We just got back from our cruise, 2/24-3/2/08. Overall we had a great time. We did experience a few things that had changed since out last cruise on this ship in Oct.'06.
First, we found out that most of the Specialty Dining Rooms had increased their prices. For example, Cagney's basic premium is still $20 but if you want the Lobster or Surf and Turf, it will be an additional $10 (used to be $5). It is still a pretty good price for what you get.
Additionally, there used to be a tradition of offering 1/2 price dinners in the specialty restaurants on the first day of the cruise. This has been eliminated however, they now offer 2 for 1 prices on reservations made for sittings between 9-10pm (Le Bistro and Cagney's are excluded from this offer).
The cost of the soda cards was increased since our last trip. The total price for the 7-days including gratuity is now $50 per person.
The spa cost for the week is now $75 per person. This includes use of the showers, steam room, hot tubs, and lap pool inside the "quiet area" inside the exclusive area of the spa on deck 12 aft.
Lattitudes Members can take advantage of the Freestyle awards program that gives you a $100 on board credit to use on the cruise that you are on plus, if you sign up early enough, they also give you $20 of play on a slot machine in the Casino and one free dinner in one of the specialty restaurants.
The "Freestyle Daily" newsletter format has been changed and is a bit crowded to be readable.
Our stop at St. Thomas was at Havensight, not at Charlotte Amalie which we had expected. The "Shopping Ashore" flyer shows both ports but does not state which one would be the stop that day. We had expected to be in Charlotte Amalie.
There were many new entertainers on board, the best being Bernie Martini and Pamala (sic) Stanley. However, the main dance numbers for the shows were exactly the same as in 2006 (south Beach Beach and Ballywood). These shows were identical to the ones shown back in 2006.
The Liars' club and the Quest were very much the same as before but very entertaining.
We also noticed that the level of dress on the ship is getting much more to the casual end of the spectrum. We saw many people with jeans and shorts on in the dining rooms even at dinner which is not supposed to be allowed under NCL's rules. No one said a word about them.
I saved all of the Freestyle Daily newspapers so let me know if you have any questions.