DW and I had cruised NCL 15 yrs ago, first time for the kids. The kids never got around to going to Adventure Ocean. We did pretty much everything together, and I didn't want to push them over there. I know they would have enjoyed it, but they are kinda shy, I guess.
As for the ship, I thought it was in very good shape. Oh yeah, there were some things in our room that could have used a little maintenaince, but nothing that really bothered me. Our attendant, was excellent. Very friendly and always ready to provide anything we needed. We had a balcony room, which i highly recommend. Throughout the ship, i cannot recall a time when I saw a location that needed cleaning.
I thought the food was very good. I don't eat at five star restaurants every night, so maybe my standards aren't as high as some. Service in the Windjammer was excellent, and the service at the dining room was even better. The first night or two, it seemed like the waiter and asst. waiter were struggling to keep up. However, by the third night we had our usual drinks waiting at our table. My dd was very impressed that she got her diet coke w/slice of lime w/out asking for it. Our waiter (Ms. Lale Becu) was very candid about the selection of entrees. My son ate pasta w/marinara sauce almost every night. The last night he decided to try the featured entree, when it was clear he didn't care for it, Lale already had the pasta on standby and brought it right to the table.
My thoughts are running together now, so i'm just going to give you some random comments.
We had to skip St. Thomas b/c of storm which was big disappointment, but better than being seasick the rest of the week, or worse. I changed the excursions to snorkel in Nassau since we were supposed to do that in st. Thomas. We did the SeaTrek Sail and Snorkel. i was not really impressed with it. the area we snorkeled was not protected from the waves, so it was exhausting. We did see alot of fish, but the waves made it very difficult to stay in one place. My advice is to ask if the site is open water or protected (if that is the right term).
I was shocked at the ice show. Fantastic. the other performers were quite good as well. My experience is that unless the show is labeled as an adult show, you can take your kids, content wise. we actually didn't make it to an adult show, too tired.
On occasion I saw some very ill behaved children, without parent supervision. I will say that those situations were only such that i shook my head, nothing that i felt needed to be reported or stopped immediately. You can go to any restaurant in any city and find the same thing.
Embarkation and Debarkation was a piece of cake. The embarkation took a little longer, but we only stood in line a total of about 30 or 40 minutes maybe getting on the ship. Our color had us getting off the ship between 9 and 9:30. We were in the cab headed to airport before 9. I recommend getting a porter and tipping him well. Ours took us right to the street and into a cab, while folks were standing around on the curb looking and waiting. We just followed the porter. I didn't know it was happening until we got in the cab and looked back.
Please let me know if I can answer a question. I know i didn't cover everything, but I can't think of anything else. I will say the we all had an excellent experience. DW and DD are now looking for another RCI cruise.
Southward 7/1980 (DW pre DH)
Explorer of the Seas 7/2005