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Pat Hand

Age: 49


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Sea

Sailing Date: February 28th, 2004

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

We just completed our cruise last week. It was a great time to say the least. Parking is a bit high ($50) but that is not NCL's fault. The terminal chk-in is smooth if you pre-register first.
Once aboard the rooms are great! We had a superior room with a window (7602). The room is small and so is the bathroom, but it is more than adequate. I slept the best al week long. The stewards were EXCELLENT!! They kept the rooms tidy and made the bed ready for sleep each evening. They always smiled and stayed out of your way, but were there if you needed them.

The free style cruise is tremendous. Only one night did we have to wait to get a table. That was the night the formal evening took place and tied up an entire dining room. The rest of the time was fine. The wait staff were very polite and gracious. They made you feel like you were royalty in how they addressed you and attended to your needs. The meals were top quality. If you read a bad review on the food just disregard it. I suppose someone might have a bad time sometime, but I think some people's expectation is Queen Elizabeth II cruising for the little we paid. It was great at any price, but especially at what this cruise cost!!

The food up by the pool was good. The ribs were to die for! The staff kept the boat clean and little rust was apparent. It all seemed to be freshly painted. The carpets and all were fine.

The only fly in the ointment is anchoring and using tender ships to go to shore. It is like herding cattle into the boats and not real convenient. They need a better way to off load the ship. Perhaps 2 disembarking stations would help.

The ports of call were quite nice. With 4 calls you do not have as much time as you would like, but it was fine. I booked both of our scuba trips (Cozumel-Dive Paradise was EXCELLENT & Bananarama in Roatan was EXCELLENT.Both on the net) outside of NCL and saved a lot of money. I booked a mayan ruin trip for $40 through NCL but paid too much though the ruin was interesting.

Take a power strip for your room as there is only 1 plug. The reception desk offered free seasick pills (non-drowsy) that worked very well. The ship handled the rough seas (10-12 foot seas) pretty well. You felt it when you walked around and slept. I like the rocking while I slept. Room service is limited, but I asked for a couple of things off the list and they served them. They need a movie in the afternoon, especially on at sea days.

On a scale between 1 and 10 with 10 the best....I would give it a 8 1/2 to 9. My wife and I would go again on the Sea!

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