This is my first cruise ever, and I was thorogughly disappointed.
My husband, my son, age 1 week shy of 2 yrs, and my granmother & I all went on the Nowegian Spirit to St. Thomas, St Maarten & Bermuda. My son was not allowed to go with the other children because he would have had to be 2 by the time we set sail. So, there was absolutely NOTHING that I could do during the day to keep myself from getting bored. Their on board events of the day were not even intersting. Their excursions were minimal as well as sold out the moment we boarded, I still can't figure out how an entire BEACH get sold out! Thanks goodness we travelled with friends who have crusied before & we set up our own excursions before we even borded, so at least we had somehting to do. The food was ok, edible, but nothing to be excited about, I have heard so many times that on cruises you can't stop eating....... I could & did! Thanksgiving dinner wasn't anything spectacular either, I thought they would have at least gone all out for that!They had specialty restaurants that may have been better, but they must have been booked before anyone boarded cause they were all filled by the first night. There was one specialty restaurant I was able to get into, Shogun, Japanese Tappanyaki, Sushi, I loved that! So I would iomagin the other specialty restaurants would have bee great too! Although if you wanted to go to one of these restaurants, they did charge you a fee of $12.00 to $20.00 additional for your meal.
The shopping opn board was limited to alcohol, cigarrettes, jewelry & just a small gift shop. So many people were telling me that n crusies tehre are so many different shops. But there weren't, and again I was disappointed.
With exception of my stewardess, and a few bartenders the crew only smiled when you spent extra money, if you wanted a glass of ice water it took 30 minutes & you got a look, If you ordered a Pina Colada, it came right away along with the bill & a smile.
The make you think that you HAVE to give the $10 per day per person gratuity, you can remove that from your bill. I did and just gave cash to those I felt deserved it!
I wil never use Norwegian cruise lines again, unless the cruise is free and even then I might think about it. There is so much more I can say about this cruise, but I'm so disgusted that I can't even think anymore! Ask any questions you want, I'll try to answer them!