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Greg Hartman

Age: 44

Occupation:Manager

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norway

Sailing Date: February 2nd, 2003

Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean

Cruise Line: NCL
Sailing Date: February  2nd, 2003

I had read some reviews where people were very disappointed about their trip on the Norway. I must say that I didn't have that same experience: in fact it was a very memorable and wonderful ship.

Like many things there are the good and bad. I got a room in "as the comedian called it" the trailer trash section: the bottom passenger floor. B004 was my home for a week and it was great. The room had an ocean view and it was great on days we were in port. The size of the room was adequate.

A note about the Miami Airport and a trip over. Our cab ride on Sunday morning was $20 for 2 people, since the traffic isn't that insane: you may want to think about that option. I will admit that I couldn't find the NCL reps at the airport.

The Norway is a very special ship and a chance to turn back the clock a little. The staff was probably the best staff I had encountered on a cruise. Like most cruises, there are hundreds of things to do. My favorite room was Club Internationale: a step back in time with the awesome Standard Trio. If you go, say hi to Melanie and Bruce for me!

The S/S Norway is an older ship, therefore you have to tender (be brought in) to every port. A little bit of a nuisance, but that is something you can't change, so enjoy the ride. The staff does a great job getting everybody on the tenders though in a quick time.

The ports: You can't beat St Marteen or St Thomas: although I'd recommend the trip over to St John: It's incredibly peaceful and beautiful. NCL's Great Stirrup Key is another fun stop. Depending on if you have been to the island before: my recommendation is if you haven't been, select a tour available on the ship, if you have been, then take it at your own pace. The tour I took to St John was excellent.

The food: I thought it was very good and I have to say the staff was better than anywhere! The dinners were very good: a lot to choose from. For breakfast and lunch: you can either eat in the dining rooms, or on deck: the food is top notch. I didn't have dinner in Le Bistro, but heard the food was very good.

The S/S Norway is simply a grand ship from a lost time of elegance. The crew and staff are excellent.

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