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Andrew Gilbride

Age: 50

Occupation:Bartender

Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Sky

Sailing Date: May 12th, 2004

Itinerary: San Francisco-Victoria-Vancouver


This was our second voyage on the Norwegian Sky. Our first was about a year ago, and my favorable review of that trip is still here at this web site for all to see. Unfortunately, a lot can happen in a year, and this latest experience was nothing short of a nightmare. The so-called 'freestyle cruising' on this trip featured the worst dining experience we have ever had anywhere, marred not only by long delays in being seated, but by slow and inattentive service, and poor quality food in both the Four Seasons and Seven Seas restaurants. There was almost a total absence of shipboard activities, a large number of slot machines had been removed from the casino, and the inventory in the duty-free shop was very low. Few of the NCL employees aboard seemed to even care about the problems. This ship is now in the process of being re-named 'The Pride of Aloha', a U.S. flagged vessel. If the quality doesn't improve dramatically, I feel that it will be a source of embarassment for NCL, and a poor example of what a U.S. ship should be. Good luck NCL.

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