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Karla

Age: 33

Occupation:lawyer

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

Sailing Date: 2010-01-31

Itinerary: western carribean

Disappointed with the food and the excursions. The stateroom was lovely, though, and the service was excellent. We appreciated "freestyle" dining (i.e. - no particular dinner time - eat whenever you want) - but that was the first and last thing that was FREE about NCL. Prepare to have them stick it to you at every opportunity!

As a vegetarian, I was very disappointed in the quality of the food in the "free" restaurants (the ones without a cover charge). The food was very bland and didn't seem fresh at all - in fact, it seemed as if it was all plated well in advance of our orders (which it very may well have been). The buffet restaurant actually had better quality food than the sit-down-and-order restaurants. The "specialty" restaurants (with a cover charge of $10-$25) had much better food than the "free" restaurants.

The mini-suite was lovely and well worth the extra money. We appreciated that it was cleaned twice a day.

NCL's onboard activities all seem to cost extra. Even fitness classes cost extra. The entertainment was cheesier than the last NCL cruise we went on (to Alaska). And the "cruise director", Jaime, would often speak at length before the nightly shows encouraging people to spend money on jewelry, towel-folding DVDs, tours of the kitchen, etc. It seemed like NCL was constantly trying to get us to spend more money. There were even announcements regularly broadcast over the PA system about out next "don't miss opportunity" to spend more money!

I thought the Mayan ruins were very boring! We paid $70 per person and I don;t think it was worth it!

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