Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Dream
Sailing Date: November 4th, 2004
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
I just return from my 7 day cruise and I am left feeling like I have wasted much time and money. My trip from the airport to the cruise ship went smoothly. I used the Van Norwegian recommended and charges $30 total for pickup and return. My room on the ship was very nice and more than I had expected. I received an upgrade. After checking in my friend and I went looking around and found a band playing on the deck "Caribbean Vibes". They were very good and played everyday 4x's a day during our cruise. After exploring the ship we were kind of disappointed because there was really nothing to look at besides the gift shops, casino, restaurants, nightclub and lounge. The entertainment on the ship was wonderful but that is where the fun ended. The land excursions were always rushed and too short. When we arrived at Cozumel we did not know where to go. The cruise ship just lets you off at the pier and you try to find out where do you go and how do you get there. These questions we tried to ask the locals which can be hard since their English is limited. We ended up taking a taxi which cost $35.00 each way and included free admittance to the beach. The beach was nice. Back on the ship there was the usual band on the deck and show in the stardust. In Rotan we took a tour through the town which was a waste of time because the only things to see was the poverty of the local people. We also took a zoo tour which cost $40.00 each. Animals were nice but could have seen that at home. The ship had a bar-b-que on the deck each night which would have been nice if they did not have the same menu each night. The band played in wind and rain. My friend got motion sickness. You felt the ship rocking the entire time we were on the ship. The drinks were very expensive and not mixed well. One night in the Night club they were playing disco music. After about 2 hours of hearing this and seeing no one on the floor I requested that the music might be changed and the DJ informed me that he had to play it all night since it was Disco night. What a disappointing night.
This cruise was not what I expected. We spent most of the time tendering back and forth to Island that we did not get to spend much time on. It was too tiring and frustrating. The food in the 2 restaurants we ate at had no flavor to it and except for 1 night we left hungry. I had sailed Norwegian before, but believe me never will I take another cruise with them. I spent a lot of money and really other than partying with the band and seeing the island for a minute I could have stayed home.