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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Lovinmycruisin: Spirt leaves you feeling dispirited!

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Cabin 2.0
Dining 1.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 2.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 2.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates 3.0
Service 1.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 3.0

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Spirt leaves you feeling dispirited!

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

We were thrilled with the idea of freestyle cruising, not having to dress for dinner, but we didn't realize freestyle cruising meant that the staff barely acknowledged you, you had no idea who your room steward was, and dinning for dinner meant that you only actually got your food after all the other tables in your section were filled and their orders were in.

Here's the thing: Don't expect any personal touch or acknowledgement on this ship. The staff politely greets you the same each and every time you pass by them, almost in a robotic way, and not very genuine feeling. The boat is older feeling, the rooms are very very small, even the balcony rooms (not worth the upgrade). The bathrooms are dated and smelled. During the cruise, our bathrooms weren't working on several different evenings, sending us searching for public restrooms in the middle of the night to use.

The food was good, even better if you wanted to go to the speciality restaurants, where the service More was excellent, but don't expect fast and quality service in the dining rooms, unless you get up early for breakfast. Otherwise, even if you sit right away for dinner, it was always a 1 1/2 hour event or more. If you want to make a 7:15 show, be prepared to eat right when the doors open and go directly to the event.

Entertainment was great, Second City provided an awesome comedy show, then followed up the next day with an improv class. (I would have actually paid to take improv lessons on the ship if the had them).

As with most cruises, be prepared to have liquor and other upsells pushed on you right and left, however, I did find that after saying no a few times, I was pretty much left alone the rest of the evening.

One warning - the cruise director - Candi is very long winded, so you might want to tune her out when she comes on the loud speaker, everything she is saying can be found in your freestyle daily.

One thing I will say - embarkation and debarkation in New Orleans was quick and painless and shore excursions were fantastic and worth the money, especially in Guatemala and Belize. Less

Published 03/02/10

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Cabin review: BB9100

Awesome location,on dock side in Costa Maya, Guatemala, and New Orleans. You have a great view of the pilot hopping on the ship outside of Costa Maya. Very quiet location, but as with the other rooms on the Spirit, it was very small and dated. This room is a connecting room with the room next door, so beware of how loud you are as you can hear conversations through the connecting door.

Port and Shore Excursions

Loved Belize. I highly recommend the cave tubing excursion. You get to see the Belize county side, have an enjoyable day and are dropped off in time to do a little shopping before getting back onto the boat. You have to tender in Belize which are provided by the port, rather than by ship life boats as is the case in certain other tender areas. Be prepared to tip the tender guy.

Well kept port. You can tell the government invested a lot into this port. The bathrooms are very clean. Lots of shopping to do, but not much more than that. The beach is pretty non-existent, especially if there are multiple ships in port. If you aren't into shopping and don't have a planned excursion, you are better staying on the ship and sunbathing there.

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