Norwegian Prima

Norwegian Cruise Line®

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Based on 12 reviews

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Vacation

March

Pros: Excellent food, Large cabins

Cons: Limited sitting in buffet restaurant.

Recommended: Yes

Great ship overall.

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A good ship but lacking in a few small things

March

Pros: Food selection was good, stateroom was great, entertainment was alright

Cons: Staff were mediocre, onboard activitiy hours weren't consistent or completely closed.

Recommended: Yes

Food: 7/10 - It was mostly good; the dinner dining rooms had a good variety; the buffets/restaurants had basically the same thing every day. Stateroom: 9/10 - Large, great amenities Entertainment: 6/10 - Some shows/entertainment were fun and exciting while others were just boring. Staff: 4/10 - A few were amazing and friendly but most seemed like they weren't happy to be there and it showed in their lack of friendliness or helpfulness.

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Prima Review

November

Pros: Beautiful ship

Cons: Main dining room only open until 9:00am for breakfast. Nightly shows not as good as other cruise lines. Shops not open when at sea.

Recommended: Yes

We enjoyed our cruise on the Prima. It’s a beautiful ship. Embarkation and disembarkation went so smoothly. A couple things we found unusual. We never saw or heard from the captain. We never saw the cruise director, on other cruises we have taken the cruise director was everywhere. They have a cigar lounge inside, always open. But if you are a cigarette smoker, there is a small area on Deck 18, totally exposed the the weather. The casino does have a smoking area, only open when at sea.

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Prima Disorganization

June

Pros: Lots of activities to do. Adults and Kids

Cons: Observation deck closed due to private function(Art Auction). Embarkation snafu

Recommended: Yes

Embarkation was 3 hours late. Lot of disorganization.

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Ship Design Suited for Warm Weather, Not Iceland

June

Pros: Lots of Great Design Elements Across the Ship

Cons: Line Feels Like It Nickels and Dimes You. Changes in Ports. Poor Logistics in Getting People on and off the Ship.

Recommended: No

The Ship is lovely. Most of the really nice space is outside. My cruise was London to Reykjavic. The cooler weather drove everyone inside making the inside spaces more crowded. Also, the cruise line had a really difficult time embarking passengers. It also had a tough time getting people off the ship at Bruge. For a business that is pretty much logistics, this line was pretty miserable at logistics. The crew was attentive and friendly. The food was passable with a big difference in quality at the specialty restaurants, The Donna Summer Show was great. Only one show on an 11 night cruise. So don't miss it if the show is available.

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Frustrating Experience

February

Pros: Nice stateroom with large bathroom.

Cons: Small venues, long lines, overall poor service, Unable to book the shows we wanted to see.

Recommended: No

Embarkation, long line to clear security, after that check in was quick and efficient. Once onboard, long lines and crowds everywhere. Tried to have lunch at the Surfside Grill but we were turned away because it was completely full. Finally able to get the app connected so we could book entertainment reservations. Donna Summer, Noise Boys and the Price is Right were all SOLD OUT! This was at 1:00pm on the first day. Tried the Kiosk and was unable to get it to work. Heard an announcement to go to the Prima Theater to make reservations. Long lines in the theater with no signage about where to go. Someone gave us a sheet with the shows and told us only 1 show left, the 6:30 Donna Summer so we booked that. Stateroom, 9772 balcony. Room was nicely decorated and we really liked the open design. Large bathroom and shower for a cruise ship. The room was sold as an unrestricted balcony but our view was obstructed. Our balcony was right above one of the shops on deck 8. Could not look down and see the ocean. Some noise issues late at night when workers were moving things around in the shops. Food, menu in main restaurants does not change and is limited. Only ate dinner there twice. First time was very disappointing. The Mahi tasted fishy and the Fish and Chips had excessive breading and were very greasy. The second time was better. Excellent service and our meals were much better. The Seaside Grill buffet was too small for this size ship. Always crowded, difficult to find seating, even at off times. Cagney’s Steakhouse, not worth it, no flavor, steaks over cooked, poor service. Palomor was our best meal. Fish was properly cooked with lots of flavor and the service was excellent. Overall a very FRUSTRATING experience. We couldn’t see the shows we wanted, always waiting in line and trying to find a place to sit. The typical conversation with fellow passengers mainly consisted of complaints about the ship. I felt bad for the employees. They were trying but were constantly berated by unhappy guests and the ship appeared to be understaffed.

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Unimpressive Prima

February

Pros: Balcony Cabins were perfect and beautiful, Great Stirrup Cay

Cons: Menus and Outdoor Space

Recommended: No

We could have stayed at Great Stirrup Cay for a week. It was a fantastic destination and the best day we had, despite the rain shower. Biggest Pro: Our balcony cabin and Eugene best staff member ever!! Although we enjoyed our cruise and had a lot of fun unfortunately we were unimpressed with the Prima . The stand out was the food. 1. Menu in Main Dining never changed 2. It was difficult to determine complimentary vs. specialty as they were all mixed together. 3. Far more Specialty Dining than areas of complimentary food. Complimentary food areas had the same food you would find in the specialty restaurants. 4. After a day on shore there was nowhere to eat for hours other than the local bar and grill or room service. 5. Food was often cold. Biggest Con: Food Outdoor Deck space. During our adventure we were never able to find chairs to sit, relax, talk with friends or read. By 7am all chairs were taken. People were able to leave a towel and reserve their chairs for hours at a time even when they had not been near their chairs for hours, even on port days they were able to "save" a chair for when they returned from shore. That left those who chose to stay onboard nowhere to sit. Biggest Con: No time limit for time away from the chair allowing people to have a chair all day. Staff - when asking directions, your answer was pointing in the direction of your destination which was often incorrect. So confusing, even to find restrooms.

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