“Spirit has its act together”
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We arrived at New Orleans airport on the morning of the cruise (cab fare to the port is about $33)and boarding was already in progress when we arrived. Our boarding was well-organized and orderly and a buffet was waiting when we got on board. Our stateroom was immaculate and was kept that way throughout the cruise. Everything worked in the bathroom and water was always hot. We ate breakfast at the buffet in Raffles every morning and we ate all but one of our dinners in the main dining rooms (Windows or Garden). Both had the same menu, but we preferred Windows, where the service was outstanding, the decor more interesting, and more room between the tables. The food was always excellent in all three locations. Raffles had a vast assortment of breakfast foods ranging from English fare like beans and knockers, several selections of hot cereals, eggs scrambled or cooked to order, including omelets, a wide selection of fruits and breads, pancakes and waffles, hash browns, yogurts, juices, and many other items. The main dining area had a set menu each day, as well as a menu that changed. You could select from either, or get items from both. Choices usually included beef, pork, fish, and chicken. We ate in only one of the specialty restaurants -- the Italian restaurant ($10). The food there also was excellent. We never had to wait for seating. Entertainment varied. We ended up most nights at Champagne Charlie's, a small bar and dance area overlooking the atrium. The music there, which included an orchestra, a piano player/singer-guitar duo, and a piano player/singer, was mostly jazz and oldies, which is our style. All the entertainers were good. We say two shows in the auditorium, and they were good. The staff and crew were friendly, polite and helpful. The ships decor was interesting with an oriental flavor. A wide variety of shore excursions was offered at each port. Getting off the ship and connecting with your excursion was well-organized and went smoothly and on time. Disembarkation also went smoothly.

Norwegian Spirit Cruises to the Western Caribbean
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Cabin review: Mid-Ship Inside

We had an inside cabin. The room was small, but the bed was big. There was a big closet with a lot of storage shelves, and we were able to store all our gear out of the way. It was forward at the end of a long hall and was very quiet. The shower and bathroom was large enough. Good steward service on this deck.

Port and Shore Excursions

This was the only port where tender boats were required. Belize City was kind of crowded. We took a train tour around the city and saw some of the major sites as well as lots of schools. The wealthier people live on one side of the river, and the poor folks live on the other. Shopping is abundant in port and the people are friendly and speak English, as Belize is the old British Honduras.

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Costa Maya is a port and small village built by the cruise lines. It is a good jumping off spot for visiting nearby Mayan ruins. The village had a variety of souvenir shops, restaurants, and a beach. Everything was new and kind of contrived. It was not a real Mexican experience, but the place was pleasant. We didn't tarry long there but took a Mayan ruins tour, which was interesting. Our guide, Elizabeth, was well-informed and entertaining.

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Cozumel is expensive, but you probably can eat in one of the seafront restaurants without fear of contracting an illness disease. Cost is somewhat more than you would pay for a good Mexican restaurant at home and the food is about the same. There is shopping galore, but, as I said, it is expensive. We took a van tour around the island with a variety of stops. There was a stop at a Mayan ruin with marked statues from the Mayan period back among the rain forest foliage. It is very well done. Other stops included a small village with crafts and a church, a restaurant and bar on the beach, where we were treated to a free margarita, and a rest stop before returning to town.

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Published 03/04/10
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