Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Don: Norwegian Spirit - Alaska
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Norwegian Spirit - Alaska
The Norwegian Spirit cruise to Alaska met with most of our expectations and I would recommend this cruise to anyone who wants a relaxed vacation to Alaska. Our party consisted on three adults, one in the 80's and a teenager. All of us enjoyed ourselves so it would appear that Norwegian knows how to please all age groups.
We had two outside cabins with balconies. The cabins were pleasantly decorated and had plenty of storage, even for those of us who brought too much in the way of clothes. I would highly recommend these cabins, I spent two lovely days on the balconies watching the scenery pass by. The cabin staff did a great job and catered to our every whim. Every night we returned to beds turned down, chocolate and a unique "towel sculpture".
The casual cruise dining experience was also very good. The Raffles buffet is not great, but served us well for a quick breakfast or a snack for lunch. I would not recommend it for dinner. We also dined in the Windows More restaurant. Here the food was very good. We also visited the steak restaurant and tepenyaki room. The food in these restaurants was excellent and well worth the extra "cover". Two in our party had significant diet restrictions and we found that all the restaurants would bend over backwards to make sure these two had pleasant dining experiences. I think this casual dining will slowly move to other cruise lines because it is so flexible.
Entertainment aboard the ship was superb! Every night there was a great show in the main theater followed by great music and dancing in the Galaxy Lounge. I was really please to see that Norwegian did not gouge for drinks. No more expensive shore lounges.
Shore excursions were pretty much "standard". Since we had an older adult in our party we stayed away from the more adventurous excursions but everyone I overhead talking about glacier visits, kayaking, etc. seem pleased. Like every cruise line, Norwegian marks up excursions and you can probably save a few bucks by booking ashore. You do, however, risk missing the excursion.
The teenager in our party had a ball. Every morning she was up and out the door. Except for dinner and excursions we hardly ever saw her. Yes, teenagers prowled the ship, laughing and sometimes being loud, but hey they were having a good time and I enjoyed watching them.
The ports in Alaska are nice. Very touristy, but nice. Hey, on a vacation you expect touristy. The stop in Prince Rupert was nothing to write home about. We did find the people in Price Rupert most gracious and the museum just up the street from the dock is worth visiting. Give Price Rupert some time. They will catch on.
If you are looking for a good cruise, consider the Spirit. She is a beautiful ship crewed by a helpful, friendly courteous crew. Less
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