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Our cruise on the NCL Spirit was absolutely wonderful, from the smooth and efficient embarkation, to the equally effortless debarkation at Pier 66 in Seattle. NCL has a dedicated parking area which made parking, and walking across the Skybridge, right up to the ship the easiest possible. NCL has an area set up for passengers to check in, then wait, with refreshments for their number to be called. This process took 45 minutes at the most from the time we arrived, till we were being escorted to our cabin on Deck 10. The cabin was a spacious inside cabin, with the most wonderful bathroom possible. A hair dryer was provided, and worked beautifully. The shower was every bit as nice as most home showers, with soap dispenser, moveable shower head, and best of all, wonderful sliding doors. No curtain to contend with. There was about a 5 foot closet, and extra hangers were provided upon request. Plenty of drawer storage is available also. Our luggage fit nicely under the bed when we were ready to stow it away. The room cabin has a safe, which made us feel confident that our personal papers, and money would be secure. There is a coffee maker in each cabin, with a choice of decaf or regular coffee. The beds had been converted to queen and had the requested eggcrate mattress already in place. The linens on this ship are luxurious - with a down duvet, and extra sheets upon request. Our room steward/ess were absolutely accommodating. They spoiled us the entire seven days, and never let us down. Each evening, there was a new and different towel animal on our turned back bed, with mints on the pillows. We found the food aboard the Spirit to be just fine. We ate many meals in Raffles, and did not experience any of the waiting that others have complained about. The food was much better than in many local restaurant buffets. It was always hot, and tasty. The desserts were always a joy here. The Garden Room and Windows were much more luxurious than we had expected. The food and service in both of these restaurants was super. We never had to wait in either of these either. We were surprised, as our ship was booked to capacity. The specialty restaurants were beautiful, and the service was A-1 all of the way. From being seated immediately - with our reservations, to the waiter immediately unfolding our napkins and placing them upon or laps. Dinners in the specialty restaurants which we tried were absolutely scrumptious. We ate in Maxim's for fish and steak, Shogun for Teppanyaki, and LaTratorria for Italian Cuisine. We found the service to be far more than what we are accustomed to at nicer restaurants in our area. The entertainment was very good. Richie Minervini was hilarious - and seemed well received by everyone. The production numbers presented in the Moulin Rouge were not at all Las Vegas style, but very enjoyable. The Grand Centrum of this ship is spectacular with the glassed in elevators adding a bit of drama. The entire ship was spotless, with crew forever polishing and cleaning. However, they did this so effortlessly, that we were rarely aware of their presence. The Picture House was a favorite last thing to do for our crowd. The movies were not new, but certainly enjoyable. The Picture House was also used during the daytime for lectures and presentations of several kinds. Bingo was a daily happening, and although we did not participate, it was much fun to watch, and could always be provide a good laugh. Evenings had some sort of entertainment - from music, to the Cruise Director and his staff putting on skits, or our particular favorite, "The Liars Club" presentation. This one, the audience participated, and had a roaring good time. The cruise was fabulous. Alaska just cannot be described. It is awesome and one trip definitely will not be enough. We shall be returning, and if the Spirit were not being moved to the East Coast, we would re-book her in a heartbeat. I feel that the Ports of Call have been covered thoroughly by previous posters. But, I would add, that we found Prince Rupert, not boring as others have often stated - it was one of our very favorite stops. Our son, daughter in law, and my husband rented scooters in Prince Rupert, and rode around for about four hours. They had a blast. I walked the town, and went farther than most probably do, and found wonderful sights, and friendly local people to chat with. Cow Bay was interesting. This is a beautiful little picturesque town - you truly should go beyond the shopping area, and see the true beauty here. This evening on board, the local Tsimshian Indian performers put on an interpretive dance and show which explained about their tribe. Son and daughter in law a did kayakingin Ketchikan, and had a glorious day with their guide, going across the waterway towards and into Pennock Cove. Juneau was very touristy, but we truly loved seeing Mendenhall and the surrounding area. The highlight of our trip was Skagway. Here, we rented a car through Avis, and drove "Murray's" Yukon Route. It was thrilling to see each and every spot that he so generously described for any of us who wanted to download his guide and use it. The scenery along this Highway is awesome, and we especially loved being able to stop at our discretion, and take photos of each special spot. Of course, we did stop at the Cinnamon Cache, and had a delightful time chatting with the owner who is French. He entertained us with many tales of his youth in France, and how he came to be in Carcross now. The weather for us was absolutely beautiful. We only had one half day of drizzle while visiting Mendenhall, and otherwise, it was light jacket weather, if even that. I can't say enough about the ship, the crew, and the entire cruise. We absolutely would do this exact cruise again if possible. For those of you who will cruising on the Spirit after the dry dock, I can only say that you are in for a delightful treat. This is a marvelous ship.

Norwegian Spirit - Alaska

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by SailAways

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2005
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Inside
Our cruise on the NCL Spirit was absolutely wonderful, from the smooth and efficient embarkation, to the equally effortless debarkation at Pier 66 in Seattle. NCL has a dedicated parking area which made parking, and walking across the Skybridge, right up to the ship the easiest possible. NCL has an area set up for passengers to check in, then wait, with refreshments for their number to be called. This process took 45 minutes at the most from the time we arrived, till we were being escorted to our cabin on Deck 10.
The cabin was a spacious inside cabin, with the most wonderful bathroom possible. A hair dryer was provided, and worked beautifully. The shower was every bit as nice as most home showers, with soap dispenser, moveable shower head, and best of all, wonderful sliding doors. No curtain to contend with. There was about a 5 foot closet, and extra hangers were provided upon request. Plenty of drawer storage is available also. Our luggage fit nicely under the bed when we were ready to stow it away. The room cabin has a safe, which made us feel confident that our personal papers, and money would be secure. There is a coffee maker in each cabin, with a choice of decaf or regular coffee. The beds had been converted to queen and had the requested eggcrate mattress already in place. The linens on this ship are luxurious - with a down duvet, and extra sheets upon request. Our room steward/ess were absolutely accommodating. They spoiled us the entire seven days, and never let us down. Each evening, there was a new and different towel animal on our turned back bed, with mints on the pillows.
We found the food aboard the Spirit to be just fine. We ate many meals in Raffles, and did not experience any of the waiting that others have complained about. The food was much better than in many local restaurant buffets. It was always hot, and tasty. The desserts were always a joy here. The Garden Room and Windows were much more luxurious than we had expected. The food and service in both of these restaurants was super. We never had to wait in either of these either. We were surprised, as our ship was booked to capacity. The specialty restaurants were beautiful, and the service was A-1 all of the way. From being seated immediately - with our reservations, to the waiter immediately unfolding our napkins and placing them upon or laps. Dinners in the specialty restaurants which we tried were absolutely scrumptious. We ate in Maxim's for fish and steak, Shogun for Teppanyaki, and LaTratorria for Italian Cuisine. We found the service to be far more than what we are accustomed to at nicer restaurants in our area.
The entertainment was very good. Richie Minervini was hilarious - and seemed well received by everyone. The production numbers presented in the Moulin Rouge were not at all Las Vegas style, but very enjoyable.
The Grand Centrum of this ship is spectacular with the glassed in elevators adding a bit of drama. The entire ship was spotless, with crew forever polishing and cleaning. However, they did this so effortlessly, that we were rarely aware of their presence. The Picture House was a favorite last thing to do for our crowd. The movies were not new, but certainly enjoyable. The Picture House was also used during the daytime for lectures and presentations of several kinds. Bingo was a daily happening, and although we did not participate, it was much fun to watch, and could always be provide a good laugh. Evenings had some sort of entertainment - from music, to the Cruise Director and his staff putting on skits, or our particular favorite, "The Liars Club" presentation. This one, the audience participated, and had a roaring good time.
The cruise was fabulous. Alaska just cannot be described. It is awesome and one trip definitely will not be enough. We shall be returning, and if the Spirit were not being moved to the East Coast, we would re-book her in a heartbeat. I feel that the Ports of Call have been covered thoroughly by previous posters.
But, I would add, that we found Prince Rupert, not boring as others have often stated - it was one of our very favorite stops. Our son, daughter in law, and my husband rented scooters in Prince Rupert, and rode around for about four hours. They had a blast. I walked the town, and went farther than most probably do, and found wonderful sights, and friendly local people to chat with. Cow Bay was interesting. This is a beautiful little picturesque town - you truly should go beyond the shopping area, and see the true beauty here. This evening on board, the local Tsimshian Indian performers put on an interpretive dance and show which explained about their tribe. Son and daughter in law a did kayakingin Ketchikan, and had a glorious day with their guide, going across the waterway towards and into Pennock Cove. Juneau was very touristy, but we truly loved seeing Mendenhall and the surrounding area. The highlight of our trip was Skagway. Here, we rented a car through Avis, and drove "Murray's" Yukon Route. It was thrilling to see each and every spot that he so generously described for any of us who wanted to download his guide and use it. The scenery along this Highway is awesome, and we especially loved being able to stop at our discretion, and take photos of each special spot. Of course, we did stop at the Cinnamon Cache, and had a delightful time chatting with the owner who is French. He entertained us with many tales of his youth in France, and how he came to be in Carcross now. The weather for us was absolutely beautiful. We only had one half day of drizzle while visiting Mendenhall, and otherwise, it was light jacket weather, if even that. I can't say enough about the ship, the crew, and the entire cruise.
We absolutely would do this exact cruise again if possible. For those of you who will cruising on the Spirit after the dry dock, I can only say that you are in for a delightful treat. This is a marvelous ship.
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