We sailed January 8th, 2005 from Los Angeles to celebrate our Anniversary on January 11th in Acapulco. We had a balcony cabin on Deck 10 which was large enough, fairly attractive and had the large bathroom with divided areas which Norwegian cruise ships usually have. We liked the small refrigerator in the cabin and also the easy to use safe.
We found this ship to have very good entertainment with a lot of variety. The juggler/comedian was actually the act we enjoyed the most. The casino is large and has a good variety of slots and table games. The hosts are very friendly and helpful.
We did not pay for any of the restaurant meals on board. We noticed the quality of food was much lower than on Norwegian Spirit that we took to Alaska in August of 2004. We are led to believe this is now intentional in order to have guests pay to eat in the 4 "Premium" restaurants rather than the 4 or 5 free restaurants. The last night of the cruise in a main restaurant I sent back my food and then couldn't eat the replacement - really terrible fish cakes. We plan to set aside a night or two either on the ship or off on the next cruise, if we go Norwegian, to pay for dinner.
If your looking for Sterling Silver jewelry the shops at the ports are wonderful. You can find men's bracelets, necklaces, pretty Mexican opal rings (which is one thing I bought) etc.
Embarkation was the worst we've ever had going on a ship. We had to wait outside in a long line and then on the ship in a long line. They did offer drinks once you got inside. Disembarkation was a breeze.
Considering everything we had very easy tender rides to ports, great weather, fun ports, didn't need to take any tours (did hire a driver for the day and night in Acapulco) so except for the food this was a very enjoyable cruise.