Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Sea
Sailing Date: August 28th, 2004
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
My husband and I had a very nice time on this cruise because of the beautiful ports the sea sailed to. The port in Houston is industrial and smells like pollution. On the good side, parking was inexpensive at under $50 for seven days. The ship itself was small but newly redone and clean. Our upgraded stateroom was very tiny and decorated in late 80's style.
For the price of the cruise the food was good but quality could have been improved. We were disappointed that juice was not available for free all the time like it had been on carnival. All that was offered was either water or tobacco tasting tea. I had a craving for ice cream on the first day and although I knew they carried it in their freezer, no one would go to the freezer to get me any.
The comedians were very funny. The casino was also great. We won a lot of money on the slot machines and there was a good variety of machines. Some employees were very friendly while others were grumpy like they did not like being there. The kids program was horrible because there was no large play room for the kids. The children played in the stair halls right outside our room at all hours of the night.
We booked most excursions off the ship. In cozemel you could bargain for good prices on souvenirs. We went on a glass bottom boat that took us snorkeling in three different areas all for $25 a person.
Roatan was the nicest port. The island is not commercialized at all and souvenirs are extremely cheap. Tabyana beach was beautiful but we could not snorkel without running into people.
In Belize we booked a cave tubing excursion from a private tour for half of the price charged by the cruise line. The tour was longer, we got to walk through the caves, and our guide was excellent. The price also included an authentic and homemade Belize meal.
In Cancun we had to take an hour long ferry ride just to get on land. This didn't leave us much time to do anything. We were able to shop and eat lunch, that is all.
Overall, the cruise itself was excellent for the price and is recommended for bargain hunters. If you want space and luxury you might want to consider another cruise. This cruise had a lot of younger people around our age (25-35) which made it more lively.