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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Shesculpt: NCL Spirit January 2010


Shesculpt
1 Review
Member Since 2006
13 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin Not Rated
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 4.0

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NCL Spirit January 2010

Sail Date: January 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans

Embarkation was pretty smooth and easy. We arrived around noon and waited a bit to go through security. Once through, very easy. On board we found it was time to consider many opportunities to sign up for on our at sea days. Glad we were on early as many of these sold out. After signing up, we went for lunch. We did eat in the Windows Restaurant...though everyone we asked where it was wanted to direct us to the buffet. Glad we stuck to this plan as we met and sat with 2 other couples and enjoyed a great lunch with great service!

This was our 4th cruise...2nd on NCL (2 others on RCCL). I must admit I like a regular dining time though we had no issues with getting into the restaurants in a timely manner. We ended up eating in the restaurant the night of the chocolate buffet (the same one where the choc buffet is held). We got there just before closing and were seated in a location where we observed the final setting up. After VIPs passed through the line, we were offered to More jump in before the doors opened! Very fun!

Food was pretty good...lobster tail night...mine was tough. Nicely spoke to a supervisor who brought me another that was perfect!

Entertainment was good. Not fabulous, but entertaining enough before late night dancing and drinking.

Staff was pleasant and very responsive.

The destinations really make this a fantastic cruise!

Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala We chose a Go with gus tour. Our greeter was not Gus as written in other places, but a kid from the Bronx. I didn't love his attitude...but we got to our destination via a boat with about 30 others. We did a kayaking trip down the canyon/jungle river. It was incredibly beautiful and peaceful. Great to see locals on the water fishing. We ate in a little place where no one spoke English...fresh seafood!

The people of the local village put on quite a spectacle as we left the pier. Busses, tour operators, police, a dance group, drummers...all gathered, entertained, flashed lights and yelled a grand good bye and thank you in unison. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


What a dirty, dirty city! We boarded a bus to go almost an hour away to take another boat ride about an hour up river to see more ruins. The bus was awful...sound system was unclear so we could barely hear what our English second language guide was saying for that entire hour. The bus was filty (This was an NCL tour) The ruins at Lamanai were amazing! You can climb one of the temples to quite a height. I labored over deciding which ruins to see...I was not disappointed!! The boat up the river held wonderful glimpses of wildlife...crocs, birds, bats. We took a NCL tour since this was a tendered port.


As I'm finding usual, the port had a tourist trap between the ship and the place we needed to get to for our excursion. We did a non-cruise line tour with www.thenativechoice.com. EXCELLENT!! We visited ruins at Chacchoben and then visited a Mayan family's home...we learned how to make tortillas and the ladies prepared an outrageously delicious lunch...fresh picked vegetables from the jungle in their backyard! David was our tour guide at the ruins...smart, knowledgeable about Mayan culture and myth. The cooler weather we hit was just perfect for climbing ruins. (Okay 60s during the day...big chill for the jungle) No bugs, no humidity.


We did a NCL tour--snorkeling and then to an all inclusive resort. Okay...snorkeling was a blast...however the 4 foot swells that remained after the previous days rough weather made for a challenging time. The resort served a much to be desired sandwich type light lunch. The drinks were great and the massage on the beach was delightful. Fun time!


We spent an extra day to tour around in NOLA before the cruise. The temps were barely past freezing during the day...and we were unprepared. We did the city tour from NCL after the trip...great and relaxing was to get more views outside of the downtown/French Quarter area. We got to see the Katrina ravished areas. Then a drop at the airport made this a great addition to a wonderful trip.

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