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Ship is beautiful. Ports were delightful. People management from the onset was horrible. There was a long wait to drop off bags and then another wait to check in. Once on board there was a sail away bbq -- another long line. On Day 2, went up to Raffles for breakfast buffet -- another long line to get cold food  then had to search for a table. When we were in Juneau, getting back on board proved to be frustrating yet again as they only had 1 person checking id's and 1 person scanning your room card. This made the vacation a bit disappointing. Food was adequate. Cruises are known for having incredible meals -- and that was not the case. They had an Italian speciality restaurant -- and all you could get was pasta with your choice of sauce. Again, disappointing. Where were the traditional or exceptional dishes. No lasagna nor ravioli nor veal or eggplant parmesan! The chocolate buffet was great although again -- long line. By the time I got in, the buffet had been fairly picked over. Was able to get a couple of chocolate covered strawberries that were great and a piece of chocolate cake -- but that was it. The dining room did provide a great lobster dinner one time. We were in Alaska and had thought that we would have had more Alaskan type seafood. That was very limited. Shore excursions were great for the most part -- but very expensive. NCL takes a cut on the fees that are charged which doesn't help. Don't think that they are really engaged in ensuring that your vacation is top notch. They are only in it for the money. Pictures on the ship were also $13. They could probably make more money if they offered a lower price or did a combo deal. If they put the NCL brand on each picture - and lowered the price, wouldn't it be a great marketing opportunity. Housekeeping by far was the best. Rooms were always clean. Always had clean towels. Towel animals are getting old - need to find something new to make the adventure a little exciting. Everyone does towel animals now.

Norwegian Spirit - Alaska

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by PennyCornali

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2005
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
Ship is beautiful. Ports were delightful. People management from the onset was horrible. There was a long wait to drop off bags and then another wait to check in. Once on board there was a sail away bbq -- another long line. On Day 2, went up to Raffles for breakfast buffet -- another long line to get cold food  then had to search for a table.
When we were in Juneau, getting back on board proved to be frustrating yet again as they only had 1 person checking id's and 1 person scanning your room card.
This made the vacation a bit disappointing.
Food was adequate. Cruises are known for having incredible meals -- and that was not the case. They had an Italian speciality restaurant -- and all you could get was pasta with your choice of sauce. Again, disappointing. Where were the traditional or exceptional dishes. No lasagna nor ravioli nor veal or eggplant parmesan!
The chocolate buffet was great although again -- long line. By the time I got in, the buffet had been fairly picked over. Was able to get a couple of chocolate covered strawberries that were great and a piece of chocolate cake -- but that was it.
The dining room did provide a great lobster dinner one time. We were in Alaska and had thought that we would have had more Alaskan type seafood. That was very limited.
Shore excursions were great for the most part -- but very expensive. NCL takes a cut on the fees that are charged which doesn't help. Don't think that they are really engaged in ensuring that your vacation is top notch. They are only in it for the money.
Pictures on the ship were also $13. They could probably make more money if they offered a lower price or did a combo deal. If they put the NCL brand on each picture - and lowered the price, wouldn't it be a great marketing opportunity.
Housekeeping by far was the best. Rooms were always clean. Always had clean towels. Towel animals are getting old - need to find something new to make the adventure a little exciting. Everyone does towel animals now.
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