CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dream New England October 12, 2003

This was my seventh cruise, but my first cruise on this ship - sailed to Alaska in June on the Wind, her identical sister ship. I went alone, and surprisingly, I enjoyed the freestyle dining - met lots of nice people, and found a waiter I particularly liked so asked for him, and got him most of the time. Food was fine - nothing special but not bad. Ship was clean but looked kind of faded. Staff was very nice.

The first day out of Boston, a passenger had a stroke and died aboard the ship. We had to sail close to Halifax so that her family, etc., could be taken off by helicopter in the middle of the night. So, we missed our first port - Sydney. But we arrived at the rest of the ports as planned. Then we ran into a storm on our way to Quebec and we tossed and rolled quite a bit. We also hit more turbulent waters between Bar Harbor, Maine and Boston. But the ship came through the storms fine - found out earlier that it had gotten caught between the hurricanes in the North Atlantic on her way from Dover to Boston and missed several ports - the staff said she really rocked and rolled, but came through fine.


My main complaint was the lack of activities aboard during our days at sea. I spent most of my time in the casino - while I was winning - as I couldn't find much to do that interested me. But as I wasn't interested in the art sales or the bingo, there wasn't much else to entertain myself with. The shows were mediocre - the comedian was not funny and watching ballroom dancers or listening to a 5 piece band play Glenn Miller didn't turn me on. Most of the passengers I talked to felt the same way I did. My feeling was that this ship is being treated by NCL as a stepchild and needed some personal attention to spruce up the ship and it's activities.

I would only go on this ship again if it went to the specific ports I was interested in, but wouldn't want to cruise on her again just for the joy of being on a ship. One of my least favorite cruises. Too bad.

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