Number of Cruises: First Cruise
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Sailing Date: January 15th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
I came back from the cruise not too long ago and still fresh in my memories. As a first timer to a cruise, I’ve hesitated on which cruise line to pick from the variety of cruise lines. Thankfully, Norwegian definitely left an impression on me and I’m excited on the next cruise that I will be planning. My first impression was the ship itself, inside and out. It was clean, elegant and spacious. When we stepped into the ship, we were greeted by the “Welcoming Crew” and alcohol-base sanitizer for the hands. At first I was freaked out on how much this ship is germ phobic. There was a germ-killer machine every time you get on the ship, before eating, the arcade room, the fitness room and anything where you get your hands on. But as the cruise proceed, I felt safer that they had these machines everywhere. It is definitely two-thumbs up on that.
The bar, restaurant, front desk and every other crew that I can remember treated us in the best possible way. They would always greet us with smiles, hellos and “Have Fun!” The best was our stewardess. She did an excellent job of cleaning our rooms and making our beds twice a day. I mean who else is better than someone who makes our bed every morning?
The excursions on the boat were convenient. But if you don’t want to pay that price, you can always take a risk and wait until you get off the boat and get bombarded by all the tour reps that are persuading you to join their tour or excursions. They are usually about $20-40 cheaper per person.
The food was great. I don’t think I can ever do set time for dinner because my appetite is never steady. I can be hungry at 8 or not. Therefore, the freestyle allows me to eat whenever I want as long as it was before the last serving for the restaurants. Otherwise, you can always go to the buffet with is open 24 hours. The downside on the buffet is that they serve the leftovers from the daytime. Yet, still tastes good. During dinner, you can order as much starters, appetizers or main courses as you want, though it’s a pre-fixed menu. Every night they offer different types of food, so you don’t have to be worried eating the same food over and over again.
The activities on the ship were great and well-organized. Due to the rough seas, we were not able to dock at Cayman Islands. Therefore, it was disappointing we had to stay at sea. During a dock day, the activities on board are minimal because everyone is on port. But considering that we had to stay onboard, the entertain crew instantly came up with activities to fill up the day. This cruise definitely was more than I have expected. I’m recommending everyone to NCL.