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Why do you think they have the sanitisers? Because they think it´s fun? It cost NCL lots of money to have them, if they had no effect they shouldn´t have them.

If it was such a big problem for you, why did you walked through the restaurant when you shouldn´t eat?

In the paid restaurants and the main dining room, noone handle any food they don´t eat themself. In any bufferestaurant, lots of people use their hands in the wrong place!

The pool? Don´t you think they have any chemicals in the pool?
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The pool is chlorinated, and you are supposed to shower before going in, that's the reason for those outdoor showers. And on the Pearl, if I remember correctly, they did have those containers as you entered. They weren't necessarily spraying you, but it was expected that you use the containers.
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Sorry to disagree, BUT Hand Sanitizors DO HELP curtail the spread of viral and bacterial infections. Is it as good as vigourous hand washing with soap and warm water lasting the "refrain of Happy Birthday"? Nope, they are not better, but since we know that 99% of people do not wash frequently enough or properly, I insist and happy to see the cruise line insist on hand sanitizors.

As for the pool, you can believe chemicals are used to control bacteria and testing is done several times a day.
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This will be my first time on NCL,so I hope all the bad reviews are not right. Looking forward to my cruise date.
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Why do you think they have the sanitisers? Because they think it´s fun? It cost NCL lots of money to have them, if they had no effect they shouldn´t have them.

If it was such a big problem for you, why did you walked through the restaurant when you shouldn´t eat?

In the paid restaurants and the main dining room, noone handle any food they don´t eat themself. In any bufferestaurant, lots of people use their hands in the wrong place!

The pool? Don´t you think they have any chemicals in the pool?

When i went, in the buffet, you were not allowed to serve yourself, so, nobody handled any food they didn't eat also, but they still insisted on spraying you. Also, there are germs everywhere, on chairs, in the elevator and just about anything you touch.

They don't have any hand sanitisers at any las Vegas buffet or any other restaurants that I know of. There is no difference in one las vegas casino then one ship. A ship is just like one mega resort that floats.

I washed my hands and I hate that liquid stuff. if I did not want it, they should have not made me.

In addition, if you really think with all those kids and all those people in the pool, by mid afternoon, that water is not very sanitary. Yes, they have chemicals, but I can tell you with all the Pea and and all of peoples dirt, that pool has lots of bacteria and other bad stuff in it.

By the way, just the bathroom you have is loaded with bacteria, no matter how clean it looks.
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If they were serving you and the spray was out then a virus was already active onboard. They were trying hard to save you from 3 days of hell. Keep in mind with 2500 passengers locked in 1000 ft it only takes a couple of sick passengers to ruin it for 100s.

You should have been thanking the crew for their efforts not complaining about the the effort.
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Your hands touch surfaces. Your hands are the primary way we spread illness. Thats why we use this gel , to clean out hands, because of the closed spaces we are on, prevention is worth alot. Clearly any one who has had NORWALK, and I have had it twice ( both times on land ) doesnt realize how terrible it actually is, and stuck in a small cabin, with a couple of other people with it, and one bathroom.............oh ya that would be great fun.
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peninsularoad, are you saying that you should feel better if all buffet even at shore should have the sanitisers? I ship is not the same thing as a resort that floats.

Yes there are lots of bacteria and other stuff in the pool but the chemicals are there to kill everything. You can be sure that NCL and all other cruiselines put as much chemicals in the pool as they are allowed to.

You are right, the bathroom is loaded with bacteria and that's why they have the sanitisers!

I'm sure that you wash your hands and I do that to but not everyone is as clean as us, believe it or not but some people don´t do it as often as they should.
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peninsularoad, are you saying that you should feel better if all buffet even at shore should have the sanitisers? I ship is not the same thing as a resort that floats.

Yes there are lots of bacteria and other stuff in the pool but the chemicals are there to kill everything. You can be sure that NCL and all other cruiselines put as much chemicals in the pool as they are allowed to.

You are right, the bathroom is loaded with bacteria and that's why they have the sanitisers!

I'm sure that you wash your hands and I do that to but not everyone is as clean as us, believe it or not but some people don´t do it as often as they should.
I'm just saying that it's a virus and no matter what you do, you won't prevent it by the liquid sanitiser.

What i was saying is that if I wasn't going to eat and just going to the pool, there should be no reason why I should have to wash them everytime I walk through.

I hate that gel and it should be my choice whether I use it or not. What's next, they are going to make us brush our teeth in front of them?
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peninsularoad, are you saying that you should feel better if all buffet even at shore should have the sanitisers? I ship is not the same thing as a resort that floats.

Yes there are lots of bacteria and other stuff in the pool but the chemicals are there to kill everything. You can be sure that NCL and all other cruiselines put as much chemicals in the pool as they are allowed to.

You are right, the bathroom is loaded with bacteria and that's why they have the sanitisers!

I'm sure that you wash your hands and I do that to but not everyone is as clean as us, believe it or not but some people don´t do it as often as they should.


I'm just saying that it's a virus and no matter what you do, you won't prevent it by the liquid sanitiser.

What i was saying is that if I wasn't going to eat and just going to the pool, there should be no reason why I should have to wash them everytime I walk through.

I hate that gel and it should be my choice whether I use it or not. What's next, they are going to make us brush our teeth in front of them?

Simple answer take another route to the pool. No reason you have to go thru the Garden Cafe. Walk to the midsaship elevators before going up. They are on the other side of the Garden Cafe and the distance traveled is exactly the same. Or continue to use the forward elevators and go up to deck 13 and cross to the pool down a single flight of stairs.
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I am sorry but as a health proffessional I strongly disagree with your assertion that the hand sanitizors do not prevent the spread of virus, they do, there is what so ever no doubt about this, they prevent both the spread of bacterial and viral infections. We know that the easiest most often route used to spread germs is the hands we also know that the hand sanitizers greatly help in spreading germs that are both viral and baceterial.
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Smitty, was that an answer to me?

If it was, I said "if they taste the same as on the Star" and with that I meant that if the Jewels shrimp cocktail taste the same as the Stars, I like them. Since I haven´t been on the Star I didn´t said anything about their shrimp cocktail!

My guess is that they are almost the same since I´m sure that the recipy is the same.
Erik, they are about the same on all of NCLs ships and I agree with you: what one person likes another may not, that doesn't make either person correct. Apparently Smitty thinks we need to feel like he does or we have poor taste. this is like saying NCL food is bland, I have mentione before I have actually had people tell me, NCL food is too spicey. We love the food on HAL, some say it is bland.

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I just got home today from the Star and if anyone says they like the shrimp cocktail appetizer in the main dining rooms, they must not have any taste at all!!!!

Smitty

I took the star and I agree smitty! It was horrible, the food was bland and boring in its presentation.

The other thing I hated about the Star was that everytime I went to the pool, I had to go through the buffet to get there.

When I went, the virus had broken out, so, everytime I went to the pool or went back to my cabin, I was forced to wash my hands because you had to go through the buffett.

I hate those hand sanitisers and then they had a person chase you with a spray bottle on top of that!

It was annoying![/quote

I forgot to add, that because of the Virus, no one was allowed to get their own drinks or food at the buffet, so, the lines were long and service was slow. When I go to a buffet, I like to serve myself, I hate having to wait for someone to serve me and they had only one server per station, so, you had to wait for one person to make up his mind through each station!

Then, at the drink station, just to get a refill on water or tea was like a 5 minute ordeal and you know how small those glasses are all for a 5 minute wait cause they would only have one side of the drink station opened and manned by a person!
I don't think Smitty said the food on the Star was bad, bland or anything else, he said the shrimp cocktail was tasteless.

As for the hand sanitizers, thank God NCL pays attention, that is one reason they seem to have less problems than some lines. All cruise lines have problems with the Noro Virus from time to time, but NCL goes above and beyond to protect their passengers and crew. Special thanks to NC for this!!!!

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We just returned from a 10-day cruise on the Jewel to New England and Canada and we did not have a bad meal the entire time
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Well u know all of u ppl that complain about the food probably dont eat that well at home so why do u complain about the food that much,just eat the food or go in to the pay rest.
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Are you on the cruise just for the food, or for the experience? the food on the Pearl was fine, Food is not that uppermost on my list. the food on the Pearl was good, the buffet was good, the Italian restaurant was good. you didn't get filet mignon but it was good. Some was spicy, some was bland, that's how we eat at home. But the experience was wonderful. We were in Alaska, the ship was beautiful, the pool was open, and very heated, the staff was great, the entertainment was good and the FOOD WAS FINE!!!! Gosh, NCL gives us a wonderful experience for not too much money. Maybe you'd be better off on Seaborn.
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The food is not good at all. I am not a picky eater but I found it very difficult to find something. When I did find something, it wasn't tasty at all. Even in the dining rooms with the surcharge.
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The food is not good at all. I am not a picky eater but I found it very difficult to find something. When I did find something, it wasn't tasty at all. Even in the dining rooms with the surcharge.
I know food is subjective and I don't know what NCL ship you cruised or when, but I just got off the Spirit. Not only did we find the food good to very good and in some cases outstanding, almost everyone we spoke with felt the same. Some were new cruisers, others with 20 or more cruises under their belt. anyone that can't find something they would enjoy is a picky eater. Every night, in the main dining rooms there are 3 entrees plus the light and healthy choise, a pasta and a vegetarian entree. Add to this, always available: salmon, chicken breast, sirloin steak, ceasor salad, baked potatoes and veggies, how can you say, there was nothing that suited you and you are not a pickey eater? Give me a suggestion as to what you would have liked to see on the menu? We ate 4 nights in the main dining room: one night we had steak, one night I had English Loin roast, another prime rib and the forth night Lobster..

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I just got home today from the Star and if anyone says they like the shrimp cocktail appetizer in the main dining rooms, they must not have any taste at all!!!!

Smitty

I took the star and I agree smitty! It was horrible, the food was bland and boring in its presentation.

The other thing I hated about the Star was that everytime I went to the pool, I had to go through the buffet to get there.

When I went, the virus had broken out, so, everytime I went to the pool or went back to my cabin, I was forced to wash my hands because you had to go through the buffett.

I hate those hand sanitisers and then they had a person chase you with a spray bottle on top of that!

It was annoying!
You must have had an AFT stateroom. We did on the Pearl on deck 11. We fixed that, we simply went to the midship stairs and elevators-that way we did not have to go through the dinningroom.

Also, they do not force you to use the disinfectant. I saw several people decline.
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Are you on the cruise just for the food, or for the experience? the food on the Pearl was fine, Food is not that uppermost on my list. the food on the Pearl was good, the buffet was good, the Italian restaurant was good. you didn't get filet mignon but it was good. Some was spicy, some was bland, that's how we eat at home. But the experience was wonderful. We were in Alaska, the ship was beautiful, the pool was open, and very heated, the staff was great, the entertainment was good and the FOOD WAS FINE!!!! Gosh, NCL gives us a wonderful experience for not too much money. Maybe you'd be better off on Seaborn.
On the Pearl, I had very good filet mignon at Cagney's and I used my half price coupon. The meal cost my hubby and I $20! (we did give an extra tip over that-but that was our choice) Not bad for filet mignon! We both had it! At home we pay $21.95 each at Longhorn Steaks for that. That does not include appetizers and desserts either. We never get out of Longhorns for less than $60 (if we do not order alcoholic drinks) so even if we did not have the half-off coupon, I would have felt Cagney's was good for the price-and heck, the ambiance was MUCH better than Longhorn's!
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Oh, I don't disagree about the speciality dining, I only meant, that because we had 3 little kids with us, it didn't make sense, that's an extra $60 per meal in a speciality restaurant, and they don't eat anything. however, I really had no complaint with the food in the main dining rooms, nor at the buffet. We'll be taking the pearl again in January to Belize and Roatan with another couple (adults) and I'm sure we will try the speciality restaurants. On our first trip on NCL, the Wind, the speciality restaurants did not charge extra, Now that was nice. Of course you couldn't get into them. The other trick to NCL is to make reservations, regardless of where you're eating, but especially if eating in the main dining room. Otherwise, you'll find yourself waiting on line to get in.
The first night we were on the Pearl, we met a couple dropping their kids off at kid's club. A few minutes later we saw them in Cagney's. That is how you do it! Let the kids enjoy kid's club and you enjoy a nice meal! Heck, not only do the kids not "eat anything" but they are happier with burgers and fries. So feed them at the Blue Lagoon at 5pm, then send them to Kid's club and you can go to Cagney's for a nice steak dinner!
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peninsularoad, I am sorry to hear that you went through that hard time. I Hope the best for you on your future cruises
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peninsularoad, I am sorry to hear that you went through that hard time. I Hope the best for you on your future cruises
peninsularoad hasn't been around for a couple of months.

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Penninsularoad,

I agree that Royal Caribbean has better food and I found the people much more social. We had a designated dining time and the same table for dinner and it was great. Enjoyed sitting with this group and we were never lacking for conversation.
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I agree that Royal Caribbean has better food and I found the people much more social. We had a designated dining time and the same table for dinner and it was great. Enjoyed sitting with this group and we were never lacking for conversation.
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I agree that Royal Caribbean has better food and I found the people much more social. We had a designated dining time and the same table for dinner and it was great. Enjoyed sitting with this group and we were never lacking for conversation.
Flaka, that is great but beleive me and most of us who are veteran cruisers will attest to this, the best way to spoil a great cruise is to have a table of not so good mates. They can all be nice, but you may have nothing in common with any of them..It is awful. sure you can change tables but sometimes that is easier said than done. We just got off the Spirit a few weeks ago. PRIor to even sailing we joined a roll call group and had friends prior to the cruise. We have always found the passengers on NCL and the crew to be very friendly. as for food, that is another story as food is just to subjective to say which line is better. Of course we have never had problems with unsocial guests on any cruise. We always get involved with trivia games, and other such activities..

It appears, from your comments about RCI you have only cruised one other time. I am glad it worked for you. Another thing to keep in mind, there is nothing like a "first cruise" It takes a long time to forget how magical it can be....

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We usually cruise with friends, but we were on Holland American once, on the Mexican riviera and were at a table for 6. One couple was on thier first cruise, and stopped coming to the dining room. ate in the buffet for half the trip. The other couple was totally annoying. It didn't matter what anyone said, they knew better. We could have changed tables, but I didn't want to just go off and leave them alone, and by that time it was several days into the cruise. So we dealt with it, but Never Again. It's not always a picnic when you have the wrong dining companions. The next time we sailed alone, we went on Norwegian, and it was the old Wind. They would ask people at the door if they wanted to sit with someone or not. Several times we said yes. Also, you meet people ont the ship, and you can make arrangements to meet at dinner if you want. you have choices.
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Worste food? Nope, that would be macdonalds in my book! Nmita, funny, it was not our first cruise that was magical, that held just that something extra, it was a couple of cruises later, New Years eve on DAWN. As for table mates. I really cannot say I will go on a cruise again where table mates are picked for me. They were not "bad" the ones we had, but they were not great either.
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Worste food? Nope, that would be macdonalds in my book! Nmita, funny, it was not our first cruise that was magical, that held just that something extra, it was a couple of cruises later, New Years eve on DAWN. As for table mates. I really cannot say I will go on a cruise again where table mates are picked for me. They were not "bad" the ones we had, but they were not great either.
Delft, I guess not all first cruises are positive or magical, but most are... Glad your best was NCL.... I certainly agree about table mates, we have done it both ways many time. Often we are with friends or family so don't need to worry but those times we have been with unknowns, have been fair or not so great, never have we met anyone we would want to become great friends with. One cruise it was so bad I don't think our table mates (a family of 4) said 500 words total the entire 7 nights, then the time with friends and 2 other couples the subject switched to politics somehow. I had brains enough to keep my mouth shut, but enough was said by others that the rest of the nights were a little touchy...Give me freestyle or some form of open dining thank you..

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On NCL you can meet people at different places, by the pool, in a bar, on an excursion etc., and eat dinner with them IF YOU WANTS TO.

If I should cruise with family and/or friends and we were for example six persons, should you really enjoy to share our eight person table with us? Even if we spoke swedish and you couldn't understand? I should try not to be rude and speak to you but not all people in Sweden, especially elder people, are very good at english so maybe we should speak swedish most of the time. I shouldn't enjoy to share a big table with germans or italians who only spoke their own language.
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