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We were on the May 5-13 sailing. I have been on on 25 or 30 ships (including troop ships - as a "passenger"). Yes, I'm getting on in age. The embarkation in NY, was as usual a bit confusing. However, it is really not painful. Parking at the pier is easy. You drop off your companion and all your luggage - you'll see it next outside your cabin door. Finding parking is easy. There are clear signs to the parking area. When parked take the escalator and meet your traveling companion. Check-in was simple, but we were supposed to get a VIP line, which did not occur. In any case, it was only 1/2 hour check-in. Rather than wait until they let passengers on the ship, we went for a walk along the pier. If you go to the right out of the terminal there is a nice park a few blocks away. Just remember to get back to the ship. We elected to eat lunch at Windows and were very pleased. We got a table along the back window, and had a very nice lunch. Our cabin was an OS. The room is divided in two, with a separating door. When you enter, there a dining area, table, four chairs. Also, this area has its own 1/2 bathroom. Straight ahead is the living room area. There is a love sofa, two nice chairs, cocktail table, TV, and entrance to balcony. The balcony is much smaller that that on the Dawn. The bedroom and bath areas were in the other half of the cabin. The bedroom is queen bed. There are plenty of drawers and storage areas. There is also a second TV, and a second phone. The bathroom was great. There is hot-tub with two large windows. Shower was huge (for a ship), enough room for 2 people. Best part was a porthole in the shower, which when we returned to NY, I saw Lady Liberty from. Two sinks are also provided (nice). The butler, Christina, was very nice; however, we are not into room service. We did not use her much, except to keep the frig filled with ginger ale. Lisa Meyer, the concierge (sp), was also very nice. Always smiling, full of energy, and meeting your requests. The cabin steward, Ricardo, was as usual for cabin stewards, excellent. The ship, in general, was as most cruise ships, clean and well maintained. The entertainment was good not great. We enjoy almost every act that tries hard. We may not like that particular performance, but if they clearly are doing their best, we accept that. On this ship, there are 3 acts other that the ships company. 1) Second city was good with a standard show for impromptu acts. 2) Sharkbait a juggling act was very good in the main show room. Funny and enjoyable. We did not go to their show on deck 12. 3) Steve Treage (sp) is a good classically trained singer. Don't want to be snobbish, but some opera arias are not for cruise ships. Most of his stuff was Broadway songs. His Old Man River was very good. The NCL production company was long on energy, but short on talent. I enjoy any hi-energy show, so I was pleased with them. The food was good. I liked the station setup in the buffet. You can skip the long lines and go directly to the food you want. Also, they have 2 cooks at every lunch. One Wok, and one craving some kind of chicken dish. Of course, they have all the usual buffet stuff. One thing, they really need to give out treys. Carrying a plate full of food can be tricky. We liked Cagney's T-bone very much, and Asian Shogun was very good. Food in the main restaurants was always good, with very good service. excursions - Bermuda was rained out. Tortola - The ship booked snorkel on the Endeavor was excellent. Very good crew, and some great snorkeling. They take you to 2 sites. One good, and one great. The great one is to the "caves". You swim into the caves for a different snorkel adventure. Outside the caves the water is xtal clear to about 40 feet. Tons of fish. I saw 2 barracudas plus a wide variety of fish. St Thomas - We went to Coral world by cab ($9.00 per person) and walked to Coki beach (about 100 yards). Great beach - enjoy. Debarkation - great, we got VIP off. In 20 mins were off ship, and on NJ Turnpike.

Norwegian Spirit - Bermuda

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by newhope

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2007
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Owner's Suite with Large Balcony
We were on the May 5-13 sailing. I have been on on 25 or 30 ships (including troop ships - as a "passenger"). Yes, I'm getting on in age.
The embarkation in NY, was as usual a bit confusing. However, it is really not painful. Parking at the pier is easy. You drop off your companion and all your luggage - you'll see it next outside your cabin door. Finding parking is easy. There are clear signs to the parking area. When parked take the escalator and meet your traveling companion.
Check-in was simple, but we were supposed to get a VIP line, which did not occur. In any case, it was only 1/2 hour check-in. Rather than wait until they let passengers on the ship, we went for a walk along the pier. If you go to the right out of the terminal there is a nice park a few blocks away. Just remember to get back to the ship.
We elected to eat lunch at Windows and were very pleased. We got a table along the back window, and had a very nice lunch.
Our cabin was an OS. The room is divided in two, with a separating door. When you enter, there a dining area, table, four chairs. Also, this area has its own 1/2 bathroom. Straight ahead is the living room area. There is a love sofa, two nice chairs, cocktail table, TV, and entrance to balcony. The balcony is much smaller that that on the Dawn.
The bedroom and bath areas were in the other half of the cabin. The bedroom is queen bed. There are plenty of drawers and storage areas. There is also a second TV, and a second phone.
The bathroom was great. There is hot-tub with two large windows. Shower was huge (for a ship), enough room for 2 people. Best part was a porthole in the shower, which when we returned to NY, I saw Lady Liberty from. Two sinks are also provided (nice).
The butler, Christina, was very nice; however, we are not into room service. We did not use her much, except to keep the frig filled with ginger ale. Lisa Meyer, the concierge (sp), was also very nice. Always smiling, full of energy, and meeting your requests. The cabin steward, Ricardo, was as usual for cabin stewards, excellent.
The ship, in general, was as most cruise ships, clean and well maintained.
The entertainment was good not great. We enjoy almost every act that tries hard. We may not like that particular performance, but if they clearly are doing their best, we accept that. On this ship, there are 3 acts other that the ships company. 1) Second city was good with a standard show for impromptu acts. 2) Sharkbait a juggling act was very good in the main show room. Funny and enjoyable. We did not go to their show on deck 12. 3) Steve Treage (sp) is a good classically trained singer. Don't want to be snobbish, but some opera arias are not for cruise ships. Most of his stuff was Broadway songs. His Old Man River was very good. The NCL production company was long on energy, but short on talent. I enjoy any hi-energy show, so I was pleased with them.
The food was good. I liked the station setup in the buffet. You can skip the long lines and go directly to the food you want. Also, they have 2 cooks at every lunch. One Wok, and one craving some kind of chicken dish. Of course, they have all the usual buffet stuff. One thing, they really need to give out treys. Carrying a plate full of food can be tricky.
We liked Cagney's T-bone very much, and Asian Shogun was very good. Food in the main restaurants was always good, with very good service.
excursions - Bermuda was rained out. Tortola - The ship booked snorkel on the Endeavor was excellent. Very good crew, and some great snorkeling. They take you to 2 sites. One good, and one great. The great one is to the "caves". You swim into the caves for a different snorkel adventure. Outside the caves the water is xtal clear to about 40 feet. Tons of fish. I saw 2 barracudas plus a wide variety of fish. St Thomas - We went to Coral world by cab ($9.00 per person) and walked to Coki beach (about 100 yards). Great beach - enjoy.
Debarkation - great, we got VIP off. In 20 mins were off ship, and on NJ Turnpike.
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