Western Carribean Cruise - NCL Spirit - December 2007: Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by DJ Maloney
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Western Carribean Cruise - NCL Spirit - December 2007
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
Here is what I observed - The Spirit is an older vessel, and originally catered to an Asian market, so there were problems with that. More My husband weighs 260 pounds, and the chairs and furniture are not accommodating for a man of his size. The ship is worn, as was the suite. Ship maintenance was not quite up to standards I have experienced on other cruise lines. I felt the food was average in the main dining area (portions were minimal), and very good in the specialty restaurants. My favorite specialty restaurants were Cagney's and Le Bistro. It is unfortunate, however, we as passengers must pay surcharges for dining that would not be charged on other cruise lines. The Stardust Theater was smaller than most cruise line venues, which I rather liked - however, the entertainment was redundant. The cruise director was creepy. We had a specific itinerary, we wanted to leave from NOLA in Dec., so NCL Spirit was it. Of the ports we visited - Roatan, and San Tomas - my question would be, why? Cozumel was our last port designated to visit, and unfortunately due to weather, our snorkel excursion as most water activities, were cancelled. The excursion staff was much disorganized in trying to get something else scheduled in the way of alternative activities, and was often unavailable and rude.
In my opinion, NCL does not know who there targeted market is. The food is mediocre, as well as the ship board service, staff, and activities. If we did not have the suite and the amenities, I would have been sorely disappointed. As far as I can tell, while doing my cruise shopping, NCL is less expensive than other cruise lines. Because of this, to surmise in a nutshell - while you may seemingly get a bargain, with NCL, I believe you get what you pay for! Less