Posted January 25th, 2012, 11:55 AM
I am enjoying your review! Can't wait for the next day!
Thanks, Monica! Next installment should be up tomorrow.
We've never had a problem with housekeeping and have been on NCL before. I have found top shelves dusty, however, but I've found this on other cruise lines, not just NCL. Regarding the tiny size of the cabins, most of the NCL cruises to other than Hawaii have bigger rooms and service is noticably better (except the older retrofitted Pride of Aloha and Pride of Hawaii that are now renamed, they still have small cabins).
I always bring packs of Wet Ones and wipe down the entire room/bathroom, phone, & TV remote, even if it looks clean. I'm a doctor so naturally am germ-phobic, especially on a cruise ship (which makes me feel like everyone on the ship is a little bacteria in a petri dish).
I travel alot, so I immediately find the cabin steward and give them an easy job, like having them take the stuff out of refrigerator & out of the room while digging out a $5 bill from my stack of cash (mostly ones but big bills on top). I tell them there are lots more of these if they keep the room in tip-top shape. It never fails to make a steward remember me and my room number. Every cruise I always get extra towels & glasses, towel animals, turn down service, etc.
When you found the glass with water and lip marks, you should have immediately found your steward (they are usually in the hallway) and pointed it out. Leaving a note without making direct eye contact is not as effective at making a statement about his/her job skills. Once I found a cigarette butt and pointed it out to the steward and he immediately vaccumed the room and wiped it down with a clean towel and disinfectant. (I've seen housekeepers cleaning 4-star hotel rooms with the same dirty towel...yuck.)
Unfortunately in this case our steward was nowhere to be found when we needed him! He was always hanging out in the hallway when we entered the room, but by the time we found a problem and came back out, he was gone. Calling him rarely did any good either, as he didn't answer the phone half the time. That's why we went to the front desk about turn down service the first night, because "Aloha" (DH's nickname for the steward) had disappeared once again! I'm guessing this is more of an individual steward problem than an NCL thing since the rest of you seemed to have positive housekeeping experiences. Thankfully, we spent so little time on the ship that we had little time or reason to worry about the condition of our room.
A little dust I can handle; but it was the hair thing that thoroughly grossed me out! I'm not sure what it is about seeing other people's hair on things (especially in the bathroom) that bothers me so, but it's a good thing I went for a PhD instead of an MD! ;-) I'm already a little germaphobic, so can't imagine how bad I would be if I'd gone to med school!
The Aloha Mixed Plate has the BEST plate lunch special, if you like the high-carbs/heart attack on a plate that the locals crave. My DH has to get this every time we go to Lahaina.
The luau looked like fun and your view of the ocean and stage was breathtaking. How bizarre the fire dancer's torch flew right at you and you were able to capture the momemt on video. I can see you now, showing friends & family your vacation pictures: "Here's the dirty glass in the bathroom with the little paper top on it to make it look like it's clean, oh, and here's the flying flame torch projectile that barely missed my husband's leg."
Your review is so good. I can't wait for more.
Thanks! I probably didn't pick the best plate lunch (I had the teriyaki beef, which was extremely dry and bland), so I'm sure they have better options. At any rate, at least the drinks were great!
I'm still not sure how my DH kept filming all through the flying torch incident. I was shocked when I watched the video later! The dancer actually came up to apologize to us afterward and was so kind about the whole thing, but we just thought it was hilarious (after I realized that my purse wasn't on fire, of course).
Dec. 2013 - Bahamas - Carnival Ecstasy (Port Canaveral to Freeport, Nassau, Little Stirrup Cay)
Jan. 2012 - Hawaii - NCL Pride of America
Dec. 2009 - Panama (Miami to Labadee, Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica, Key West) - Royal Caribbean
Dec. 2008 - Southern Caribbean (San Juan to St. Thomas, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts) - Carnival Victory
May 2008 - Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Freeport) - Carnival Glory
Dec. 2006 - Mexico (Mobile to Cozumel) - Carnival Holiday