Age: 21 to 30
Occupation:Public Relations Work
Number of Cruises: 6 - 10
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Dream
Sailing Date: June 6th, 2001
Itinerary: Kiel Canal transit
When the ship was “stretched”, the passenger capacity was increased by 502 lower berths, while a number of public rooms remained at its old size. As a result, especially the observation lounge and the Sports Bar are very small for the number of passengers carries. The Sports Bar also serves as the vessel’s buffet restaurant for which it is poorly suited – offering seats for less than 10% of the passengers at one time! Parts of the seating and tables in the Sports Bar are everything but comfortable for having breakfast or lunch there. While saying that the ship feels crowded would be an exaggeration, there really isn’t as much space per passenger as onboard NCL’s “Norway” or the “Sky”-class of ships. One does see and feel “Norwegian Dream’s” rather high passenger density (space ratio 29.3). The number of public rooms is fine despite the fact that some of them are too small.
The food at the buffet was okay – typical NCL buffet fare that is. Dinner in the Four Seasons Restaurant (which offers spectacular views through huge walls of glass) was slightly disappointing, as I thought it was not quite up to the standards I’ve been used to from NCL. The Four Seasons is a very noisy room and I am sure the “Freestyle Cruising” concept has not lowered the noise level! The two aft dining rooms that overlook the stern are very beautiful, which can also be said about the décor of many of the public spaces.
It was possible to take a look at one of the cabins (a Cat. GG cabin on Promenade Deck), which was of a good size and very nicely decorated.
All in all a wonderful “mini cruise” aboard a good ship.
I can honestly recommend taking a trip through the Kiel Canal. I have been to the state of Schleswig-Holstein many takes, but had never transited the canal. There are so many enthusiastic spectators lining the canal, and in the town of Rendsburg inhabitants of an old people’s home have even established a “Norwegian Dream” fan club and welcome the ship each and every time it transits the canal with flags and a banner saying “Thank you, ‘Norwegian Dream’” in Norwegian. As a matter of course the ship’s captain always greets the senior citizens with three typhoon blasts.
If you have questions, suggestions etc., please do not hesitate to get in touch with me!