set up Shore excursions offered credits per port. When asked how to obtain the credit the dept head explained in a thick accent the credits would be applied the day after the excursion. When asked if that was true for excursions booked before the offer she simply said as I said, the credits will be .... I asked her to dial it back and respond to the question asked. She smiled and took care of the next person in line Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We are long time cruisers, but this was our first Norwegian Cruise. We were very underwhelmed; we liked the laid back cruising, but there were not enough activities.The Entertainment staff was severely lacking- they had a trivia on cheese ... Read More
We are long time cruisers, but this was our first Norwegian Cruise. We were very underwhelmed; we liked the laid back cruising, but there were not enough activities.The Entertainment staff was severely lacking- they had a trivia on cheese (yes, cheese). We happened to be in Schooners lounge while the cheese trivia was taking place; the staff person couldn't pronounce the cheeses and kept saying how they've never heard of those kinds of cheeses before. Tried to attend the deal or no- deal game to be told there systems were down. Stayed up late one night to watch the magic act, walked out after 10 minutes. We just did not understand the show at all, singing opera while performing magic is impressive, but not very captivating. We did enjoy the variety of food on-board there were plenty of options. Cagney's was a delight, Moderno was so good we ate there twice (the pineapple is delicious). My favorite dessert the whole trip was the brownie cheesecake from O'Sheehans Pub. We loved the spa and did not feel pressured by the up-sell after treatment. Enjoyed 4 very relaxing massages and a facial. We were not impressed with our Room Steward. Upon embarkation we were told our room was ready. When we arrived in our stateroom we found the previous occupants trash in the shelf of the closet. The trash was there for our entire trip. I even left a small sticky note with it indicating it was from the previous occupants and it needed to be removed. The steward never picked up empty glasses left on the shelf next to the door. We never received a room service menu- I called and ordered coffee for delivery the next morning and it never showed up. Loved the washy- washy and insistence that everyone washes their hands with sanitizer. The songs were catchy and I sometimes hear myself singing the phrase "I want to wash your hands" . With all of the hand sanitizer my cuticles were really dried out. We did not have any lotion so had to buy some at the spa. On all other cruises we have been on lotion is provided in our stateroom, not sure if it was a Steward issue or that Norwegian just doesn't provide lotion. Embarkation was a joke; we had to pick a time of arrival in the online check-in process, apparently everyone decided to show up at 11:00am we were backed up to the street and had to go through a maze of queue lines. Disembarkation was a mess; we were given zero information on Norwegian's process. Had we not been experienced cruisers we would have had no idea we needed to be out of our room at a certain time. Thankfully we always self assist. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise based on advice from navy travel agent for quiet crowd and excellent facilities. We have never been on a cruise (pleasure) I have been on several Navy Cruises for extended deployments so my wife and I were looking ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on advice from navy travel agent for quiet crowd and excellent facilities. We have never been on a cruise (pleasure) I have been on several Navy Cruises for extended deployments so my wife and I were looking forward to enjoying a relaxing cruise. The cabin was beautiful and staff was incredible. There was much we didn't know however we were able to chat with lots of other cruisers and gain some important knowledge. It took 2-3 days to "calm down" from our busy lives and responsibilities at home however we began to settle in at the very end just enjoying the time for recharging. My wife and I do not drink so we were a little apprehensive that the overall onboard activities that we experienced involved alcohol. This was not problematic just different from where we are used to relaxing (on the beach) where alcohol is not a priority. The ports of call were incredible. we were able to sample some of the western caribbean and find where we would like to spend additional time. Food was delicious and enjoyed being able to eat on our schedule. The buffet was more than enough for us. we sampled some of the restaurants however were satisfied more with the convenience of the buffet. We both purchased the soda package and were disappointed we had to wait in the long lines of the various bars to get club soda or a diet coke. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I loved the boat, the free style dinning and the food was great. The staff was friendly and helpful and tried their best to go above and beyond for us even when we were a bit demanding. The announcements were kept to a minimum which is ... Read More
I loved the boat, the free style dinning and the food was great. The staff was friendly and helpful and tried their best to go above and beyond for us even when we were a bit demanding. The announcements were kept to a minimum which is good but the first day at sea on the boat it was really confusing as to what time it was; the clocks in the elevator had the wrong time. The entertainment was good. I especially enjoyed The Funky Roots band. I felt that their was a lot of activities early in the day and on days at port but at days at sea there was not much to do, would have loved if more of the activities repeated in the evening between 3 -5. The really popular activities like the comedian, game shows and performances were always packed so often if you didn't get there early it was standing room only so I missed some things or had to sit where there was not a good view of the activities. They did show some of the popular games shows on the tv so you can see it. The only other thing I disliked was the DJ he would often play a lot of old music or repeat the same songs the live band had just sung. Often the dance floor would get packed with the line dances but after those were over the DJ would play some weird stuff that would just clear the dance floor. So definitely not for heavy party-ers in my opinion. We did an excursion at each port and overall they were good but not necessary if you just want to go to beach. Despite that we had a great time and would definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was a good itinerary (Harvest Caye Belize, Costa Maya Mexico, Roatan Honduras, George Town Grand Cayman) on a nice sized ship for a first cruise. This trip worked well into our schedule as it was during our school March Break so my ... Read More
This was a good itinerary (Harvest Caye Belize, Costa Maya Mexico, Roatan Honduras, George Town Grand Cayman) on a nice sized ship for a first cruise. This trip worked well into our schedule as it was during our school March Break so my wife was able to take a break without having to book vacation time (very difficult when you work in a school). Lots of activities on board, lots to see and do if wanted, good shore excursions offered and the chance to get away for a week with no worries. Embarkation was a cattle call. I have not experienced something quite so painful in many years, however given the number of guests trying to get on board in such a short time, I guess I should have expected it. The queues for getting through security were way over the top - the terminal in Tampa is not well configured or equipped to handle the number of people going through security. Checking in was a breeze compared to 45 minutes getting through security. Once on board, getting to our cabin was fairly easy, however the maps for the cabin decks have the floorplans reversed which caused us to go the wrong way (this happened frequently when going to a new part of the ship). Accurate / more signage would have been helpful for us first timers, or something sent to us prior to embarkation advising us where we would be getting on the ship and the embarkation process so that we know what to expect. Once we had made it to our cabin, the trip seemed to get better. After the muster call, we toured the ship to orient ourselves and found most of the maps helpful, even though they are sometimes reversed. The weather cooperated well and we had generally calm weather with smooth seas. Entertainment was good, lots of food choice, very few lines and really not much waiting for activities or service. Overall, a very pleasant vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My buddies and I chose this cruise as our annual Spring Break vacation. We're all in our mid-20s and enjoy trips with plenty of action mixed with some relaxation time. This cruise was perfect for our vacation needs. Even though the ... Read More
My buddies and I chose this cruise as our annual Spring Break vacation. We're all in our mid-20s and enjoy trips with plenty of action mixed with some relaxation time. This cruise was perfect for our vacation needs. Even though the ports of call were touristy, we still made the most out of our trip. Excursions we chose included the Maya Lost Mayan Kingdom waterpark in Costa Maya (an awesome experience), kayaking in Harvest Caye (not worth it), and A Taste of Cayman in Georgetown, Grand Cayman (well worth the price). We rented motor scooters from Captain Van's and explored West End in Roatan. We snagged the 3 free-at-sea offers during one of NCL's promotional periods - free unlimited WiFi, 3 free specialty dining nights, and of course the unlimited open bar. The beverage package alone made the trip worthwhile. Any drink up to and including $15/drink is the BEST drink package on the cruise market. Top shelf liquor (Grey Goose, Patron, Jameson Caskmates, etc.) were all included in the package. Unlimited drinks, and you could order two at a time. You can't beat that! Our cruise agent threw in an extra free-at-sea offer, so we chose the $50 per cabin per port excursion credit. The ship's entertainment was fair, but the comedian was outrageously funny. Avalon, the ship's band, was super talented, but we quickly realized that they kept playing the same songs over and over again. The food in Indigo, O'Sheehan's, Lotus Garden, Moderno, Cagney's, and Le Bistro was outstanding. They even had matzoh ball soup on the menu in Indigo! We did, however, eat in Russian Palace one evening and I was disappointed with the taste of the Italian dishes. Everything else was great. Service from the staff was top notch. Every staff member wanted to make sure you had the best cruise experience possible. Our cabin steward, Sharon, was a delight. The main reason I didn't give this cruise 5 stars was the issue with O'Sheehan's bar. O'Sheehan's is an Irish-themed bar with a 24 hour restaurant located on deck 8 right above the Atrium. We stayed on deck 8 mid-ship, so we were happy with the convenience of a bar close by to our staterooms. We made friends with the bartenders and other deck 8 neighbors. O'Sheehan's quickly became our favorite hangout spot. On day 3 of our cruise, maintenance had hung white sheets all around the bar and proceeded to produce an enormous amount of noise that sounded like taking a chainsaw to sheet metal throughout the whole day. The bar was closed for the entire rest of the cruise. No warning, no explanation. I made a point to note this inconvenience in my review to NCL, but still have not yet heard a response or an apology. I would absolutely cruise with Norwegian again, but on a different ship. The Pearl is a smaller ship, so she didn't have as many bells and whistles as her newer counterparts. Plus she's starting to show her age. Norwegian's service is outstanding, and their drink package is the best at sea. I'll be back on Norwegian soon! Cruising on Celebrity Infinity in August, so it'll be interesting to compare these two above-average cruise lines. P.S. a note to cruisers over the age of 60: if you plan to travel on a cruise during Spring Break dates, expect a little rowdiness from some of the younger travelers! I was astounded by the amount of "experienced" cruisers on a Caribbean cruise in the heart of Spring Break season who were unhappy with the number of Spring Breakers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Norwegian Pearl, March 10 to 17 2019. Room 8570. Obstructed ocean view. Was just like a regular ocean view room, but with a lifeboat obstructing most of the view. Plenty of light came in, and we could see the weather and a bit of ... Read More
Norwegian Pearl, March 10 to 17 2019. Room 8570. Obstructed ocean view. Was just like a regular ocean view room, but with a lifeboat obstructing most of the view. Plenty of light came in, and we could see the weather and a bit of ocean. The room was always very clean, the room steward was not very outgoing, but nice and attentive (perhaps he read me well, I am not very chatty). My favorite part of the ship is the Spinnaker Lounge. It has beautiful forward views, comfortable chairs and tables, plus they do a lot of trivia and games happen there. We are at La Cucina, Le Bistro, Moderno and Cagneys. We love Le Bistro best. La Cucina was a close second. Cagneys was excellent too. At Moderno, I liked the salad bar and sides better than the meat. If you value quantity over quality, you may like it better. Not that the meats were terrible, just not super tender like other restaurants. There WAS noticeable decline on food quality through out the week. For example, day 1, I got the burrata at La Cucino. It came with beautiful perfect heirloom tomatoes. By the 6th day when I got the same dish at the same restaurant, it came with less than ripe beefsteak tomatoes. The burrata itself was still excellent, as was the rest of the meal. I found the buffets very good right at opening, but a few thing (naan bread, eggs Benedict, pasteries) got stale as time passed. There was always coffee and tea available, and I heard the coffee is pretty good. At breakfast there is apple, orange and cranberry juice cocktail , at lunch and dinner there are flavored waters (tasted like koolaid to me) . There is a small bar if you want to purchase or use your beverage package. I did not eat in the main dining rooms much. At breakfast the eggs seemed well prepared, poached eggs had a nice runny yolk. Otherwise food quality was similar to the buffet in my opinion. I got stale waffle fries in summer palace just after boarding and that pretty much shaped my opinion. The entertainment was all very good. The evening shows 8n Stardust were exceptionally good, especially legends in concert and the comedian (both shows). The cruise director staff was fun, namely Vicky, Vaughn and Jorez. They were clear in instructions and made good jokes. The assistant cruise director Tiarra and director Ferdie were overly rehearsed, you can tell they have told the same jokes a million times, but they were decent. 8570 Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was a first time cruise and we enjoyed it very much. Ship was perfect size for first-timers. Staff and crew were very organized and efficient. Dining was very good, in the specialty restaurants. Dining package Great! Drinks, not so ... Read More
This was a first time cruise and we enjoyed it very much. Ship was perfect size for first-timers. Staff and crew were very organized and efficient. Dining was very good, in the specialty restaurants. Dining package Great! Drinks, not so much, we didn't drink nearly enough. The activities were very fun, cruise directors always cheerful, helpful and full of energy. The evening shows were delightful. We loved our room steward, he always kept our space clean and organized, and was available with his generous smile, always ready to help. It was amazing how hard the team in our wing worked. Our favorite port: Roatan. The zip-lines were absolutely amazing, walking distance to the port. Our guides there helped us truly enjoy the lines. it was a wonderful in every way. My daughter already made plans for another cruise. I'm undecided on taking another cruise, but I would definitely choose Norwegian again if I do. We loved the casual dress code and eating times. We could dress up when we wanted to and relax all the rest. The cruise was exactly as we hoped it would be. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We love Norwegian because of the entertainment, food, and exceptional service. We loved the private island in Belize and especially the magicians Cassandra and Ben Nemzer, Angels, And the production shows. Our Cruise Director was ... Read More
We love Norwegian because of the entertainment, food, and exceptional service. We loved the private island in Belize and especially the magicians Cassandra and Ben Nemzer, Angels, And the production shows. Our Cruise Director was awesome. I can’t rememebr his name l, but he asked people to call him Jacky Chan because he looks like him. We have tried other cruise lines, but now we are hooked on NCL! We also really liked leaving out of the Tampa port, it was so convenient. We didn’t really like the buffet as much as the dining rooms but overall everything was great. We hope most NCL cruises are this good. Eacpeially the entertainment. (We are still talking about how they did all the tricks in the magic show and it was just beyond amazing! The music by the pool was also really nice. Getting towels was easy, and with a ship this size it never felt crowded or like I was waiting on a long line Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
On March 6, 2019, my husband, Bill and I cruised on the NCL Pearl out of Tampa, FL. Joining us on the cruise was my brother-in-law and his new wife. This was to have been a time for the four of us to relax and to enjoy each other’s ... Read More
On March 6, 2019, my husband, Bill and I cruised on the NCL Pearl out of Tampa, FL. Joining us on the cruise was my brother-in-law and his new wife. This was to have been a time for the four of us to relax and to enjoy each other’s company, eat good food and enjoy good entertainment. We were excited to get away! Unfortunately this turned out to be the worst vacation experience of our lives. I have waited to write this letter until I could convey my thoughts and feelings devoid of the anger and disappointment I felt at the end of the cruise. I want this letter to inform and enlighten rather than just rail at the inadequacies of the cruise. However, it is difficult even now after sixteen days to put perspective on our very bad experience. Admittedly this was a last minute booking and by the time we decided to book the mini suites were no longer available so we settled for family balcony rooms that cost more than the sale price for the mini suites. We booked and thought that was that but within days we received emails saying we could make bids to upgrade our rooms. The problem was we couldn’t because it wouldn’t guarantee that both couples would get the upgrade. This coupled with the idea that we would now pay even more money for the mini suites (that were not available when we booked) was pretty crass. This bidding program is just ugly and beneath NCL. It really makes NCL stand out as a cheap cruise line. We arrived for the cruise and the embarkation process was very smooth, especially since we are Latitudes members. Kudos to all involved in the process. Actually, I will say that with everything that wasn’t good about the cruise the staff on and off the ship stood out as professional, courteous and gracious, to a fault. I have nothing but good things to say about the NCL staff. We boarded and that’s when reality settled in that we found ourselves booked on a cruise with a very large number of guests all belonging to one group. I believe it would be called a partially chartered cruise since in this case there were more than 800 guests who were there for an affiliated event. A group that no one in my party would choose to be affiliated with yet now we found ourselves in the midst of wherever we went on the ship. This group had a definite agenda and they were there to enjoy themselves as were we. They were often in costume and they many were observed smoking on decks and by the pool and hot tubs. They monopolized every space. Most disturbing were the number of security personnel I observed which made me feel unsafe walking alone on the decks for exercise. The other group that I also need to mention were the number of spring breakers. They also were jockeying for space and so the areas around the pools and hot tubs and bars were simply not available to anyone else. I was heartened to see a family in a hot tub on the last day. I don’t know how they managed to secure it but I’m happy they did. The four of us were just trying to find quiet places where we could play cards and that was difficult to come by too! Even the card room next to the library was being used to sort shirts and was not available to use for its intended purpose. We decided to play cards in the café after meal service was over each evening. We just wanted a table and some quiet away from the craziness. This is also a pass through area from one end of the ship to the other. On two evenings we were treated to verbal altercations and threats between and among passengers. I am not a prude but their language was way over the top and disturbing. One evening was volatile with verbal threats of “I’m going to kill you”. So much for quiet space and playing cards. We were looking forward to the beach day at Great Stirrup Cay and a chance to swim and lay in the sun but due to rough seas they were unable to tender the passengers to shore and the ship was diverted to Freeport. We were offered three possible shore excursions, all at substantial cost. Now if we wanted to go to the beach it was going to cost, I think, $89.00. What was to be part of the cruise was now a paid gig. Add to that it was after 2:30 when passengers were allowed to disembark and it wasn’t worth the time or money and Freeport is an unpleasant little port. From beginning to end this cruise was just unpleasant. Even the entertainment was changed! We were expecting “Legends In Concert” but they never performed. There was a singer one evening, an acrobatic duo who were quite good on another evening. Otherwise the theater was occupied with the 800 members of the group and their TV idols. Finally, I expect that at the very least the ship is going to be clean inside and out. Our rooms were clean and the inside spaces of the ship were clean (if tired) but the windows, the balconies and the rails were filthy as were the clear walls in the outside spaces. Again, I have been on other NCL cruises and never found this to be a problem. We were also dismayed to see how much trash was left by fellow passengers in the elevators, on the stairs, in the hallways, and on the decks (cigarette butts). So, this was a cruise monopolized by one group. They were drinking heavily and many were smoking. The cruise seemed to be tailored to their needs. I have always avoided theme cruises and anything that smacks of a chartered cruise but I didn’t have the opportunity to opt out and that’s just not fair. NCL took advantage of me and others to fill up their ship knowing full well this was a charted cruise. Shame on you. Other cruise lines advertise their “special” cruises and I know to stay away. You can and need to do better NCL! So, what can you do? Be honest with customers from the beginning and tell them if the ship is partially chartered; provide quiet spaces on the smaller ships for people who want to play cards or games. If you are going to continue the after the fact bidding system then find a way to make it work for passengers booking more than one room and inform customers about the bidding system on your website. Finally, wash your ships! So I find myself a Latitudes member no longer enthused about being a member or taking another cruise on NCL. This review doesn’t address everything and the words really don’t convey how bad this cruise was. It’s hard to put it all down but this cruise impacted my relationship with NCL and you lost two prospective Latitudes members. This was their first and last NCL cruise. It was great on the Dawn and the Getaway and I had expectations that it would be great on the Pearl, but it wasn’t. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My sister in law and brother treated my husband and myself to this cruise, we were. Ot told about the trailer park boys and there groupies being in the ship. They had multiple restraints and lounges closed for private events. We were not ... Read More
My sister in law and brother treated my husband and myself to this cruise, we were. Ot told about the trailer park boys and there groupies being in the ship. They had multiple restraints and lounges closed for private events. We were not able to go to the island due to weather they said, we went to Freeport which was awful they stayed from three oclock to eight o'clock. We lost out on our excursions. I was not impressed with the buffet Nd I didnt even know who my steward was . The safe broke.. should I go on. The bed was hard no room to get into the bed . The noise was out of control could not sleep.i think they need to offer something to the passengers that were not with the trailer park boys since we lost out on alot of experiences. Oh and the pot smoking was out of control. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise happened to fall into dates we would be in Florida for conference. Wanted to have a small honeymoon combined with birthday celebration. Sadly, it wasn't as we expected. Problems with the cruise - our luggage was ... Read More
This cruise happened to fall into dates we would be in Florida for conference. Wanted to have a small honeymoon combined with birthday celebration. Sadly, it wasn't as we expected. Problems with the cruise - our luggage was delivered to the wrong room - the tv remote control was missing. Even though they didn't believe us when we called to notify them of this and it took a couple trips for them to replace it, they managed to get us a new one. - The safety briefing at the start of the cruise was poorly orchestrated. No one knew where they were supposed to be, you couldn't understand the person speaking, and it seemed to be excessive amount of time to wait for the amount of information we were given. - our door broke and only way to keep it closed was to lock it from inside cabin. It took nine hours and multiple contact efforts to fix it (i.e. front desk, cleaning lady). - there was one rude bartender on the back of the boat who refused to give me another drink after he incorrectly made the first one because he said there were people waiting. This was after waiting 20 minutes to order my drink. (I was so angered and appalled at how rude he was, I took a picture) - we were not told that this was meant to be a Trailer Park Boys cruise beforehand (we felt bad for those with children!) - due to trailer Park boys many of the rooms were closed for private events so we did not have full access of the ship - we were told that we could not go to Great Stirrup Cay due to weather yet there was no indication of bad weather - Some scheduled events were canceled without notification (still showed up on the daily agenda and tv screen in hallways) - we ended up in Freeport with only a few hours on land, not enough to spend the additional money to travel the island and the tourist trap shopping that greeted us was not what we had in mind. (We waited in line to get scooters for 30 minutes or more before deciding to just go back to the boat.) - our excursion was cancelled since we were redirected; no one notified us of alternative excursions, but they were wrangling people for excursions in Freeport once we got there. Seems excursions in Freeport were not provided to us. - our "premium" package that included the "premium" level restaurant deal was a bit confusing and misleading. The food was average to poor and how many visits were covered was confusing. It would have been just as well to stick with cafe. - Indian food in cafe was great and our go-to - our cleaning lady was amazingly wonderful... responsive, efficient, and kind! Sadly, service on the boat was otherwise average (likely due to built in tipping... no incentive). - in looking up what the staff might be getting paid, we became a bit depressed. No wonder they were grumpy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was my first cruise. When it was booked I never would have booked it if I would have been informed that there was a private charter going on this cruise. The people in the charter were rude, obnoxious, and used a lot of foul language ... Read More
This was my first cruise. When it was booked I never would have booked it if I would have been informed that there was a private charter going on this cruise. The people in the charter were rude, obnoxious, and used a lot of foul language in front of everyone. This normally wouldn't bother me because I can ignore people like that but there were children present and children repeat things. They also told me, and a few other people that they were special and we will get the leftovers of privileges after they were done. We weren't able to get into different areas because of them, they had a few fights occur, and were just all around disrespect towards the other cruisers. The bar near the customer service had the rudest employees. They really need to separate the coffee, and soda pop away from the alcohol bar. We ended up going to Freeport instead of the private island. Never arrived there until 3 pm and had to be back onboard by 730 pm. Very disappointing. The cruise director scheduled to many raffles at the same time. You needed to be present to win if your name was called so you had to pick and choose. Went every night where the nighttime snacks were to be, and they were never there. The food was excellent, and our cabin steward was the sweetest young gentleman by the name of Henry. My cabin was excellent.We also enjoyed talking with a very special gentleman that worked in the jewelry . He was polite, kind, excellent conversationalist, and all over enjoyable man to talk to. I wish I could spell his name but can tell you it began with a Ny. The acrobatic show was very good. The singers were not to my taste so left shortly after the shows began. So overall this cruise was a big disappointment. I did send Norwegian a 3 to 4 page email about what all occurred. They never responded. I doubt that I will give them a second chance when they couldn't even respond to my email Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Very unmemorable cruise event. Overcrowded pool and hot tubs. We didn't;t get in pool or hot tubs as seemed at risk for germs with side by side throngs of people really-really drinking. Ship decor-tired; food in restaurants was ... Read More
Very unmemorable cruise event. Overcrowded pool and hot tubs. We didn't;t get in pool or hot tubs as seemed at risk for germs with side by side throngs of people really-really drinking. Ship decor-tired; food in restaurants was average but low quality in buffet dining room as was always cold (if supposed to be warm); desserts and breakfast rolls 100% pre-packeaged, dried-out, cardboard-like and high sugar-fat content. fresh fruits were good. Stopped at Freeport as was unsafe to ferry to original stop. Freeport was a dreadful, depressing collection of dirty shops desperate for tourists to buy any type of junk. There was nothing we wanted to buy and absolutely nothing to see in the tiny area in which we were let out in. Such a disappointment and cruise-line did nothing to make it better like a champagne toast or absolutely anything.Cruise-line very intent on selling anything and everything (art, jewels,casino...) Norwegian typically has really good entertainment but only one evening was really special-rest so-so. Do not recommend this ship at capacity; only recommend sit-down restaurants and really think not a memorable vacation experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I spent 4 days on the Norwegian Pearl with a group of 11 other college students. We chose this cruise for its price, and because it would allow those in our group who were under 21 to cruise without their parents (we would have chosen ... Read More
I spent 4 days on the Norwegian Pearl with a group of 11 other college students. We chose this cruise for its price, and because it would allow those in our group who were under 21 to cruise without their parents (we would have chosen Carnival instead had they allowed it, I think). But this ended up being a really nice choice and despite some hurdles we all had a great time. The purchase and online check-in were pretty painless and straightforward. The cheapest option was to split our group into three groups of four in interior cabins. As Florida residents, we weren't interested in spending time in Tampa so we showed up close to departure. The check in process was pretty painless too, except for one member of our group who is in the US on a student visa. The check in desk bungled her process pretty badly and kept repeatedly telling her that her papers were expired even though she had everything together and it clearly said on the front of her papers that they weren't set to expire for quite a while. She spent a good half hour scared that she wasn't going to be allowed to get on the ship. When we got onboard we went straight to our cabins, which were a little cramped but still comfortable. Our room had two twin beds set up when we walked in and when we came back later our luggage had shown up and an attendant had set up a third bed in the middle and pulled a fourth bed down from the wall. Everyone had space to sleep but it was a little tricky managing four people plus four people's luggage in such a small area. It was a little disorienting to wake up at 10am and have your room be pitch black, but that comes with the territory of not having a window. The ship looks like it was decorated at least 20 years ago and some of the carpet is peeling but overall it was clean and nice to explore. The food is plentiful and pretty decent, and all the staff I met were very sweet. There are two pools on the top deck, and four hot tubs with a small covered stage in the middle. They blast music from there from 11 to 1 every day and it's a little obnoxious, but people have a pretty good time to it. The drinks are expensive and light. If you want a spot in a hot tub or a nice spot on the deck you have to get there early or fight for it. There are a lot of people who camp out in the hot tubs for hours and won't leave, and if there are too many in there a lifeguard will come over and tell you to clear out. They spend as much time doing that and patrolling the deck as they did watching the water, which peeved me a little as a lifeguard myself. There wasn't much going on in the pools, though, as they were pretty cold and the weather took a bit to warm up. Also, we didn't find out until we got onboard that this was supposed to be a Trailer Park Boys themed cruise that didn't sell out completely. That explained all the camo people were wearing. Probably about half the ship was there for that, a quarter were students on spring break, and the rest were families. The arcade was great fun and we played a lot of air hockey and guitar hero. We really enjoyed the rock wall too. Most of us only managed to attend one show on board - the magic show - which was cute but overall pretty mediocre. It felt a bit like we were just killing time. We showed up to the Spinnaker Lounge for a scavenger hunt event that seemingly never happened. The club is nice but the music is a bit iffy (a lot of Bruno Mars remixes, for some reason). So overall the entertainment provided was a bit scarce but we made our own fun. And there's plenty of room for it. The decks are great to explore and the ocean is really beautiful, plus you can play shuffleboard or giant chess while you're watching the horizon. The ship seems to shut down at night for cleaning so there are no chairs on deck or anything but the employees don't seem to mind if you're out there. As for the food, we had a dinner reservation at the Summer Palace dining room every night so we could all eat together. Every single night without fail they claimed that our reservation didn't exist. Luckily we had printed out papers that showed otherwise, but it was a bit annoying. We probably could have sat together on most nights without a reservation anyways since it seemed to be pretty empty. The food was pretty good but not great, but there was a lot of it and the staff were super sweet once we were sitting. We had lunch at Lotus Garden one day where the food was a bit disappointing, and had the rest of our meals at Summer Palace or the buffet. The soft serve machines sprinkled through the buffet were a big hit, as were the employees strumming a guitar at the entrance. We were supposed to hit Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island but got diverted due to weather. They automatically refunded our excursion reservations and we didn't have to do anything but wait to arrive somewhere else. We ended up spending about three hours in Freeport instead, where we took a taxi to the beach and had a great time. Most people were angry with how long it took to get off the boat (an extra 4 hours to get to Freeport, plus another 1.5 to set up the gangway) but I'm sure a lot of that was logistical considerations. It would have been nice if it had gone a bit more smoothly, but what can you do? Overall it was a nice first cruise experience and a really good time, especially for the price. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Disappointed that we didn’t receive any of our Platinum latitudes benefits except priority embarkation and dis embarkation. Would have been nice to get water bottles. The wine is unnecessary. Difficult to get drinks. Not enough waiters. ... Read More
Disappointed that we didn’t receive any of our Platinum latitudes benefits except priority embarkation and dis embarkation. Would have been nice to get water bottles. The wine is unnecessary. Difficult to get drinks. Not enough waiters. Long lines at the bars. Confusion on the part of NCL stafff as to what benefits we would get on a 4 days cruise. Cabin small but we expected that of an inside category. Entertainment poor. The welcome aboard show had no singers and dancers, just a lady singing was was just fair and some kind of trick by the magician. Service fair. All in all the most disappointing out of 10 NCL Cruises. For the third time we were not able to tender to Great Stirrup Cay. We will not take a 4 day cruise on Norwegian in the future. The Spinnaker lounge where we usually spend a lot of time was closed a lot due to the charter group on board which we had no idea about when we booked. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We were looking for a relaxing getaway but couldn’t take a whole week off work so this was a good compromise. The check in was great. The agent was friendly and efficient. We bought the beer and wine package. I think it’s a decent deal ... Read More
We were looking for a relaxing getaway but couldn’t take a whole week off work so this was a good compromise. The check in was great. The agent was friendly and efficient. We bought the beer and wine package. I think it’s a decent deal if you plan to have a few beers during each day and a couple glasses of wine in the evening. I suggest you buy drink packages before getting on. We bought on board and then we were told to go stand in a long line to actually get our key cards replaced. Staff on board were ok overall. Most seemed uninterested in guests but were adequate. We found a couple bar tenders that were great so we spent most of the cruise at the bar in the atrium. The food in the main dining rooms was mediocre and service was the same. The ship is descent but nothing spectacular. The cabin was clean and a descent size for 2. We didn’t make it to our destination of their private island due to winds but they tried to make it up by going to Freeport. As anyone who has been there can tell you, there is nothing worth seeing there. We decided to stay on the ship. On the last night of the cruise I noticed they had charged me for cocktails at dining I didn’t have. I had drank wine. I went to the guest service desk and rang a bell as no one was there. A guy came out and said “what’s up?” I explained the situation. I found him rude and unhelpful. He Explained that he needed a manager’s approval and he would have it taken off. I asked to speak to the manager and then he said he was the manager. I said if you are the manager why did you just tell me that you had to have a managers approval? He said sir you need to sto explained that he needed a managers approval and he would have it taken off. I asked to speak to the manager and then he said he was the manager. I said if you are the manager why did you just tell me that you had to have a managers approval? He said sir you need to calm down or I am not going to help you. I said to him that I am calm But don’t understand why you lied. He continued to say you need to calm down. I then said to him OK we can end this conversation but you will take it off. He said yes. Of course the next morning we received our final bills and he of course did not take it off, so I had to go back to guest services and stand in another long line to have it taken off. I haven’t heard from friends that they had had the same problem in the past on Norwegian but I have traveled several times and this was the first time it happened to me. Overall the cruise was fine and I would say go on the pearl But have no high expectations. I have traveled on Norwegian Cruise lines and many other cruise lines extensively in the past and I have to say Norwegian has declined in service. I did not receive the benefits that are listed in the latitudes program. I would say that I will travel Norwegian Cruise lines again most likely but at this point I prefer Royal Caribbean cruise lines as the service is better and you receive the benefits they promise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise (day at sea-Norwegian private island- day at sea) because it’s close to our home and the prices were reasonable especially for spring break! The cruise was hosting Trailer Park Boys and their fan base which was ... Read More
We chose this cruise (day at sea-Norwegian private island- day at sea) because it’s close to our home and the prices were reasonable especially for spring break! The cruise was hosting Trailer Park Boys and their fan base which was honestly fine except that some areas were closed off for private events etc. the only real issue we had was that we had to move rooms (9505 to 8619) at 1am the second night of the cruise because TPB was hosting a rock concert two floors below us until 2 in the morning. Poor planning on Norwegian’s part in my opinion....it was so loud it hurt our ears two floors up. Most events in the Stardust theater are done by like 10 so this was definitely weird....however they were quick to help and get us moved! As far as the ship goes this is probably my favorite Norwegian ship! We enjoyed the specialty dining (Cagneys and Japanese) very much! We also enjoyed the Irish pub and the grouping of bars at the middle of the ship! Nothing ever felt crowded and the service was impeccable. I’ve only ever been on the Norwegian open bar cruises and honestly this one had a whole different vibe. Even though we still had the bar “perk” the bartenders were attentive and really took pride in their work! The pools were also great and never really overcrowded. In conclusion I want to say that this was probably the smoothest cruise I’ve ever been on....sounds weird I know, but it really felt like the the captain took great care to avoid bad weather and rough seas. In fact, we did not make port at stirrup cay because they felt the seas were too rough and they still took us the Freeport! All in all just a good time....we will definitely book again!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 7th cruise (DIsney, Celebrity, Holland, Royal Caribbean), but our first time with NCL. We are a married couple in our late 50s. We enjoyed the more casual, laid - back, freestyle experience. The Pearl, although not as ... Read More
This was our 7th cruise (DIsney, Celebrity, Holland, Royal Caribbean), but our first time with NCL. We are a married couple in our late 50s. We enjoyed the more casual, laid - back, freestyle experience. The Pearl, although not as "elegant" as some other ships, still is in good shape, clean and modern. The Pearl staff was very friendly and attentive, especially our cabin attendant, Daniella. The restaurants and food variety was good, but not as good as Celebrity or Disney. We ate at 2 specialty restaurants, Cagneys and Moderno. Cagneys was excellent, Modernos not as much (although a great salad bar). We loved the musical entertainment (Avalon, Roxie the guitarist, sing-a-long with Peter, DJ Tazz) and pool entertainment more than other cruise ships. The pool water was a nice temperature, not too cold. We could not go to the only scheduled port, Great Stirrup Cay, due to high winds/weather, but went to Freeport, Bahamas instead. Our time in port was much shorter due to the diversion to Freeport. We had a very negative experience with the excursion desk staff and lack of announcements regarding the port of call change. This cruise had many spring breakers and cruisers that were part of the "Trailer Park Boys" theme cruise, so the atmosphere was younger and more energetic which we enjoyed, but some cruisers could not handle their alcohol. We smelled the strong, persistent odor of marijuana emanating from some of the rooms, hallways and common areas, although we did actually witness any cruisers smoking marijuana. For people with sensitivity to smoke or asthma, it may have presented a problem. We took advantage of the free perk unlimited beverage package (alcohol, soda and juices) although it is not totally free since you are charged a service fee (approximately $160 for 2 adults). The service fee, though, was well worth the package. The theater entertainment was very average (husband and wife magician and a solo singer). There were no big production shows, maybe because the shorter length of the cruise and the "Trailer Park Boys" theme cruise using the theater for special events. If you are looking for a casual, lively and energetic cruise, please consider NCL. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and i felt like a mini-vacation for some R&R was needed so a cruise popped into our head as a good idea-- we wanted something short so as not to miss too much work, that was not so expensive, and that was different (through ... Read More
My wife and i felt like a mini-vacation for some R&R was needed so a cruise popped into our head as a good idea-- we wanted something short so as not to miss too much work, that was not so expensive, and that was different (through we'd been on cruises occasionally in the past). This cruise perfectly fit the bill! This cruise was supposed to include a stop at Great Stirrup Cay (GSC), NCL's private Bahama lsland, for a day of beach and local activities with a cookout, drinks, and relaxation in general. We even got there after two days of sailing, dropped anchor, and prepared to exit the ship to board the tender. But the Captain announced there were swells east of the island that would cause difficulty and safety issues (make getting back to the ship from the tenders difficult). So at literally the last minute he canceled the visit and announced we would go to Freeport 5 hours away, dock, and have much more limited time on the ground there. Too bad, and a few hours in Freeport really wasn't worth it. Still, it was understandably the right thing to do in cancelling GSC. We got to Freeport about 1:30pm but sat in the harbour for more than 90 minutes waiting to dock, leaving a little over four hours on the ground Freeport. So this was a great cruise, but really one to no where--we got off (and got hassled and hustled) and did some straw market shopping and got right back on. Enough of that--nice try NCL...not your fault. The promotions offered by NCL were superb--and smart business. For example, we got 100 minutes internet, ultimate beverage package, shore excursion credit, and a free meal in a specialty restuarant. The 100 minutes is great to have if you don't need to keep much on contact with home but need to check in--setting the phone up for "wi-fi calling" made it snap and saved a lot of money. The wi-ft signal onboard was also awesome--I was suprised (though directions for getting on were spotty and incomplete). Needing to check in a couple times a day with home, we bought the unlimited wi-fi package and it was handy to have throughout the trip--and worked very well after toying with our phone settings for a while to get it to work. The drinks package; obviously this is what most people want to take advantage of. About $85 a day give or take, but you have to pay about 20% of up front gratuities. So my wife and I normally would maybe drink one or two drinks a day, if that, but we paid abotu $75 each over four days for the gratuities--yup, the package would normally be over $400 apiece...not worth it to us. So, they made money on us clearly by giving us the drinks package and making us pay the gratituity...made more money here had they not offered it "free." At the same time, we did come up with reasons to drink 3-5 drinks per day on average. So if you are in it to party, or to drink a lot of soda and juice along with beer, wine, and booze, the value of this promo goes way up. The package covered drinks up to $15, and one is allowed to get two at a time per plan. However, it does not cover specialty coffees like expressos or fraps or bottled water. Too bad. That would get more people to buy it. It also does not cover room service drinks or anything at all in the stateroom minibars. The "Specialty Dining Package" promo is only for one night, and while I may have missed it, this wasn't clear until I called a cruise rep. That said, we also added the 3-meal package for two and dined in Le Bistro, Moderno, Cagney's and La Cucina--a specialty restaurant each night. Maybe overkill, but from a past NCL cruise, we also like quality over the ever-present high quanities food offered in other on-board restaurants (although make no mistake, the portions are huge and short one one entree, they will bring you as much of anything else as you'd want). The food in the specialty restaurants was all very well presented, and very tasty, with great table service. As for what to do onboard other than eat and drink to excesses, I'll first offer some context on my wife and I, as this is important to address entertainment from our point of view and why we chose what we did, including the suite that we did. We are both professionals, upper middle income, in our 50s, with me also being retired military; we both have traveled extensively all over the world. We live in in the Tampa, Florida area, own a pool home, and pretty much like to get out and see and do all there is. Living in Tampa is already close to paradise, so we don't need pools, parties, and beaches on vacation. Also at our age, we like to chill with the option of doing so with or without the crowds the top deck cruise ship pools, and don't really need to be in the middle of a big party or pre-planned event to have a good time. But we do like having the opportunity to be in the mix now and then, as well as take in some other onboard activities or shows--and we did. Which gets to why picked the suite we did and why it was so perfect for us (i'll get to that later). As for onboard entertainment on this trip, there were a variety of shows, with "Angels" (acrobatic performers) being the best. I really wasn't extremely impressed with the music featured but it was okay. We know that Blue Man Group left NCL a while back, and had heard that Legends performed on the Pearl. Well, to our disappointment, not on this cruise and nothing was said about it. Nonetheless, there are plenty of classes and interest groups and theme parties and things to do. Oh yeah, we typically go to bed fairly early but are up at 5 am. So after the first night, I realized I'd forgotten to bring any ear plugs about the time the band two floors away started their finale at 1 am, or when whatever was happening the theater two floors below kicked off late in the pm. But the NCL staff was great in setting us up withearplugs for next nights. Of course, we enjoyed so much of the ship's amenties between 6am and 12pm while so many passengers were still in the rack from a good time the night before. So all worked out great. Most important we learnd is to check the "Freestyle Daily" that comes out the night before and offers all the activities and important announcments of the next day. They delivered it to our suite and left it on the bed at "room turndown" and about Day 3 it was clear to study it carefully to be best prepared for meals and shows and other events, many of which can change. it would be great if this were emailed to gain familiarity in the days before the cruise, and certainly the night before we set sail. Our most recent cruise was out of Barcelona and it was no surprise to us the ship's superb crew was comprised heavily of people from Asia and Europe. That is, all of their nametags had the Country where they from also listed; but no matter the origin they worked as a team to provide a very high level of service. So it was interesting to note this crew sailing out of Tampa was simimlar in composition, with a few folks we met being from Central and South America but again mostly Asia and Europe. For the officers, I noted the ship's Captain was from Italy, though there were some Australia and USA folks mixed in there too; the bottom line is this was a very diverse crew committed to what they are doing, and they all did it very professionally each day. The Norwegian Pearl is neither the largest nor among the smallest of ships, and of course, the amenities are named identically in many cases (i.e., restuarants and bars). However, compared to a larger ship like the Epic that holds more than thousand more passengers than the Pearl, most venues aboard are smaller. The breakfast buffet at the Garden Cafe with made-to-order omelets and a very wide variety of other hot and cold foods will suit anyone's tastes. Th Great Outdoors and Sky High Bar were great places for drinks. The Garden Cafe was a good choice for lunch--though I'd suggest they offer at least four pots stickers and two egg rolls as a starter. Yes we could order more if needed, but it did seem a bit little. We didn't care for the pizza in the Garden Cafe and the "Mexican Lunch" buffet was a disappointment, but the food overall in the complimentary eating places was just fine. The Moderno salad bar was excellent, but some of the meats seemed a little "recycled" or hanging around as there were not many guests when we went at 6pm. It is certainly "the place" if you are into eating large quanties of meat. Cagney's Steakhouse for dinner was good in most cases. However, we noted our ribeye steaks had less marbeling than normal, and were not as tender and expected and that we'd normally seen in the past. Le Bistro and La Cucina were both excellent, and the service in all places was outstanding. Mary Ann. The ship was clean (except around 9560 or so there were clearly a couple of staterooms close for sewage problems...bad smell walking through there every time). The entire crew was always pleasant...they were good at what they do and seemed to take great pride in their jobs. So what was best? The suite, and I'll explain that. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our third cruise on The Pearl and again the ship and crew hit a home run. Even though this particular cruise was a half charter we didn't run into that group very often. The exception was in the hot tubs where the charter ... Read More
This was our third cruise on The Pearl and again the ship and crew hit a home run. Even though this particular cruise was a half charter we didn't run into that group very often. The exception was in the hot tubs where the charter members and spring breakers took over all of the hot tubs putting sometimes as many as 18 people in one at a time. However, to some extent this can be expected with the spring break group and was not the ship's fault. I did notice the crew monitoring and correcting the issues after day 1. The food was excellent as always I just wish they would mix up the menus more often. The food service staff was professional, personable and efficient. We were scheduled to stop at Great Stirrup Cay but were told that morning that weather would not let us tender in. Two items about this. First, NCL should seriously consider or expedite plans to build a pier at GSC. Second, why Freeport? That port maybe the worst port in the Caribbean to stop at. Again, these are not necessarily and relection on The Pearl but more so on NCL. We had a Meet and Mingle on the first day at sea at which all of the ship's key staff attended and welcomed us taking time away from what was already a busy schedule for the officers. There were plenty of refreshments and snacks provided by the ship which helped to make the Meet and Mingle a great success. It was our third trip on The Pearl, but not our last. We love this ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was a quick getaway for my husband & I. Having sailed on much larger ships before, we were slightly skeptical about this cruise. But then I read some really great reviews, & decided why not. It turned out to be everything ... Read More
This was a quick getaway for my husband & I. Having sailed on much larger ships before, we were slightly skeptical about this cruise. But then I read some really great reviews, & decided why not. It turned out to be everything we had hoped for & more! We met some really nice people; our cabin, though very small, was really well designed, we were not uncomfortable at all. The staff on the ship was friendly, cheerful, efficient, & hard working. Entertainment was good. We went to the theater 3 out of 4 nights, & we enjoyed ourselves. The Cruise Director’s staff were excellent! Very helpful, very encouraging. They drew us into lot of fun activities that we might not have otherwise participated in. The food could have been better. We ate at the Asian restaurant once, the food was really sub par. If the food was served at the right temperature, it may have tasted better. We did not go back. We ate lunch at the MDR once, it was excellent. The Indian food at the buffet, though quite good, can also be improved. There was a charter group (Trailor Park Boys) on the ship. There was initial concern about this on the boards, but as it turned out, there really wasn’t anything to be concerned about. The group was friendly & quite interesting. They were easy to spot because they kind of dressed alike! They had quite a lot of organized activities of their own. Whenever we did run into them, their enthusiasm was infectious! It was fun sharing the cruise with them. A side benefit was that the ship never felt crowded, even though it was 100% sold out. Embarkation was a breeze! The parking garage is just across the street from Terminal 3; we were parked, & checking in in no time. Disembarkation, on the other hand, was not so pleasant. No fault of NCL here, though. My husband said instead of dragging the luggage to the garage, why not have me wait at the port while he got the car. We saw other people getting picked up at the corner. But when my husband got there, the cops waved him off. I was told to cross the street where a lot of people were getting picked up. So I called my husband & told him I would meet him there. Then when I crossed the street, a cop told me he would write a citation if my husband stops the car there! So once again, I called him up, & this time I told him that I would be walking to the garage, & he can pick me up there. What???!! Things need to be more clear, & they can’t have different rules for different people! Perhaps, the Port Authority can have clear signage at the port, & NCL can guide cruisers, too. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
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