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About 17cruisesnsl

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  1. 17cruisesnsl

    No so Epic Cruise...

    I brought the dailies home as I saw the requests before we left. Had unlimited internet on ship but I wasn't sure how to upload pictures so I hope to start scanning tomorrow and if time permits to write a review. Today,little things like delayed flights, unpacking, laundry, preparing for work tomorrow- i.e. Back to reality interfered.
  2. 17cruisesnsl

    No so Epic Cruise...

    We were on the EPIC 12/5-12/15 and ate a late (9 pm) dinner in Taste and an 8 pm dinner another evening in the Manhattan Dining room. The service was totally different, both times a table for 2. Other meals were specialty dining or in the Haven dining room I would have expected hurried service due to the late hour at Taste but it was well paced. Our order was simple, we shared appetizers and the eggplant parmigiana entree. Coffee and sorbet for dessert. In the Manhattan room, you couldn't put your fork down to take a sip of wine without the assistant waiter trying to take your full plate and this happened frequently during the meal. It was quite annoying. Perhaps they had read and were overcompensating for their reviews? I found that dining in general, including the Haven and specialty restaurants were not to the standard of prior NCL cruises. Inconsistency was the biggest negative; either we felt rushed (and we do not like to linger between courses or after a meal) or that the food, particularly the fish, was overcooked. We also wondered if the chefs used any spices other than rosemary - it was on everything from the breakfast potatoes, to bread, to shrimp, etc. Cagneys was the exception- timing was good and the food cooked as requested. One item I thought detracted from the service was rotation of the wait staff, especially as many staff members said they had come aboard that week or following the TA. The Haven staff was rotated to Taste for breakfast and to LeBistro at dinner. We never had the same waiter twice in the Haven restaurant. IMHO, it detracted from their team cohesiveness, the dining experience and likely additional gratuities for the Haven staff. Food likes and dislikes are subjective but consistently in quality and service can make or break a "land" restaurant; the dining experience is a key component of the cruise experience and hopefully it will improve for those anxiously anticipating their EPIC experience, as the EPIC crew becomes a team.
  3. 17cruisesnsl

    Any update on NCL Drinking Straws?

    Had to validate- yes frozen drinks come with paper straws Cheers
  4. 17cruisesnsl

    Any update on NCL Drinking Straws?

    On EPIC now - haven't seen any straws but haven't ordered any frozen drinks attached blurb from freestyle daily advising of eliminating use of plastic straws but it may be too large
  5. 17cruisesnsl

    SS Norway post boiler explosion question

    The Norway was a wonderful ship; so sad that such a great vessel's service had to end as it did. She was the ship that made me fall in love with cruising, after two not so wonderful earlier experiences.
  6. 17cruisesnsl

    Why do you walk out on Rock of Ages?

    I understand the comment about missing the Ryan company, when the Broadway musicals changed annually and the ability to do so didn't appear to be be hampered by fiscal constraints. I haven't walked out on ROA but I am tired of it - 5 years and the only thing that changed was the cast. Last cruise, we didn't bother to see it again. It's a matter of preference, some might say Bermuda hadn't changed much in those same years but no one complained. For me it's no different than some people enjoy watching a movie or a show no matter how many times they've seen it, others like myself prefer a change. NCL has many repeat cruisers, who like us, enjoyed the convenience of sailing out of NY and I wonder how many survey responses dealt with the lack of variety. Perhaps sailing out of NOLA, the show will find a new audience.
  7. 17cruisesnsl

    Mr. Worldwide Recipe?

    Was my favorite drink as well. Thank you!
  8. 17cruisesnsl

    Help me convince my parents to join us!

    Have a wonderful cruise. Haven't read all the posts so I don't know if anyone recommended Quease-ease for your mom. Heard about it on these boards - you take a whiff of what is basically a mix of oils like eucalyptus and peppermint when you feel nauseous. I get seasick, but still think cruising is the best vacation, the nsl in my board name stands for no sea legs. The wrist bands plus a whiff or two of Quease Ease has served me well on recent cruises, plane rides, etc. I order it online but some stores/drug stores will carry it and there is no drowsiness or OTC medication/adult beverage interaction. I still bring the OTC meds as backup but haven't needed them; the patch doesn't work for our family - we had allergic reactions. Wishing you a wonderful cruise and calm seas
  9. 17cruisesnsl

    Live Bliss - Haven/Casino Edition

    That would be wonderful and much appreciated. We're casino at sea (and on land) people and love our Haven time. To quote my 89 year old mother when I suggested we book a Disney cruise -- why would you expect me to travel on a ship without a casino.
  10. 17cruisesnsl

    What is your favorite cruise tradition?

    First Day --Lunch in a MDR (last cruise we were in Haven -even better!) lots of photos before the ship gets too busy and a late dinner at LaCucina before hitting the casino. La Cucina started many years ago, with a first day promo for a free bottle of wine with dinner if you booked the first night. We rarely drink but it sounded good so we took advantage. Had very calm seas so it became a superstition to ensure a smooth sailing. Last night is dinner at Cagneys Purchase of a ship Christmas ornament so decorating the tree brings back fond vacation memories. We purchase an ornament in (new) ports and land vacations as well.
  11. 17cruisesnsl

    Anytime dining private table

    Hope you had a great cruise. Loved your prior reviews - did you (or H) write one for this cruise?
  12. 17cruisesnsl

    NCL food prepared on Shore and microwaved??

    To hijack the post for a moment - how was the low sodium diet? Have requested it for my mom and have read they meet with you in advance. This trip, to celebrate her 90th, we're in the Haven, where I assume it will be easier to control the salt content but we will want to use our 4 specialty dinners and I want to minimize her opportunities to cheat.
  13. 17cruisesnsl

    Why do you cruise?

    What everyone said plus it's a great multi-generational vacation-something for everyone to do. Love it most with calm seas
  14. 17cruisesnsl

    I've been sailing NCL long enough to remember when...

    The Norway before it was expanded and it's spa pool was considered unique Tasting Aquavit on the Norway - still have the "collectable" horn shaped shot glass but couldn't drink the Aquavit then or now - too strong! 2 formal nights on a 7 night cruise Assigned dinner seating and waiters had assistants Unlimited lobster tails even when you said "one is plenty" Champagne at embarkation No specialty restaurants
  15. 17cruisesnsl

    Specialty Dining on Epic First Night?

    We always book a specialty restaurant on the first night as the main dining rooms seem to have longer lines until everyone falls into their cruise routine. We do this whether we're in the Haven or a mini-suite. We're late diners, usually eating at 8 or 8:30, so it doesn't interfere with sail away but may interfere with shows. Follow Bird Travels advice and book as soon as reservations open. Learned that lesson the hard way on our first NCL freestyle cruise after a NCL cruise gap of a few years! Enjoy your cruise