Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by sierramyst44: Exotic Western Caribean
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Exotic Western Caribean
This was our 4th cruise on NCL and second on the Spirit. We chose this cruise because it was a port intensive itinerary and visited islands that are not typical for cruising. We arrived in NOLA a few days before our cruise so we arrived at the terminal by taxi around 1:30 pm. Our previous experience was out of NYC and we were pleasantly surprised to see the port relatively quiet and very organized from the outside. Arriving in the terminal we saw some very lengthy lines. We asked the attendant for the latitudes line and was pointed into a queue that had about 20 people ahead of us. It took about 45 minutes to get processed, which we later found out that the computers had slowed dramatically due to some remote connection problems. By the time we arrived on the ship the rooms were ready so we went to drop off our carry ons and head up to the buffet for a quick bite. After the muster drill we prepared for the sail away which ended up being late due to fueling.
Itinerary: Our More first stop was Roatan, we arrived 1 hour late and was able to watch a storm over the island as we sailed into port. We chose a private tour here as recommended by others and was extremely satisfied with our guide. He took us everywhere we had asked to go and then showed us some of his favorite areas as well. The pace was up to us and he had us back to the ship at the time we requested.
Our second stop was Santo Thomas, the port here is very industrial however at one end their is a large building that locals sell some great native crafts and goods. They also had several shows with dancers throughout the afternoon. We took the ships trolley tour which did not give you much of a tour except through the town and a quick stop at a colorful local cemetery. Be sure to be on deck during sail away the locals put on quite a show to show their appreciation for your visit.
Our third stop was Belize, this was a tender port that takes about 20 minutes once the tender is full. Loading was quick and organized. Again here we booked a private tour which included a city tour and a trip out to the Mayan ruins Altun Hun. I highly recommend a visit to any of the ruins if you have not seen them in the past.
Our final stop was Cozumel, since we had been here before we decided to just shop till we dropped, the weather was picture perfect.
Entertainment: The shows each night were entertaining, the production dancers and singers do a great job with colorful costumes and energy and enthusiasm. We also saw a local singer Chantz think of Sammy Davis Jr and this young man does a fabulous job dancing and singing. The crew talent show was awesome as well as Fountains. The highlight was a family acrobat, juggling act don't miss that show.
Food: We found the food in all venues to be tasty, hot and plentiful. We ate breakfast most mornings at the buffet or in the blue lagoon. The blue lagoon has the best burgers, potato skins and tomato soup. We ate most dinners in the Garden room, we found it quieter than windows and it seemed like the servers had less tables therefore most nights we were done with our dinner in under 90 minutes. We ate 1 night in Cagney's which has become a favorite for us. We had a lobster and filet mignon yummy!!!! One notation on dessert, the night they serve creme brulet in the main dining room it has a fudge layer on the bottom do not miss out on this desert it was fabulous.
Stateroom: We had an inside room this trip and it was kept clean and tidy the entire week. We had towel animals 4 out of 7 nights. The beds were comfy and the bedding of 5* quality.
Ship & Onboard Activities: The Spirit is a beautiful ship decorated with an Asian theme. Since this cruise started on 12/2 the ships main lobby was decorated nicely with a xmas tree and garland making it look festive. The only negative is that their did not seem to be many activities to do on sea days. I only saw the CD introduce the evening shows and never saw him during the days. His ACD did most of the announcements for Bingo and instructions for tendering ect on port days.
Overall: We will definitely go on NCL again and have already booked our next cruise on the Spirit out of NYC! Less
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