Still debating whether to sail again: Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by livsca
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Still debating whether to sail again
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Our first port was San Juan. We took an excursion and then had time for shopping. It was a nice afternoon and we were back on the ship by 8 p.m. and then didn't bother changing for dinner, so just ate at Raffles. The next day was Tortola. We had booked a beach excursion which was really nice. First we had an open bus tour and then time on the beach with lunch included. It was really beautiful and we hated having to leave. Our last port was Samana where we also booked a beach excursion. This was the only port with a tender to disembark and that was a little disorganized. We had to wait in the theater for our tender time to be called, but when they did start calling our time, they called out random rows, so people who came in late got out first and those of us who were on time had to wait. Totally disorganized and really wasted some of our excursion time. But we didn't let that spoil our day. Samana was gorgeous and we had a really good beach afternoon.
The entertainment at night was pretty good. The comedian, Peter Sasso, was very funny, and the magician, Richard Burr, was amazing. I thought it was kind of cheesy, though, that before the shows at night, crew members were trying to sell scratch-off tickets. They promised big winners, but I never saw any. They also had karaoke in the bar at night, but it would have been a better idea to have it in a bigger venue. It was way too crowded and I think a lot more people who have come and participated if it were at another location. The show the last night was wonderful. It was different crew members performing for us, dancing or singing or something that reflects their culture. It was nice and our cruise director, Darin, was the best - so full of energy and fun.
They really pushed "shopping" a lot also. They were very big on jewelry with fashion shows and seminars. In fact, that is mostly what there was to do on the sea days - kind of boring for the males in my family. They also had raffles for prizes, but I thought it would have been nicer if instead of giving away one huge prize to one winner, if they would have divided up the prizes, giving the most valuable one away and then letting others have chances to win the smaller items.
We arrived back in NY and had our last breakfast. Disembarkation was not a problem for those of use who listened to Darin, the cruise director. We were told to wait until they called our luggage tag color instead of clogging up the gangway. We listened, others didn't, and that is why we didn't have a problem! All in all, it was a very enjoyable trip and more than likely we will be back. Leaving out of NY is so much easier and less expensive than flying to another port. In my opinion, it doesn't compare to Disney, but neither does the price. Less