Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community

tap_out

Members
  • Content Count

    353
  • Joined

About tap_out

  • Rank
    Cool Cruiser

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. We got a spa balcony for $250pp which was low fair range.
  2. NYC embarkation and debarkation was the best we have had in 12 cruises. We dont spend hardly anytime in the casino sorry, We had the drink perk which its really a wash. Comparable carnival cruises are about the same price once you pay for the cheers package. We had an awesome cruise on Horizon in 2018, I would say are best to date. We were in the Havana area. Entertainment on that ship was top notch. While the theater design sucks the shows themselves were very good. I did notice that they cut back on the amount of different comedians. As far as other cut backs we didnt notice
  3. What did they do to the Havana area on Mardi Gras?
  4. Negative. We ate there for lunch we each an appetizer and entree, we skipped desert but it was available. I dont believe there is a limit on the amount you can order.
  5. So just a little bit of background my wife and I are in our mid 30s. We have 12 cruises each under our belts 2 ncl 5rc and 5 carnival. I am not a loyalist to any brand but will say that I prefer to cruise Carnival. This was our second NCL Cruise it left out of NY 8/4 and we sailed in a Spa Balcony which we one on upgrade. I wont do a traditional review but just hit on some highs and lows. Food- For the most part we ate every meal in the Manhattan room. I thought the service was always good. We never had to wait for a table and I always asked to be seated on the dance floor. This really is a beautiful dining room. I thought the menu choices, food and service were all above average. I would rate it a B. My wife really disagreed with me here and was really disappointed. For the most part breakfast was in taste or savor. The food was always good. I could have used a little more variety but service was average to very slow. It took the 2 of us over an hour to eat breakfast. Lunch was usually in the pub. Food and service was good and I was surprised because I was not impressed with the pub on the getaway a few years ago. Little rant. I think the prices for the specialty restaurants is absolutely insane. We decided it was just not worth it to us. However towards the end of the cruise we didnt spend that much money so we splurged on the steakhouse. It was a mistake and not worth the money. Not some of the horror stories that I have read on the boards but not worth the $107 we spent. Its nice that the pub is open 24/7 but at 2am after a night of drinking I dont want to sit down for a meal. I want something to grab and go. NCL doesn't have this option. The buffet was open till 11:30 with late night options but the timing is wrong. It seemed like we always missed it because a comedy show or another activity was just ending Entertainment- NCL really came through here. Quire of man was amazing we saw it twice and my wife was called on stage both times. We really lucked out and ended up with a great group of comedians and an awesome magician. We always had something to do and were always entertained. The stuff the put on in the atrium was always very entertaining but the limit seating kept us from seeing as much as we would have liked. Surprisingly we spent almost no time at howl at the moon. The young girl was very good but the two older gentlemen were not, so it kept us out of there. While I'm sure some people enjoy After midnight we only lasted about 20 mins and then had to leave. Its hard to sit through a show when you cant relate to the music. Staff- I had heard great things about the staff and while everybody was okay, thats all they were , just okay. Numerous time we tried to spark of conversations with waiters, bartenders with no luck. I dont really hold this against NCL maybe they were just a little over worked or tired. Drinks/Bar Staff- My wife and I were very disappointed to see that almost every drink made was on tap or pre made. Even the mojito bar that we loved on the getaway was now all pre made. There was no creativity left for the bartenders. We ask several times for things to be changed up or mixed up to try new things and they always refused to stray away from the pre made drinks. Forget about getting a drink by the pool during the day. There were times were we stood up to the bar for 20+ minutes. Very few if any waiters coming around taking drink orders. We did manage to flag one down one day in spice and my wife waited for close to an hour for him to return from the bar. We did spend at least an hour or so in the district every night and it was really a nice place to get away. I am a true beer snob and was a little disappointed with there selection. What was even worse is they kicked over half of there kegs mid way through the cruise. Again I blame this on the drink package and bar tenders just being over worked because almost everybody on the ship can drink for free. We were seriously spoiled with Cheers and the Alchemy bar on Carnival. Pool Deck - I new it was going to be bad coming in but had no idea it would be this bad. We thought saving grace would be spice but we were wrong. It was almost impossible to find a place for 2. We are not chair hogs but I came really close to setting my alarm and going out on the pool deck. I dont think I have ever witnessed hogging this bad. At 11am I would say less then half of the chairs were occupied. Thank god for the SPA Spa- This really was our saving grace. We enjoyed the spa and all the thermal amenities. We spent at least 3 hours here each day and it was so nice to get away from the crowds. We have only ever stayed in a spa room on Carnivals Dream and this blew it out of the water. Ship- As expected. NCL has some of the most beautiful well decorated ships at sea and the Escape did not disappoint. The lay out was great. If you stayed off the pool deck the ship never felt crowded. Really love the layout of 678 ocean plaza and the waterfront. So to wrap it up. I was on vacation and still had a blast even though it might seem I was little nit picky. We will probably take a break from NCL for awhile. It has been so nice to travel out of NY and not have to travel to FL. So that kind of limits us on what we can do. Oasis is set from a 150+ million upgrade and will be sailing out of NY next year so might be time to give RC a try again. Let me know if you guys have any questions.
  6. We won our upgrade on the sailing before you. Inside to a Spa Balcony for $250pp well worth it in our opinion
  7. We normally sail insides, I would say out of our 13 cruises 4 of them we have had a balcony. We booked an inside room on our upcoming escape cruise. After booking I was nervous after looking at pictures and reviews. The breakaway class ships insides are much smaller then insides on other lines and storage is at a minimum. I snagged a spa balcony upgrade for $500. For me so much wasn't about the balcony this time but just how small the inside was on this class of ship.
  8. We will be on the same sailing. Snagged an upgrade from inside to spa balcony, can't wait. 1. I can't remember 2. I have read a few conflicting reports but heard only 30% is presale 3. One word WATERFRONT 4. Yes they provide each guest a breach towel that you can exchange for a fresh one whenever you like.
  9. I cant remember if shots are included? but I do believe they will pour you a neat double of anything under $15 is this correct? It has been a few years since we cruised NCl.
  10. unfortunately its pretty limited, which is why I love carnival. However we still plan on having a great cruise on the escape. Off the top of my head. The main dining room, taste, savor "which are essentially still just main dining rooms", The pub, room service, buffet and I believe that is it for free venues.
  11. Yes they would move over with you. You just can't gain perks you didn't already have.
  12. Sailing NCL escape on a 7 day Bermuda out of NY. Initially was booked in an inside guarantee. Put an offer in of $250 pp for a spa balcony "was in the upper part of the fair range", also put an offer of $200 for a regular balcony. Got the email today they accepted our spa offer. Seems like a super great deal. A Spa balcony over our initial inside was almost $2k more. So it's a given to say I'm a big fan of ncls upgrade system. Would have loved all the free at sea perks the balcony came with but I'll take what I can get
  13. Sailing NCL escape on a 7 day Bermuda out of NY. Initially was booked in an inside guarantee. Put an offer in of $250 pp for a spa balcony "was in the upper part of the fair range", also put an offer of $200 for a regular balcony. Got the email today they accepted our spa offer. Seems like a super great deal. A Spa balcony over our initial inside was almost $2k more. So it's a given to say I'm a big fan of ncls upgrade system. Would have loved all the free at sea perks the balcony came with but I'll take what I can get.
  14. We have the in shape part covered. Former mma fighter and current power lifter. Price is up there......but I feel like this could be our one excursion and anything else we could do on our own. Thanks for the suggestion.
  15. Jijis was the best Asian style food we have ever had. I would go as far to say it was the best meal I have had in my number of cruisers. We also had a great experience in that steak house. Both of these on horizon last August.
×
×
  • Create New...