Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Dream
Sailing Date: December 2nd, 2006
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Dream Cruise Review
I was on the Texribbean cruise leaving out of Houston, TX with ports in Progresso, Cozumel and Belize City. Sailing date December 2, embarkation date December 9.
The ports were great. All places that I loved to visit. In Progresso, we did the Mayan Ruins and city tour - very educational and entertaining. In Cozumel, we did the unlimited snorkeling at Sunset Beach. The employees were terrific, very nice and patient. Snorkeling was great, we saw some great fish and the overall experience was terrific. In Belize City, we did the Barrier Reef snorkeling and beach break with Belize Catamarans (purchased via NCL), which also was a great experience. The snorkeling was the best that I had ever seen and highly recommend it.
Although the ports of call were great, unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the Norwegian Dream. The Norwegian Dream was more like a nightmare.
The ship itself is too small to endure the rough water in the Gulf of Mexico at this time of year. Every wave was felt. It was a very rough ride. This was my 6th cruise and never before have I gotten sea sick, but the Norwegian Dream was the exception. I was sea sick 2 out of 7 nights despite the Dramamine I took to avoid the uneasy feelings. There were 7 people in my party and all of us were sick one night or other.
On Tuesday 12/05 at about 7PM, the air conditioning turned off. I called the front desk, they were aware the air condition was broken and could not give an estimated time of repair. At 1:47AM on Wednesday morning the air was still off. Our cabin felt stuffy and it felt like we were suffocating, our cabin was an ocean view room, but that did not help as you can't open the portholes. My fiancé' and I went up to the 7th deck and was appalled to find people sleeping in the lounges because it was so hot. We went up to the 12th deck to find 40-50 mph winds and yet people sleeping in covered corners, just to escape the heat that was inside the ship. NCL is very lucky that people did not get ill from lack of air circulation or get heat stroke. After all that discomfort, we found out the next day that the captain ordered for the air to be turned down so the ship could go faster. In the process of turning down the air, the air conditioning broke resulting in a loss of air conditioning for 7-8 hours. All that discomfort was unnecessary.
Also, the activities and entertainment selection onboard was very poor. Both activities and entertainment were geared for people 60-80 years in age. An example of activities for elderly people, GRANDPARENT GET TOGETHERS, so that Grandparents could brag about their grandchildren. No exaggeration, that is exactly what the cruise itinerary said under description. I cruised w/ 6 other people ranging in age from 26 - 60 and all of us were bored. We found ourselves playing Monopoly and cards; although this is a nice option, I have never had to actually do it out of sheer boredom.
The staff in the dining room was excellent, very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre at best. Example, a chocolate brownie... simplicity at it's best... even my 10 year old niece can bake brownies from a Duncan Hines box, but not on NCL. The brownies were dry and crumbled in your mouth and there was definitely NO taste of chocolate in that brownie. The French Restaurant aboard ship was good but not worth the $15 surcharge per person. The chocolate buffet was above average, much smaller scale than on RCCL, but still nice.
Overall the experience was ok, mostly in part because the ports of call were great. NCL and the Norwegian Dream is not recommended, unless you are 80 and wish to spend you days sleeping out of sheer boredom.