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Sail Date: February 2019
This ship left from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We flew the night before the ship was to leave and stayed at The Waves Hotel, which was reasonably priced and a cab ride away from the airport. The hotel was right off the highway, so it was a bit ... Read More
This ship left from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We flew the night before the ship was to leave and stayed at The Waves Hotel, which was reasonably priced and a cab ride away from the airport. The hotel was right off the highway, so it was a bit noisy, but our sound machine drowned out most of the noise. The sheets were rough, but the bed itself was comfy. There was also a twin bed in our room, as well as a refrigerator and a large bathroom. The curtains blocked out light, which is important to me. In the morning, there was breakfast on the rooftop, which had a good selection of continental type breakfast items and was well taken by 3 attendants. Check out was at 11, which gave us enough time to pack after breakfast. We boarded the ship around 12 on the Pan-American Pier, ate lunch and went to the Bacardi distillery via Uber(around $10). Although we had been to San Juan before we had only visited Old San Juan, El Morro(fort) and El Yunque(National Park), and decided it was time to check out Bacardi. The $15 admission fee included a rum drink(choice of 1 of 4), which was quite strong, a souvenir cup and a tour of the museum. The was also an excellent view of the ocean and El Morro. We had one day at sea. We slept in and missed the 10:00 intro show on excursions, which we generally like to attend. Breakfast was served until 11:30, which is much later than other ships we have sailed on. We found plenty to do with trivia, an art auction and the best martini tasting session($19.95) where we sampled 6 (3.5 oz each) different martinis at Cagney's. If you want to do this, make sure you sign up on the first day at any of the bars, as seating is limited(although we witnessed 3 or 4 different people joining us without signing up previously-I think they take up to 20 participants). Each day brought us to a different port. DAY ONE-ST. LUCIA Beautiful mountainous tropical island with 2 picturesque mountains-the Pitons. We took our only excursion through the cruise ship-The Land and Sea- which took us on a tour of the island and a catamaran ride back to the ship. The only problem was we went to toward the Pitons, which is also towards the rainforest, and it rained off and on while we walked on a plantation(where we ate lunch), went to a waterfall, then boarded the catamaran. My advice to you, is if you want sunny skies and no rain, stay on the north side of the island. Although we had a great time and learned a lot about the island, it would have been better without the rain. The cost of the excursion was $99/person and lasted for 6 hours. DAY TWO-BARBADOS We took a taxi ride around the island. We met up with another couple and paid $75 a couple to see the sights, narrated by the driver. We saw several beautiful beaches, the oldest church on the island, and panoramic views. Our tour lasted 3 hours. DAY THREE-ANTIGUA We took a taxi to see the sites, with a family of 7 joining us. It cost us $25/person for a 4 hour tour and we to the beach as well as to Shirley Heights, which has the remnants of an old fort and magnificent views. DAY FOUR-ST. THOMAS We took a taxi to Sapphire Beach and went snorkeling. There were changing/restrooms, a tiki bar and rental booth for snorkeling gear, which we rented for 2 hours for $8/each. Last time we went to St. Thomas, we went to Coki Beach(near Coral World), which had the same amenities and much more fish. The water at Sapphire was a bit cloudy, but it may have been the overcast weather causing this. DAY FIVE-TORTOLA Our first time here and our favorite of all the islands we visited. We took a 3 hour tour for $25/person, which included an hour at the beach with soft white sand and beautiful views. The water was calm and clear, although we did not see any fish and did not go snorkeling. The ship is easy to get around except for the dining rooms which cut several floors into pieces-you can't get there from here..... The food was good, and even though they had different dessert choices every night, none were to die for. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and at the Aqua for dinner, where the staff were friendly and attentive. There is food from 6am-2am.....but from 12-2am you have to eat at the Oceania or order room service, which now has a $7.95 service fee. The shows are mediocre except for the magic show which was amazing and the last night's show, Elements, which was incredible. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We were part of a business group putting on an annual thank you event. They hosted several parties that were great and they provided ultimate drink package endorsements. Overall the trip, ship and experience were undeniably fantastic. ... Read More
We were part of a business group putting on an annual thank you event. They hosted several parties that were great and they provided ultimate drink package endorsements. Overall the trip, ship and experience were undeniably fantastic. We were left with a few head scratchers at the end... the dining experiences were less than hoped for and a couple times even disappointing. We experienced a short tempered and fairly rude hostess at the Los Lobos restaurant. She was cross and insured we were well aware we needed a reservation to dine there, but it was her duty to seat us if she could. We were seated in the back but still in sight enough to complete our experience with only two other tables being sat the entire time. The food in general was good not excellent. The food service was slower than necessary even for a relaxed guest environment. A little more attention to each table and/or more prompt food delivery would have kept us personally less anxious to conclude a dinner seating. The comedian was great, Alex Ortiz. The aerialists were beautiful. The ship dance crew was energetic and smiley but the choreography was laughable and we left a few shows. The last couple days the ship started coming down with cold symptoms, myself included. Our room steward mentioned she had been in medical with a fever earlier that day... was curious as to why she was then in our room. Again, overall the experience was amazing and the crew is great and we ate and drank and played to our desire. We are unsure as to if another cruise was left to our planning if we would cruise Norwegian again or try a different line. We thank you all for a wonderful vacation nonetheless. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
The Honest Truth About Cruises By David Budnick Everything is a scam on this boat. We arrived to our room the first day to find it to be about the size of a coffin; for the $1800 price tag for only 6 nights, Iʼd say this is the ... Read More
The Honest Truth About Cruises By David Budnick Everything is a scam on this boat. We arrived to our room the first day to find it to be about the size of a coffin; for the $1800 price tag for only 6 nights, Iʼd say this is the price for suckers. We specifically booked an ocean view room to have fresh air through the window. Well, come to find out, the window does not open at all, and there is absolutely no ocean view. The window was the size of a human head, and absolutely nothing was viewable through it. Despite this, we had a “queen” bed (which is actually two twin beds pushed together, so forget any vacation cuddling with your significant other). I called due to being claustrophobic and wanting to upgrade to a balcony stateroom, which they pleasantly declined and said “we are sorry, what you got is what you get.” Such professionalism. Still, we had a shower and toilet, and could “make it through” our vacation just fine by spending adequate time on the outside decks where there is actual air. You must know, you will be exceptionally cold while on board though. The air conditioning is cranked to maximum throughout the entire ship. So be prepared for this when switching between the deck and the cabin, as you will go from a beautiful natural, warm ocean air, to a disgusting and cramped stuffiness. If youʼre seeking metaphors, think meat freezer, or the temperature of a morgue. It was cranked so high, that our skin dried from the inside out, and a 12 year old we traveled with had asthma issues for the first time in years. I wonder why they keep the air conditioning at this level, maybe it is a preference of the typical “cruiser,” but in my experience it was awful. Still, the unbreathable air was not the worst aspect yet. The food, oh the food! How unreliable cruisecritic.comʼs advice was for preparing ourselves. They must be in bed with Norwegian Cruise Line for praising the food on the Dawn. How anyone could compliment such atrocities to cuisine is beyond me. I have NEVER in my entire life been more disgusted with the food I was forced to eat, through having no other choice. Norwegian Cruise food must be acceptable to those who eat microwaved frozen dinners, for that is exactly what we were fed. There is something extremely creepy about the fancy decor of each restaurant, having them lavish us with respect by placing our towels on our laps, treating us like royalty, and then serving us microwaved frozen egg rolls on ceramic dinner plates. They give you the illusion of being served edible, real food, with the presentation of their “specialty” restaurants, but this is not the case. The Italian restaurant, La Cucina, sold us the same frozen cracker pizza that was served in the cafeteria for free, for a price tag of $16! How embarrassing to everyone involved! I never knew placing one basil leaf on the top of a frozen pizza made it worthy of serving in a restaurant. Besides the Morderno, which was very good, but booked full with no vacancy after our first night on the cruise, the majority of the specialty restaurants seemed like your typical “fake fancy” scam. Well, “at least you had time to relax,” is one thing you may be thinking to yourself. Ha! The cruise line is in your face every step of the way; from every turn on the cruise ship to swarming you with offers the second you step off the boat. This was the least relaxing vacation of my life. Money, money, money. “Do you want a picture?” “Do you want a shore excursion?” “Taxi?” “Do you want to jet ski?” “Do you want to give us any cash you have on you for no particular reason whatsoever?” “No.” “I want you to leave me alone.” Now, let me get to the thick of it. The cruise line is NOT your friend. I am convinced if they could charge you for the air you breathe, they would. EVERYTHING has a price. They come up to you during your dinner and BEG you to take YOUR picture. They are literally harassing you while you eat. Now, after they have thoroughly interrupted your meal, they say “Iʼll come back during dessert to show you.” Wouldnʼt any friend take your picture for free? Wouldnʼt even a stranger youʼre passing by in the street be happy to snap a picture of you and your significant other? Well, when the cruise line returns, they have a gigantic printed and framed picture of you that they will charge you $25 dollars for. Who has any use for an object like this? Who has $25 dollars to spend on one picture? How do I even post this picture to my instagram? I canʼt even upload it! Donʼt they realize these days people are taking thousands of pictures at no cost to them via the cell phones in their pockets, and actually putting them to immediate use? The answer is no. No, we wonʼt send you a digital copy for free. No. We donʼt care about you. All we want is your money. And that is totally fine. Itʼs a business. But do you truly have the desire to be treated like this while on vacation? I think this is an important question to ask yourself before booking. And please donʼt look for ways to justify it, because there are none. There are endless options out there, and you will betreated like an actual human going elsewhere on a vacation. Even JetBlue flights offer free movies. On the ship, you will be spending ten dollars a piece, to watch one movie on a 15 inch screen 15 feet away from you. Drinking water is two dollars a bottle, and you are not allowed to bring any on board with you. Beers are around $12 after tax & tip! Shall we continue? Letʼs talk about WiFi. As unfortunate as it is to admit, WiFi is becoming a commodity, especially to the younger travelers. Well, for only $89.95 you can have access to just your SOCIAL MEDIA, per person. Or, you can splurge and get 100 minutes of all access internet for $75. The timer though, counts two seconds for every second real time, so 100 minutes would be more like $150. I am fairly certain, that almost every hotel, bar, restaurant, etc on earth has WiFi for free. Not the case here folks. And when you purchase it, make sure youʼre happy not using it, because it resembles the speed of a dial up 56k modem, and hardly works at all. You could instead, take your money, put it in the toilet, close the cover, and press flush. And please donʼt get me started on the toilets, but the reeking stench that spreads from stern to bow, is still more forgivable than the food they serve. One night, to get our money worth, we ordered just about everything on the room service menu, for a convenience charge of only $7.95. Thinking we finally had the upper hand, we awaited in excitement to finally feel like we had a win on this vacation. Oh boy, were we wrong! And such fools we were to think this. The bread of the triple decker peanut butter and jelly from the kids menu (first of all, what kind of human being wants their kids to eat a TRIPLE DECKER peanut butter and jelly?) was completely stale. The Caesar salad was like water & mayo dumped on lettuce. And speaking ofmayo, they decided to spread this particular condiment all over the hotdog........... “what?” You heard me right. So after eating about three dollars and fifty cents worth of food, we felt scammed yet again. Besides all this, the crew is very nice, almost in a scary way. Has Norwegian snatched their passports and imprisoned them, only to let them free if they smile at every customer for 8 months straight? I donʼt have answers to these questions, but it sure does feel like something fishy is going on. And speaking of fishy, hopefully fishy shower water doesnʼt bother you, because I didnʼt feel clean after a single one. But anyway, itʼs been nice chatting. I hope your vacation experience with Norwegian is better than mine. If youʼre the type of person who likes frozen dinners, $12 cans of beer, and people who smile in your face even though they secretly hate you, then Iʼm sure youʼll have the time of your life! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Won the cruise, so was first-timer on NCL; however, have cruised on several other cruise-lines. Our cabin was upgraded through the online bidding process to a suite; so really enjoyed cabin and services being a suite guest provided. ... Read More
Won the cruise, so was first-timer on NCL; however, have cruised on several other cruise-lines. Our cabin was upgraded through the online bidding process to a suite; so really enjoyed cabin and services being a suite guest provided. The crew was super; doing everything they could to make us feel like part of the family. I'd like to especially commend Adem Sonmez (Assistant Matre-D' Aqua) for his above-and-beyond assistance with my companion's very specific diet restrictions. He personally came to table each night with next evening's menu so companion could place her order for next evening's dinner. We switched to Venetian for dinner half-way through cruise because it was quieter. But, we made a special visit last evening to Aqua just to thank Adem...he was our "hero award winner" for entire cruise! Over-all, ship was very average in all other aspects when comparing with other cruise-liners. I do give a below-average rating to menu offered in main dining rooms. We had wonderful breakfast/lunch options as suite guests, but main dining room for dinner choices lowered over-all rating. I joked with Matre-D in the Venetian one evening saying that some of their entrees were the poor-man's version of what I expected to be on the menu. I don't know if I'll ever book with NCL again. If I do, I guess I'll need to pay extra for the speciality restaurants to get the quality of dinners to which I've found standard in main dining-room on other cruise-lines. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We found ourselves on this cruise due to our limited options based on spring break. The Dawn is definitely a smaller and older ship. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the newer ships but, is certainly clean. The ship itself is ... Read More
We found ourselves on this cruise due to our limited options based on spring break. The Dawn is definitely a smaller and older ship. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the newer ships but, is certainly clean. The ship itself is well kept but, the age shows. Few elevators and the "main rooms" are nothing elaborate. Getting on board was flawless. Easy transfer from the airport and quick check in. Luggage was a bit late to the room but, not awful. We had a nice balcony mini suite that was spacious and spotless. Gorgeous views from that balcony and well worth the extra money for that perk. A word of caution though... don't book near the pool. Even one deck below, the music was so loud from the nightly "party" and it made it impossible to sleep and be ready for early excursions. Dining was okay. The buffet had several good selections each day and was certainly handy for a family to zip in and enjoy. The other restaurants were virtually impossible to get in to but, O'Sheehans, Aqua, and the Steakhouse were great! The entertainment was a bit dated and not very exciting. Our cruise offered two great shows but, the other times were filled with painful lounge type singers and game shows. Fewer activities on board than most ships. Only one pool and limited "sport" stuff. A small basketball court and a few shuffleboard courts were it. The casino is small and SO SMOKY. Yuck. The service and crew was AMAZING. Honestly, every single person on board was friendly, outgoing and polite. The crew made the cruise! The shopping was okay... jewelry store was quite nice but.. how does the "gift shop" not carry sunscreen??? Poor planning for sure. The ports were all nice but, we got burned on some excursions. In Barbados--the snorkeling trip with the Tiami crew was tough. They wouldn't allow fins to be used which made it hard for half of the boat to even do it. The reef riders in Antigua are more challenging than advertised but very fun. The dolphin experience (push, pull) in St. Kitts is the BEST thing ever! In St. Martin I would not recommend the golden eagle sail thing. They stuffed 93 people on the catamaran and it was awful. We traveled with a 14 year old and 17 year old and this cruise was fun but, not great for them. More for the older crew for sure. Disembarkation was smooth and we were zipped to the airport without a hassle. I would use Norwegian again but, would likely try a newer and bigger ship. The staff definitely made this trip enjoyable despite the rest being "just average". Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Our experience with Viking started with a beautiful brochure that I received in the mail. The West Indies Cruise looked like the right cruise for us.....and it was! Jason, in reservations, was the first person I was in contact with ... Read More
Our experience with Viking started with a beautiful brochure that I received in the mail. The West Indies Cruise looked like the right cruise for us.....and it was! Jason, in reservations, was the first person I was in contact with from Viking. He was friendly, well trained and helped me find the right stateroom and date. Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. The ship was spotless and well cared for. What really sets this ship apart from other cruises that we have been on is the staff and crew! Everyone wants your cruise experience to be exceptional. They have a heart for their passengers. I can't even begin to name all crew that gave exceptional service! The managers(general, financial,beverage managers) and cruise director of the ship were always available to answer questions and inquire about your stay. Cheeney and Emanuel kept our room spotless and made sure we had everything we needed. Jeffery(room service) started the mornings on a happy note with a smile and breakfast in our room. Gwen(public areas housekeeping) was always busy working but welcomed us with a big hello and sweet smile. Marta, Jeffery, Ezekiel, Grace and many others created a wonderful dining experience. There was always something yummy to eat! The spa services were perfect and no pushy sales pitch. Alexandra was so good at styling my hair, that I went twice for a shampoo and style! I can also recommend Elsa for a mani, pedi, and facial. After two weeks and my nails still look nice! Of course, we had to do some shopping. We went to the Precious Gems seminar and found it educational and fun. Love the jewelry! We learned a lot from the educational talks and met many friendly fellow passengers. It was a fantastic cruise and we want to go again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
For the past 20 years, my husband and I cruised at least 2-3 time per year. We have been on Royal Carnelian many times, Princess, and finally graduated to Regent and Oceania. We absolutely love Oceania, even their three smaller ships ( ... Read More
For the past 20 years, my husband and I cruised at least 2-3 time per year. We have been on Royal Carnelian many times, Princess, and finally graduated to Regent and Oceania. We absolutely love Oceania, even their three smaller ships ( though they might show a sign of aging, the service, food, and bedding are amazing!). We try very hard to continue on Oceania only, however, they do not always have the dates or places we are looking for.We decided to try Vikings Sea this year. Beautiful ship, large bathrooms, but the bed and pillows were clearly made of straw. When we asked for another pillow, we were told that it was all they had. That aside, the food was definitely inferior to any 5 star cruises. You could barely get a cup of tea after 9 pm. Being on vacation, we decided not to concentrate of these inconveniences, and enjoyed the trip. To sum it up, although the ship itself deserves a 5 star rating, the rest, such as untrained staff, terrible bedding,very average food , and most importantly the attitude of customer relations, would keep us AWAY FROM VIKING in the future. Oceania, you will NOT be beat by Viking! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I selected this sailing because of the ports. I booked within the last month because of an opening in my work schedule and I have a broken leg so options where I could relax and not do much were limited. I have been on 32 cruises on ... Read More
I selected this sailing because of the ports. I booked within the last month because of an opening in my work schedule and I have a broken leg so options where I could relax and not do much were limited. I have been on 32 cruises on other cruise lines. I knew that the cruise would not be as nice as Princess or Disney, but it was a nightmare from start to finish. I would never sail Norwegian again. I would never recommend anybody sail on the Norwegian Dawn. One of the absolute worst parts of this trip was the food. It was for the most part inedible. The prepared dishes had either zero taste or a weird combination of flavors that I found disgusting. I tried to make a salad or have fruit, but the fruits and vegetables available on the buffet were usually rotten. This was also the case for raw fruits and vegetables served in the dining rooms and the pub. I bought room service one night because I was desperately hungry. Sadly, it was the same inedible crap as the buffet. The chips that came with a sandwich were crumbs. I wondered if they just bought old vegetables, meats and other food stuffs that nobody else wanted. The ship was a mess to navigate. There were no public places to sit after 6pm outside unless you wanted to be in the pool area where the “parties” were taking place. By 6pm each evening deck hands made me and other guests get up from the sun loungers outside on Deck 7. The interior public areas smelled like 15 year old cigarette smoke. The only ATM was in the casino; an area with all the charm of an off off strip hourly motel in Vegas. The theme of a rundown motel was carried out into the corridors and cabin spaces. There were dents in the walls of both the hallways and my cabin. The carpet was so dirty in my room that my socks were black from walking from the bed to the bathroom. Not all of the light bulbs worked in my room. I asked the room steward to fix it, but that never happened. The decorative scarf and bed pillows were covered in pulling and had obviously never been replaced. I didn’t feel clean in the room. The bath was okay — it contained the one bright spot in the cabin! There was a glass shower door. The metal surround on the door had rust but at least I didn’t have to fight with a fabric shower curtain. There were wall dispensers for shampoo, shower gel, and hand soap. A small tube of lotion and a bar soap were provided at embarkation, but never replaced. I paid for premium WiFi at a cost of $250 for the week. I was never able to stream video. The TV had 2 broadcast channels MSNBC and Fox News. And that was it! There were random old reruns of tv shows shown on one of the channels. There were several channels selling crap from the ship of excursions. Embarkation was quick. Debarkation involved a very long line for customs and a queue for the taxi in the heat. I got out of the taxi line when the dispatcher told me it would cost $50 to take me to the airport. (It was only $25 from the airport to the port.) I got an Uber for $12. The gift shop had no sun screen, aloe gel, or lotions for purchase. The snacks for purchase there were very limited. The cabin steward was friendly. I observed on multiple occasions other staff being downright rude and mean to other guests. It was shocking. My advice is to find another cruise if you still have the option. If not, take plenty of snacks and books or downloaded movies for entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Two ‘mature’ adult travelers that love to cruise. This was our 3rd cruise on NCL, 2nd on the Dawn. Cabin 9668 Balcony AFT. Loved the itinerary for the Southern Carib. Cabin seemed to be smaller than the midship balcony we usually get ... Read More
Two ‘mature’ adult travelers that love to cruise. This was our 3rd cruise on NCL, 2nd on the Dawn. Cabin 9668 Balcony AFT. Loved the itinerary for the Southern Carib. Cabin seemed to be smaller than the midship balcony we usually get but they were not available when I booked. The Balcony had several rust spots and the wood railing needs some varnishing. The room view was great. A lot of creaking in this cabin and a little noise from the top cabin. Aqua dining room was good, not as big as the Venetian but the same menu. We loved the food at the specialty Los Lobos restaurant. Entertainment was ok, we have seen Elements before and don’t need to see it again. Comedian Vince Azevedo was good. Other shows we could not go to because of our dinner schedule. Clean ship, food was ok. Staff was very friendly, Cruise director Richard was very entertaining. I will cruise with NCL again but another ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this ship for the ports. The ship is smaller than we have been on before, therefore we felt more motion. We stayed on the 9th floor. Bring a sweater because the ship is “over” air conditioned which isn’t enjoyable. We ate in ... Read More
We chose this ship for the ports. The ship is smaller than we have been on before, therefore we felt more motion. We stayed on the 9th floor. Bring a sweater because the ship is “over” air conditioned which isn’t enjoyable. We ate in a the dining room and 3 specialty restaurants. Teppanyaki, Le bistro and Cagney’s steakhouse. All of these were fantastic!!! The ship does not have straws, which is frustrating when you want to enjoy a mojito with out getting spearmint in your teeth. Either pack straws or grab some at the ports. There was only 3 comedy shows all week. Elements show was fantastic. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Our room was always clean. The ship charges $6 for a bottle of water, so we went to the bar and took back 4 cups of water every night to have beside our bed. We used our on-board credit in the gift shop and casino. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Southern Caribbean a less-common itinerary with new ports we hadn't seen! Staff is young, friendly, hard-working. Great to be the ONLY ship in port a couple of times! We departed at 9pm on embarkation day, which is great, ... Read More
Southern Caribbean a less-common itinerary with new ports we hadn't seen! Staff is young, friendly, hard-working. Great to be the ONLY ship in port a couple of times! We departed at 9pm on embarkation day, which is great, because everyone arrived at their own leisure. No crowds! It's a smaller ship, meaning not as many entertainment venues. Same couple playing music three nights in a row I think, so that became a bit tired. Norwegian's policies continue to offer less for more. They stick by their narrow rules no matter how small the issue is. Just one example, the gift shop didn't give me the small discount that came with my Rewards membership tier. They told me that the discount is only on Norwegian-branded merchandise. I said well, I was buying Norwegian merch. They said no, again, because it was already on sale. What?! Not only that, but since I wanted to buy 3 t-shirts, and it was 2 for $20, I would have to pay $15 for the third. After some discussion, they said ok the third one would be $12.50. Not a discount in my mind, since the others were $10 each. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We have cruised on many of the cruise lines taking at least one cruise a year. This year we chose to try Norwegian. With the many choices out there Norwegian would not be my choice again. The services was not as expected on a cruise the ... Read More
We have cruised on many of the cruise lines taking at least one cruise a year. This year we chose to try Norwegian. With the many choices out there Norwegian would not be my choice again. The services was not as expected on a cruise the food at the buffet was barely warm and not refilled. They couldn’t seem to keep up and when I asked for tarter sauce for fish 3 people asked each other but it never came. They were out of coffee and cream at 7:30 in the morning! How does this happen! the service in the specialty Bistro French restaurant was more than disappointing. When your paying extra for a specialty restaurant you expect the service to be on point. Ours was horrible as was the table of 4 next to us. We loved the mojitos in the sugar cane bar but it was only open from 5:30 to 10:30pm. The drinks at all the other bars were hit or miss you never got the same drink made the same twice. Our suite was on the 11th floor just under the buffet, you could hear tables and chairs being dragged very early in the morning and at night. Our room steward was wonderful but the rest of the staff was not accommodating at all and customer service and reservations desks were horrible. Customer Service on Norwegian leaves a lot to be desired. I will say the entertainment was very good. The only problem was they changed the show times almost every night so it was difficult to make dinner reservations in advance in order to make the shows and trying to change a reservation in a specialty restaurant in order to make a show was impossible. Overall Norwegian needs to understand there are too many choices to be so lax with customer service Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Travelled on the West Indies Explorer itinery in February as we prefer to minimise sea days and had heard good reviews about Viking. The pre cruise hotel in San Juan was poor and Viking have since acknowledged this. Our cabin was nice ... Read More
Travelled on the West Indies Explorer itinery in February as we prefer to minimise sea days and had heard good reviews about Viking. The pre cruise hotel in San Juan was poor and Viking have since acknowledged this. Our cabin was nice but lacked storage space the bathroom was very good. The pool area was small and cramped possibly due to the location of the winter garden which was a waste of valuable space only being used for an hour a day for afternoon tea. The retractable roof however was very good. The ship rolled constantly even in calm seas. The main restaurant is poorly designed along the sides of the ship. Tables are close together so effectively all tables are shared tables and you have to squeeze between diners to get to some tables. Food ranged from mediocre to excellent and service ranged from average to very poor. There were lots of staff in the restaurant but they appeared to be inexperienced with service very slow and chaotic. Trying to get wine other than the house wine via the drinks package was a challenge every time. Service in the lounges was also poor where there were simply not enough bar staff to cope with demand. Included excursions were also poor subjecting guests to 40 minute stops at tacky souvenir shops and ice cream parlours. Entertainment was very sedate the shows were poor and other entertainment mainly consisted of a pianist and classical duo. The band were good but only performed before 11pm a couple of times. These events were well attended and Its a pity they didn’t do more. I provided comprehensive mid cruise feedback which wasn’t acknowledged. I wouldn’t sail with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We had taken our very first cruise about twenty years ago. That cruise was in the Caribbean and we thought revisiting would be fun. We had cruised for our first time with Viking last year, Bergen to Barcelona, and the experience was ... Read More
We had taken our very first cruise about twenty years ago. That cruise was in the Caribbean and we thought revisiting would be fun. We had cruised for our first time with Viking last year, Bergen to Barcelona, and the experience was delightful. Viking's ocean going ships are very new and the Scandinavian style decor and appointments are stunningly gorgeous. We found the crew to be extremely friendly and they went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect for our comfort and enjoyment. We enjoyed all of the shore excursions, both the included and premium ones.The islands are beautiful, even though the residents are still struggling to rebuild after recent hurricanes. The cuisine is quite good and accompanied by excellent service. Viking also offers dining in their smaller specialty restaurants which enhanced our dining experiences. Because Viking's ships are smaller (930 guests) the entertainment venue is smaller too. However, we found the four British entertainers were superb and really enjoyed their roles. Based on our two recent, wonderful Viking cruises we are looking forward to our next Viking voyage later this month, sailing from Montreal to New York City. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise for several reasons. Rated 6.0 luxury. It was our first cruise so we wanted to keep the days down to a minimum, and this cruise lasted 7 nights. It was refurbished last year so it was practically new with beautiful ... Read More
We chose this cruise for several reasons. Rated 6.0 luxury. It was our first cruise so we wanted to keep the days down to a minimum, and this cruise lasted 7 nights. It was refurbished last year so it was practically new with beautiful soft colors and rich woods. I read many reviews and it was touted to have excellent food and service. It did not disappoint. We loved everything about this ship. Everything went smoothly and everything worked perfectly. Our cabin was perfect, enough space for all our things. Everything was put away and there was never any clutter due to lack or storage. Our butler was terrific and very accommodating. We tipped him when we were first introduced, although we knew it was not expected. We just wanted to be sure he was happy with us from the beginning. He was sure to bring us our snacks in our room every day at 4:30 when we got back to the cabin to relax before dinner. All the restaurants were terrific. We were on deck 7 so it was very convenient to go to La Terrazza for breakfast every morning for their buffet. We could sit in or out depending on the weather and the wind level. La Dame was elegant as was Seichin. We loved eating at Atlantide. Very elegant and great service and food. Although there were 555 passengers, we found everywhere we went it was never crowded. We even found lounge seating at the pool area along the side of the ship where we were completely alone just looking our at the Caribbean Sea. It was glorious. We loved the hot rocks dinner at the Grill at the pool in the evening. The massages in the Spa were excellent. The shows were lovely. This was not Broadway, and coming from New York we get Broadway whenever we want it, but it was wonderfully entertaining. If you wanted daily activities they were there for you. We went on shore excursions, and we chose to play Trivia which was headed every day by the cruise director Rico. He did an excellent job throughout the cruise keeping us all happy and laughing. All in all, I'm sad to say our cruise ended. We can't wait to have this experience again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because it was the only one available for 7 days in a warm climate in February. The agent with Silversea was amazing in assisting us with any of our questions or concerns. The embarkation and disembarkation were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the only one available for 7 days in a warm climate in February. The agent with Silversea was amazing in assisting us with any of our questions or concerns. The embarkation and disembarkation were flawless. The ship is small which is very nice and the cabins (we had one for our grown son and one for us) were as or larger than we had on Regent and Oceania, all with verandas. The decor may be a bit subtle for my taste. We enjoyed our meals at the Silver Note and at Seishin. We thought the entertainment in the various areas was very nice, although we never went to any "shows" so I'm not sure about that. The service was very good and our butlers were very attentive and did extra things like polishing shoes without being asked. We were very happy with our shore excursions which included a helicopter ride, snorkeling (no fish, but a fun day on the boat), our favorite was The America's Cup trip, my son enjoyed the canyoning with rapelling and diving off of the waterfalls. Roseau - hmmm. Not worth getting off the ship as far as we could tell. The Baths were great fun but plan on getting wet. Overall, the food was not up to par with Regent or Oceania; but, was still very good and I overheard other people raving about it, so that's inconclusive I guess. There were not enough activities onboard. There is a bridge room but nothing organized so it may as well not be there, no mini-golf or mini-tennis which we've enjoyed before. Smaller ship size accounts for this I guess. Trivia was fun. We felt it was a good value. We noticed that the age range was younger than on our other cruises, so a more lively, visible and active group. Our other cruises were 24+ days so I'm guessing it was the quick, easy, 7-day trip to a warm clime would explain that. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
First time in SilverSea very disappointed, definitely not was I expecting, Embarkation in San Juan went smoothly from there all went downhill, we book Cruise true American Express and got $ 1,500 dlls cruise credit on board the first ... Read More
First time in SilverSea very disappointed, definitely not was I expecting, Embarkation in San Juan went smoothly from there all went downhill, we book Cruise true American Express and got $ 1,500 dlls cruise credit on board the first order was to make reservations for dinner to our surprise ALL the Restaurant where book for the week we ended up having dinner at the same restaurant 3 times( The Grill ) and 2 times at la (Terraza), cabin was clean in perfect shape but above us was a restaurant " The Grill " so we had heavy noise until 11pm every night, next day we pick our tours and proceeded to reserve them to our surprise they where all book and all of them on waitlist, only one open up out of the five we selected. The port selection for this Itinerary was very poor except for St Barths & Tortola, I just don't understand how can a cruise line with this level make a stop in an Island like Rosseau, Dominica. Service on the ship was excellent but nobody went out of its way to assist or help beyond giving you the NO or you are on Waitlist.. Try to spend the on board credit on the Spa but with the same results it was book for the week and if an opening was available we will be notify, we where also unsuccessful, In General the ship felt very dull no activities at all, will not travel in SilverSea again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
It is an older ship and it has no bells and whistles and we basically went for the ports of call. Overall, the cabin are very small....smaller than usual with other ships. The toilet in our cabin worked when it wanted to. Hardly ever on ... Read More
It is an older ship and it has no bells and whistles and we basically went for the ports of call. Overall, the cabin are very small....smaller than usual with other ships. The toilet in our cabin worked when it wanted to. Hardly ever on first flush. A drawer in the cabin was broken as soon as we pulled it out. My husband fixed it actually but who knows how long it'll stay that way. Now, the staff, Most were friendly but others not so much. We;ve been on about a dozen cruises and I have to say this was a group of the most unfriendliest staff we've ever come across. We hardly ever saw our cabin steward. I have to say, he did make great towel animals every night. It seemed like they were being punished. Maybe this is where they start out and can gradually move up to the bigger and better ships, I don't know, but it totally needs improvement in that area. Again, we went for the ports, not the ship....thank god! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Itinerary was perfect. Aruba, Bonaire, Curaceo and Antigua were our favorites. Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Thomas were beautiful. Didn’t explore San Juan because we had been there before. Embarkation and disembarkation went ... Read More
Itinerary was perfect. Aruba, Bonaire, Curaceo and Antigua were our favorites. Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Thomas were beautiful. Didn’t explore San Juan because we had been there before. Embarkation and disembarkation went very quickly and smoothly. Like older and smaller ships. Entertainment was great. Loved Jose and Patty and the big production numbers. The wine bar needs to be changed to a Five O’clock Sonewhere Sports Bar. No one ever in the wine bar. Liked no smoking around pool area and the main atrium bar serving drinks as well as coffee. Loved Ruby in the Aqua Restaurant. She was the best we’ve had in six cruises with NCL. We were very pleased with the itinerary on this cruise. All the islands were gorgeous but we really loved Antigua. Absolutely gorgeous. The Aqua Restaurant staff was especially great. We ate there every night and never ate in the main dining room. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Last year in February we took a 10 day cruise of the Southern Caribbean on Celebrity Reflection. That cruise had five sea days and was focused around Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. So this year we decided on another 10 day Southern Caribbean ... Read More
Last year in February we took a 10 day cruise of the Southern Caribbean on Celebrity Reflection. That cruise had five sea days and was focused around Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. So this year we decided on another 10 day Southern Caribbean and planned to see several southern islands to which we had not been. Both cruises were booked approximately 1 1/2 years in advance. Our plans were somewhat stymied when several months after booking we received an email from NCL saying that there was a major itinerary change, Three of the islands that we had not been to were being removed from the itinerary and the ABC islands were being substituted. Somewhat disappointed since we had just been to the ABCs. On this trip Curacao was only a half day (6 to 1). I will give comments on aspects of the Dawn cruise as well as how they compared to Celebrity: Ship: This is not a fair comparison because Dawn is a much older ship than Reflection. However, Dawn is not one of my favorite ships. It has several you-can't-get-there-from-here decks. Also, I prefer a ship that has a bar at the stern overlooking the ocean, which Dawn does not have. Beverage Package: In spite of having the highest priced beverage package I have encountered, ($99 per day plus 20% gratuity) somewhat incredibly it does not include water, fresh juices, or premium coffee. So, to drink anything healthy you have to pay extra over and above an already expensive package. On Celebrity, their $65 package includes water, fresh juice, and specialty coffees and teas. Plus Celebrity's incredible Martini Bar. WiFi: I realize that there are those that think that if you're on vacation you shouldn't worry about wifi. I am not one of those people. On NCL "free" wifi means 250 minutes. And, you have to BE SURE to logout at the end of each session. If you inadvertently forget to do this you will be out of minutes the next time you try to log on. As I found out about the sixth day or so. Reloading additional minutes is quite expensive. On Celebrity "free" means a connection for the full cruise. Ports of call: For some reason (port fees?) NCL seems, at least on this cruise, to specialize in far away piers. For example at Antigua, Carnival and RCL were at the pier right by the St John's downtown. NCL was about a mile and a half away at a more commercial pier. Dining: 4 stars only because we ate in specialty dining on 5 nights. Otherwise 3 stars. The Venetian main dining room is adequate but to get the same selections as is offered in Celebrity's main dining room, such as shrimp cocktails or escargot, you have to go upscale on NCL. I thought Cagney's followed by La Cunia were the best of the specialty restaurants. For a "one of", Teppanyaki is fun. The buffet is OK at breakfast but, if you have the time, the Venetian is better. Bars: Numerous, but with mixed reviews. When embarking there was a group in line that had on T Shirts emblazoned with "You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start At Dawn" on the front and a list of Dawn's bars on the back. The group couldn't have gotten into several of the bars because of size. The Saki Bar only has 5 stools. The Tequila bar has 6. The Mojito Bar has maybe 8. All of the previous three have limited hours. The most popular bar seemed to be Gatsby's but very hard to get a seat during the 5-9 period. As mentioned before, no stern bar. Both 10 day cruises cost approximately the same. I thought Celebrity was a better value. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We took the 10-day Southern Caribbean cruise on the NCL Dawn in Feb 2019. This was our fifth NCL cruise in 5 years. We did take one seven day cruise on the Dawn five years ago. Also, two cruises on the Spirit, and a 14-day Panama Canal ... Read More
We took the 10-day Southern Caribbean cruise on the NCL Dawn in Feb 2019. This was our fifth NCL cruise in 5 years. We did take one seven day cruise on the Dawn five years ago. Also, two cruises on the Spirit, and a 14-day Panama Canal trip on the NCL Star, departing from Miami and landing in Los Angeles. Comments: Food and service was generally excellent. The Venetian and Aqua have the same menu. We usually dined early, around 530-6 to get to the 7pm shows. O’Sheehan’s pub was perfect for quick breakfasts and lunches coming back from morning excursions. The meals were smaller, and they served a favorite Newcastle Brown on tap. The food is better quality and there is table service We had a few quick salads from the buffet, eaten by the pool and one quick grab and go breakfast on an early shore day. If we had a nine a.m. or later shore excursion, we took the time to have breakfast at the Venetian, MUCH better than the buffet. In the past we dined at the Chinese restaurant for lighter dinners. This cruise we ate there only once, since we had the 4 free upgrade dining package. Our speciality dining experiences were at Le Bistro for Valentines Day, La Cucina for Italian, Los Lobos for Mexican and Cagney’s. We would have gone back to Cagneys but by the time we checked it was sold out the entire cruise. We would have enjoyed a pool side grill out but none were offered. Entertainment was about average, both in the evening shows and music in the Atrium and Gatsby’s. Both venues were similar to what we recall on past cruise. here was not a “special element” as visible as in past cruises. Maybe we have done too much cruising but we did skip a few of the evening shows, including Elements, that we’ve seen a few times already. The comedian, mentalist and magician were good. The ventriloquist was interesting. I’m sure the entertainment varies on each cruise. We did not take part in many of the Bliss lounge activities (Deal or No Deal, pull tabs, Bingo etc) and are not gamblers or dancers. We did enjoy the Newleywed game, always a hoot. I’d say our favorite evening activity was just to sip a drink and listen to music. We’ll comment separately on the shore excursions we did take in that section of reviews. Part of our booking deal was a $50 excursion credit/port so we planned to take a modest NCL excursion on each stop. The best was Bonaire Eco to mangrove swamp followed by Orchid world in Barbados in 2nd place. We had excellent weather, which is of course sheer luck. No rain on any of the nine shore days other than a shower while we waited for a bus one morning. This was our first time with a balcony and we’ll never go back to a port or inside cabin. The loveseat and few extra feet of room was nice but the best part was the balcony itself: amazing you can use it at sea with little wind problems. They also have a small coffeemaker so we could wake up and settle the tummy with some banana bread we’d bring in the day before. Yes, you can get basic coffee and a croissant from room service but that would require us to be up and somewhat dressed at a certain time, not for us on vacation! Besides the dining package and shore excursion credit, another deal for early booking was the free Unlimited beverage package. That includes sodas and alcoholic drinks by the glass up to $15 (and yes, there are premium liquors and wines that cost more). However, you do pay NCL’s estimate of gratuity based on 10 drinks/person/day. We didn’t drink half that but it still saved us close to $1000. They also should offer the premium coffees free as part of this UBP. They are planning to start offering a super beverage package that includes coffees, water and juice, but we were told that won’t be given out free, ever. We buffered our cruise with 14 days in Florida prior and 2 days after the cruise, and we arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2 days early to tour old San Juan for a day. The embarkation process was slowed 30 mins due to a terminal power outage crashing NCL’s computers. We still got on close to our 12:30 time. The disembarkation process in San Jose was perfect. There is a van service at San Juan offering $10 pp trips to the airport (NCL charges $30 pp) so we got lucky. There is not much to do at the SJU airport and a mob of people there. Plan to have a book and charged phone along (very few power outlets, long lines at restrooms and restaurants). Overall, the cruise was a lot of fun! It was the second best of the four cruises we have taken on on NCL, after the incredible European cruise. It was really a 4.5* cruise so we’ll give it 4*. This one’s about the perfect length and VERY busy, but that’s what we wanted and got to see 80% of the islands we haven’t seen. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This is my second time on the Viking Sea. There is so much to like- the small size, the Scandinavian design, the food, the inclusiveness of the rate, and even the heated bathroom floor. The ship is exceptionally well maintained. On ... Read More
This is my second time on the Viking Sea. There is so much to like- the small size, the Scandinavian design, the food, the inclusiveness of the rate, and even the heated bathroom floor. The ship is exceptionally well maintained. On this past cruise we are treated to great vocal entertainment, an excellent cruise director (female!), and a great itinerary including two stops in Columbia. The lecturers were also outstanding. I can easily give 4 stars, but not 5. The reason is the service in the "restaurant" (their term for the main dining room). Something is wrong. No longer are you served by a single waiter and a single assistant waiter; there is some sort of team approach. Also, there was a simple lack of wait staff which required waiters to serve too many clients and required even supervisors to become waiters. The whole place was frequently in disarray; Service was slow, extras like asking about coffee after the meal were usually forgotten. I hope this is a temporary problem, because otherwise this is a premier ship in a premier cruise line. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We are seasoned cruisers and like to travel with family and friends.. We chose the Dawn for 2 reasons; 1-We were on her last May and loved everything about the ship and 2: our foster daughter and her partner had never taken a cruise ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers and like to travel with family and friends.. We chose the Dawn for 2 reasons; 1-We were on her last May and loved everything about the ship and 2: our foster daughter and her partner had never taken a cruise exceeding 7 days. They were anxious to try a longer cruise and one not a Jewel class. Not that they do not enjoy Jewel class ships, they just wanted something different. It was a good choice for the 4 of us. We cruised the Dawn many years ago and think it has improved with the dry dock last year. Though sailing out of San Juan can be a hassle, it is always fun to spend a night there prior to sailing. Our travel agent found the hotel, Villa Herenica, for us. It is a quaint B&B near Old San Juan. Built in the 1600s with much of the old charm, it is not for everyone, but we would stay there again in a heart beat. The staff was friendly and helpful, the place was clean and the breakfast choices the best we have had at other B&Bs. I will only add, the rooms were very small but worked out fine for 2 people. The "girls" were already there and had their own room. Our taxi ride was longer from the airport because of rush-hour traffic. After visiting with the girls for awhile, we decided to order a pizza and have a quick bite to eat before heading for bed. The B&B offers a huge dining room that guests can use when ordering food from local restaurants. When breakfast was over the next morning, we were off to the pier to board the ship. Then the wait begins. It took us awhile to get into the terminal but, with wheelchair assistance, we were whisked right though. Before we knew it, we were sitting in O'Sheehan's ordering an adult beverage and lunch. Actually, everything moved smoothly the entire cruise. Lots of highlights, but one of the biggest was our wonderful M&G, followed by a huge slot pull with 65 participants. We, for once, came out a few $$ ahead; that, of course added to the fun. A second highlight were the friendly passengers. Probably the nicest we have ever met on over 40 cruises. For the most part,I can say the same about the crew. There were crew members that, after meeting us once, remembered our names. Naturally, we did run into a few - as in other places - who acted like their job was not for them. Another high point was the usually great entertainment.. Hubby made it to the showroom once; none for me. Many other great venues, a variety of talented musicians, on the ship made it foolhardy to seek out the shows.The reception desk personnel went above and beyond. We had lost a page of our return- flight information and a female dialed AA for my husband so he could get the information he needed to book our transfers. I could could go on and on about some of our positives experiences but I think I have taken up enough time and space. I will add just one more thing: we booked a tour through our TA for Antigua. One of the stops was the Dock yard where we did a quick tour and had time to do some shopping. I found a T Shirt really wanted but she didn't have one in my size. Instead of trying to push something else down my throat she advised me where, in town I might be able to find one. I was so impressed I wish I had gotten a card so I could recommend her to others. Because we have visited most of the islands in the past we didn't do a lot of excursions but the ones we did do we were overall happy with. We love Aruba, and Barbados. The caves are a must for those who have not been to the port. There were a few low points: 1- service and food in La Cucina (except for Hubby's large shrimp) was not up to par with other specialty restaurants on the ship. We were not thrilled about Los Lobos, but that had more to do with where we have lived and our view on what Mexican food should be. Our cabin steward seemed to be lacking initiative. Normally when you have a cabin below balcony class, you can ask for a coffee pot. She had no idea what I was talking about. I presumed she was new to her job but was very friendly. Command of the English language may have created a problem. Another low point was one of the ship-sponsored tours; it was not as described but, on a positive note, one of the couples on the tour went to the tour desk and complained.His complaint, I will add was done in a polite manner. NCL gave us a 1/3 discount credit, an actual refund, not an OBC. Using a makeshift arrangement of chairs, we were able to enjoy some pool deck time in spite of mobility problems. Chairs for the handicapped were gratefully put to use in the Garden Cafe. I will add that we would cruise the Dawn anytime if we could just find a way to get to the ship without changing planes 2 or 3 times. The Sun used to be our favorite ship, but the Dawn may have moved above her in our minds. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise based on the ports of call rather than the cruise line. No disappointments with the islands we visited, all were very enjoyable. We did excursions at each port and they were as advertised for the most part. The crew on ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the ports of call rather than the cruise line. No disappointments with the islands we visited, all were very enjoyable. We did excursions at each port and they were as advertised for the most part. The crew on the ship was anything but Norwegian but were friendly and we had no complaints. We had a basic cabin with a veranda which was “cozy” but comfortable. The bathroom was tiny but functional. The restaurants were good, not exceptional, highly recommend the specialty restaurants although the costs add up fast. No shortage of bars but if you’re a bourbon drinker like me you will have very limited options and be prepared for “resort” liquor (very low proof). A special shout out to one bartender in particular, Leila, in the Gatsby. She’s not only the best on the ship but may be the best bartender we’ve ever met on a cruise vacation. We are not big on evening entertainment but if you are, it was very (sub)average. Despite the ships shortcomings, I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I think it was a great value. Had a mini-suite with balcony. The cabin was great. Staff were terrific. Food was good, mostly. The buffet was rather hectic with pushy people trying to get food at all costs. But the food there was decent, ... Read More
I think it was a great value. Had a mini-suite with balcony. The cabin was great. Staff were terrific. Food was good, mostly. The buffet was rather hectic with pushy people trying to get food at all costs. But the food there was decent, except for the lat morning - the eggs that morning tasted like they were left over from the day before - just nasty. We had the free beverage package, $50 off excursions, free internet and free ship to shore phone. The beverage package was something everyone should get if you drink alcohol. The internet package is kind of confusing - it pays to ask someone how to use it to maximize your value before using it the first time. The shows were pretty great as were all the other activities. The 'white party' was pretty lame however, but the staff put their all into it. We did excursions most days. We enjoyed snorkeling for turtles on Barbados and the Photographic tour of Antigua. The train ride on St. Kitts was horrid. A loud lady felt like she had to narrate non-stop for the entire trip without a break. Made us contemplate jumping off. The sights o the train ride were things like their island dump, rusted vehicles, pig styes. The only good part was seeing the small villages and waving to the people there. We also did the Segway tour on one of the islands and it was not as advertised. First part was sitting in a hot bus having a tour operator stop along the way and identify plants and weeds. Then the 'long' Segway tour through a tropical rainforest was a maybe 10 minute ride for maybe 1/2 mile on a rough dirt road next to a steep drop off. There was vegetation, but did not seem like any rain forest I have ever seen. Nice people running it though.Most of the other excursions we took were pretty blah. But being our first cruise, we wanted to see it all. Read Less

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