This was my first cruise since my children were small, so I think I really enjoyed just being able to relax and do what I want. We usually take two-week long driving vacations and really never just relax. I loved the ship. The staff was wonderful. I never felt like a second-class citizen to the Haven people. I felt like I paid a very decent price for what I got.
I loved the shows, but wish there would have been more. We really got involved in the game shows and other little fun things that the cruise director and his staff led. It really made a difference, I think. The parties outside on the deck were fabulous and fun. I haven't stayed up that late or danced so much in a long time!
We sons did not do the water slides after the first day because the seams hurt them. The other kids seemed to like them because the lines were always pretty long. My youngest son (16) did love the ropes course. The mini golf was just okay.
Our biggest problem was the pool situation. Our 16 yr old could not spend the days at the pool with the rest of us, which messed up our trip since this is where we spent the most time. There wasn't really any lounge chairs by the kids pool and no music or activities, so he never swam or laid out the entire week. We adults loved the pool entertainment and atmosphere. The pina coladas from the pool bar were delicious!
The food was not that great. Some was good, some was bad but none of it was delicious except the prime rib. The good thing about it was that if you didn't like your meal in the restaurants, you could usually go find something decent in the Garden Cafe Buffet later. The variety was good. Overall I was very disappointed. I remember the food on the Carnival cruise I took about 15 yrs ago being much better (of course that was a long time ago, so maybe all cruise food has changed).
I loved our balcony cabin. Although small, the four of us did not feel too cramped the entire 7 days. I think having the balcony made all the difference in the world. I really enjoyed reading on the balcony and also ordering coffee and croissants early in the morning to eat out there!
Our steward was wonderful but we too were a little bothered by the fact that these workers work on the ship for 9 months before they get 2 months off to go home to see their families. I know they probably make a much better living doing this, but I just can't imagine going that long without seeing my spouse and children.
I loved the islands we visited and was well-pleased with the ease of getting on and off the ship and finding our excursions. I loved the cold towels and drinks the crew handed out on our way back - much appreciated. They really made each shore day a festive occasion.
I will definately do another Norwegian cruise and would recommend this one to anyone. Like I said, I had some complaints and comments, but was extremely pleased based on the reasonable price I paid!
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