Norwegian Spirit - Southern Caribbean: Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Mug

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Norwegian Spirit - Southern Caribbean

Sail Date: January 2006
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Usually a ship of this size has multiple lounges that are active at night and used for games, bingo and demonstrations during the day. The specialty restaurants occupied what would have been allocated to these lounges. The only areas available for the daytime activities were the Centrum reception area and the Galaxy lounge. This left practically no area for peace & quiet, which is one reason some people take a cruise.

Throughout the ship, there was a noticeable lack of trash containers. As a result, people left papers, empty glasses, etc anywhere, including in the elevators. This trash remained quite a while before it was collected.

The published ratio of passengers to crew on the Spirit is about 2:1. This is the same as most Celebrity ships. However, the Celebrity crew seems to be more visible and available than that of the Spirit. There was a lot of work that could have been done but was not done. For example, the PA System was not working during the More lifeboat drill, many light bulbs in the public areas were out for the duration of the cruise and no additional staff was available to assist people to carry food trays in rough seas.

Dining -- The Freestyle dining idea is dine where you want, when you wantthis is not true. Even the Windows and Garden restaurants could have one-hour waiting times&the specialty restaurants were fully booked during normal dining hours. The food in the two main restaurants, Raffles buffet and Blue Lagoon was poor in both selection and quality. Trattorias offerings were what one might expect from a pasta cart (something Celebrity does very well). The specialty restaurants offered much better food, but at additional cost, this is not acceptable on a cruise. The overall atmosphere in Windows and Garden restaurants was not very inviting due to a rather low ceiling in a large room, also the lack of prompt bus service left an overall image of clutter. We were quite rushed in the Garden room, our waitress wanted our full order, including dessert, up-front. She later asked is everything OK&I replied no, hoping to explain that my red snapper and my wifes spare ribs were inedible&she merely walked away without comment.

The Shogun and Cagneys restaurants were good in all respects. Le Bistro, on the other hand, missed the mark. The back wall of this room was open both to the kitchen and to a corridor with glaring lights. Fortunately, we were at a table near the entry area&otherwise the noise and odors emanating from the kitchen would have been totally unacceptable.

The Blue Lagoon and the Bund were actually corridors with tables. There was always traffic enroute to the reception area. Raffles Buffet offered a limited selection of low quality food. The food had a decidedly Asian influence throughout the trip. We mostly settled for sandwiches. Table clean-up at Raffles was particularly lacking. Many tables remained cluttered for some time after the occupants had left&busboys and supervisors walked by and did nothing. When clean-up took place, the busboys carried the plates and glasses without using a tray. This operation took much longer. Less

Published 02/27/06
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