Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by SGMEMH
- Sail Date: May 2009
- Destination: Bermuda
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
I suppose it's always best to start at the beginning with embarkation. We sailed on the Norwegian Spirit out of Boston during the week of May 22d to May 29th. The process of getting on the ship was not unexpectedly chaotic and unorganized in large part due to a large wedding which took place on the ship the first day. The wedding party had priority for getting onboard and numerous visitor passes were issued. There were 2 lines of passengers waiting to board, one of which was for crew and Latitudes members and the other of which was for first timers. This was not really clearly explained and we ended up in the wrong line (we are Latitudes guests) which probably delayed our boarding by about 15 minutes or so. Nonetheless we were on board before noon and were settled in our stateroom by around 2:00 pm.The balcony stateroom which we were assigned was perfectly situated mid ship, was comfortable and offered us a full view of the Dockyard when we arrived at Heritage Pier. We were directly across from the small tunnel opening to Snorkel Beach and were able to watch passengers scurry back and forth between the ship and the Dockyard. We were somewhat surprised that the room did not come with a refrigerator, but we probably could have requested one had we chose to do so. Our stateroom attendants, Lucy and Uzel, were courteous, friendly, capable and unobtrusive as were the far majority of the crew with whom we interacted during the 7 days and nights. During the week we had dinner at the following venues: Windows Restaurant (3 times), the Bistro, Cagney's, Garden Restaurant and the evening buffet once each. The food and service at the specialty restaurants was worth the additional charge in our opinion and this view was shared by many of our fellow passengers. The offerings in terms of the various courses at these 2 restaurants were certainly a significant upgrade over what was offered in the main dining areas. We would certainly recommend eating at either restaurant. The food and service at Windows and the Garden Restaurant was fine with only one minor flaw and that was an entree which was cold. We obviously returned it and the situation was rectified quickly and satisfactorily. The evening buffet was expectedly uneventful with Indian, Asian, pasta dishes and a roast beef carving station. I tried some of the Indian dishes which were just OK, the roast beef was far too rare for my taste and another passenger remarked that they really enjoyed the meat sauce which accompanied their pasta.Breakfasts were always at the buffet and were omelets and eggs to order for me, scrambled for my wife and of the 3 meats, the ham, followed by the sausage were our favorites. The bacon was generally overcooked and not very good in our opinion. We generally had lunch at the Bier Garten and Blue Lagoon and the latter had some interesting offerings like fish and chips and chicken wings, neither of which was all that remarkable, but we found the food there to be better than what was offered near the pool and on Deck 13. As far as entertainment, we attended the Broadway Revue which consisted primarily of music from Hair Spray and Wicked, the Four Seasons tribute group and the magician. They were all OK and filled about 35 to 40 minutes of time in the evenings. Fellow passengers seemed to enjoy the Second City Comedy shows which we did not attend. The ship was generally pretty lively in the evening both around the pool and in the Galaxy night club. The pool deck bands were average at best.We had phenomenal weather except for our last sea day, glassy seas coming and going and thoroughly enjoyed spending all 3 days at the Royal Naval Dockyard and Snorkel Beach. This was our 4th trip from Boston to Bermuda over the last 5 years so we did not really have a need nor desire to revisit lovely St. George and bustling Hamilton on this trip. At the end of the week, we both agreed that this recent voyage was the best so far and we are already looking forward to our next slow boat from Boston to Bermuda. Be more than happy to try to answer any questions others may have reference getting around the island, must see spots or just about anything else.
SGMEMH’s Full Rating Summary
Great view of Dockyard from even numbered staterooms and the location of our balcony stateroom was among the best of any of our previous cabins. The term, "close and convenient to everything" was not an exaggeration.
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