• Cheers to 25 years: Celebrate with Us!
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More

Norwegian Spirit Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
2026 reviews
38 Awards


Review for Norwegian Spirit to Nowhere
User Avatar
First Time Cruiser

Rating by category

Public Rooms

Additional details

Sail Date: Oct 2008
Cabin: Mid-Ship Inside

The cruise line called me about this cruise. Since it was near my wife's birthday, I asked her to go and she said yes. Some background: we are not new at cruising. This is our 8th cruise. We have cruised on Norwegian, Princess, Carnival, Dolphin, Discovery and Imperial Majesty. The traffic coming in from Long Island was horrible. It took 1 hour to go from the Midtown tunnel to the port. We left plenty of time and arrived at about 1pm. The embarkation was smooth. In about 20 minutes we were on board. We went to the Raffles buffet for lunch. A large variety of food and good tasting. No problem finding a table. We found this unusual since often you can't find a table. Our cabin was on deck 11 midship. Norwegian is known for small cabins so we knew what to expect. It was smaller than other cabins even those on other Norwegian ships. It was unusually warm for October in New York. The pools and hot tubs were in constant use. We rested for a while and dressed for dinner. We ate in the Garden dining room. The menu was somewhat limited. I believe that this was because it was a one night cruise. I had a steak it was good not great but good, my wife had turkey; medium portions all in the middle of the plate. She said it was good also but not great. The show was a magician. He was really good. The speciality restaurants were doing a brisk business. There seemed to be no problem with reservations. We have tried all the speciality restaurants on a 7 day Hawaii cruise. The comedian was ok just ok nothing special. There was a group of 4 young men that were called Home Free they were truly great. We wished they could have played longer. We could have listened to them all night. Their style was a cappella. We went to bed fairly early. The beds seemed smaller probably singles instead of a twin. Woke up early and went outside on deck to take pictures of sunrise and the Verrazano bridge and Statue of Liberty. This is our second cruise from New York and we never get tired of sailing past Lady Liberty. Breakfast was in the other main dining room Windows. This dining is at the back of the ship and about double the size of the Garden dining room. Standard breakfast fare but the corned beef hash was truly outstanding. The service here was quick and efficient. That can not be said about the debarkation. We were supposed to dock at 8am. We were told that we were coming in at 9 instead. Thats when the "fun" started. We had wanted to get off as early as possible so we could meet friends at the Jet game. We got on a long line near the main atrium. I saw a couple of people who obviously had taken care of the ship's crew. They were let out a door that was not accessible to us. After 1/2 hour a crewmember told us that the debarkation was at the aft of the ship. No explanations so about 400 of us were herded like cattle and waited another 1/2 hour to finally get off the ship. One thing is that there were many bachelor and bachelorette parties on board. This was your typical one night booze cruise. But you make the best of it.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside

Cabin IA

Find a Norwegian Spirit Cruise from $531

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

We have updated the Cruise Critic Privacy and Cookie Statement effective on October 1, 2020. Please click here for more information.