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I would love to see Blue Man Group.
On NCL I liked their choice of specialty dining restuarants and also their suite perks. Best of all the mainstream and even premium lines. Other than that they are just okay. I found the MDR lacking and their buffet was the worst ever experienced in all my years of cruising. With that said, others rave about their buffet area but we all know food is very subjective. I would cruise with NCL again but it would not be my first choice.I agree with your sentiments. I feel that Royal is just more polished. The ships are quality--just nicer, cleaner, shinier. Crew is just better. Royal beats NCL hands-down, though I still enjoyed my cruise on the Dawn.
So I've only been on two cruises (soon to be three) all with RCCL. I just discovered the new ship Norwegian is building called Breakaway and it looks great (maybe Sunshine class will incorporate some of these features). Anyway I was wondering what RCCL loyals think of Norwegian. I took a quick glance at reviews by ship on CC and Norwegian averaged in the low 70s for people who loved it whereas Royal averaged more in the mid 80s. So I'm guessing Royal is much better, and in the case of the Breakaway 7 nighters out of New York in 2013, pricing seems to be the same as the Allure/Oasis. So it's not as if they are competing on price. Anyway I'd love to hear some thoughts.We cruise almost exclusively with Royal Caribbean but in October took NCL's Pride of America around the islands of Hawaii. The ship had mixed reviews with a lot of very, very negative ones. We had no complaints and there were actually a couple of things that NCL did that RCCL doesn't that we wish our favorite line would offer:
I would love to see Blue Man Group.Great show on the Epic..had to go twice!
>The main dining room was open for lunch on embarkation day.Yeah, I had forgotten about this; it's a really nice way to start the cruise experience. I wonder if they still serve champaign as a welcome aboard? I'd better book another NCL cruise to remind myself!
Yeah, I had forgotten about this; it's a really nice way to start the cruise experience. I wonder if they still serve champaign as a welcome aboard? I'd better book another NCL cruise to remind myself!When I was on the Spirit in December, they still served champaign.
When I was on the Spirit in December, they still served champaign.Thanks Scott!! I see you're coming to NY in June 2013; I live in the NY Metro area, so if you have any questions, fire away!! Paul
I recently sailed NCL for the first time. (9 previous cruises with RCL). It's definitely a different experience. I agree with Toocruisin', it worked well for the hardly ever at sea Hawaiian itinerary. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if there were multiple sea days. The service is not as over the top, bend over backwards as it is on RCL - but I will add to that comment that Pride of America is an all American crew, and (here I go insulting my own country, sorry USA) in general I don't think that American's are as hard working as those from lots of other countries. Though I do like Royal better, I would not be opposed to sailing with NCL again.I definitely agree with you about the service (most being American). Our waiter in the MDR was downright RUDE. He was a rich kid from California who was just doing this for fun (he told us that). We didn't care for the food, although the Specialty restaurant was excellent. The shows were boring. There was really no ship time being the Hawaiian itinerary was very intense!If we went to them with a problem, and there were many, they were very accommodating...free bottles of wine, free specialty restaurant, free mystery dinner show. (My sister had a big roach in her room, the one day when she went to get back on the ship, she was completely wiped out of the system, like there was no evidence of her being on it!!! Just some problems like that!!!!) But Hawaii was great. I think I will stick to Royal!
Makes me want to try. They have family suites. I have checked them out, but need to look when new itineraries become available and are not all booked upI don't care what the polls that CC publishes, the suites on NCL absolutely rock. There are way too many perks, but I will start. With NCL you get both a butler & a concierge. The butler takes care of any and all details fir your suite. If you want to have dinner served to you in your cabin, no problem. I guess depending on the suite, your butler give you a mobile phone so you can get him from anywhere on the ship. The concierge handles many things for you. Priority seating at shows, escorting you off the ship to beat the lines getting off at ports of call. Oh, when you are a suite customer, you are allowed to have sit down breakfast and lunch in Cagneys. I could go on and on about NCL suites.