Norwegian Spirit 12 Night Grand Mediterranean May 10-22, 2012
There were 4 of us in our party. We flew from Minneapolis to Paris and then on to Venice. We upgraded to the economy comfort seats on Delta and they were well worth the extra money. Our flights were on time, but the walk between terminals in Paris (De Gaulle) was extremely long. We are all in our 50's and 60's but if we were in our 80's the walk would have been difficult.
The transfer to the ship and the embarkation went smoothly. We boarded the ship around 1pm and had planned to drop our carry-on luggage in our rooms and then see Venice. We were surprised to find out that there was a mandatory lifeboat drill scheduled for 4:30. This significantly impacted the amount of time that we had in Venice. I have Mediterranean Cruise Ports by Rick Steves and we used it extensively in all the ports we visited.
We liked the freestyle dining and ate most of our meals in the Windows Dining Room. We spent the sunny days at sea by the pool. It was nice to be able to still get sun loungers at 9am. The fitness center was fine and usually not too busy when we went to workout. We went to most of the nightly shows and they were entertaining. After the shows we went to the Galaxy Lounge for whatever silly game they were staging that night. Some of them were very funny. We cruised May 10-22 and on most days the weather was great.
Our cabin was fine, but the bathroom was great. The shower stall was twice the size you would normally see in standard cabins.
There is only room for 8 port reviews, so I'll put the others in here.
We stopped at Mykonos from 2pm to 9pm. There was already an NCL ship docked so we had to tender in. All the shore excursions booked through the ship got to leave first. At 2pm everyone else could send someone from their party to pick up tender numbers. We had #15 and our number got called about 4:30. Mykonos was cute and we walked around, took pictures of the windmills, shopped, and had a snack and beverage. If it had been warmer we would have gone to the beach.
It was raining for our stop in Toulon, France. There's not much to do in Toulon and we weren't interested in any of the excursions so we got off the ship and walked around for a short time.