Posted June 18th, 2018, 11:44 AM
Thank you for posting your experience on NCL, TC2! Great pictures, commentary and contrasts to full luxury cruising.
We were on NCL many years ago, and share some of your opinions. For one, we also thought Le Bistro was great. We were sailing in a small suite as well, prior to the creation of NCL's Haven concept. The suite was comfortable, and we had an "OK" butler. However, there were certain aspects of the cruise, particularly dining in the MDR, which caused us to avoid future bookings on NCL.
Your next West Coast cruise certainly sounds like it might be on HAL (San Diego is a popular port for HAL
). If so, I hope you are booked into a Neptune Suite. They are VERY spacious and comfortable, and the Neptune Lounge (for Neptune guests) is very nice. The concierges in the Lounge are delightful. We have sailed on HAL quite a bit, primarily for their unique itineraries. I just wish they would bump up the Neptune Suite amenities to at least provide for included adult beverages in the Lounge.
Whatever line you may be on, enjoy your cruise! We also live on the West Coast and really enjoy the ease of embarking and disembarking so close to home.