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After having been on a few cruises with various company's, but normally with Royal Caribbean, I was slightly wary about cruising for the first time on the Norwegian Spirit. It was to be the smallest ship I would have been on and I expected it to be a cheap and cheerful cruise with the food not very good. WOW was I wrong! We embarked in Barcelona ready to sail to Morocco, Madeira, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Malaga. My first impressions of the ship were great. All the staff were very friendly in welcoming us on board and the ship was extremely clean. We did our own tour of the ship to check everything out and find our way around! Although being a smaller ship, there was still plenty on board-a basket ball court, golf driving range nets, lovely swimming pool, 6 hot tubs, children's pool with slide, large casino, fantastic theatre, spa and gym, many restaurants and bars. It was just perfect! Although it doesn't have the WOW factor of some Royal Caribbean ships such as the Oasis of the Seas which I have cruised on, it was still perfect! Our cabin was a balcony located on deck 10-cabin number 10526. The positioning was great right by the lifts and we had a brilliant stateroom attendant named Rizalde-nothing was too much trouble for him! I was very impressed with the storage in the cabin- a large wardrobe with plenty of hangers, set of 4 small drawers etc. Although the cabin was slightly outdated there were still no issues. We did find quite a lot of movement on the ship but I think it was a mixture of the sea being very rough, having a slightly smaller ship maybe and being towards the front. We used Raffles main buffet for Breakfast which has a wide variety including all fresh fruits, cakes, cereals, muesli etc., all cooked breakfast items, cooked to order eggs and pancakes. All being delicious. We also ate here for lunch and evening some evenings if we just wanted a quick chilled bite. The variety of food was good and the made t order crepes were absolutely DELICIOUS! With a variety of fillings and either normal ice cream or a 'mr softy' ice cream machine to accompany this was our favourite thing! We dined most nights in Windows where we found the food to be absolutely fantastic. The quality and presentation was brilliant. We were served mostly by Naomi who's service was exceptional. We did experience 1 evening a waiter who was prompt but not very friendly so we always asked for Naomi and she didn't fail to disappoint. We ate one night in the Garden room which has the same menu as Windows but a lot smaller and intimate. Also we dined for my Birthday in 'Shogun'. The food once again was fantastic and I had a lovely Birthday cake. The celebrations even continued the next day when I had another Birthday cake in Windows and many waiters/waitresses singing Happy Birthday! There is also a 24 hour dining area called The Blue Lagoon. Although small it was great if you wanted hot or mild chicken wings, fresh salads, fries, cakes etc. 24 hours a day and with waiter service! The cocktails were reasonably priced. We always had the amazing 'mudslide' which was just over 10 us dollars including gratuities so about average. We definitely didn't find it worth purchasing the beverage package but then we only had a couple of cocktails each day and that was it. The offer they are doing at the moment is not to be missed though when you can take advantage of the free beverage package whilst booking now. For entertainment we only went to the theatre a couple of times but one show that we did see which I would say is a 'must' was the Beatles tribute act. They were fantastic and it was just like being at an actual concert. Also the Amy Winehouse tribute that we experienced at Champagne Charlie's was exceptional. Overall we were very impressed with this cruise and even so that we have booked to go back! I would say 'Cruise like a Norwegian'! Any questions then I am more than happy to help!

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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Emma24

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2015
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
After having been on a few cruises with various company's, but normally with Royal Caribbean, I was slightly wary about cruising for the first time on the Norwegian Spirit. It was to be the smallest ship I would have been on and I expected it to be a cheap and cheerful cruise with the food not very good. WOW was I wrong! We embarked in Barcelona ready to sail to Morocco, Madeira, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Malaga. My first impressions of the ship were great. All the staff were very friendly in welcoming us on board and the ship was extremely clean. We did our own tour of the ship to check everything out and find our way around! Although being a smaller ship, there was still plenty on board-a basket ball court, golf driving range nets, lovely swimming pool, 6 hot tubs, children's pool with slide, large casino, fantastic theatre, spa and gym, many restaurants and bars. It was just perfect! Although it doesn't have the WOW factor of some Royal Caribbean ships such as the Oasis of the Seas which I have cruised on, it was still perfect! Our cabin was a balcony located on deck 10-cabin number 10526. The positioning was great right by the lifts and we had a brilliant stateroom attendant named Rizalde-nothing was too much trouble for him! I was very impressed with the storage in the cabin- a large wardrobe with plenty of hangers, set of 4 small drawers etc. Although the cabin was slightly outdated there were still no issues. We did find quite a lot of movement on the ship but I think it was a mixture of the sea being very rough, having a slightly smaller ship maybe and being towards the front. We used Raffles main buffet for Breakfast which has a wide variety including all fresh fruits, cakes, cereals, muesli etc., all cooked breakfast items, cooked to order eggs and pancakes. All being delicious. We also ate here for lunch and evening some evenings if we just wanted a quick chilled bite. The variety of food was good and the made t order crepes were absolutely DELICIOUS! With a variety of fillings and either normal ice cream or a 'mr softy' ice cream machine to accompany this was our favourite thing! We dined most nights in Windows where we found the food to be absolutely fantastic. The quality and presentation was brilliant. We were served mostly by Naomi who's service was exceptional. We did experience 1 evening a waiter who was prompt but not very friendly so we always asked for Naomi and she didn't fail to disappoint. We ate one night in the Garden room which has the same menu as Windows but a lot smaller and intimate. Also we dined for my Birthday in 'Shogun'. The food once again was fantastic and I had a lovely Birthday cake. The celebrations even continued the next day when I had another Birthday cake in Windows and many waiters/waitresses singing Happy Birthday! There is also a 24 hour dining area called The Blue Lagoon. Although small it was great if you wanted hot or mild chicken wings, fresh salads, fries, cakes etc. 24 hours a day and with waiter service! The cocktails were reasonably priced. We always had the amazing 'mudslide' which was just over 10 us dollars including gratuities so about average. We definitely didn't find it worth purchasing the beverage package but then we only had a couple of cocktails each day and that was it. The offer they are doing at the moment is not to be missed though when you can take advantage of the free beverage package whilst booking now. For entertainment we only went to the theatre a couple of times but one show that we did see which I would say is a 'must' was the Beatles tribute act. They were fantastic and it was just like being at an actual concert. Also the Amy Winehouse tribute that we experienced at Champagne Charlie's was exceptional. Overall we were very impressed with this cruise and even so that we have booked to go back! I would say 'Cruise like a Norwegian'! Any questions then I am more than happy to help!
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