NCl Spirit is an old ship: common areas are well maintained but staterooms show their age. So, unless this is the very first cruise ship you see in your life, the impact with this ship is a little disappointing.
The atmospehere is very relaxed and "familiar". This was my 3rd cruise with NCL and I appreciated the freestyle cruising aboard the Spirit more than with Gem and Jade.
The staff was not intrusive and we never felt compelled to buy drinks or bingo cards or anything else that we did not want to buy.
We never had problems finding a seat, be it at dining rooms, theathre or poolside.
Shows and onboard entertainment were very good. We never missed a show and particularly enjoyed Elements! and Sander and Alison magic duo.
Staff organised activities were various and went on also during poirt hours.
I also attended a few presentations at the art gallery and they were excellent, in particular the one on the life and work of Salvador Dale.
We mostly had breakfast and lunch at Raffles Buffet: as other noticed, the food offered was a bit boring and recurring but the taste was good and there was always something to choose. I particularly liked the crepes which were made to order.
We tried Windows MDR twice: food was good and the service also.
One night we went to Garden MDR but it not that nice and lights were so dim that I could hardly see what was in my plate. A saw an old man using the light of his mobile to read the menu!
Once we went to Shogun (Asian specialty restaurant) and found it excellent. We thought it was even cheap for the quality and presentation of food they offered there.
The next day we tried the sushi bar but this was just ok. Not very tasty and not an impressive presentation.
As said, our stateroom (an inside one on deck 10) was in need of some refurbishment. We also had a problem with the shower (it was leaking) and the flush of the toilet but these were solved.
We had the grumpiest cabin attendant ever had on a cruise and the cleanliness in our stateroom was a bit below expected.
Cleanliness in common areas, espcially at poolside, was instead definitely below standards. On board of Gem and Jade there was always someone wiping the floor and the tables.
However these are really minor issues that could not spoil a great holiday!