Our break on the Norwegian Spirit: Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by pilates

Norwegian Spirit 4
Member Since 2006
233 Forum Posts

Overall Member Rating

Our break on the Norwegian Spirit

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: Canary Islands
Embarkation: Barcelona
We stayed in Barcelona for 2 nights prior to our cruise. I had booked the City Tour 'hop on hop off' bus on line before leaving the UK and actually saved quite a bit of money. It was, as this type of tour usually is, the best way to see the city in a short space of time. We also used the metro and regular buses which we found user friends.

Barcelona is a beautiful city and we hope to return at some point in the future.

We took a taxi from the hotel to the port which is very accessible, and check-in was probably the easiest we have ever experienced.

Our balcony stateroom was located on deck 11. We found this to be spacious with plenty of both hanging and drawer space and NCL provide a bathroom in which the toilet and shower can all be separated from one another. Our stateroom attendant was immediately on hand and was always there when we needed him.

Through NCL in London a Cruise Critic M&G was arranged for the first morning at sea, which was More attended by some of the ships top personnel and was catered.

We ate Breakfast and Lunch in the buffet where the choice was very good, but at the wrong time it was difficult to find seating, especially as there were four of us. Each evening we ate in the Garden restaurant and this was excellent. Good choice of menu, hot food, attentive staff and a very experienced Matre'd.

We had four days at sea and there was a varied mix of activities on board, although the location for some of these was not terribly good (mainly the Trivia).

The entertainment was excellent, the ship's company were very talented and the individual acts were a pleasure to watch. I'm afraid that as we are getting older we did not spend much time in the other lounges after showtime!

The ports of call were terrific and for the most part we 'did our own thing' but took the ship's tour to Gibralter from Malaga which was very good.

Disembarkation was also made easy.

The only real 'gripe' we had, and for us was quite important, is that we were offered on board credit when we made our booking and in the past we have always used this towards payment of the service charges. On our second day at sea we received a letter in the cabin to say that the on board credit was only to be used for purchases and not against services. During the cruise we attended a future cruise presentation where you can leave a deposit towards a future cruise and they give you $100 on board credit but do not tell you that you cannot put this towards your service charges - you are only told if you ask! Less

Published 03/31/13

Cabin review: BA11060 Mid-Ship Balcony

We had a balcony cabin on deck 11 which was very spacious, with adequate hanging and drawer space. The bathroom benefited from a door attached to both the toilet and shower which could be separated from the sink area. The balcony, although small was ample. The only drawback was that there was an overhanging area from the deck above which tended to block out some of the sun at certain times of the day. The hallway was always kept clear and there was no noise.

Read All Mid-Ship Balcony (BA) Reviews >>

Port and Shore Excursions

City Tour

Once we arrived we knew that time was of the essence and the majority of us took the guide's advice and took a local tour around the town, up to St. Michael's cave to see the apes and the tour/driver was excellent. The cost was Euro 20pp and this included entrance into the cave which itself is Euro13pp so it was good value. Once we were finished it gave us time to walk through the town itself - do some shopping before going back to the coach.

St. Michael's Cave

The tour from the ship is only the coach to and from Gibraltar. The guide on board was very knowledgeable. Once there we had about 4 hours free time.

Once again I had arranged a private tour before leaving home as none of us had been to Lanzarote before. I had done my homework and found that on Sunday there is a large market in what was the old capital - Teguise, and asked our driver to make that our first stop. It was great - we arrived before the crowds and managed to look round the town as well. After that we left it to the driver/guide to 'show us his island'. He took us to a Cactus garden which was amazing. As far as I know the ship's tours do not go to either of these places. On the West coast of the island it looks like we imagine the moon to be and we took a separate coach tour around. This is bookable on board together with a camel ride! This is a beautiful island from top to bottom.

This was our third time in Funchal and we were met by a friend who lives there. Our visit this time was confined to the town itself which is very lovely and very easy to get to from the ship. We were also lucky with the weather and were able to walk through the beautiful gardens, have a coffee and a Belem Tart (egg custard) but everyone should try one. The old city is beautiful and the fish market an experience.

We have been to Tenerife a number of times but our travelling partners had not, and we met up with some new found friends from Cruise Critic and took a private tour which I had arranged from home. The island is completely different from North to South and very beautiful. During our visit to Mt. Tiede the winds were gusting at about 120kmph so no cable car for us. This is a volcanic island so much of the soil and sand is black.
Read 392 Tenerife Reviews

Compare Prices on Norwegian Spirit Canary Islands Cruises

Read more Norwegian Spirit cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Norwegian Spirit Review >>

Compare Prices on Norwegian Spirit Canary Islands Cruises

Member Since 2006
233 Forum Posts
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Skip X

See Norwegian Spirit deals up to 82% off:

October Deals
Norwegian Spirit 71% Loved It

11 Night Europe Cruise
See all Norwegian Spirit Deals >>