Age: 21 to 35
Number of Cruises: 6 to 10
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Sea
Sailing Date: April 18, 1999
The food was akin to other ships we've been on. Good entree selections with lots of variety. The dining room (ours was the Four Seasons) was a bit cramped. Our only food complaint was that my husband couldn't get another lobster tail when he wanted it. The trick is to order two at the start, not wait to see if you'll want another. He also thought the portions were a little small. (Too used to supersizing, I think).
The entertainment was very good. There was Ted Holum (a stand-up comedian). His show was good despite the fact that the ship's request to not bring children was not honored by some guests. He had to tame it down from normal I think. The shows were done by a fairly talented troupe called the Jean Ann Ryan Co. The gave energetic and blessedly short performances. The very best, don't miss it show was Jane L. Powell. Get there early and get a good seat. Excellent singer and all-around entertainer.
The days at sea were a good respite from the activity in port. We spent time playing a little Bingo (damn little) and hanging around the pool. We also spent many hours on deck spotting flying fish and dolphins. There are the requisite pool games and Cruise Director Staff shenanigans to keep the masses entertained. The were not really good or bad.
First port: Cancun. We did the snorkeling
trip. It was good except the time in the water was very short because you have to take a tender in to shore to pick up your snorkel boat!
Second port: Cozumel . What can I say? I went there to scuba dive and it was great! The blue fishes in the drift diving of Cozumel are Fantastic. The dive boat was fair but the divemaster (a local) was very good and very professional. After the diving, we had time to shower and shop for a while. Same old, same old. If you've been to Mexico before, you will see nothing new here. Lots of jewelry, silver, Mexican crafts, perfume, etc.
Third port: Roatan , Bay Islands, Honduras. This was the real reason we booked this cruise: to dive Roatan without having to fly there. We were not disappointed. The unspoiled splendor of the water there makes me reticent to tell anyone about it. I don't want it to be spoiled! The dive boat was provided by Anthony's Key Resort and it and the staff were excellent. The ride over to the northside was a litlle dicey but that made it only more fun. Little bit of shopping afterward. You can pick up some native crafts, shells, and cigars fairly cheap.
The last two days at sea were really the best for just relaxing and enjoying. There's stuff to do if you want (we did art auctions) or just can just hang out.
The Norwegian Sea is a good value. It's not snazzy like all the new megaships but it does have charm and elegance. For the money, it's hard to beat this cruise.
The only real negative I have is that the cafe at the top of the ship (The Big Apple Cafe) is poorly designed and they are not equipped to handle the volume of people that go thru there. Don't plan on going thru the line in less than 10 minutes ever!