On Jan. 31 we left the beautiful and wild port of New Orleans to board the Norwegian Spirit which appeared lovely in port. Found many things different than advertised, no one greeted us with champagne, in fact, most of the personnel does not speak when you pass them. I have cruised 14 times on other lines and found this unusual. Some hallways were elegant, some like school corridors. Raffles provided good eggs to order and lunches were good but ordinary. Dinner at Windows was barely palatable, no taste, limited selection. lobster overcooked. Galaxy was a nice room and the piano bar very enjoyable with the exception of Buster Freeze who left us cold (no pun intended)who was a guy who was a legend in his own mind with minimal talent. accidentally caught part of his act in Henry's Pub and had to leave or blow my brains out. If I gave him a basket he still couldn't carry a tune and his vulgarity was that of a 13 yr. old. The female singer was excellent.
Cabins were so small, no storage and bathrooms divided into shower stall, commode area and sink area. If you closed the glass door to the commode you felt like you were in a test tube. Balconies were tiny and filthy. Room steward was belligerent about requests for an egg crate mattress pad (advertised by NCL) but must have realized I would go over his head and obliged.
Casino was fun but time was limited if you wanted to continue breathing due to so much smoke and so little ventilation. Lots of "buy this, buy that" from all personnel. BREAKDOWNS R US should be NCL logo. Evening shows cancelled due to light bar falling; pool closed due to glass breaking and falling in pool; walking track closed partially due to scaffolding and painting going on; public rest rooms out of order constantly, windows breaking in library...how come? No, I won't be sailing with NCL again, the saving grace was that I was with people whom I enjoy and tried to put all of these shortcomings out of my mind.