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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Holstebro: We caught the Spirit and loved every moment!


Holstebro
2 Reviews
Member Since 2010
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Member Rating

Cabin 3.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 5.5
Value for Money 5.0

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We caught the Spirit and loved every moment!

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans

Our 7-day cruise to the Western Caribbean was absolutely fabulous: The Crew went to great length to serve us and never failed to bring a smile on our faces. The food was delicious and the only problem we had with it was the difficult choices you have to make when studying the menu (and the pounds we gained!). We had dinner at the Windows MDR and never had any trouble getting a table even though we mostly did not make any reservations ahead. The morning buffet was good and the chocolate buffet simply delicious.

The weather was very nice with a smooth crossing across the Gulf and temperatures from the lower 60s on sea days to the mid 80s in port. Plenty of deck chairs to be found - make sure to check out the area next to the children's pool or at both sides of the chimney, too, if you do not want to be at the pool all the time.

We had a blast with our Cruise Critic friends who made this our best cruise ever.

The only thing which was sub-standard compared to More our previous cruises would be the layout and beds in the cabin: As there is only one bunk bed in the cabins, one of our two children had to sleep on a bed on the floor between the lower two beds. This made the cabin seem rather crammed once the beds had been made, and those sleeping in the lower beds had trouble getting in and out of bed without stepping on the person sleeping on the floor.

All in all, we loved our cruise onboard the Spirit and would go back tomorrow if we could. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


This place is unbelizable! Two of us went on a combined aerial track (zip-line) and cave tubing excursion booked through the ship and had a field day! Do note that you do not know in advance whether you'll do the cave tubing or the zip line first, but once you get to the location, you can go and change into the outfit that fits the activity. Bring good footwear for the zipline and swimwear and a towel for the cave tubing. Water shoes can be rented (for $5), and you can leave the rest of your things in the bus which stays at the parking lot during your two activities.

Prior to the cave tubing you walk through the jungle for about 45 minutes, carrying your tube, a life vest and a helmet. For the cave tubing we were divided into groups of 8 and then given the options of either free floating or going in a so-called love (?) train. We chose the latter which meant hooking up with the other tubes in a long line. Our guide stayed with us all the time and told us a lot about the stalagmites and stalactites, the bats, the small water falls inside the cave etc. Some of those free floating had a close encounter with some bamboo at the brink of the river when they got out of the cave but apart from that everybody had a terrific time.

The zip line was awesome! I'm usually not a daredevil myself, but I felt very secure and had a lot of fun during the different rides.


In Costa Maya we went on an excursion booked through NCL of the Chacchoben Mayan ruins. A 4-hour tour with our very knowledgeable and charming guide Diana. During the bus ride to the ruins we got a lot of interesting information about the Mayan people. The approximately 90-minute walk at the ruins was easy with a lot of stops along the way. We also got to climb some of the ruins, and there was plenty of time to take a lot of photos. We realize that the Chacchoben ruins aren't the most spectacular Mayan ruins, but as we had made other plans for the other ports offering excursions to Mayan ruins, this was not at all a bad way to spend half a day.


We went to Stingray Beach to feed, pad and snorkel with about 50 sting rays and a lot of fish. Great excursion! The visit is very educational and after a feeding and padding session in shallow water you get to snorkel with the rays. The snorkel equipment was included in the excursion fee. We took a lot of photos with our camera, but do note that you are not allowed to bring your own camera for the first part of the activity.

All in all, we loved all of our excursions, so even though they came like pearls on a string with no sea day in between, we would not have gone without any of them.

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Once again we went on an excursion booked through NCL: The dolphin encounter and Tabyana beach. What a great way to spend the day. Antony's Key Resort where the dolphin encounter takes place is beautifully located and the time spent there was both very educational and fun. Our kids simply loved our dolphin, Anthony, which we "shared" with a small group of other people. We got to pad him and had photos taken with him and learned a lot about dolphins. After the approximately 30 minutes in the water you can purchase a DVD of your encounter ($40), but you are also allowed to bring your own camera into the water during the last part of the session.

Following the dolphin encounter we went to Tabyana beach to sunbathe and snorkel. The sun chairs are free and you can rent snorkel outfit ($15). The reef is very close to the beach and we saw a lot of colourful fish.

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