by That Leone Guy
October 8, 2006
My spouse and I were looking for a nice, cozy, quiet cruise and that's exactly what the Norwegian Crown delivered.
The ship is not huge so getting around the ship is easy and fast. One of the travel cruise books said it best that the ship is like an old movie star on her fourth or fifth marriage and holding up pretty well. The ship has a lot of chrome and mirrors, a definite 1980's feel to it.
The food was so-so, neither great nor horrible. We did notice that the waiters in the restaurants looked overworked and service has inconsistent and harried at times. However, the staff overall was always cheerful and helpful.
We booked a suite on deck 9 which in reality was an oversized ocean view stateroom. It had a huge bay window and in relatively good shape. There was almost too much storage space for us! We didn't use all the drawers and shelves and we pack pretty heavy !!!
The shows were nothing to write home about except the Liar's Club show was definitely a highlight. Very funny show.
The casino is very small with just six tables and slots. They even had nickel slot machines and a few penny machines as well. I have never seen those on a ship before.
A word of caution, if you don't like cigarette smoke, I would not recommend the Norwegian Crown. The entire casino allows smoking and there was no rhyme or reason when it came to smoking in the bars and lounges. And it seemed everyone on the ship smoked. It didn't bother me but then I tend to smoke when I drink. But if you have a problem with smoke, this could be a problem for you.
Also, getting to Bermuda can bring rough seas especially crossing the Gulf Stream. We had rough seas getting to Bermuda and there were alot of sick people on Monday. I was fine but my spouse spent the whole day in the stateroom.
We liked the Lido bar alot because it offered great views, a lot of light and was very comfortable for card games, reading and just relaxing. We wished the ship offer a small jazz combo for before and after dinner dancing. The only dancing was up on the Top of the Crown lounge where a band played disco and top 40 songs.
A couple of words of what we did in Bermuda. We went to Warwick Long Bay instead of Horseshoe Bay where most people go. Long Bay is a beautiful stretch of beach and hardly anyone on it! And it is closer to Hamilton.
I recommend getting a 3-day bus pass for $28 per person. It was a great value and the bus routes are easy and frequent. We really got to see quite a bit of the island while we were there.
We tour Verdmont, a mansion built in the 18th century, located on Collector's Hill. We went to Spittal Pond Nature Reserve and had a nice leisurely stroll through it...very calming and quiet with great ocean views.
We also had High Tea at the Fairmount Princess in Hamilton and it was one of the best events of our trip. For $29 per person, you can pick from one of two tea menus and it was worth every cent. The food was terrific. The High back leather chairs comfy and it was a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Lastly, we would definitely sail with Norwegian again and found we got a good bang for our money with this cruise.