Posted March 20th, 2012, 01:54 PM
Last edited by surfergirle; March 20th, 2012 at 01:57 PM
NCL usually has a better price and their suite perks are tops. That being said, the food is not good unless you pay more for a specialty restaurant, you can't have a drink in your room without ordering it at an outrageous price due to their corkage fee for wine, and their constant announcements for bingo, etc. are a pain. I only go on NCL when they have a bargain price. I've never starved on NCL, but finding good food is a problem. Charging corkage for wine you want to drink in the cabin is uncalled for. HAL and Princess treat you like an adult when boarding with wine and champagne and allow you to bring it for your cabin. They only charge corkage if you bring it to the MDR.
So true. This was a huge thing to get over for me...
We live near 30 wineries and are so spoiled. Having 3 or 4 champagne options just does not cut it when we have such limited vacation time. We want to drink what we like... Not to mention the other issues you listed.
To really have a premium experience on NCL one must choose a Haven Suite...
When cruising suites, we have found HAL to be a better deal overall.
BUT, NCL's suites and perks (on the Epic) are over the top. So they are both very different, and we expect our 2013 Epic sailing to be very different than HAL.
On NCL you get what you pay for. I do not think I would sail NCL in a standard cabin again...On HAL no matter what room you are in, you still get the HAL experience... If we ever had more time to get away, I would sail HAL J inside cabin in a second...
We decided to try Epic because of the amazing menus in the Haven Restaurants (Courtyard Grill and Epic Club)--and what everyone reports are not on the menu but sounds amazing-- the perks, Posh Beach Club, etc. We wanted to try the ship within a ship experience.
I am sure it will be great, like our experiences with NCL, because we expected NCL, but I do not expect it to be HAL. I just expect it to be different, and double the cost for the suite...
This trip, we will have to stay up after 9:30 PM, and it will be tough, but we will do it. We are young and energy drinks are available
Then a couple weeks later we will get on the Eurodam and have a truly restful vacation, eat amazing food, enjoy the cabanas and sleep by 9:30... Which is what we look for in HAL.