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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by herringshaw

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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit
Member Name: herringshaw
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Canary Islands
Cabin Category: BB
Cabin Number: 9090
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 2.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 4.0
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Winter Sunshine - Canary Islands
Overall we had a great holiday on the NCL Spirit, and would travel with them again.

If you're planning a cruise (during winter) be aware that most of the sea days within the Med are cool until you get closer to Madeira and the Canary Islands.

Issues:-

The Shower/wash room wasn't as clean as we would have liked (or expected). There was quite a lot of staining in the grouting tiles and some tiles were broken. Generally as you look around the washroom you can tell it's not had a good clean in a long time. Also there was dust evident around where the TV sits which again indicated that it hadn't been cleaned in a while. I don't know if this is because the turnaround time is so quick. We wiped it down in the end.

The lining of the curtains also had quite a lot of marks/stains and the tie backs were broken so you could not use them. I think our general impression was a lack of maintenance.

Balcony is small just enough room for two chairs and a very small table. Table had some stains; we cleaned it in the end, but does the job at the end of the day of some outdoor space...

Our room attendant was good, but I would avoid this room again as he sets up his cleaning cart outside so there was often noise, and also it is adjacient/above the main entrance/exit at Barcellona where they play loud welcoming music.

The bar staff can be a bit sneaky and offer you a "special" tumbler but makes no mention that it has an additional cost. I appreciate cruise lines need to make some money but I think they should be open to the customer if something is chargeable. Saying "would you like it in this?" is misleading I think...though it's another cruise ship lesson learnt.

Ports of Calls:-

The ship will encourage you to use their transfer bus but all the ports are walkable...

Madeira -

The ferry across the harbour does not run now that they have built a new cruise terminal. The ship bus costs about 8euro but you could walk into town in about twenty mins.

Santa Cruz - No ship bus on offer, the town centre can be walked in around twenty minutes. They are currently a lot of roadwork's next to the port so it is not as direct a walk as it used to be, and quite a few stairs.

Lanzarote - Ship offer a free bus which drop you off in the town, the main shops are ten or so mins walk away. There is very little around the dock in Lanzarote. Town does not look that impressive from the ship but there are a few nice areas once you look around. We had a nice afternoon with lunch there.

Malaga

The new cruise terminal and marina is lovely and nearby the ship. The ship offer a transfer of 4euro but that just takes you to the cruise terminal entrance gate so you would need to walk still to get into the town, about 10-15mins away. From the ship the town centre is around 20/30 mins away.

However we had a great time but I think that was mostly due to the fact that we decided not to do any ship excursions so could do things as and when we wanted to.

The average ship age was around 45/55 plus

Publication Date: 02/20/13
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