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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by CruisinChris412

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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit
Member Name: CruisinChris412
Cruise Date: January 2012
Embarkation: New Orleans
Destination: Western Caribbean
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Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5+
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Great Cruise. Great Experience
The Norwegian Spirit was a cool ship. It used to be the Starcrest Leo in Asia. So, there is an Asian theme throughout the ship. Some of our favorite highlights of the ship's layout and particular venues of the ship are the Atrium, terraces by Raffles Court, Bier Garten, Henry's Pub and Stardust Theater. We did like the Galaxy of the Stars lounge, but it became annoying at times since it was too small to hold some of the events they held there.

The food was fine for us. We ate in the buffet or MDR for all of our meals. We didn't like that for lunch and dinner they only offered tea, water, coffee and milk to drink. The milk was actually for the coffee, too. They need to add more drink selections. The food staff was great.

We primarily drank in Bier Garten and caught 2 games in Henry's Pub. The staff were great. The beer buckets were our chosen method of drinking. We got 6 Coronas for $28.

The cleanliness of the ship appeared to be spotless in some areas and lacking in other areas. I was disappointed that the windows weren't clean on embarkation day. The windows on the pool deck and on our balcony were all dirty. The balcony door seals were dirty, too.

The entertainment was fine. We saw the broadway musical, tribute to music musical, acrobats, elements, stand-up comedian, and more. These were all in the Stardust Theater. We got to the theater 15 to 30 minutes early before each show and got great seats in the middle about 5 rows up. We also caught the Newlywed Show in the theater which was moved from the Galaxy to Stardust because the Galaxy was too small! They need another theater or to schedule the shows differently. There were people sitting on the floor in the Galaxy during some events which is unacceptable.

The ship needs another pool. There is plenty of space for tanning, but it became a challenge to find 2 loungers available for us.

We participated in both Pub Crawls. They were both a lot of fun even though we didn't exactly go to different bars on the second one like they promised. However, it was a great way to meet other cruisers and do something a little different. Be aware that ours started at 1:30pm which is early to start getting sauced up. The first 4 drinks were mixed drinks/shots and we ended it with a beer. If you stand by the bar where they're distributing the drinks, you might get an extra one if drinks are left over. Also, if you participate in the activities and you "win", you get an extra drink. Also, if you for some reason catch the end of the first crawl, you can sign up for the 2nd on for only $20 per person.

Publication Date: 01/14/12
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