Service: Everything was great, very friendly and prompt. The only thing we missed were that there were no towel animals in our cabin.
Food: Great overall. Not bad like other reviews I have seen on here. Buffet food was surprisingly good, Espicially if you skip the main line and go to the ones by the windows- this is where there is "made to order” food is. They have waffles and omelets for breakfast and the dinner options change daily (one night they had burritos, tacos, and nachos made to order which were great). The only thing we didn't enjoy about the buffet were some of the rude people you had to deal with (pushing, cutting line, taking over your table before you finished) but I guess you find that everywhere. We just took our food to our balcony which was very nice. The special restaurants were wonderful- we love Endless Summer and we ate there twice- LaTotoria was ok but we are spoiled by a magnificent Italian place here at home- Cagneys way delicious well worth the money- and LeBristo was amazing. The only complaint I have was that the menus in the main dining rooms never seemed appealing and we never got to eat in them. They seemed to be catered to seafood and fish lovers- which we don't eat--- but if you do then I'm sure you'll love them too. Anyway almost every dish was fish or seafood and if it was chicken it was stuffed or covered in fish or seafood. I'm sure some of the nites they had other things- like on formal night the fillet minion - but we opted not to take formal attire (this being our 6th cruise and 1st on NCL freestyle we decided to embrace the wear what you will- and didn't take formal clothes... it was easier for packing and saved time getting ready ao was nice for a change- but if I hadn't already done one cruise this year where we did the formal nites and got pictures then I would be a little disappointed) so we ate at Cagneys and LeBristo on those nights. But I digress....
Ports & Shore Excursions:
Amazing. Much more exciting and beautiful than I had imagined. Very rugged and naturally beautiful. We didn't care for the city of Acapulco much- but the lights were beautiful at night. 1st let me say that we did all our excursions thru the ship since I was worried about the time difference (which is good that I did because the ship did change time twice, so it wasn't on LA time or on time with all the stops in Mexico which was a bit confusing).
In Acapulco we did the hiking excursion- great exercise with some great rewarding views.
In Zithuatuano we did the learn to SCUBA it was amazing... a little scary at 1st but the instructor (1 instructor to 4 students on our trip) was there to help and I soon got over my fears. After passing the tests he taught us- it was on to deeper water swimming right off the beach. Beautiful coral and fish on the reef. Saw and got to hold a puffer fish and a live star fish. The water was in the 80's even at 35 feet and we didn't even wear wet suits and were never cold.
In Puerto Vallarta we did the canopy tour. It was a neat off road adventure in a Unamog to get there, and then the tour itself was great. I am afraid of heights and still loved it- the staff was great and I always felt safe. The repel down was the hardest for me- but I did it none the less.
In Cabo we did the desert park ATV tour. I was planning to ride along with my husband- the ship said two could fit an ATV (and we are little) but there was no way. The ATV had safety instructions on it that said one person only. So- I got to learn how to drive and ATV and shift and everything ( I only drive automatics). It was really a lot of fun. Exciting ride with beautiful scenery of the desert and the ocean.
The Ship & Entertainment-
The ship was beautiful and very well kept. Decorated for Christmas in a very tasteful beautiful way. Artwork everywhere which was amazing- I wanted to take it home. We had a BB balcony cabin 9566, beautiful and roomy (the split bathroom was spacious and very nice), spent a ton of time on the balcony- saw many great sunrise and sunsets, and lots of sea life (turtles, dolphins, and a whale). Saw a few shows that were very nice- and also enjoyed the art auctions. However- we are both in our 20's and were often a bit bored- not many activities for us... all seemed to be catered to kids or the elderly (Bingo, Bingo, Bingo... no offence just not our thing and the pool was so overrun with kids playing games that we never could get in- well you could of if you wanted to get knocked over). This is the 1st time this happened to us on a cruise... usually there is so much to do! Instead we did a lot of relaxing which was also nice just different.
Spa- was wonderful. Nice pool and hot tubs to use that were free and not over run with kids. Also- one highlight of the week was our 1st massage ever (for ether of us). We got a couples hot stone massage and just melted away... amazing and well worth the money. We did it on couple’s night and so also got to enjoy a glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries free afterwards.
Other- The anniversary package was well worth the money-- champagne and chocolate strawberries in our room upon arrival, a picture, dinner at LeBristo with free wine, a party that we accidentally missed, and appetizers delivered one night from the captain (which were nice but were all seafood and so we didn't eat). But all that for around $80 was well worth it.
Anyway- here’s to the memories and many more cruises to come!!