by Bugman 202 Eastern Caribbean March 18, 2006
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean: Miami, St. Thomas, Tortola, Dominican Republic, and Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas.
Here is how our cruise went:
This is the cruise company's way of getting you to spend more money and eat at the special dining which has a fee per person. They feed you bad food and try to squeeze more money from you by forcing you to pay. We were so hungry that we thought we would try the specialty dining. Well guess again! You couldn't get a reservation. So now we had to eat really bad food. Even the buffet had strange eastern food most of the time. The desserts looked great but no taste, only high calories. Oh yea and how about this, no more fruit punch or lemonade, only ice tea. But if you wish, you can buy coke for the week at $42.00 a person. (crazy, isn't it?) Alcohol is at a very high price too. You can get a drink for $4.50, but it's served in a juice glass. The decent size ones are $8.50. Coke is $1.75 a can and tasted like water. It looked like a coke can butů. No taste at all.
The least they could do is post the menus for the week so you could decide if you want to try making reservations elseware.
One of our stops was a private island. Here they even botched a picnic lunch. Although the dogs and hamburgers were OK, they were served on stale rolls. And the fruit salad must have been made up well in advance, it was extremely slimy.
The breakfast wasn't bad. Most of the food was traditional and eat up in the morning, there wasn't much to look forward to after that.
There is less help in the dining rooms also. The poor waiters have to run their legs off for several tables with little help. Then the Danish waitress just stands around and doesn't replenish her supply until it's about empty.
On the positive side:
Most people go to enjoy fine dining and you won't get it here.
If this is how all Norwegian is heading don't even consider sailing with them try Princess, Celebrity, or Royal Caribbean.