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Paul Motter August 19th, 2000 12:00 PM

Stretching the ships
 
Two of the ships, the Norwegian Wind and the Norwegian Dream, were stretched a few yaers ago. They added a lot of cabins but very little public space which reduced the passenger to space ration a lot.

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Paulo August 22nd, 2000 11:10 AM

RE: Stretching the ships
 
Hmmm...don't know about the space ratio specifically, but they did add a new dining room, expanded casino, and increased pool deck space. I haven't seen it in person, but the new Four Seasons dining room looks very cool with windows sort of bulging out the sides of the ship.

Susan Miller August 23rd, 2000 10:50 PM

RE: Stretching the ships
 
We've sailed both the Dream and the Wind and are booked for the Wind again this November. Other than slight ramps, the stretching doesn't show at all. Definitely don't feel crowded. Don't have that pesky dead end around the kitchen that many ships have on some decks. I'd rate them a 7.5 on a 10 point scale. BTW, I rate the Crystal Harmony at 8.5.

Paul Motter August 25th, 2000 05:01 PM

RE: Stretching the ships
 
Interesting - have you tried the Sky? and how do you feel about Free-style cruising?

Susan Miller August 28th, 2000 11:28 PM

RE: Stretching the ships
 
We've only been on the Wind and Dream so far. Free style wasn't in place last Christmas so I don't have an impression yet. We do like dressing for dinner however, and really like Le Bistro restaurants on the Wind and Dream, so more small restaurants might be a big plus.

FrankM September 18th, 2000 09:37 PM

RE: Stretching the ships
 
I sailed on the Norwegian Dream a few months after she was stretched (Jan.'99) The ship is great! My cabin, about mid-ship was one of the new cabins in the stretched section. There was plenty of space on board, the food was good and the service and the shore excursions were great. The Four Seasons Dining Room was mid-ship and it has the glass-walled bulge on either sides of the room. The room is terraced so just about every seat could see the sea. There are two other dining rooms in the stern, overlooking the second outdoor pool. The view from there is supurb.
I loved the layout of the ship. There is a small sports deck above the Bridge but the highest overall deck was the 12th deck. This open deck wrapped around the ship, at least both sides of the ship and in the stern it became a sitting veranda outside the glass enclosed Sports Bar. There were 12 TV sets runningin the bar with sporting events from ESPN. This bar was open all night for coffee, and as the breakfast hours approached, more and more food was presented in the small cafeteria line just off the bar. At 5AM, when I arose, coffee was available, at 6AM pasteries and cereal became available, at 7AM hot breakfast foods were brought out. Having a hot cup of coffee on the veranda, early in the still dark morning, was terriffic. By 7AM we were approaching the island we were to visit and the sun began to slowly illuminate the sky. This was a great experience on a great ship.I could tell you more, but I need to put it in a ships review or I'll take up too much space in this thread.The Dream is a Dream!


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