We joined the Norwegian Spirit in Malaga as we live close by. This was a late booking, incentivised by all the New Year special offers included! Check in was exceptionally easy and we were on board before noon, scarcely 15 minutes after arriving at the port.
It was a very wet day and we felt sorry for the majority of the passengers who were visiting Malaga and the surrounding attractions. For us the ship was nearly empty until late afternoon.
This was our second time on Spirit as we did virtually the same cruise in November 2013. Little has changed although this time we were on deck 10, aft, compared to deck 4 forward last time. Given that we again had Force 8 gales in the Atlantic, I think we felt less motion this time.
Our cabin steward, Sanjay, was efficient and friendly and the cabin had all we needed. There seemed to be much more space in the balcony cabin, compared to the ocean-view we had last time. Spirit was built for the Asian market so bathroom space is tight but manageable.