Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Sea
Sailing Date: January 29th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
We very much enjoyed the cruise. The transfer via bus from the airport went very smoothly. It was $20/person, much cheaper than a $75 cab ride. Getting on board was very quick (we got there at 1pm).
We had a room with 2 beds, which the stewards pushed together for us.
The rooms are small, but have a lot of built in storage space... You're better off if your bags can fit under the bed..
The freestyle dining option was great.. we mainly did the buffet, and the seven seas dining room... Buffet seemed a little hit or miss some days, but breakfast was consistently very good. They also did BBQ several nights that was very good.
Seven Seas was great, we started ordering two entrees and two deserts as the portions were a little small.
They had hand sanitizers before every meal which was reassuring to see.
The magician was very good, and a fun show to see.
The shore excursions are overpriced. In Belize, cave tubing from the ship was $96, we booked online, and paid $60, and got to go through 2 caves rather than 1, which really wasn't a huge deal. However, we were taking tenders in, and ship bought tix got to go off first, vs. waiting in line for tender tickets, which got us in around 9am, rather than 30 min earlier, which was a little nerve wracking.
In Cozumel, we took a cab to one of the beaches, which was about $15 for a 25 minute ride, where you pay $12, and can do all sort of little neat things. You don't end up saving much money that way.
We skipped Cancun, due to the whole tender/delay/shopping mall atmosphere thing, and certainly didn't feel like we missed much.
There were a number of cheesy shows, that were lots of fun, if you were in the mood for them :)
Overall, we were very happy with our experience.