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16 Night Asia Cruise from Tokyo

16 Night Asia Cruise from Tokyo (Yokohama)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Day 2
    Shimizu
  • Day 3
    Nagoya
  • Day 4
    Osaka
  • Day 5
    Osaka
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Shanghai
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Beijing
  • Day 11
    Beijing
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Nagasaki
  • Day 14
    Kagoshima
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Tokyo (Yokohama)
  • Day 17
    Yokohama

Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Spirit - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Lively ship that's been continually updated and refreshed.

Cons

Activities on smaller ship more limited than on line's larger vessels.

Bottom Line

Excellent value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries


Cruise Reviews

I haven't cruised for 30 years so my husband and I were really first time cruisers - therefore I have nothing to compare my experience to. I should, also, say we are budget-minded, too. -he Spirit is going in for a re-haul in a few ... Read More
I haven't cruised for 30 years so my husband and I were really first time cruisers - therefore I have nothing to compare my experience to. I should, also, say we are budget-minded, too. -he Spirit is going in for a re-haul in a few months. We traveled for the ports, but the Asian decor in a few places was weird, otherwise, the ship was clean. We did the "sail away" option with an inside room. You don't get any of the famous Norwegian freebies this way, but you don't pay the extra $500 or more for a reserved room.There is only one American plug in the main room and a European hair dryer in the bath. The bathroom was a little grungy- some tiles needed to be re-grouted, crack in the sink. My husband felt the mattress wasn't too good for his back. Dining was good. In the buffet I thought all the food was relatively fresh, especially the fruit and veggies. Got a fresh cooked omelet many days. Service was cheerful. We, also, liked dinner in Windows, which is big. We found a waiter that we really liked and asked for him. This helped because some of the entrees sound amazing but the serving turns out small or it's just not good. Most food was great though. We went to Shogun for variety a couple of time. Their menu never changes but it's a change. Not too spicy- ask for hot sauce. Service was usually very cheerful- everywhere. We went for the ports- eastern Mediterranean. Embarkation was quick and you could return about a half hour before the ship left for port. The absolutely best tour was a ship tour-Delos in 3D. You use tablets to recreate the ancient site. Our guide was so knowledgeable. Best tour of our 13 day trip. Cruise tours are usually so over-priced, but I was surprised to see most people just pay the money and go. Below are the tours we took. Dubrovnik- took ship shuttle (you pay) to old town. We did on our own. Kotor- Best of Montenegro - ship tour, local guide, ended a little early but he was sincere and we learned about the county Corfu - hop on hop off bus - didn't get out onto the island, just the city, we enjoyed Santorini speed boat at Fira port to Oi, with bus back to Fira beautiful Athens - took a private 15 person tour PK tours Athens and Poseideon. Local tour guide- half the price of Norwegian and worth it Mykonis the Delos tour Crete- short time - took local bus into town Malta- ship tour Scenic Malta -our guide had strong Italian accent but we stopped and got out 4 times. We saw the island. Sicily - Godfather ship tour - saw Sicily Naples private tour Pompeii and Herculaneum- did not plan this well- our fault Livorno - ship tour Pisa trolley and tour - over-priced, but we had a sincere guide who was enthusiastic and informative. We took the Norwegian transportation to the airport which was efficient and fast- price wise not any more expensive than other alternatives. Last of of we went at the end of Oct/early Nov. It did get dark early as we went along, but the temps were in the 70's and the weather was beautiful. We were often the only cruise ship at port. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Being on a 12-day cruise that is port heavy turned out to the be great! There are reviews that I read previous to this cruise that said we would be let off 2 hours after arriving at each port and have to get on the ship 2 hours before ... Read More
Being on a 12-day cruise that is port heavy turned out to the be great! There are reviews that I read previous to this cruise that said we would be let off 2 hours after arriving at each port and have to get on the ship 2 hours before leaving each port...that's not true. We got off very quickly (often times getting to port early), were able to get off the ship within 5 to 15 minutes of the posted arrival time, and we just had to get back on board NLT 30 minutes before departure. Our cabin steward, Francis, was amazing - thorough, detailed and professional. We never had any issues in our cabin (8003), and although we could hear the bass a bit from the club below us after 10pm, once we kindly mentioned it to a random manager when we were asked how things were going on night 2, the noise was gone after that and was never an issue again. The performances were fantastic...especially the acrobats and magician. The food was great, especially at Le Bistro - I recommend the Sole fish dish. The ship is dated, but maintained well and kept very clean. This is the oldest ship I've been on, but that didn't pose any issue at all. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Have been on two cruises before this one (Royal Caribbean, Princess) and this BY FAR has been the best food I've experienced - no complaints whatsoever. The food came out perfect everytime and was always delicious! Cagney's ... Read More
Have been on two cruises before this one (Royal Caribbean, Princess) and this BY FAR has been the best food I've experienced - no complaints whatsoever. The food came out perfect everytime and was always delicious! Cagney's was also amazing as was the Blue Lagoon, which was surprising for a cruise 24 hour diner section. Only issue I had with the ship was the lack of an indoor pool/spa and the towel station location/times. The towel station closed at 7 while the pools/spas remained open til 10, which I thought quite odd. Also made hopping into the spa on Deck 10 aft annoying as we had to make our way to Deck 12 mid ship just to grab some towels. Cabin was also very spacious! Was surprised at how the bathroom was organised - easily the biggest shower I've experienced on a ship and absolutely loved that there was a sliding door instead of an annoying shower curtain - made showering at the end of the day a breeze. Had no issues getting theatre seats at the second show and loved that we didn't have to stress about this. Staff were always helpful and polite - will miss a few of them! Overall - an old but charming ship that needs a few upgrades but definitely still worth sailing on. Can't wait to see what the Spirit will look like after next year's refurbishment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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