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Every cruise has its positives and negatives, and one cruiser’s positive might be another’s negative. Since every sailing has different passengers, incidents on one sailing might not exist on another. Although we hope that our comments are objective, we know that since they reflect our preferences or tolerance level that whatever we say should be weighed appropriately. We have tried to offer solutions to any problems rather than simply pointing out what we felt were some of the minor drawbacks or annoyances of this cruise. Of course, we include select positives because there were so many of them that it would take forever to list them. Besides, positives don’t make good copy.
Sail (the positives)
Sink – (The Negatives)
Lecturers should be experts in their fields or have some knowledge of the subject matter.
I attended the first half of the Maya and Aztec Civilization lecture. I left halfway through after hearing so much inaccurate information from the speaker. From his listed academic background, the best I could gather was that he has a degree in economics. That is perhaps the reason that he showed a photo of El Castillo and called it Uxmel (sic). He called another famous site Bompark. His dates and timelines were wrong and he actually claimed to know the reason for the Maya population decrease – clay. I am not sure where he got any of this information, but how sad for the people who thought they were going to a factual lecture about the Maya. I left before the start of the Aztec part of the program because I couldn’t bear to hear any more of his conjecture or revisionist history. Does NCL think that its passengers are ignorant? This same lecturer was to speak again but this time about the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. That must be when Columbus came and conquered Mexico. Anybody interested in the Maya Civilization should read something by Michael Coe.
Most of these negatives can be easily worked around, not counting the bed. Even that didn’t seriously affect our enjoyment of this cruise.