Occupation:Owner of PR firm
Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Dream
Sailing Date: January 23rd, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
We got a great deal on the cruise, which included 2 nights in New Orleans before the cruise. Lots of fun there! Enough "carnival" fun with a parade and smaller crowds than Mardi Gras. We stayed at the Astor which was great!
I was worried about checking in on the Dream. I had a not-too-pleasant check-in expereince on the RC Adventure of the Seas last year, but was VERY pleasantly surprised by the ease and quickness of the check in here!
We had a great stateroom with more room than I expected. It was a little shop-worn but our cabin stewardess kept it very clean.
Food was good--not outstanding, but very good. We liked the free-style dining and ate in all of the restaurants including the French one that had a $15 add-on per person. The food was good, but not too different that in the dining rooms. (I was dying for escargo and it was FABULOUS!) The buffet restaurant was a little crowded and dingy. We really preferred the other venues.
Shore excursions were the usual. My only disappointment on the trip involved my plans to dive in Belize. It had been about 16 months since my last dive so I checked with PADI before leaving and they said 2 years was OK. Unfortunately, NCL's rule is ONE year, so because we had scheduled other activities there wasn't time for a check out dive before we reached Belize. The "young kid" who reigned over the excursion desk was not very helpful in this matter, so I dropped the idea and spent the time in Belize just relaxing!
Roatan was interesting and really undeveloped. We liked that!
Cozumel and Cancun were repeats for us so we shopped and did a little touring around.
This cruise was a great one and although the ship is old and has been retrofitted the crew more than makes up for any "wear" the ship may show.
I highly recommend this ship/cruise. It's probably the nicest of the four I've taken!