Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by webpilot11: Worth every penny !
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Worth every penny !
First off, I don't care for regimentation on cruises. Norwegian had just the cruise for us. They call it "Freestyle". What it means is...Eat where you like, when you like, what you like and with whom you like. Same thing for entertainment. They have so many options to choose from.
This trip was a dream in, that the FOOD WAS EXCELLENT PLUS, the days a sea (3 although listed as 2) were minimal and for the most part, we were in a new port almost every day.
The inside cabin represented the best value for the expense in that on this cruise, the balcony cabins were at a premium rate of almost three times more expensive than the inside cabin. The only shortcoming was that there was no view except on the ships' TV channel,where you could see the view in front of the bridge over the bow. Cabin was adequate and inexpensive. Service was phenomenal.
Think of this cruise with it's shore excursions as the Whitman's.. Sampler of Cruises. You won't see anything in More depth....but you WILL see it. You may then spend the rest of your days studying further details on your own in subsequent vacations if you choose.
Our ship "Spirit", slipped out of Venice so smoothly, I didn't realize we had left until the lights of that beautiful city were on the horizon. In each port, the ship provides the best seat in the house from which to observe the city. It reminds me of a mobile office building with a glass facade. We will never forget having the best view in the city, parked on the Golden Horn of the Bosphorus. You realize at the time....we are priveleged. This didn't come about by accident. Cruise lines jockey for good parking spaces and careful planning provides this type of results. One thing that stays with us is how HARD the crew works to make our lives so easy.
I could go on for at least fifteen more pages, but you'd be asleep before getting that far. In short...this cruise was a dream come true for us. We know it will be for you too ! Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
If you book independently, you may risk not getting back in time.. When the ship sails...be on it.
The Parthenon sits atop the Acropolis and is a the most important structure on the planet for what it represents, is also a must see. The view down onto the incredible city of Athens is only realized by being there. It is memorable.
Use a water taxi (Vaporetto) to get around.
San Marco is the stop with most of those trademarked sights.
St. Mark's Square is here as well as Gondoliers and narrow canals from which paintings are made.
Cafe's and shops round out a perfectly delightful day. Once you are jostled by a pickpocket, it's too late. The handoff has ALREADY OCCURRED. Do yourself a favor and purchase a Civita Pocket to put inside your trousers. It really provides peace of mind (for the entire trip) Venice can be quite crowded on a sunny afternoon.
Venice is gorgeous by anyone's accounting. You'll remember it forever.
If your waiting to embark on a cruise ship from Venice and will use a hotel in the meantime, may I suggest you consider paying up to double for a hotel in Venice rather than a hotel out of town that is accompanied by a 150 Euro round trip taxi ride like we did.
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