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Sail Date: June 2007
We just got back from Bermuda today sailing on the Norwegian Crown leaving from Philadelphia. I gave this cruise to my husband for his birthday. Embarkation: Went very smoothly, no lines Cabin : I was very surprised at our cabin. It ... Read More
We just got back from Bermuda today sailing on the Norwegian Crown leaving from Philadelphia. I gave this cruise to my husband for his birthday. Embarkation: Went very smoothly, no lines Cabin : I was very surprised at our cabin. It was quite spacious with a lot of storage space. The bathroom was quite big with a tub which I was very happy with. I did have a problem with the housekeeping on a couple of days. We would leave our cabin at 7:30 in the morning, come back at noon and it still was not made up. Food: Mediocre at best. Went to all 3 specialty restaurants which were ok. The only way you could get surf and turf was to spend $20.00 extra a person. The yacht club which was the buffet had the same thing everyday for lunch and breakfast. Was supposed to open at 5:30 P.M. but the last night of our cruise they did not open until 6. The coffee on this cruise was like mud. Maybe it was because they did not change it. They just kept on serving it until it ran out.. Most of the meals you could not pronounce. I would have loved just to have a meatloaf or something American sounding. Drinks, I thought were very expensive. My husband loves Bailey's cream on the rocks. They did not have that brand and a double cost $11.00. I lived on Pina Colada's which were very good. They also said that they served Coor's light - but they did not have it saying that it was the last cruise out of Philly for the year to Bermuda. What does that have to do with it? I did not like the Freestyle dining. I thought I would give it a try but it was not to my liking. I like having the same waiter who gets to know you throughout the cruise. Also the waiter in the Italian Restaurant was very rude to us. Maybe he had a bad day. Entertainment - I thought it was pretty good. They had a good dance group and a couple of very funny comedians. Pool - Very small with no kiddie pools so the kids used the hot tubs as their pools and no one told them to get out. So the "older people" could not use them. Crew - I thought on the whole that they were very friendly but overworked. Disembarkation - Went very smoothly and pretty much on time. Found our luggage right away and we were out of the terminal in 5 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2007
I never thought I would not like a cruise to Bermuda since I was there before but this Cruise Ship was the worst. It started with the pool the size of a bathtub. Then we went to the bar and they did not have the kind of beer they said that ... Read More
I never thought I would not like a cruise to Bermuda since I was there before but this Cruise Ship was the worst. It started with the pool the size of a bathtub. Then we went to the bar and they did not have the kind of beer they said that they would. That started the day off bad with my husband. The only saving grace was the cabin. It was very nice with lots of storage and a bathtub which was great with me. The food, well it was not good at all. If you asked for seconds they looked at you and not favorably. The "extra" dining experiences were not good either. The Oriental restaurant was behind a curtain in the dining room. The cost of the "steak " restaurant was expensive. If you wanted to go to the pool it was impossible to find a clean table. You would have to ask someone to clean it off and they said they would and walked away. If you wanted to go to the hot tubs you could not get in because of all the children in them. I pointed out to one of the crew members that there was a sign that no one especially little children should be in them. They just shrugged their shoulders and walked away. And who would want to get in them after small children were swimming in them. I guess they were in their was because the swimming pool was over their heads. Near the end of the cruise I found out that this was the last cruise for this ship and that after our cruise they were sailing up to New York for a crew party. I have found out that they sold this ship. I do hope it was for scrap metal. In all I was very disappointed with this cruise and cruise ship Read Less
Sail Date: June 2007
We travelled from England(8 of us in total)and stayed in Philadelphia for 2 nights at Downtown Marriott, which was very nice. I think 2 days in Philadelphia is enough to see everything!! Embarkation on the Norwegian Crown was quick and ... Read More
We travelled from England(8 of us in total)and stayed in Philadelphia for 2 nights at Downtown Marriott, which was very nice. I think 2 days in Philadelphia is enough to see everything!! Embarkation on the Norwegian Crown was quick and efficient (though our line was smaller as they had a separate desk for non us citizens) The cabins were fine, ours was inside, our friends had outside. From this point on our cruise experience deteriorated big time. At this point I would like to warn all cruisers who enjoy P & O from England - DO NOT GO ON THIS SHIP - DO NOT GO FREESTYLE DINING - YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT LIKE IT!!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. I had read varying reviews for this ship on this website, but our friends had booked although I did warn them what the reviews said, and as we wanted to go with them we just hoped for the best! The food was awful - plentiful at the buffet - usually cold. The Chopsticks restaurant is a joke - they just cordon it off at night from the buffet area - food was horrible. The decks ARE covered in soot from the morning onwards - by 11.30am they were filthy, and no staff were cleaning this area at all. There is no theatre on this ship just a show lounge - the comedians we saw were quite entertaining. The casino is quite small and for some reason they were playing music above the noise of the slots. It was so loud that we ended up leaving a couple of times because of this - take note NCL you are driving customers away from spending their money!! The one good thing about this ship is the staff - they were all very friendly and tried to do their best for you at all times, they deserve a better ship to serve on!! and better food to serve!! Oh and NCL - have you never heard of a wine waiters - the waiter who took our order in the main dining room also had to go get the drinks before they took our meal order - what was that about?? This ship needs more staff!!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2006
I just came back from the Bermuda Cruise today. I must say that the cruise was better than I expected after reading so many mixed reviews online. The Embarkation Process was fast and very organized, it took about 10 mins before we got on ... Read More
I just came back from the Bermuda Cruise today. I must say that the cruise was better than I expected after reading so many mixed reviews online. The Embarkation Process was fast and very organized, it took about 10 mins before we got on the ship. There was a nice trolley that took you from the parked car lot to the ship terminal. Once we got on the ship they had you sanitize your hands (these were placed all over the restaurants and when you got back on the ship). They had stewards all over to help you locate your room. We got to our room and it was bigger than I expected it to be. We had 4 beds. 2 on the floor and 2 bunk beds. Our room had a window as well. There were many drawers for our clothes and 2 suitcases fit under the bed as well. The ports I liked best were St. Georges and Hamilton because they had the most to offer. The Navy Dockyard was nice, but there really wasn't anything close by. You either had to take a taxi or a moped to get to the places there. In St. Georges we saw the Bermuda Perfumery, The Unfinished Church, Kings Square and Fort St. Catherine which had a nice beach. Hamilton which is the capitol of Bermuda was very city like compared to St Georges. In Hamilton we saw Bermuda Aquarium (Which is in another Parish near Hamilton) and Horseshoe Bay. In The Navy Dockyard we took a taxi tour which was about 3 hours long and traveled all through Bermuda. It was nice to see all the ports again. Okay.... now about the food. I must admit the food was good. It's nothing outrageous or blew my mind away but it was good. They had a nice variety at the lunch buffet, salads, hot meals, Italian. The breakfast was the same each day. Also the speciality restaurants were good as well. We ate only at Chopsticks which is the Asian themed restaurant. This menu stays the same for the whole cruise and you need a reservation for this as well. The entertainment was fantastic. The Jean and Ryan Company did several shows during the cruise and it was great. There was a comedian/acrobat named Rudi... he was really funny. Overall.... I enjoyed this cruise very much, and would travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2006
Embarkation out of Philly couldn't have been easier. Smooth, fast, easy parking ($10/day) and easy to get to. Ship was kept in good condition. We booked an AC suite since we were getting married in Hamilton during the cruise and ... Read More
Embarkation out of Philly couldn't have been easier. Smooth, fast, easy parking ($10/day) and easy to get to. Ship was kept in good condition. We booked an AC suite since we were getting married in Hamilton during the cruise and wanted to treat ourselves. Room was spacious, clean, and had a great view. Furnishings (lamps and bedspread) a bit outdated. Large bathroom with full tub with jacuzzi jets. Tons of storage space! **TIP** -- BRING YOUR OWN HAIR DRYER!!! - even though there are hairdryers in the rooms, they are ancient and blew no more air than a whisper lol. Lucky for me they had some better dryers at the front desk that passengers can borrow. Pool area small, but there are a few decks to lay out on. Jacuzzis on the deck above the pool deck. Saltwater in the pool which was fine. Big fluffy towels at stations everywhere on deck for passenger use. Food - The buffet was really not that good. Hamburgers and hot dogs and salad. It was really pretty lame. We're not fussy and would prefer to eat on the run over a long sit down dinner so we were disappointed that the buffet wasn't better. The Main dining room food was consistently good. We ate there 2 nights and 2 breakfasts and they were all good. Ate at the pasta restaurant one night because it is lovely there - on the 11th floor at the top of the ship. Service there and food was very good as well. Room service was prompt every morning with our coffee and tea and fresh fruit and toast. Fruit was delicious and the coffee was too. Went snorkeling in Bermuda - very nice time and great tour. Bermuda is just fabulous - it's my favorite place to go. St. George's was quaint and lovely, Hamilton is fabulous with the shops and restaurants - We were married in the Registrar's Office and then went for pictures at Elbow Beach Resort - it was paradise on earth there and the people were all SO nice! (Pickled Onion is a fun place at night with a really great duet playing) and the Dockyard is further "out there" but we just took a taxi that day to the fabulous Horseshoe Bay (do not miss this beach!!) The casino was very good and the bartender at the casino bar was really great! Piano bar there too with good entertainment, nice quiet "Neil Diamond" kind of voice. We didn't go to any of the shows, but heard from many passengers that they really enjoyed them.. Funny comedian, great entertainment. I was surprised since I read some not so hot comments about the entertainment .. You wouldn't have known it on our sailing .. everyone enjoyed! If you have any questions, feel free to email me! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2006
My wife and I just returned from a cruise to Bermuda on the Crown. This was my first cruise and her fourth (although she hasnt cruised in over 10 years). This was our first time on the Crown. Im 54 and she just turned the big 5  0. This ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from a cruise to Bermuda on the Crown. This was my first cruise and her fourth (although she hasnt cruised in over 10 years). This was our first time on the Crown. Im 54 and she just turned the big 5  0. This was her 50th birthday present. Although we are in our fifties, we are very active and enjoy having a good time. EMBARKATION: We drove to Philly and arrived about 12:15 pm. The directions listed by NCL were excellent and there were many people directing traffic to the proper locations. We dropped off our luggage at the terminal, drove over to long term parking ($10/day), and took the shuttle (free) back to the terminal. We walked in about 12:30 and we were surprised to see the terminal so empty. We were checked right in, received our cards, our picture was taken, and in minutes we were aboard ship. We found our cabin, OV 5081, mid ship, port side and dropped off our carry-ons and went exploring the ship. We settled in at the Lido bar and had a few drinks while we waited to meet some of the CC folks from our roll call. FOOD: Breakfast: Most mornings we ordered coffee and fruit from room service and/or went to breakfast in the Seven Seas. The food was good, much better than the Yacht Club breakfast buffet. Lunch: We ate in the Yacht Club each day and found the buffet varied and the food enjoyable. Dinner: We ate exclusively in the Seven Seas restaurant and found the food to be very good to average. The appetizers were always very good, but on the small side. Portion size as a whole was smallish, but we didnt want to gain 10 lbs. on the cruise, so we were happy with the sizes.. On Sunday night we both had the swordfish which was very good as was the lobster on Monday night. On Tuesday, we took advantage of the dine ashore program and ate dinner at the Carriage House in St. Georges. The meal was fabulous. We split the seafood crepes (outstanding), we both had a Caesar salad, as well as the Seafood Delight (excellent). The meal by far was the best of the entire trip. Our bill (excluding drinks) was $100.35. It cost us a whopping 35 cents (plus the cost of the vouchers). Well worth the money, IMHO. Wednesday, we both had the Chicken Parm, as nothing else seemed appealing to us. It was OK, nothing to write home about. On Thursday and Friday, I had a pasta dish and my DW had seafood stew (pretty good) and salmon (very good). On Saturday, the choices were the least appealing as was the food. I had the broiled pork chop and my wife had the flank steak. I definitely would recommend making a reservation at another restaurant for that evening. We tried to, after looking at the menu after breakfast, but there were no restaurants available. ACTIVITIES: There was plenty to do on and off the ship. The nightly entertainment was enjoyable. The productions in the Stardust Lounge, while by no means Vegas-like, were entertaining. Late night entertainment in the Top of the Crown provided some good laughs as well as showcasing some passenger talent (and some without talent). There were a multitude of activities listed in the dailies and one would be hard-pressed not to find something to do  trivia, bingo, casino, spa and fitness center, library, art auction, demonstrations, lectures, classes, ping pong, shuffleboard, etc. We didn't go on any excursions, so we have nothing to report about them CREW: Fantastic; very hard working, polite, pleasant and helpful staff. Just about everyone smiled and went out of their way to please the passengers. DRINKS: Beer was anywhere from $4.00 - $5.00, bar drinks $5.50 - $9.50, wine $6.50 and up. Then add 15% gratuity. For the beer drinkers, the best buy is the helmet of beer  6 bottles for the price of 5 (plus a $5.00 deposit on the helmet). BERMUDA: Absolutely beautiful, a destination to which we will definitely return. We didnt take any of the excursions. Since this was my first time there, I wanted to explore on my own. St. Georges was my favorite spot. I loved the quaint streets and small shops. We walked to Tobacco Bay about 1:00 pm and found it was very crowded. We did find some real estate on the beach and stayed for a few hours. I wish we had walked a little farther and went to St. Catherines (maybe next time). In the evening we went to the street fair, listened to the music and strolled about the square looking at the varied vendors wares. My wife liked Hamilton and its many shops. She shopped in the morning and then we took the bus to Horseshoe Bay, one of the prettiest beaches we have ever seen. We rented chairs and spent most of the afternoon there before returning by bus to the ship. The Dockyard was our least favorite port. We explored the nearby shops in the morning and then took the ferry over to Hamilton in the afternoon. SEA DAYS: Sunday and Mondays sailing were calm and we encountered no problems on our way to Bermuda. Friday was raining and the sea was angry until 3:00 pm when the sea and my stomach finally settled down. Saturday was absolutely wonderful as the sea was extremely calm. DISEMBARKATION: We ordered room service and waited in our cabin until our color was called (15 minutes early). Getting off the ship was easy. We picked up our luggage, passed through customs, and were on our way home within 30 minutes. OVERALL IMPRESSION: Very nice time, great destination, older, but well maintained ship, friendly staff, food OK to very good, and value was exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2006
My first cruising experience was on the old Queen Mary as a 15 year old. Ive also sailed on the QE2 in the year 2000. However, my husband and I have cruised together twice before, both times on the Norway. This was our first time on the ... Read More
My first cruising experience was on the old Queen Mary as a 15 year old. Ive also sailed on the QE2 in the year 2000. However, my husband and I have cruised together twice before, both times on the Norway. This was our first time on the Norwegian Crown. We loved the grandeur of the Norway, and didnt know what to expect from the Crown. We chose the Crown because of the destination, Bermuda. My husband had been there before, but this would be my first time. We sailed with friends who wanted to get married in Bermuda, and we were their witnesses and Best man and Matron of honor. Our friends wanted to get married on the cruise, but the cost was prohibitive. Our first impression was a very easy embarkation experience. Our family lives in Philly, and dropped us off effortlessly at the ship. A very nice way to start the trip. We arrived at the ship around 11Am, and we were led quickly through the boarding process, passports shown trip ID cards made, etc. After leaving the terminal building we rounded a corner and saw her for the first time. It was a beautiful day, and we admired her as we walked the long ramp to board. We separated from our friends, and set off to explore our cabin and await our luggage. We were lucky to have been given the opportunity to upgrade, which we did with pleasure. Our cabin was in the AA category, 1007, or the MYKONOS APARTMENT, as it was labeled. We were on the port side toward the bow, with a view of the Navel Yard in port. We had a very nice bottle of chilled Champagne waiting for us. Also, some light snacks. Pate2, fruit, and crackers. Although we are not fond of champagne, this had a nice flavor, and we enjoyed most of it until our friends arrived, at which time the Husband to Be, Don, gulped the rest of the bottle!! Our luggage arrived promptly, and we unpacked as most people were still boarding. Our stateroom was nicely laid out, with the bedroom as you first entered. Beyond that, was a sitting room with two chairs and a sofa and coffee table. Across from the sofa were a round table and four chairs. The furniture was wicker with light floral patterned cushions. The room had the usual things you would expect, a refrigerator, TV, Stereo, large ice bucket, glassware, and a safe. The closet was of a good size, with several drawers for each of us. Our balcony had a small wicker table with four chairs, and 2 padded chaise lounges. The bathroom was marble, and had a good size jetted tub, which I took advantage of several times. My only complaint is that the room bordered on shabby. The marble was stained, and the cushions had spots on them. None of which took away from our overall pleasure in our accommodations. We all enjoyed the services of our butler, Anoop. He took very good care of us, and was helpful with reservations in the special dining rooms. A note here, make your reservations as soon as you board, as these dining rooms fill up quickly. We liked the Freestyle dining experience. The old formality, and eating at the same table, with the same people, at the same time, was not missed at all. We think there could be major improvements in the Yacht Club buffet. By the end of the cruise, we were calling it the barf-fet. The first day on board we had lunch in the Yacht Club, and discovered that off to the side was a specialty salad station, and a chef who had a different grilled course every day. That was the only food we could count on, as the regular buffet had a varying degrees of edible food. By the end of the cruise, I was in line at lunch, and commented to the woman behind me that I couldnt find anything to eat, to which she replied, yeah, they must have run out of leftovers. I found that the Seven Seas room had a better lunch then the Yacht Club. Although the Seven Seas room is very large, and attractive, you were seated very close to your neighbors. You could check out there food and get advice, as you ended up conversing with them due to there proximity. We loved the specialty restaurants. We ate in Chopstix once, The Pasta Cafe once and once from room service, and the Bistro twice. The menu is not large in Chopstix, but we all enjoyed the food. However, if you like sushi, their offerings were limited. The Pasta cafe was very good, but again limited selections. Our friend Don ordered the pasta with Bolognese sauce, and could have eaten two portions as he is a tall man. He was disappointed, but learned to order two portions the next time (which was served in our room by Anoop) and was very happy. Anoop got us menus of each of the restaurants and we could all order something different, from a different place, and all the food arrived at the same time and was wonderful. Anoop's name came in handy when we decided we liked the Bistro and wanted to eat there again the next night. Jimmy, the host, initially told us there was no room, but when he overheard us talking about having Anoop call him, he found room for us. We all enjoyed the filet and lobster. There was a $20.00 charge per, but well worth it. Jimmy quickly became our friend and also sang for Don and his bride Stephanie at dinner after their wedding. Very nice touch. Stephanie and I both had a Spa treatment. She chose a combination of 25 minutes of massage, with 25 minutes of a full body scrub. She LOVED it. I chose a combination lasting 60 minutes consisting of a facial, scalp massage and treatment, hand and arm massage, leg and foot massage, and a wash and dry. I also enjoyed mine but I would choose Stephanies package if I had it to do over again. They do try to sell you their very expensive products. I might have been tempted, but I didnt like the scent. The Spa and exercise room were very up to date and beautifully appointed. Ken used the treadmill and claimed the view was the best on the ship. We are not Casino people, but it seemed to have the usual games. It was very smoky or I might have dropped a quarter in the slots. The gift shops were expensive, with the exception of the liquor store. The only bargain liquor on this cruise was there. You will not find any bargains on anything in Bermuda as everything is imported. We bought gold by the inch on the next to last day, and we are very happy with the purchase. Our Granddaughter also likes her ankle bracelet. We enjoyed a VERY nice lunch in St. Georges at the Carriage House using the dining ashore program. We ate as soon as we got off the ship, which is a good tip as the place had a very long line to get in as we left. You only get one dining around coupon, and we were not disappointed that we used ours there .After a great lunch, we enjoyed the only shore excursion we had time for. We went on the bell helmet dive. Our trip was hosted by Triangle Divers, and they did a great job. My husband, Ken, has a beard which becomes a problem with a traditional dive mask. Also, Don is very afraid of the water. These helmets allowed us to keep our glasses on, our hair dry, and still enjoy the fish at around fifteen feet or more down. The tricky part is getting down the ladder, after that just enjoy. They tell you there are no sharks, which Don and Stephanie were glad to hear. However, we were in the ocean, so draw your own conclusions. The water was 70 degrees, and we were offered wet suits. As a former diver, I chose not to wear one. I didnt mind the temperature, but when the dive captain dropped the fifteen pound helmet on my bare shoulders, I was bruised for the rest of the trip. Ladies, WEAR THE WET SUIT. I dont think I would have been hurt if I had had one on. We did get some great pictures with our underwater disposable camera. Thats a must if you choose this trip. They give you stale rolls to feed the fish, which was a blast. They are obviously used to this, as they came up to your hands the minute you were down the ladder. We did not attend any of the ship's nightly productions, with the exception of a variety show starring Rudi Maccagi. Hilarious, we highly recommend him if he is on board. I played bingo once, as I like Bingo, it bored my husband to death! At night we hung out in the Top of the Crown. A very nice bar, very comfortable, and has a nice drink menu. They have nightly entertainment if you want to participate, but you can also sit to the side and talk. We talked, with the exception of Karaoke night. My husband does a wonderful Elvis, but was a bit off that night. We met some very nice people on board, a good crowd, very varied. The staff also is varied, with many nations represented. The vast majority went out of their way to help. Just a few with an attitude, and they stand out as most were great. Especially our room steward, Archibald, who saw Don with a Fosters beer, and called him Fosters for the duration. Archy is a funny man. Don and Stephanie had a beautiful wedding in Hamilton on Thursday. We were in Kings Wharf on Thursday, and took a water taxi back to Hamilton. A good way to get around, skip the taxis. Hamilton was closed on Wednesday when we were there as it was Queen Victoria Day, but I wont bore you with wedding details. In Kings Wharf we went to the Frog and Onion pub, had a great time. Don got the beer sampler, and enjoyed it. By now you know hes a beer man. Ken and I enjoy Jack Daniels, but had rum swizzles in several bars and liked them Stephanie is a non drinker, but she also enjoyed the rum swizzles. Dont order one in the Yacht Club. They dont know how to make a proper one. The other bars on board make a good one. As for liquor, expect to drop $5 to $8 a drink on board. We were lucky in that the AA cabins get 3 free bottles in their suites. We filled out a slip when we first entered our room, and Anoop made it appear the next day. Debarkation was also very smooth, but sad. A great cruise is never long enough. We were met in the short term parking lot by our son in law, and dropped the newlyweds off at the airport as we were spending a few days in Philly with family. Then the long drive back to Atlanta, our temporary home. We had a great time, and would choose the Crown again. As a smaller ship, she was easier to get around, and you got to know the crew and fellow guests with greater ease. There were very few children on board, which was fine with us as empty nesters. You cant compare her to the Norway, which was the last of the large liners of her day. Its a very different experience on the Crown, but just as enjoyable. If youre looking for a ton of activities, and a younger bar crowd, this is not the ship for you. But, if you want a more relaxed cruise, with more then enough to keep you busy, this is it. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2006
My wife and I sailed out of Philly. This was our first cruise, we sailed for our anniversary, had a wonderful time. Embarkation: Directions where wonderful, however if leaving from Philly give yourself extra time for traffic. We arrived ... Read More
My wife and I sailed out of Philly. This was our first cruise, we sailed for our anniversary, had a wonderful time. Embarkation: Directions where wonderful, however if leaving from Philly give yourself extra time for traffic. We arrived at the port about 2:30pm (I was afraid at one point we where going to miss sailing due to traffic) and was more then pleasantly surprised at how fast and smooth our check in and boarding went. These people really know their business and it shows. Once on board we found our cabin after wondering around a bit. Room had a big window, lots of storage was nice size, bigger then we expected. Our room (remember anniversary) was to be made up as a double bed but had 2 singles. We talked to our room steward (a wonderful attentive man, he really did a wonderful job the whole trip) and he had our room taken care of by the time we returned from the life boat drill. Food: The food offerings on board where staggering. We sampled most of the offerings at one time or another during our trip and found most to be good. The Seven Seas (we ate breakfast and dinner there most of the trip) was by far the best. Portions where nice and they worked hard to make sure you where happy. My wife and I had the anniversary package so we ate dinner on Thursday in the Bistro. I thought it was good my wife had her best meal there. The Yacht Club Buffet was great for a quick snack or after the shows at night. Entertainment: There is as much or as little as you want to do on this ship. We enjoyed everything from sitting on deck watching the ocean go by to the shows in the evening. We found the Shows to be fun, full of energy, the dancers always gave it there all. The variety and comic acts where good. Enjoyed the "game" shows the ship hosts, I even won playing who wants to be a "bazzillionaire". Rich the Assistant Cruise Director was great. Casino was small, only played one time. Crew: All did a wonderful job, some better then others but all in all very nice. Ship: It's a smaller ship I am told but other then the rough seas on the way home we enjoyed being able to get to everything quickly. Crew always seemed to be working on keeping ship looking good. We will cruise on a bigger ship next time but the Crown is a beauty. Bermuda: My wife and I where really taken with Bermuda's beauty. From the crystal blue water, to the beautiful islands. We found St. Georges charming, I enjoyed strolling along the narrow streets. Hamilton is the "City" in Bermuda. We docked in Hamilton on Bermuda Day (a national holiday) so shops only open in the morning. They had a 4 hour parade on Front Street that we could watch from the ship. We walked up to the fort above Hamilton and enjoyed a wonderful view. Kings Wharf was our favorite port. Enjoyed the shops and snorkel beach. We took a carriage ride in both St. Georges and Kings Wharf. Highly recommend it in St. George, Kings Wharf ride was ok. Sea Days: Cruise to Bermuda went well. Sunny weather and smooth seas. Cruse back to Philly was a bit rough, both of us felt sick on Sat but once we passed a front it smoothed out and no other problems. Disembarkation: We used Express. We where on our way out of the parking lot by 9:30am. Overall a wonderful trip. We hope to cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2006
Just returned Sunday from a cruise to Bermuda on the Norwegian Crown. We were on this very same ship in 1998 and swore we would never cruise NCL again, or that ship. For some reason when we booked our trip a month prior to this cruise, we ... Read More
Just returned Sunday from a cruise to Bermuda on the Norwegian Crown. We were on this very same ship in 1998 and swore we would never cruise NCL again, or that ship. For some reason when we booked our trip a month prior to this cruise, we did not remember what ship we were on and really wanted to try going out of Philly. (regardless of NCL--we needed to get away and the timing was right) We were prepared to just hang-in-there until we got to Bermuda. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. The enhancements made to the Crown were really great. The biggest change was the spa area and the gym. The gym was on the lowest deck in 1998 and moved to the highest deck-forward with windows overlooking the ocean. A very pleasant area. Our room was a partially obstructed ocean view that turned out to be wonderful and quiet. It was on the Lido deck-aft. Just steps away from the spa, library and restaurants. Although not much can be said about the food on board, we did enjoy a few tasty meals. Freestyle is the best way to cruise. We never worried about getting to a restaurant or were uncomfortably dressed. What is key though, is to make reservations at the speciality restaurants the day you board since they seem to be popular. Chopstix needs a more varied menu. Sushi was just okay, nothing with tuna which is my favorite. However, the miso soup was excellent and the sweet and sour dish my husband had was good. Sushi is served as an appetizer, but they will double it for an entree which is what I did. We never made it to the Pasta Cafe. The Seven Seas restaurant had a pasta dish almost every night which my husband would order and we would share a taste. The best one was the Puttenesca pasta dish, tasted almost like my own. Very good! Le Bistro seemed to have the best service, but nothing really special on the menu outside of Filet mignon and you could order 2 large lobster tails. The lobster tail in the Seven seas restaurant was better. The appetizer choices included escargot. The Seven seas restaurant salads were excellent as well as the varied veggies. And you could always order more than one. Room service in the a.m. was excellent. I love my morning coffee before getting dressed, it arrived on time and was hot. The one problem we found while lounging on the various decks outside was the ash coming from the smokestack. I don't remember every seeing that on a ship. I will say that the crew did a noble job of cleaning it up daily. The best I have saved for last. Once you arrive at the door of the ship you are greeted by housekeeping personnel with a bottle of disinfectant ready to squirt your hands. There are automatic bacterial soap dispensers at every eating area and you are encouraged to use them before entering. There are also many reminders in the public bathrooms to wash hands. The gym has spray bottles of disinfectant for use on the equipment. And..............the Liars club is not to be missed. The funniest night of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2006
Summary: Nicely maintained and refurbished older, smaller cruise ship, excellent crew and staff, great meals, good value. Bermuda is a close, clean and interesting destination. Great beaches, tours and shopping. Would recommend. We were ... Read More
Summary: Nicely maintained and refurbished older, smaller cruise ship, excellent crew and staff, great meals, good value. Bermuda is a close, clean and interesting destination. Great beaches, tours and shopping. Would recommend. We were very happy with the Norwegian Crown on this latest cruise to Bermuda from Philadelphia. It was definitely an older crowd (not a party boat), and few children, which suited us. The trade-off is negotiating hallways and lobbies with some older and more infirm passengers and finding that nobody wants to get up and dance at the various music venues. As we live near Philadelphia, it was a real treat to leave from a small port rather than Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. The process was painless and well organized, and we were able to park at the pier for $70 for the week. The passage out to Bermuda was very rough, but we had brought the patch for seasickness and were not much bothered. It did make walking around the ship quite a challenge and some older folks fell. We saw one broken arm as a result. The return was much calmer and I doubt anyone was seasick coming back. Bermuda in early may can be cool  jacket weather. The water is 65-70 degrees, pretty cold for swimming and snorkeling and quite windy. We understand the locals dont go in the water much before July so these early cruises are really pushing the envelope on water activities. Our snorkel trip was cancelled due to windy conditions. I gathered it made the trips out to reef areas rather unpleasant. There was no problem about taking prepaid charges off our bill, and the staff tried their best to offer replacements. On-board ship entertainment was pretty limited but sincere. The casino was small but fun, only one table for $5 blackjack. There is smoking in all ship public areas but it wasnt too much of a problem and most times we could just move. Bingo is very expensive (av. $50 a session) but cleverly done with wireless readers and computers, minimum $100 payouts, and after one try we were hooked. We won twice and probably about broke even. Our stateroom was one of the cheaper outside cabins but it was roomy and better than we expected. Excellent if uninspired steward service on our deck. Professional if somewhat cool restaurant service  since the Freestyle approach means you are never at the same table you always have different servers and you dont get very familiar with them. The hostess gently pushes group seating but will also seat you separately. The automatic gratuity of $10/day covers tips to all the crew and staff except for special individual things like spa treatments, etc. I think it should be called a service fee since it wasnt voluntary. Still, it was nice to not have to worry about finding folks to tip at the end of the voyage. There was no charge for room service  a pleasant surprise. It was odd to charge for soft drinks, but since we dont drink these it didnt matter. Food, atmosphere and service in the Seven Seas restaurant were excellent. We were never tempted to try to reserve one of the 4 specialty restaurants. For informal and between meals eats the buffet line at the Yacht Club was also great. Our biggest food problem was that we found the coffee undrinkable. We are avid coffee drinkers and only until we could get to a Bermuda grocery store and buy some flavored creamer did we succeed in making the Crowns coffee drinkable. You could get some half and half from the wait staff with difficulty in the small packs but we were generally expected to use milk to lighten our coffee (ugh!). Expect to spend at least 50% of your basic cruise bill in shore and shipboard activities and minimal purchases/souvenirs. Drinks are $5.50-$8 plus a $1.50 service fee and they do add up. Norwegian offers vouchers for in-town dining for $5 that will get you a burger or equivalent at one of the interesting pubs or small restaurants, particularly common in Hamilton. I would recommend the Hog Penny in Hamilton or Frog and Onion at Kings Wharf for at least drinks if not a meal  seem well patronized by locals as well. St. George is my favorite Bermuda port -- you can walk to everything. We enjoyed Tobacco Bay (the one time I got wet) and the quaint streets and shops. Hamilton has a small museum near the post office that is on island time and finally opened after 10 am one morning after we had been there several times to check. The art museum is also interesting but most everything out of town gets complicated to see with expensive taxis or setting up for bus transport. A taxi to the zoo/aquarium and back cost us about $30 plus the $20 admission. We did just one ship-organized excursion, a glass-bottomed boat. It was fun to get off the ship but the coral all looks brown under illumination at night and we only saw sea slugs and one kind of fish. The best shore excursions seem to be at the Royal Navy Dockyards at the extreme western tip of the Bermuda islands. The cruise line calls this port Kings Wharf but they must have made this name up themselves. It is not called that in any tour books or maps we purchased. Here you can do a dive with an air helmet, swim with dolphins, see the best Bermuda museum, best fort, ride Segways, go biking, visit a good snorkel beach, and enjoy the best shopping under one roof that Bermuda offers. The bad news for us was due to some scheduling mix-up, we didnt get a full day at Kings Wharf as advertised, but only one hour (!) in the morning from 9:30 (when most things open) until 10:30 am on our last day. It was just enough time to squeeze in some final shopping and think about what we were missing. Hardly seemed worth the trouble of the Crown docking for this limited period. I gather another cruise ship had previously tied up the single berth at the dock and didnt let us in. But the change was not announced until the day before and no accommodations were made. If we had known we would have gone ahead over on a $4 ferry ahead of the Crown and caught up with it at departure. So dont pin your entire cruise vacation on one big shore excursion  these kinds of schedule changes or weather-related cancellations are probably common and you should always be flexible and have some backup plans. In summary, we would definitely cruise with Norwegian again and hope to return to Bermuda in future during July-August when the water is more hospitable (although that also gets into storm season). And I definitely want more time at the Royal Navy Dockyards (Kings Wharf) to do shore activities next time. Read Less

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