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The Spirit is an older ship but she still sails a true course. It's smaller than the enormities that have come out to sea recently, but I do think that her smaller size is actually a plus. The cruise is long and there are few toddler's on board, but there is sufficient to keep them happy (i.e., not getting in everyone else's way). Great ports of call and if you approach this cruise as a floating hotel so that you don't have to unpack multiple times it won't be a let down. Some negatives 1. Embarkation - if you stay in Venice the walk from the people mover to the boarding spot it long and it is hot and if you have someone with even a slight difficulty in getting about, it is borderline torturous - a complementary shuttle would be so obvious 2. Walls were thin and we had a very noisy neighbour who in spite of multiple request did not feel the need to keep the volume down in the wee hours 3. One of our party had a cabin which had some faulty flapper valves in the toilet, which was only a problem when the ship was at port for an extended time - the odor was malicious. 4. Specialty restaurants - Cagney's steak house - we may have got them on a bad night - but the time to be served was almost 2 hours, the steaks came out at the wrong done-ness. 5. Entertainment - Quality ranged from Excellent to borderline High School quality. 6. Selection of Wines - Very inadequate, especially touring Italy, France and Spain - hello?? Positives 1. Most of the crew were outstanding both in their desire to ensure we were going to have a great vacation and being diligent about their job. 2. Specialty restaurant - Le Bistro - enjoyable experience 3. Bar - Different ones for different moods - good variety 4. Ports of Call - Venice, Athens, Rome and Barcelona and that's not even half of the stops - call me crazy but pass the gelato. The ship sponsored excursions are 2 to 3 times the price of arranging something on one's own, so we arranged our own and it was excellent. 5. Buffet - Plentiful - excellent healthy options for all meals, plenty of seating space and poolside lunch specials were a nice touch. 6. Internet - it actually worked and at a pretty decent baud rate too. Would recommend to others but would not repeat ourselves

A good way to enjoy a tasting menu of Mediterranean Europe.

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by AmNotRay

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The Spirit is an older ship but she still sails a true course. It's smaller than the enormities that have come out to sea recently, but I do think that her smaller size is actually a plus. The cruise is long and there are few toddler's on board, but there is sufficient to keep them happy (i.e., not getting in everyone else's way). Great ports of call and if you approach this cruise as a floating hotel so that you don't have to unpack multiple times it won't be a let down.

Some negatives

1. Embarkation - if you stay in Venice the walk from the people mover to the boarding spot it long and it is hot and if you have someone with even a slight difficulty in getting about, it is borderline torturous - a complementary shuttle would be so obvious

2. Walls were thin and we had a very noisy neighbour who in spite of multiple request did not feel the need to keep the volume down in the wee hours

3. One of our party had a cabin which had some faulty flapper valves in the toilet, which was only a problem when the ship was at port for an extended time - the odor was malicious.

4. Specialty restaurants - Cagney's steak house - we may have got them on a bad night - but the time to be served was almost 2 hours, the steaks came out at the wrong done-ness.

5. Entertainment - Quality ranged from Excellent to borderline High School quality.

6. Selection of Wines - Very inadequate, especially touring Italy, France and Spain - hello??

Positives

1. Most of the crew were outstanding both in their desire to ensure we were going to have a great vacation and being diligent about their job.

2. Specialty restaurant - Le Bistro - enjoyable experience

3. Bar - Different ones for different moods - good variety

4. Ports of Call - Venice, Athens, Rome and Barcelona and that's not even half of the stops - call me crazy but pass the gelato. The ship sponsored excursions are 2 to 3 times the price of arranging something on one's own, so we arranged our own and it was excellent.

5. Buffet - Plentiful - excellent healthy options for all meals, plenty of seating space and poolside lunch specials were a nice touch.

6. Internet - it actually worked and at a pretty decent baud rate too.

Would recommend to others but would not repeat ourselves
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Supposedly for 3 - but not at all feasible. The third is a fold out chair - like the ones in some hospital rooms and no one is going to be in a good mood sleeping 12 days on that!
The queen bed had two mattresses put together - so forget cuddling, cause you'll sink into the mid space. Walls are not sound insulated (but the balcony glass doors are?) so I hope our fervent wishes for our noisy neighbours to be laid low with diarrhea came true, cause I don't think they left the cabin for a couple of days and things quietened down a bit.

Water out of the faucet in the bathroom ran yellow, brown and black more than a few times.

Angle of the toilet seat - whoever designed it, perhaps sits on the commode with their legs crossed, but for the rest of humanity it's a geometrically ridiculous set up.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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