Norwegian Spirit - Bahamas: Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by luv2cruz11228
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Norwegian Spirit - Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
The port of calls were Port Canaveral, Florida , Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay (the Cruise Lines Private Island), Bahamas. This itinerary was really bad. We were only in Nassau, Bahamas for a total of 5 hours, where we should have stayed longer. There was a lot to see there but so little time. On the other hand, we stayed in on your private island, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, overnight. This was a total waste of time. Upon arrival to the private island, one of tenders broke which made it very difficult to get on the island. We attempted to go to the island the following morning and it was very disorganized and chaotic. Needless to say, we never went on the island. We spoke to other passengers that More did make it to the island and they said we did not miss much. At the barbecue, people got attacked by seagulls and were bitten by sand fleas.
The crew members on the ship were very disorganized and not friendly at all. When we attended the evacuation drills, they were sending us in all different directions. They never sent a child sized life jacket for the 2 year old traveling with us and we called several times. We can only imagine what would happen in an event of an emergency. When announcements were being made on the loud speaker, you could barely hear or understand them, especially if you were in your cabin. The speakers in the cabins were turned off. When asked why, the crew member said They do not want to disturb people that are napping in the cabins. That is complete nonsense. Embarking and debarking the ship at the ports was very disorganized and chaotic. There were never crew members around to keep the debarkation organized and in order. The Cruise Director had a lot of energy but did not really keep us entertained. There was not enough activities to keep us occupied while we were at sea. We had 3 balcony staterooms on Deck 11. The rooms were very small. There was not enough space to store your luggage. There was only 4 very small drawers, 4 shelves in the closet and a rod to hang clothing. This is not adequate space for 2 people to store clothing. Therefore we lived out of our luggage. We had to call everyday for an iron and an ironing board because they did not have one in the stateroom. This was very frustrating. The decor was really horrible in the room and it looked like it was never clean. The blanket looked very old. We did not have a top sheet on the bed, just a comforter. I do have to say, that the Cabin Steward was very nice and pleasant and tried to accommodate us with everything.
The Spirit is supposed to be freestyle dining, but we found that to be untrue. We had a very difficult time getting reservations to the restaurants. The specialty restaurants had a cover charge and never had availability. As a result, we were stuck eating bland hospital style food from the Raffles Buffet everyday. It was far from gourmet. Also, whatever happened to the midnight buffet? The only restaurant available 24 hours was the Blue Lagoon Cafe. This restaurant was very small, the service was really bad and the workers were rude.
NCL should be ashamed at the prices they charge and that we had to pay for a 2 year old who barely ate. NCL should go back to traditional set times dining. Forget about freestyle dining because it really doesn't exist. After spending so much money and looking forward to the cruise, we feel that we were robbed out of a vacation. We would never recommend NCL to anyone. Less