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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the islands we were visiting. Overall the cruise was very good. The islands were interesting. Some of our excursions were through the cruise ship and some we did off the ship. The ship was interesting ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the islands we were visiting. Overall the cruise was very good. The islands were interesting. Some of our excursions were through the cruise ship and some we did off the ship. The ship was interesting and took awhile to get used to. You often had to go up or down to get to where you were going. This could be very confusing. The shows were very good. A very good variety were offered. When travelling on larger ships the shows are often bigger events. This being a smaller ship the venues were not as large. Elements was a fantastic show even second time around. Food was good on an overall scale. The specialty restaurants were very good and the main dining rooms were good. I found the buffet was not as good on this ship. We found most items were the same day after day and most food was cold when you got back to your table. We stayed away from the buffet after experiencing a couple of not so satisfying meals. Rooms were adequate for two and the storage was good. Our room steward was absolutely fantastic. Did not see her much but using the notice board outside the room worked really well. Also a little note once in a while kept us well supplied Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The cruise ship is a little older than the ones I have previously sailed on but it was kept very well. No complaints about the cleanliness and upkeep at all. The staff were wonderful. We loved ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The cruise ship is a little older than the ones I have previously sailed on but it was kept very well. No complaints about the cleanliness and upkeep at all. The staff were wonderful. We loved the mojito bar that was upstairs. It was a hidden gem and so were the staff there. The food was good but not the very best quality that we had come to expect from cruising. But all in all it was a wonderful ship, crew, passengers (or most of them lol) Definitely recommend the ship and itinerary. I did this cruise with my mom, and now I would love to identically repeat this cruise with my husband in the future. Every port was amazing. It was very Piet intensive nevertheless and was quite tiring towards the end. The only thing missing was a last sea day at the end so we made our last port just that. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Our cruise started in San Juan. It was delightful town and the ocean was absolutely beautiful. They are still trying to recover from recent hurricane. The embarkation and disembarkation process was quick and flawless. The cruise ... Read More
Our cruise started in San Juan. It was delightful town and the ocean was absolutely beautiful. They are still trying to recover from recent hurricane. The embarkation and disembarkation process was quick and flawless. The cruise itinerary was incredible. (It was so nice to get out of the snow and experience 85 degree weather.) The major disappointment was the food. We went to each of the private dining rooms as well as the buffet. The only meal I really enjoyed on the ship was in the Asian dining room. During a cruise with NCL 15 years ago they had a midnight buffet that was full of seafood as well as seafood at the dress up dining rooms. We did not enjoy a single night of seafood on the entire cruise other than an appetizer of the smallest possible crab on a bed of lettuce for lunch one day. The next night I ordered a Lava Cake which was die for on another cruise line. It was terrible like most of the food. One of our guests decided to stick with steaks as this would be hard to mess up. DON'T YOU GO ON A CRUISE TO EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE FOOD? Our room was booked by the ship on the 8th floor directly underneath the Bliss. The music started at 9 PM and usually went way past midnight. We complained each night but they offered no resolution other than to tell us the volume of the music would die down after midnight when the band quit and a DJ started. The entertainment was good, especially the ventriloquist and the magician. Recommendation: Don't book this ship if you are expecting a wonderful dining experience. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Winter getaway from Maryland. Itinerary changed due to propulsión problem in San Juan. Tried Qsine twice, dissappointed both times. Food subpar. Service only satisfactory. Halfway point st sea. Entertainment not so good, expected ... Read More
Winter getaway from Maryland. Itinerary changed due to propulsión problem in San Juan. Tried Qsine twice, dissappointed both times. Food subpar. Service only satisfactory. Halfway point st sea. Entertainment not so good, expected better. Service in dining room exellent. Upsell for Qzene was not apreciated, interferred the otherwise superior service. Port calls were smooth. Premium Líquor package was worth the price. Internet service was good. Excursion choices were adaquate. Some were clearly casting time in port. The day that we were in port from 8am to 5pm were largly just ok. The "rainforest" Tour was educational, but nota scenic. The beaches were nice but a lo very mucho alike. The "ABC" islands were intetesting but not with the extra travel time. The good in the main dining room was repetitive and not as good as I expected. The service provided by Nitin was excellent. Overall I'm glad I took theCruise, but I won't recommend the Celebrity Summit. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We decided to start looking at a cruise back in 2016. This was a 25th Anniversary celebration (no kids along:)) and we wanted to do this right as this was our 1st cruise. When we meet with the travel agent we were given quite a few ... Read More
We decided to start looking at a cruise back in 2016. This was a 25th Anniversary celebration (no kids along:)) and we wanted to do this right as this was our 1st cruise. When we meet with the travel agent we were given quite a few catalogs to look through - NCL, Celebrity and Royal seemed to fit our budget and demographics (50 and not into the bar crowd). We wanted somewhere sunny and warmer as we were traveling from Michigan in the winter. This cruise (sailed from San Juan P.R.) seemed to fit our budget and was sailing into the southern Caribbean so we felt the weather should be nice too. After some research, we decided to book room 5570. This was mid-ship and a lower floor so less chance of sea sickness. Our friends booked a room on the 9th floor with a balcony. Yes, that would be nice and maybe sometime but we had a nice window/view. We flew into San Juan a day early and were able to enjoy some of Old San Juan (the fort), festival and the Bacardi Rum tour (the $15 version). We stayed at the Embassy Suites which is being remodeled but still very nice. We had no issues with noise from work being done in the hotel. NCL Dawn is a little older ship but it was in good condition. We enjoyed the food. We dined at two specialty restaurants during the 10 day cruise. Los Lobos was a disappointment - slow service and we thought too much of a limited menu. La Cucina was a very good experience - good food and not very expensive. We ate in Aqua most nights; Venetian a couple nights, Bamboo one night and the buffet a few others. A bigger ship will have more options but we never went hungry! Part of our booking package included the Unlimited Beverage Package - up to $90/pp per day. That's a lot of booze! We would not buy that package as the most drinks we had in one day was 5 (3 Moscato wine and two foo-foo drinks). Free is good though. The ports were great although they had changed quite a bit from the original booking (hurricanes?). Aruba was the friendliest. We rented a 4-seater UTV and explored the island. We hiked the waterfalls in Granada; swam with the sea turtles in Barbados; swam with the stingray's in Antigua and ziplined in St Lucia. No excursions in Curasea or St Kitts. Hindsight - explore every island! The shows were fine. It's hard to juggle or do trapeze but it's got to be even more difficult on a moving (waves) ship. It was a nice break at the end of some busy days. Others have said the NCL shows are excellent and maybe compared to other cruise lines they are. We didn't book a cruise for the quality of shows. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and would like to cruise again. Maybe we'll try a different cruise line? Maybe NCL again? Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our 2nd cruise on the Dawn. My fiancé and I are ages 30 & 35. We were told that the average age of cruisers on this trip was 55 years old, however ages probably ranged from 6 months to 90 years! I loved the ports the ship ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise on the Dawn. My fiancé and I are ages 30 & 35. We were told that the average age of cruisers on this trip was 55 years old, however ages probably ranged from 6 months to 90 years! I loved the ports the ship visited, which is the main reason why we chose this ship. It's a busy itinerary with only 2 sea days but I enjoy that. The value is also good compared to other cruises. Embarkation went ok. We arrived around 11:30 AM and were onboard about an hour later. The food is fine at the buffet and dining rooms. I loved the omelette and the crepe stations! The drinks were yummy too! I especially liked the mango meltdown, rebellious fish and daydreamer's daiquiri. Entertainment was wonderful. There was something different every night and multiple options. We saw dancers and singers, musicians, a ventriloquist, comedian, juggler, magician, and aerialists from around the world! I really enjoyed the gameshows that involved audience members, so funny! I love the Norwegian Elements show, featuring dancers, singers, and a magician. I really liked listening to pianist Nathaniel Reid at Gatsby's bar! Service was great! Staff were friendly and helpful. The room stewards we have had were awesome! During the days when we weren't in port, I preferred to spend time lounging by the pool, listening to the band or dj. Overall, I really enjoyed this cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The Norwegian Dawn is a bare bones ship compared to some of the larger ships with all of their “extras” such as water slides, aqua parks etc. but for those who like a more relaxed cruising experience with an excellent assortment of ... Read More
The Norwegian Dawn is a bare bones ship compared to some of the larger ships with all of their “extras” such as water slides, aqua parks etc. but for those who like a more relaxed cruising experience with an excellent assortment of ports of call in the Southern Caribbean, this is an excellent ship to cruise on. For a ship it’s size, it has a nice assortment of dining venues, entertainment and venues. The ship was also beautifully refurbished in 2016 and has a very nice “feel” to it. Here are some additional observations: EMBARKATION: From San Juan, this was the smoothest embarkation of the seven cruises I’ve been on. It took less than 15 minutes to go through security and check in. After a short time in the waiting area, we were on ship in about a half an hour. Being on a smaller ship speeds up process compared to the Gem and Breakaway. CABINS: While nothing fancy, our balcony was more than adequate for the two of us. One important thing to note. There is only one outlet in the room and it was not near the bed. For those who need to use CPAP, this can be challenging. Also for those who have other electronic devices that need charging, having one plug is a hassle. I highly recommend being a surge protector or extension chord for your devices. My recommendation for Norwegian is to add USB plugs and outlets on their next refurbishment. FOOD: We did not eat at any specialty restaurants, but we found the two main dining rooms, the Aqua and Venetian were very good. I had prime rib one night that was delicious and the Cajun shrimp dish was very good. I also found the Garden Cafe buffet, while not fancy, was not bad and the food was well prepared. O Sheehan’s has excellent food as well with their delicious brownie cheese cake. My only minor criticism was that I felt that the service at O Sheehan’s was a bit slow. But this was only a minor issue. PORTS OF CALL: very good ports of call and a ten day venue through the Southern Caribbean is a good way to spend a winter’s day when our relatives are freezing back home. We did a combination of shore excursions and self guided discoveries while in port. Here are some of my observations. ARUBA: Webt to Eagle Beach. We took public transportation to Eagle Beach. The bus station is very near port and was an much less expensive than taxi. CARUCAO: Self guided walk across floating bridge into old city. Since we arrived on Dunday, a number of businesses were closed. GRENADA. We went to the chocolate museum and the old fort which was a vigorous walk up the hill. We also took a bus to Annandale Falls, a pretty spot. As in many ports however, plan on being accosted by genders trying to sell you stuff. ST LUCIA: We took the volcanoes shore excursion and wish we had taken the land and sea excursion. Riding a van over rough winding roads for five hours was a bit much. There is an excursion in which you drive out to the volcano area and sail back on water which would have been a better choice for us. BARBADOS: The best of Bsrbados excursion was a very nice ride through the countryside. We also had time to walk downtown. They have a nice beach in the downtown area at Carlisle Bay. ANTIGUA: We took the Scenic Antigua tour. Don’t waste your time on thus one. We were very disappointed in that they only stopped once with very few photo ops. We did take a taxi to Dickinson Bay beach which was a beautiful beach. ST KITTS: We took the train which was a relaxing wonderful ride and one of our favorite excursions. SAN JUAN: We took the rainforest to airport excursion on the day of Debarking. A nice way to close things off. Prior to the cruise, we spent two days touring old San Juan. One of my favorite places to visit. One other note: Be sure to arrive early for your excursion. We were one minute late and almost missed catching up to our group. DEBARKATION: While not as smooth as embarking, it was ok. I found picking up your baggage was very chaotic and confusing. Norwegian might want to find a more efficient system. ENTERTAINMENT: I found the entertainment quite good though I felt it was better on some of their other ships. The ventriloquist and the Elements were excellent. I was not overly impressed with the comedian. All in all, the entertainment was quite good and the cruise director did a fine job keeping us engaged. I was impressed how he seemed to be everywhere and was quite approachable. I thought the entertainment at pool side was quite good too. OVERALL IMPRESSION: We’ve been on seven cruises (four with Norwegian) and next to Norwegian’s Hawaii Cruise, I think this was one of my favorite cruises. The relaxed atmosphere with an excellent itinerary made this a memorable experience. I do think this is a cruise that is more designed for older couples and empty nesters as opposed to younger families with children since there are fewer venues to pick from that you might find on larger ships. Even in the Dawn, there is a kids area, but if you are looking for water slides or other venues, this isn’t the ship for you. But if you are looking for a relaxing, easy paced ship, then the Dawn is for you. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our third January in a row on the dawn. We do like the ship, however, we booked it again more for the price, perks, and the itinerary. We had a wonderful Cruise, even though we had already visited all the ports previously. We did ... Read More
This was our third January in a row on the dawn. We do like the ship, however, we booked it again more for the price, perks, and the itinerary. We had a wonderful Cruise, even though we had already visited all the ports previously. We did do something different in some of the ports that we hadn't done in the past. The service was very good, the food Dash especially the specialty restaurants was outstanding. The weather was fabulous. This was the first time we tried the specialty dining. We went to for the restaurants in our favorite was Moderno. My wife has a food allergy, so mr. Q insured her food selections were taking care of each day prior to them being served. We also had the drink package, and was disappointed that to beverages we like were raised above the $15 limit. Most of the entertainment was pretty good, Cruise director was outstanding. I wish the cruise line would enforce their rules... Such as Cruisers wearing shorts to Cagney's, in the main dining room after 5 p.m., and cigarette smokers in the Cigar Lounge. I've been on this ship a total of 27 days, I'm a cigar smoker, and not one smoked a cigar in the lounge because of the numerous cigarette smokers in there Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
As one of the smaller Royal Caribbean ships, this was perfect for a 4 night cruise. There was enough to do but not too much. All the staff I encountered seemed friendly and committed to helping us have a good time. As a smaller ship, ... Read More
As one of the smaller Royal Caribbean ships, this was perfect for a 4 night cruise. There was enough to do but not too much. All the staff I encountered seemed friendly and committed to helping us have a good time. As a smaller ship, the pool areas were not as crowded as other ships which was nice. However, the hot tubs tended to be a little more crowded. I spent half a day at sea sitting out working on my tan. The water in the pool was chilly so I only stuck my feet in. I was in a junior suite which was large and had a balcony that I enjoyed sipping wine on before heading out for dinner in the main dining room. The food and service was very good in the dining areas. I wished for more food availability in the common areas after 9:30 pm but service at the adult pool was decent. Overall, it was a fun and relaxing trip. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
My husband and I cruised this time last year celebrating our anniversary on the Viking Sea and wanted to return to do almost the same cruise (two different islands this time) to see how the islands in Caribbean had recovered from the ... Read More
My husband and I cruised this time last year celebrating our anniversary on the Viking Sea and wanted to return to do almost the same cruise (two different islands this time) to see how the islands in Caribbean had recovered from the devastating damage from the hurricane in September 2017. This was our 35th cruise having cruised with Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America and Norwegian. The average age of cruisers on this ship is probably 65-70 years of age. We cannot begin to say enough great things about Viking Ocean Cruises.....that is why we returned. When our flight landed in San Juan, we were met in Baggage Claim by the Viking Reps. Once we collected our luggage, we had a very short wait time to board the bus that took us to the ship (included as part of the cruise). Once we arrived at the ship, Viking was very efficient in checking us in and getting us on board. Since arriving around dinner time, we found our cabin and decided to go to The Restaurant to eat. No matter where you eat, the food is always delicious and presented wonderfully. The waiters in all the restaurants and the buffet (World Cafe) are very friendly and efficient. After dinner, we toured the ship as it is very easy to find your way around and very tastefully decorated that invites you in just sit and relax, read, etc. One of our favorite places is the Explorer's Lounge especially when it is time for the ship to sale. The view is wonderful as you could step outside and watch as the ropes were pulled in and we left a wonderful day on the islands. I am sure the Captain appreciated my help in guiding the ship out !!! One evening, the officers hosted a sail away party at the front of the ship on deck 3 with drinks and hor d'oeuvres as we watched the ropes pulled in and we slowly sailed out of port. We chose a Penthouse Veranda suite this time as it is a bit larger than what we had last year with more drawer space to place our clothes. That is another thing - you do not have to carry as much clothing as they have laundromats that are free to use and they supply the laundry detergent. Our cabin was just the right amount of space for two, not feeling crowded and the bathrooms are the best I have ever been in on any ship. Part of this cruise is spending the night on board ship (instead of a hotel) and taking the included shore excursion the next day. We did the included shore excursion last year and wanted to repeat it to see what a different tour guide would say and take us. We have been to Old San Juan several times and thought we knew a lot about it...until we took these walking tours. Last year we listen to a very knowledgeable guide tell us things we did not know. Viking supplies each cruiser an audiovox to use on tours such as these so that if you are in the back of the group, you can hear the tour guide as if you are walking right next to them. This year, our guide took us to Fort San Cristobal and gave us a narrated guided to of this very interesting old fort. Because of the Government shutdown, the Park Rangers of the fort agreed to work that day as the local city government offered to pay them to work that day as several cruise ships were in port. So glad they did!!! That evening, Viking hosted a Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle in the Wintergarden with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Several of the officers and department heads along with the Cruise Director were in attendance. Wonderful to chat not only with them, but we got to meet the people we chatted with on the Cruise Critic Roll Call. We had two reservations each during the cruise with the specialty restaurants - The Chef's Table and Manfredi's. The menu at the The Chef's Table is a set menu with wine pairings that changes every three days. I was able to capture another reservation there so we could try another menu. Meals were very delicious. We definitely enjoyed Manfredi's as well as I wanted to try different items on their menu. What we enjoy most about the dining experience is there is no formal night. However, you do need to dress in business casual for the restaurants. No problem! We did dine in the World Cafe for breakfast, most lunches and several dinners. Many of the same items served in the evening at The Restaurant are served in the World Cafe as well. Viking also includes beer and wine in the restaurants at lunch and dinner as part of your cruise. Viking Ocean Cruises includes at no cost an 'included' shore excursion at each port. If you prefer to do something different, they have other shore excursions you can choose from for a cost to you. We took the St. Kitts Scenic Railway shore excursion this time and it was worth every penny we paid for it. We rode the bus to where we boarded the train and along the way, the driver, James Gardener, told us about the island and landmarks that we passed. He was great. Each railway train car had a tour guide as well that narrated the tour as we passed by landmarks. Sweet Pea was her name and she was great as well. A special treat on the train was the 'choir' (two girls and a guy) that traveled from car to car and sang several songs to us a couple of times. I highly recommend this tour. We went to the LivNordic Spa and enjoyed the pool experience there several times. Other cruise lines charge for the use of this type of experience, but not Viking. Since we have been to the Southern Caribbean many times, we went to the beach at several islands. We went to Reduit Beach in St. Lucia - a beautiful beach, but the day we were there, there were big waves and swells. At Barbados, we went to Brown's Beach which is close to where the ship docked. It is a beautiful white sand beach with clear water and no rocks. Great walking beach. This is the locals favorite. At St. Martin, we went to Orient Beach. It has slowly begun to build back as the hurricane devastated that beach. It was a little windy and rainy until the clouds passed over, then a beautiful day. We enjoyed this cruise even more than last year's, and we loved last year's. So if you are thinking about trying a cruise where there are no children (and I love my grandchildren), no casino, and no formal nights, give this one a try. You won't regret it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
First time with Viking after 7 ocean cruises on other lines, travel arrangements were poor with long flights, poor connections and arrival at hotel at 2am. Not greeted in the best manner and disappointed to find that other guests had wine ... Read More
First time with Viking after 7 ocean cruises on other lines, travel arrangements were poor with long flights, poor connections and arrival at hotel at 2am. Not greeted in the best manner and disappointed to find that other guests had wine and sandwiches waiting in their room!! Check in and onboarding was good and seamless, cabin is nice, spacious with a big bathroom. My issue is with the drinks, we paid £308 for the drinks package and staff keep wanting to give me the standard wines. The restaurant waiters don’t seem to know we have purchased the drinks package even though we give our room number when we enter, needs to be a better system for this. Not managed to book the speciality restaurants as they are all fully booked. Food in world cafe and restaurant are not exceptional compared to other cruise lines. The ship is modern and clean and there are plenty of sun beds and space for all. Spa is exceptional and luxurious and the afternoon tea is decadent. So far the weather has been amazing and the itinerary is fantastic. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our third Viking Ocean cruise.We have previously sailed on Viking Star with the same or similar Caribbean itinerary at the same or similar time of year i.e. January and also with Viking Sky to Central America and the Panama Canal ... Read More
This was our third Viking Ocean cruise.We have previously sailed on Viking Star with the same or similar Caribbean itinerary at the same or similar time of year i.e. January and also with Viking Sky to Central America and the Panama Canal over Christmas and New Year 207/18. This cruise had a slightly different Caribbean itinerary, in that we visited Dominica and Barbados. The latter is missed on a New Year cruise. We enjoyed this cruise as much if not even more than on the Viking Star for New Year 2016/17. The Meet and Mingle party enabled us to meet other cruisers from Cruise critic and also chat to the delightful Cruise Director, Jenna Beaudoin and also to the impeccable and highly efficient Hotel General manager, Tom Aberg and other officers. The ship laid on some great canapes and a selection of cocktails in the Wintergarden. A great way to start our holiday. The Captain, Johann Malmberg is refreshingly jolly and cheerful and the entertainment on board was of a high quality and to our taste. The assistant Cruise Director was another charming host. The group of singers from UK were top class and the duo in Torshavn kept us on our feet dancing. We also enjoyed dancing under the stars and the Motown evening on pooldeck. Apart from the included tours we took 2 of the ship's optional tours. The first was to Virgin Gorda, which has outstanding natural beauty and although rated as challenging was doable and very rewarding. The second optional tour we chose was the boat trip down the Indian river on Dominica. We also took a private tour to Nevis by motor launch which was exceptional. Dominica and the small capital Roseau were refreshingly unspoilt. Most nights we dined in the Restaurant and we had the Asian menu in the Chef's Table and also dined in Manfredi's as well as taking in the Indian meal in the World Cafe. There were also generous extras such as the Crepes Suzette and the Irish coffee not to mention Chocolate Heaven in the Atrium! As usual Viking were very generous with alchoholic and other drinks! All the food was delicious. At the end of this cruise we just wanted to say thankyou thankyou thankyou.( As Captain Malmberg's three times!) It more than exceeded our expectations. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Wife and I (67 & 74) have been on some 40 cruises. Loved a Viking River Cruise some years back and thought we would give the ocean cruises a go. The ship itself is beautiful, exceptionally clean, well furnished. No part of the ship ... Read More
Wife and I (67 & 74) have been on some 40 cruises. Loved a Viking River Cruise some years back and thought we would give the ocean cruises a go. The ship itself is beautiful, exceptionally clean, well furnished. No part of the ship was ever crowded. The staff and service onboard does not get much better. Food was mostly exceptional (if it was made from a cow it was invariably a "10"), and the rest of the time it was very good+. Selections were fairly limited as compared to the Celebrity and RCCL private dining room menus. Buffet service was best I've ever had. Always a clean table available, not crowded, service impeccable, but again, I thought the menu was a bit limited. The pool-side hamburger joint serves just about the best hamburgers and hotdogs at sea. Don't forget to try the onion rings. OK, so what's not to like? There is no entertainment except for four singers a couple of nights, a couple of trivia games, a pool side dance party. If you are used to the entertainment and activities on the ships of Celebrity and RCCL, this will be a real stopper. OK, tours. This was 10 islands in 10 days. The included tours were pretty much the same thing (went to parts of the islands that were ruined by storms, generally slum-like, wrecked and abandoned cars all over. I know all of these islands have an upscale side to them, but that went undiscovered. Tour buses, for the most part, held about 22 people and except for the narrow seats (no, I am not a wide-body, but half a cheek was always hanging into the aisle) were adequate. Because of the advanced age of many of the guests, the boarding and exiting of the buses could easily take over 10 minutes each way. Not really a Viking problem, just what it was. The two extra price tours that we took were just about a total waste. One, I can't even remember, the other was a catamarine and railroad ride. Boat was crowded, and few places to be out of the sun. The big things to see on the railroad were 3 small bridges (no, I'm not kidding). Two of the five RR cars did not have working WCs which made for an uncomfortable tour for some of the guests. All of that said, the tour guides were very personable and friendly. Ok, some hints for this particular cruise: Get up early the second day in Puerto Rico and hoof it to 300 Calle San Francisco for a non-tourest local breakfast joint. Yummy, Yummy. The bathroom heated floors in your cabin can be turned off, just ask the cabin steward. Fair priced jewelry at EFFY and Ballerina in St. Maartin. Imperial Jewelers (Dynasty Dazzlers) in both Havensight and main street in downtown St. Thomas. Good-sized selection of used refurbished Rolexes that cannot be told from new, knowledgeable staff (we have been customers of theirs since 2002). Fairest prices in the islands. One or two additional comments specific to this cruise: There were no sea days, so if you like to sit and watch the ocean go by, this was not the cruise for you. Ship sailed at night only and it seemed like you were in an up-scale hotel that was magically moved while you slept to another similar island, just like the one you had been on but with a different name. Many very scenic harbors though. Onboard beers I thought were excellent and there was quite a variety. I'm no wine expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I though the house wines were great (strangely enough, even the reds). We did miss seeing younger couples, but we knew that was going to be the case when we booked. Cabin comments separetely. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Overall crew and food was good Some of the excursions did not live up to their descriptions Shore excursions staff communication were an issue. Tried to book a future cruise but the logistics of process were frustrating and we ... Read More
Overall crew and food was good Some of the excursions did not live up to their descriptions Shore excursions staff communication were an issue. Tried to book a future cruise but the logistics of process were frustrating and we cancelled the trip Special restaurants outstanding both in service and quality of the food. Cabin steward was excellent and met all our needs and special requests Free laundry service was a pleasant surprise Some of the islands still show signs of devastation from the hurricanes Best tour was the catermaran sail and snorkeling to turtle cove on St Thomas. It was our last excursion and was a fine way to end our cruise I was good to be on a smaller ship that was able to dock at all the ports because we do not like to have to go ashore on a tender. That always seems to consume a lot of time Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Ship. Words that come to mind about the ship: refined, tasteful, understated, quiet, slow-paced. This description could also be about fellow passengers, with the addition of "very friendly" and "good company." At age ... Read More
Ship. Words that come to mind about the ship: refined, tasteful, understated, quiet, slow-paced. This description could also be about fellow passengers, with the addition of "very friendly" and "good company." At age 77 I'd guess (and it's only that) that I was younger than the median age of fellow cruisers. This is definitely not a cruise for the middle-aged or younger. By way of contrast, the Viking Sea itself is only a couple of years old, and in almost-like-new condition. Our cabin (see separate section) was excellent and Wi-Fi worked fine, as did the TV (though no CNN). One nice touch the ship has is original art hanging throughout. We used a book in our room to go around an look at all or most of it. (Unfortunately this is not a book you can buy or take with you, we were told.) A lot of the artists are Scandinavians, but not all. There's also an app you can use for your art tour, but I could not get it to work satisfactorily. Only negative was one picture in the back of The Restaurant that was hung upside down, and which I suggested they correct. For me the dining experience was top drawer. I had only one entree that was just average, though my wife had a couple in that category. We ate in the main dining room, called "The Restaurant," except for one night at the Chef's Table and two nights at Manfredi's Italian restaurant. We also ate some lunches at the Pool Grill, very good, and twice, once for lunch and once for breakfast, at Mamsen's, which I'd say was the weakest dining venue. The World Cafe was great for lunch and breakfast, and offered some theme buffets in the evening (e.g., Caribbean, Indian) that we did not visit. Overall, excellent dining -- the best cruise ship food we've ever had. The service was adequate, though sometimes harried in The Restaurant. I should add that we used room service for breakfast five or six days. The deliveries were on time, and the hot food arrived hot. Excellent service. Beverages. House wines are included at lunch and dinner. We tried them a time or two and they were fine for us. However, we'd ordered the "Silver Spirits" beverage package for about $20 per day per person. This gives you access to a greater variety of wines, and also all the spirits and wine you want to drink at other times (except for higher priced wines and spirits). If between the two of you (assuming a couple travelling together), you are going to drink more than six drinks a day, outside of lunch and dinner, or just want more choices at lunch and dinner, I think the package would be a good deal. It definitely was for us. Enrichment. A "historian" made some presentations, and the ones we attended I give a grade C. We went to the first "port talk," but didn't think it was worth it so never went to another. They also had a "former ambassador" as a lecturer, but we did not attend any of his talks. They also had a number of "educational seminars," which were obviously designed to sell you stuff, like jewelry, facial treatments, etc. We skipped those "opportunities." (Thankfully, there were no art auctions, no photos, and no gambling casino.) Entertainment. Weak. They had a small house band and four house singers, along with some musicians who played classical (or like) in the lounges in 45 minute sets from time to time. The performers were all very good, but variety was definitely lacking. Don't take this cruise for entertainment. However, I want to add that Cruise Director Jenna was outstanding, with a beautiful singing voice, the life of the party (so to speak), and very friendly all the time. Pool areas were fine. We did not visit the Spa. Guest Services Desk. Unhelpful and not particularly friendly. Questions normally answered "yes" or "no", with no attempt get into any details for you or go out of the way to help out. Shore Excursions. This cruise was in the Caribbean, which limits what you can do. Water activities, such as sailing and snorkeling are probably the best bet, but we did only land tours. Our expectations were low (we've spent a lot of time in the Virgin Islands), so we were not particularly disappointed. However, we did have a couple of bad experiences, once being abandoned by our bus driver (Toppers Rum and Beach Getaway excursion, which included a mediocre "lunch" at the Blue Bitch Bar) and another that ran way over time that my wife was on by herself and caused me some worry when no one could tell me why she was not back on the ship when she should have been. (Viking did give us a 50 percent refund for the former tour, but we had politely complained and I am not sure if others on the tour received the same refund.) In both cases good communications between the ships excursion desk and the tours would have made a huge difference. We did both "included" and pay-extra tours. If you take the included three hour "Tortola Scenic Tour & Beach" excursion, be prepared for an hour's rough ride in the back of a large pick-up truck on bench seats, an hour at a mediocre beach, and an hours ride back, with a brief stop at an old rum distillery. The most interesting experience we had was the "Dominican Herb & Vegetable Garden" excursion on Dominica. It was not exactly as described in the brochure, but did get us to boyhood home of the tour guide, whose mother fixed us a variety of food from their garden, and who (the tour guide) gave us a good feel for local life. Cruise Summary. This is not a cruise for those who like lots going on. On the other hand, if quiet, good food, an excellent ship, and a very laid back atmosphere are for you, I can recommend. Unlikely we'd take Viking again any time soon, but you never want to say "never". Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
After doing 5 Viking River Cruises which we loved and being almost novices to Ocean cruising, we decided to try this Cruise to see if Ocean Cruising was for us. Viking did not disappoint! The ship is truly beautiful and has so many elegant ... Read More
After doing 5 Viking River Cruises which we loved and being almost novices to Ocean cruising, we decided to try this Cruise to see if Ocean Cruising was for us. Viking did not disappoint! The ship is truly beautiful and has so many elegant and interesting aspects, it’s difficult to remember them all. All the cabins have balconies which is something you normally have to pay a lot extra for on other cruise ships and we took advantage of the 24hr free room service on several occasions to have breakfast on our balcony which was really lovely, especially if we had a very early morning tour. The Spa was truly amazing and equivalent to a 5* hotel. Facilities were excellent and the Ice Grotto was a great experience. The thermal beds were so good that I fell asleep on one occasion and was very nearly late for meeting some fellow guests for drinks before dinner. Again this is all free which you wouldn’t get on other cruises. Dining was excellent and although we did go to the Chef’s Table and Manfredi’s a couple of times, we would happily eat in The Restaurant all the time. The only disappointing aspect was that we couldn’t attend the Seafood Buffet in the World Cafe as we had a booking for the Chef’s Table that night.. if we had been aware this was the only night they had the Seafood Buffet, we would not have booked the Chef’s Table. It would have been good if Viking made you aware of this in good time to enable you to change your booking if you wished to attend the buffet. Other guests told us the food was amazing. Entertainment is understated but the classical musicians were excellent and the resident band were also excellent and very friendly. The 4 young members of the Entertainment Team were also fantastic. As usual, the whole Viking crew members were brilliant. They were all very happy and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. We get the impression that Viking looks after their staff and this is reflected in their attitude to the guests. We only did the included excursions and these were very good at giving you a glimpse of each Island but if you prefer a more in-depth trip or have a particular interest then you may also wish to book an optional tour in addition to the included tour or, as we did on one occasion, hire a local taxi driver in the afternoon to take us to see a part of the island we didn’t see in the included tour. This was in Roseau, Dominica and our driver was Henry whose taxi was called “Divine Intervention”. He was fantastic and gave us an insight what it was like for local residents who lost everything when Hurricane Maria struck in 2017. We can definitely recommend him if you wish to see something different on the Island. The quality of the Guides on the included excursions wasn’t consistent, the majority were excellent but some were not very good at all. We are used to the Viking efficiency, however, disembarkation seemed a bit chaotic as everyone had to be off the ship by 9.30am even though our flight from San Juan wasn’t leaving until 2pm and the airport is only a 25min drive away. On the River Cruises you have to vacate your room by 8.30/9am but can stay on board in the public areas until your transport is ready to take you to the airport. Having to spend 4/5hrs at San Juan airport is a bit of a drag. All in all we had a fantastic cruise and met some really lovely people to chat to over dinner or drinks or to enjoy dancing with in the nightclub. We loved the Cruise and ship so much that we booked another Ocean Cruise for 2020 whilst on board. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Enjoyed the ship last year and diversity of ports El San Juan was awesome pre cruise 5 star hotel Restaurant south had excellent sangria Easy bus pick up to hotel and back to airport after the cruise O sheihans has very good ... Read More
Enjoyed the ship last year and diversity of ports El San Juan was awesome pre cruise 5 star hotel Restaurant south had excellent sangria Easy bus pick up to hotel and back to airport after the cruise O sheihans has very good breakfast Cagneys great steak as always Teppenaki excellent steak and shrimp La cucina had excellent steak Le Bistro had good deserts Enjoyed both comedians Service was timely and friendly snorkeled in caruoso aruba and bonaire was excellent NCL island tours in barbados and st lucia to the Pitons and waterfall were informative NCl trip to runaway beach had a cecent lunch good beach on antigua Jewelry shopping in st thomas at casa blanca always good prices Grenada was probably the least favorite port St Marten has a long beach with plenty of restaurants and buckets of beer Taxi tour of st Thomas showed beautiful Megan Bay Bimini bar was our favorite sunset bar and one big rainbow Overall great fun and alot sun and toes in the sand Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We picked this cruise because it had several islands that we had not seen before. That was the good news. The bad news is that it was an 11-day cruise with one day at sea so basically, we stopped every day. For we old folk that was a ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it had several islands that we had not seen before. That was the good news. The bad news is that it was an 11-day cruise with one day at sea so basically, we stopped every day. For we old folk that was a little tiring. This was our 3rd NCL cruise and it did not disappoint, the ship was clean, the food was good, and the staff was great. The cruise started out with us winning the bid for an upgrade and we were upgraded to a penthouse. First time in a suite and it was great and worth the extra money. The cabin was extra large and our balcony was as big as some staterooms that we have had in the past. The suite had extra places to put clothes and the bed was a real king instead of two singles pushed together and it was super comfortable. Our cabin guy was attentive and was always there when we needed something. The suite comes with a butler and after 11 days we are not really sure what his purpose was. That could have been explained to us but no big deal. He was the one that brought us food every day it actually got to be too much as it showed up just before dinner. We finally asked him to stop. We ate in every restaurant on the ship and frankly I do not think I had a bad meal. We had the drink package so booze was always available and the bar service was excellent. We had drinks every night in Gatsby where there was a singer who sang a bunch of stuff from our err. There was a server there El who was fantastic my wife wanted to adopt here LOL. All of our tours were of the geriatric type (bus rides touring the island) and we were happy with them with the exception of one. The tour in Grenada was the worse tour I have ever been on. It was scheduled for an hour and a half but wound up being 4 hours with a poor guide, no mike and not much info. If you go on the cruise do not take the sights of Grenada tour. We let the shore tour people about it, BTW the entire bus complained, the shore tour people were sympathetic but that is about all. We were not looking for anything but they needed to know. As I said this was our 3rd NCL cruise and our one complaint is customer service. They are 3 out of 3 for being poor. The communication between the staff and the customer is poor at best. We had a terrible time speaking with them so they were understanding what we wanted. Again the staff at the customer service desk needs lessons in customer service. In addition to poor communications, they always seemed to want us to go away even if we were the only people there. Getting off the ship was a bit of organized chaos. It just seemed disorganized. We were on the Bliss last year which held twice as many people but the debarkation was clean and efficient. Now, this could be a function of Seattle to San Juan but you should be aware of a slow departure. Bottom line is we really liked the cruise and while I would not take this particular cruise again, we will definitely use NCL. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
They have one of the best itineraries in the Caribbean - 11 days South Caribbean with only 1 day at sea. Embarkation and disembarkation was very good organized. Some crew employees are unhappy and sometimes it transpired making the ... Read More
They have one of the best itineraries in the Caribbean - 11 days South Caribbean with only 1 day at sea. Embarkation and disembarkation was very good organized. Some crew employees are unhappy and sometimes it transpired making the service very poor. Food is not as good as other cruise lines we have travel with. During the Shore Excursion presentation in the first day, the manager of this department used the words "drama," "people crying," "I always have a box of tissues on the excursion desk for the people's sadness" and others, when referring to his passengers/clients. Cruise Director was not as present as in other cruise lines we have been. NCL may have issues in their leadership team, recruiting practices and/or the way their employees are treated. Ship was clean, balcony stateroom was ample and bathroom was really well designed with slider door in the shower and toilet room. Evening entertainment functions in the theater were superb. Musicals, magician, comedians, juggler and the cruise dancers and singers. We went on eight excursions organized by NCL because we have a credit towards shore excursions that made these excursions way cheaper then on our own. Five of them were over booked, some didn't even have seats for all the group, again poor client experience and bad service. The other three were very good (Best of Aruba, Double Deep Snorkel in Bonaire and Between the Pitons in St. Lucia.) I would recommend the itinerary but not the cruise line NCL. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We picked the Norwegian Dawn because its itinerary included Aruba and its sister islands where I worked a few years ago (ABC islands - Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire). Our balcony cabin was very inexpensive - at around 1300 per person for 11 ... Read More
We picked the Norwegian Dawn because its itinerary included Aruba and its sister islands where I worked a few years ago (ABC islands - Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire). Our balcony cabin was very inexpensive - at around 1300 per person for 11 nights. Overall, the cruise was a very good deal and a lot of fun for the money. I am going to make a few comments and fa few suggestions (Norwegian - hopefully you actually read these reviews) Getting on and off the ship was very easy. The embarkation was probably helped in the fact that the ships did not leave until 9pm, giving everyone a wide window to get on. Our cabin was 10010 - right in the front the ship. Watch out when booking this cabin or any other forward cabins because the balcony is partially enclosed with the ship’s bulkhead - giving a view more of a large window rather than a normal balcony. Apart from that, the cabin was a pleasant surprise. The shower was larger than normal, actually spacious, with a sliding door which I much prefer over a curtain. The sink had a faucet on a swivel, so that it could be pushed out of the way when using the sink. Again, a nice feature. The water pressure was a little less than normal, but sufficient. The room had a coffee maker which is something most cabins do not have. The coffee was actually pretty good. The cabin was quiet, except when the bow thrusters were turned on the maneuver the ship into dock. This was a daily wake up call. One hint for anyone who gets a balcony cabin on the Dawn - leave the balcony light on at night when the curtains are closed. This allows just enough light to allow you to navigate the cabin without killing yourself during the night. The food in the Garden Cafe (Buffet) was “plain jane”- typical for this type of cruise - but perfectly ok. The coffee was a C minus (as it generally is on ships like this) - hint - buy Starbucks mini packets and use those and hot water. This cruise still had available paper and thin plastic cups - which is convenient for carrying off the coffee - but not very eco-friendly. The only exception is that the salad bar was more Spartan than usual and was pretty much the same everyday. Hint to Norwegian - you need to upgrade the quality of the bulk dressings. We could not tell the difference between ranch and blue cheese, which were more liquid than normal, and really had no flavor at all. Also some of us became suspicious that one of these dressings doubled as tartar sauce - but we could not be sure. It would not take much to improve this and it would enhance the salad experience substantially. The selection of condiments was good, although I suggest including green tabasco such which only appeared in the specialty Mexican restaurant (Los Lobos). The dining in the specialty restaurants was normal for Norwegian. However, the Mexican restaurant was only fair. The red salsa tasted like gazpacho, the rice and beans had no seasoning etc. etc. - kind of Mexican you would find in a London pub. The gym was fine, although there was only one set of free weights - top weight 75 pounds. There was room on the rack for more and I would add an additional set of free weights at least to 40 pounds. The gym could also use a couple of incline benches for abs. I overheard a number of requests for these benches because they are pretty basic to a gym. It wouldn’t take much to fix this. The casino has an adequate amount of table games with friendly dealers. There is also a craps table but I did not play craps on this cruise so I can not tell you whether they offer 3-4-5 vegas odds or less favorable odds (fixed 2-1) like those offered on Princess. The slot machines are not as current as they could be. There were 4 “tower” machines offering buffalo gold and other current popular games, which were pretty loose and were often monopolized by the same players each night who spotted them as the best machines. Apart from that, I would say the selection was 30 percent newer games/machines and 70 percent older games, including a couple of rows of pretty tight quick hit machines. At port, getting off the ship at a pier was quick and efficient. They always ran two gangways and there were virtually no lines. We had one tender port and there was a fairly typical wait to get off the ship. I slept in and picked up "Group 13" tender tickets at. Group 13 was called about 1.5 hours after Group 1. The cost of the Norwegian shore excursions are fairly reasonable, although in the Caribbean you are generally better off grabbing a taxi or local tour on shore since they are pretty inexpensive. The bars are actually pretty good, with friendly and efficient bartenders, which generally acknowledge you the moment you walk up to the bar. Overall, we had a good experience and would recommend this ship as a great value. However, if you have young children, this would not be your ship as the children's area is very small. You would want to pick a larger NCL ship like the Epic or a large Princess with huge water slides and much more for kids to do (or splurge on a Disney cruise). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We have done cruises from Florida to the Eastern Caribbean before, but they all require a couple days at sea getting to and from the destination islands. I chose this cruise because it started in San Juan, PR, visited 9 islands, and had ... Read More
We have done cruises from Florida to the Eastern Caribbean before, but they all require a couple days at sea getting to and from the destination islands. I chose this cruise because it started in San Juan, PR, visited 9 islands, and had only one day at sea during the 11 day cruise. The NCL Dawn, being one of the smaller ships, can access more ports than the new huge mega ships. When we booked this cruise, we got specialty dining, shore excursion credit, airfare credit, OBC, prepaid gratuities, and NCL covered all taxes and port fees - such a good deal that some friends also booked and traveled with us. Overall, the ship was excellent, the crew was excellent, and the food was excellent. We had breakfast every morning in the Buffet and always found the food hot and tasty. Love the chocolate croissants! Coffee was good. Coffee cups were too small - so we always bring our own mugs. Lunch was either onboard in the Buffet, O'Sheehans, or provided by the shore excursion we were on that day. We did 4 nights of Specialty dining and greatly enjoyed every experience. We had the other evening meals in the main dining rooms - where again the food and service was great. Only one negative experience - several weeks before the cruise, we (and the other couple traveling with us) booked 9 shore excursions with NCL. On the first day of the cruise I learned that someone in the NCL main office in Miami had somehow (accidentally?) cancelled all of our shore excursions the night before the cruise. By the time we found out some of the excursions were full. Thankfully the staff at the shore excursion desk were able to book 7 of the 9 excursions for us, but we were unable to book a beach excursion on Bonaire like we had planned. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because it started from San Juan and the weather is nice and warm right from the start. Only one big sail day right at the start, then lots of stops all the way back to San Juan. We are not into excursions as we have ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it started from San Juan and the weather is nice and warm right from the start. Only one big sail day right at the start, then lots of stops all the way back to San Juan. We are not into excursions as we have done a lot of this stuff in the past. At the ports a lot of people leave the ship and it really frees up the areas around the pool for lounging and peaceful relaxation. The drinks and food is great, good service and no lineups. In the evening the specialty restaurants and entertainment are very good. If you like to gamble a little the casino is ok for a ship. Overall we have been very satisfied with Norwegian cruises and as we continue to book with them our loyalty perks only get better. They also have many different cruises to choose from. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
What can be better than nine tropical islands in 11 night? Having perfect weather, a spacious mini-suite (upgrade), and well-planned excursions on most of the islands. The boat is the perfect size for us, and we found that it lacked ... Read More
What can be better than nine tropical islands in 11 night? Having perfect weather, a spacious mini-suite (upgrade), and well-planned excursions on most of the islands. The boat is the perfect size for us, and we found that it lacked nothing we needed. We enjoyed all the vegetarian-friendly restaurants, and did not have a bad meal once. The service was excellent, except for our first night in the Italian eatery, where it seemed that we were invisible. We are not ones for onboard activities, except that my wife enjoyed the yoga classes twice. We attended the comic juggler, and found him entertaining. Our cabin steward, Mohamed, was a gem, and well deserved the extra tip we left him. We spent a relaxing week In Vieques prior to our San Juan departure, so we were already ready for some adventure once we sailed, and tried our best to be active at each port.. Curaçao: we had arranged a car rental (Avis) at the port so we could drive to our favorite snorkeling spot: Tugboat Beach on Caracas Bay. Aruba: we took a taxi to the Arikok National Park and hiked to Conchi (natural pool). Bonaire: We book a scuba dive with the ship. Grenada: due to the ship using lighters to shore, we missed the excursion we had booked ourselves. But we enjoyed a long walk all around the port, plus the history museum and the chocolate museum Barbados: we walked to the old Garrison grounds and museum. St Lucia: we booked a boat w/Spencer Ambrose for a day at Jalousie Bay, a spectacular beach and snorkel spot between the Pitons. Antigua: we booked the ship's excursion catamaran snorkel and beach trip. St. Martin: We hiked to the natural pool from Guana Beach. This is a very treacherous path after the 2017 hurricanes with washouts making it more terrifying than thrilling. Not advised. St. Thomas: We visited the old sand-floor synagogue, and then had lunch & drinks in the bar above the island ferries, next to the seaplane terminal. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the ports. The itinerary was fantastic. We were located on deck 10 aft. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this location. All you hear from 6am til after midnight is chairs sliding a cross the floor. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the ports. The itinerary was fantastic. We were located on deck 10 aft. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this location. All you hear from 6am til after midnight is chairs sliding a cross the floor. The food was very disappointing compared to other NCL ships we have been on, The specialty restaurants are the best. Checking in an leaving the Ship was the best we’ve seen. Entertainment was ok nothing to write about. Hot tubes were always crowded. Buffet food was the same thing EVERYDAY No seafood night like other NCL lines we’ve been on. Also couldn’t hear the loud speakers from our room. The staff was definitely friendly an helpful. It would have been nice to have longer days at the ports. Leaving one island at 1:30 was pushing it if you had an Excursion. We enjoyed ourselves but would like to let others know what we experienced . Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise for a few reasons. One being that we live in the Northeast, so escaping the cold came it at number 1. Secondly, it offered an itinerary that included a few islands we had not yet been to. Third, being as school ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a few reasons. One being that we live in the Northeast, so escaping the cold came it at number 1. Secondly, it offered an itinerary that included a few islands we had not yet been to. Third, being as school holidays were past us, we didn’t think there would be many children on board. This cruise took off from San Juan and included the ‘free air’ (with the words ‘or reduced’ underneath and in the smallest available font) advertised by Norwegian. We did wind up, by the way, paying $149 each for the free air. My initial fear was that we’d be flying from JFK (where flights to PR abound) to an overnight in Cincinnati followed by three stops on the way to San Juan. To my amazement, though, they gave us a non-stop flight at a reasonable time. Upon arrival, we were met by almost a dozen red-shirted Norwegian agents along the way who assisted the 10 or so passengers onto the bus and off to the cruise port. Very orderly, no problems. The line at the cruise port? Well, there wasn’t any. We walked right up to the next available counter person and within five minutes or so were checked onboard the ship. There were no lines at the elevator and we zoomed right up to the tenth floor. Our plan from here on in was simply to relax and enjoy the cruise. We did. The weather was spectacular, the food was good (we did two nights at specialty restaurants and every other night at either of the main dining rooms, Aqua and Venetian. The excursions we went on were to places that we had not yet been (Curaçao, Bonaire, Grenada and Antigua), but we did get off the ship at other ports and walked around the shopping areas (Aruba and St Thomas are the best). One thing I will mention that is not categorized below, and that is disembarkation. This was our first cruise as platinum members of the Latitudes Club and we expected to be notified about how to disembark as priority disembarkation is now a stated benefit. Instead, we were simply given colored tags according to the time of our departure flight and stood in line for nearly 45 minutes with a nice couple who had never cruised with Norwegian before. We didn’t mind so much, though, because we had to sit at the airport for nearly ten hours waiting for the ‘free airfare’ flight that they had given us. Two Delta flights had taken off for JFK as we sat waiting. Oh well. Read Less

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