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pleasant cruise; embarkation in Malta, Ship is a good size, not huge, not tiny Weather was clement - only ROME had rain but the day at sea from Cagliari to Hράκλειον (Heraklion) was bad around Sicily and Malta - we had great laughs trying to learn Latin american dancing with the ship thundering against the huge waves and the dance floor in Maharini's at the prow bouncing like a drum skin with each wave. Dining was mixed - the self-service Raffles was characterised by an overweight or obese majority piling huge stacks of food on their plates and going back for seconds! While the windows restaurant had audible engine noise and occasional excitement like the lady who almost choked on her food. passing through the deck 7 corridors was often an ordeal due to the greasy spoon / bar smell. The oriental food restaurant Shogun was excellent though often overbooked. The menus of all restaurants did not seem to change much during the 10 days. The garden restaurant was the best mix for our taste but was often overbooked. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and with few exceptions radiated an air of cheerfulness and good spirits. Animateurs were equally excellent, though the master of ceremonies in the Stardust theatre was sometimes too bombastic for European tastes. The entertainment is aimed at the majority of passengers (older and from USA) and in our eyes was often very good with a few ludicrously bad shows. We liked the observation lounge/bar "Galaxy of the stars " best, especially for watching docking/undocking. The hidden conference room area on deck 8 was intriguing. The white (gala) dance was almost the very end of our trip and in my opinion was mainly for the on-board entertainers rather than the passengers, most of whom were a) old, b) tired from shore excursions. The pool was icy and while some had no problems, others had severe eye irritation after swimming there and subsequently sitting in the hot Jacuzzi tubs around the pool. we did not book any excursions form the ship. Some Italian cities we had visited already. In every port of call, tour operators at the exit of the port offered much more competitively priced good excursions. Santorini was somewhat disappointing as the island has wonderful views and many arty tourist-fodder shops but otherwise nothing to offer (it is too short a stay and too cold in October to swim). We made the mistake of trying to visit both Herculaneum which is very interesting in itself, and Pompeii, which is so huge that you would need several days to tour and appreciate it. Sometimes we could not find the well-hidden "audioguide" stalls which would have helped in the archaeological sites. The ship's gym is well-equipped though the use of the equipment was not explained except by unclear pictograms on the machines. Most times I could also watch the goings on at the Tivoli pool/bar area. Part of the Deck 13 "quiet zone" is adjacent to very loud vents for the air-conditioning system.

Many harbour stops and a mix of Italy and Greece

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Trudy-w

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
pleasant cruise; embarkation in Malta,

Ship is a good size, not huge, not tiny

Weather was clement - only ROME had rain but the day at sea from Cagliari to Hράκλειον (Heraklion) was bad around Sicily and Malta - we had great laughs trying to learn Latin american dancing with the ship thundering against the huge waves and the dance floor in Maharini's at the prow bouncing like a drum skin with each wave.

Dining was mixed - the self-service Raffles was characterised by an overweight or obese majority piling huge stacks of food on their plates and going back for seconds!

While the windows restaurant had audible engine noise and occasional excitement like the lady who almost choked on her food. passing through the deck 7 corridors was often an ordeal due to the greasy spoon / bar smell. The oriental food restaurant Shogun was excellent though often overbooked. The menus of all restaurants did not seem to change much during the 10 days. The garden restaurant was the best mix for our taste but was often overbooked.

Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and with few exceptions radiated an air of cheerfulness and good spirits. Animateurs were equally excellent, though the master of ceremonies in the Stardust theatre was sometimes too bombastic for European tastes. The entertainment is aimed at the majority of passengers (older and from USA) and in our eyes was often very good with a few ludicrously bad shows.

We liked the observation lounge/bar "Galaxy of the stars " best, especially for watching docking/undocking. The hidden conference room area on deck 8 was intriguing.

The white (gala) dance was almost the very end of our trip and in my opinion was mainly for the on-board entertainers rather than the passengers, most of whom were a) old, b) tired from shore excursions.

The pool was icy and while some had no problems, others had severe eye irritation after swimming there and subsequently sitting in the hot Jacuzzi tubs around the pool.

we did not book any excursions form the ship. Some Italian cities we had visited already.

In every port of call, tour operators at the exit of the port offered much more competitively priced good excursions. Santorini was somewhat disappointing as the island has wonderful views and many arty tourist-fodder shops but otherwise nothing to offer (it is too short a stay and too cold in October to swim).

We made the mistake of trying to visit both Herculaneum which is very interesting in itself, and Pompeii, which is so huge that you would need several days to tour and appreciate it. Sometimes we could not find the well-hidden "audioguide" stalls which would have helped in the archaeological sites.

The ship's gym is well-equipped though the use of the equipment was not explained except by unclear pictograms on the machines. Most times I could also watch the goings on at the Tivoli pool/bar area.

Part of the Deck 13 "quiet zone" is adjacent to very loud vents for the air-conditioning system.
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cabin was just large enough not to feel cramped except the shower/toilet which were quite narrow.
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