Delightful Spirit Cruise - 4/3/11 - 4/10/11: Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by HULA77
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Delightful Spirit Cruise - 4/3/11 - 4/10/11
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
We drove from Michigan down to New Orleans and spent a little bit of time visiting the WWII Museum (a MUST SEE) and walking around town. New Orleans was a blast!
Embarkation went off without a hitch and from the time we went into the door at the port to the time we were on the ship was about 20 minutes, if that long.
We explored the beautiful Spirit a bit and then had lunch at Raffles to kick it all off.
We found the food on the Spirit to be absolutely fine. There was something for everyone and we never went hungry.
The first night we dined at Cagney's and were extremely pleased with the food, and especially the service. We knew what to expect as we dined on the Jewel's Cagney's, but Jeane, Jackie, and Adina were splendid hosts and made our visit extra special. They all made our boys feel so welcome and so invited and that was a perfect start to a great vacation.
We also dined More (sans kids) at the Taste of India and Le Bistro. Both were excellent in our opinion and well, well worth the money. We would do both again in a heartbeat, but Cagney's (and Adina) hold a special place in our hearts.
Windows and the Garden dining rooms were just fine too. I had read a number of non-positive reviews but just didn't experience anything negative. Service was spectacular, again in my opinion, and the food was always warm, tasty, and delivered in perfect timing.
The buffet was great also and we were never disappointed at any selection. Of course, "Wakey Wakey" and "Washy Washy" always bring smiles!!
The ports were terrific and all went off without a hitch too. Costa Maya was Nohoch Kay which was excellent; Belize was a beach break; Roatan was Gumbalimba Park & Tabyana Beach (BEST beach!!); and Cozumel was X-Rails with Wild Tours (A BLAST!!).
We did two pub crawls (of coruse sans kids) and they were a blast. Kevin did a great job!
The entertainment on the ship was spectacular. We went to four shows and enjoyed each one.
Our disembarkation day came way too early, but we requested a wake-up call at 5:30, cleaned up and went up for one last buffet breakfast.
We self-disembarked, so we grabbed our luggage, made sure we didn't forget anything by perusing the room one last time, and headed off.
We were in our car at Fulton Place parking at 8:00 a.m. Yes, I said 8:00 a.m.! That has to be a record for us!!!
All in all this was an excellent vacation and we would sail the Spirit again in a heartbeat!!!! Less
Cabin review: I29207 Family Inside
Cabin 9207 When I saw that this cabin became available, I immediately looked into changing our current room that was down the hall to 9207 because I knew we would be spending a good amount of time at Buccaneers Wet & Wild with our boys, which was very close in vicinity (just up and around the stairs). Reading reviews of 9207 made me a little leary, but we like to form our own opinion so we gave it a shot. Cabin 9207 did not disappoint. It was so much larger than what we were used to and we could all move around with ease. The closet was just fine. It had shelves on the left side from the top to bottom. The closet also had plenty of hangers and lots of room above and on the floor for other items. We put all of our suitcases under the bed so all of that was out of our way. There was a little chair that folded out into a bed for our youngest son and he loved it. I even slept on it one night and found it to be very comfortable. The upper bed that folds out from the wall was also very comfortable. The two twin beds that we had put together were also just fine. The room could probably do without the desk to make a little more room, but was a good place to put cell phones, receipts, jewelry, etc. The bathroom was just fine and accommodated us perfectly. The shower was great and very adjustable. We did not experience any noise issues even considering that we were close to an exit. We would definitely book 9207 on the Spirit again!Read All Family Inside (I2) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We tendered in to an area where we then caught a van to get to the beach.
Since my son and I were very sunburn from the previous day at Costa Maya (our own fault, I know), we had no interest in sitting in the sun. We found a delightful little shaded area off to the side of the beach with hammocks and chairs where we leisurely let the day go by.
The staff at this area was also very hospitable and attentive, though we probably would not go back to this area as the beach was just not as attractive as the others we had visited. It was very "shelly" and if you did not have your water shoes or sandals on, it was quite difficult to get around. The sand was more coarse all around also.
We walked a little way to get to the cabs from port, but when we found them they whisked us off to the resort very quickly, and for only $2 apiece!
Jamie, the resort proprietor, was extremely hospitable and helpful in every aspect. He was friendly and his staff was terrific.
We were led to the area our family would stay for the afternoon and it was quite comfortable, with ample shade and chairs and tables.
Food and drinks were aplenty and we indulged freely. There was never a time where we were without a drink. Staff is extremely attentive in tending to your every need.
The kids played in the water most of the day and enjoyed the kayaks very much.
We would definitely go back to visit Nohoch Kay again in the future.
This was SO MUCH FUN!
Prior to catching the van to take us out to Wild Tours, we visited Senor Frogs for a drink. We were a bit surprised at how expensive it was, but it wasn't anything that wouldn't make us come back.
Upon arriving at Wild Tours, we were met by Roberto who gave us the run-down of what to expect along the way.
We knew in advance to bring clothes that we could throw away. I also brought our own bandanas (U.S. flag-type ones) so we could pick each other out easily.
The ride was rough at times, but it was worth it. We got dirty, wet, muddy, dusty, and it was GREAT!
Visiting the cavern was a bonus as we got to jump in and cool off and see the beautiful vegetation and more wildlife, particularly, the bats flying and hanging overhead.
We got to hold a 4-year old crocodile, saw a golden eagle, a monitor lizard, and a beautiful owl.
A great experience for the money!
I woke before sunrise so I could see us pull into port at Mahogany Bay. Absolutely stunning!
The two "shipwrecks" you see off to the side really give you a certain feel, which is hard to explain until you see it.
The port is absolutely beautiful and the shops were very nice and vendors were not pushy at all.
We booked Gumbalimba Park & Tabyana Beach through NCL and this excursion did not disappoint.
The park was beautiful, with all kinds of wildlife and vegetation. We saw iguanas, macaws, and other birds, and of course the monkeys that flit from person to person. Our boys loved this and the monkeys were well-behaved.
We then went to Tabyana Beach, which was probably one of the best beaches we've been to.
The water was beautiful. Our oldest snorkeled for the first time and saw colorful fish in abundance, and coral too.
The sand was like powder and felt so wonderful to walk through.
The lunch that was provided was very, very tasty and hit the spot.
We were sad to have to leave Roatan and would definitely go back.
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