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Zzzz I'm back! Alaska YEA! NCL NO!!

Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by duskbat, Aug 31, 2009.

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  1. duskbat

    duskbat Well-Known Member

    No more NCL for a long time!
    ALaska cruise was awesome! Im home now Zzzzzz getting my peices together to return to post cruise life! I got my Kitty cat back! he was alone with cat sitter, he sure missed me.
    NCL sucks! I will explain later when i am adjusted to home life. I still had a great time. The ship was beautiful. Most of the staff are a sad lot tho. If yall happen to sail on Pearl ask for cabin 9521 i personnaly cleaned it spottless myself. Pissed off cabin atendant. Haha

    was in airplanes all day yesterday. I will follow up with more good reviews of this Alaska trip from Seattle.


    Photos and vids to follow
    I am craving a Carnival cruise now!!!
  2. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Welcome Home!!

    Glad you enjoyed Alaska.

    We gave up NCL years ago when they went to Freestyle Cruising.
  3. herb

    herb First Original Member

    the only attractive parts of NCL are the ships decor and the low $$$. Don't care for the rest either..
  4. earl_m

    earl_m Social Host

    Welcome home!! I never care for them either
  5. BSeabob

    BSeabob Reinststed due to good behavior-Subject to change Staff Member

    be careful when you are ZZZZZZZ upside down !!
  6. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    "NCL sucks" ... Been trying to tell you that for years, Duskie.

    Would like to suggest you give Princess a try. A couple steps up from Carnival. We just got back from a 10-day Alaska on the Sea Princess (Sea Quack) out of San Francisco. Fantastic!!!!!!!
  7. Cruzman

    Cruzman Well-Known Member

    Dunno why it is so difficult to get across the fact that NCL is near the bottom of the barrel when it comes to cruise lines. Yep, many of their ships are beautiful, but that is where the positives end!
  8. Lurline63

    Lurline63 Well-Known Member

    Sounds like you have all had far worse experiences on NCL than I have. :)
  9. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Well, glad you had a wonderful time and can't wait to hear all about it. :boogie:
  10. Karry

    Karry Well-Known Member

    We were on NCL a few times for CTN's, but we went one time out of NY for a week cruise to FL/Bahamas. We were literally FORCED into this cruise by our good friends who wanted to check out condos to buy in Cocoa Beach at the stop over. I can tell you that it is the ONLY time in all our 29 cruises that I could not WAIT for the cruise to be over and to get off the ship :mad: (this was on the Dawn) I am sure AK "made up" for NCL and knowing you, you still had a good time anyway! Welcome home and can't wait to read your stories!
  11. Lurline63

    Lurline63 Well-Known Member

    Sarcasm aside, which ones do you want to hear about? The week on Norwegian Majesty when the maitre d' remembered us from when he was our waiter on another ship 12 years earlier? He remembered that my MIL and FIL had been traveling with us on the prior cruise. The great entertainment by Elvy Rose? Jane L. Powell? The marvelous way we have been treated by crew, many of whom have been with the line for years? Oh... and all of these experiences were in the past few years... I'm not reaching back into the '90s or early 2000s.

    Sure, it's a different experience than that provided by my favorite lines (HAL, Celebrity), but we know that going in. I don't know -- maybe the Boston-Bermuda cruises were different than what is provided on the big ships. I'll have a better assessment on that front next spring.

    I'm not discounting what you have all said. I've also had some rough patches with NCL, such as an overwhelmed bar crew on a CTN last year. No, it is not HAL or Celebrity or Princess... not even close... yet that doesn't mean they're consistently terrible. We are all free to choose whichever lines we want. I don't bash your choices; please don't bash mine.

    This is one reason I stopped writing reviews.
  12. J.E. M.

    J.E. M. Well-Known Member

    Not a fan of NCL either, we booked the cruise because it sailed out of Charleston, SC, only eighty miles away, what a mistake.
  13. Corky

    Corky Well-Known Member

    Lida63 - I'm sorry, I was addressing Duskbat, not you. Please forgive that I didn't put his name in my message to identify whom I was speaking to. :)
  14. Lurline63

    Lurline63 Well-Known Member

    Corky, I'm so sorry. I'm the one with the red face. My note wasn't directed to you personally (under mistaken circumstances, as I now know), but to the NCL bashers in general, and I finally hit my boiling point with this thread in its entirety. Many, many apologies to you.
  15. George C

    George C Well-Known Member

    I have sailed NCL 13 times, loved it in the 80's when the Norway was the biggest ship out there, it is now the only line I would not sail again.
  16. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Despite all these negative feelings and experiences, let's not forget that the beloved S.S. Norway was NCL.

    On the other hand, the horribly languishing S.S. United States is also NCL.
  17. TexasSue

    TexasSue Well-Known Member

    Have not sailed NCL in several years (I think 3-4) but have not had a problem in the past - but know things can change. Have always had good crew and no major problems. I just enjoy being on a ship - some more than others but any week away from the ER is a good one. LOL
  18. herb

    herb First Original Member

    When we sailed on the Norway in '81 NCL stood for Norwegian Caribbean Line. Now I think it stands for Norwegian Cruise Line... not sure why the change in names...new owner's, new philosophy???
  19. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Herb - I know Norwegian Caribbean Line was founded in the mid 1960's by Knut Kloster and Ted Arison (who subsequently left-Carnival Cruise Line), I can't really tell you when the name morphed from Norwegian Caribbean Line to Norwegian Cruise Line.
  20. Mbandy

    Mbandy Well-Known Member

    I agree 100% Mary Ann. Wish they'd do something about the United States before it rusts away to nothing.:mad:
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