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Basically, one has to say: The SPIRIT has had almost 20 years on its back since its launch. Therefore, a comparison with the ships we have sailed with so far is not quite fair (TUI MY SHIP 3, CELEBRITY EQUINOX). In addition, we had about 90% of the English people on board, which I will not comment on here. Nevertheless, there are deficiencies that are independent of the age of the ship. Stateroom We had a balcony stateroom, which was very well soundproofed. We haven't heard anything from our neighbours or passengers in the corridor. Basically, the stateroom and especially the balcony feels smaller than on other ships. They are equipped with everything you need. If you frequently blow-dry your hair, you should take a hair dryer with you. In the bathroom, there is only a completely obsolete hairdryer hanging on the wall that quickly overheats. Sufficient coat hangers available. However, limited space in the closet due to mineral water bottles, which are provided as part of the PREMIUM ALL INCLUSIVE package. Meaning for us: 12 days x 1 bottle per day x 2 persons = 24 litre bottles stored in the closet on arrival. This is a wasted space, especially since we only used 12 bottles in the end. If there are no bathrobes on your stateroom (only stateroom with balcony or suites), persistently hitchhike. With us they were brought after 2x times demand. We found coffee and tea machines very pleasant. However, water from the bottle should be used. Partially torn bed linen are not necessary. Restaurants The breakfast buffet was exclusively designed for Englishmen. If you don't want porridge, black pudding or beans with bacon, you'll only have one kind of salami, 1 kind of industrial cheese and 1 kind of cooked ham. Of course, there are also the usual freshly prepared egg dishes and fruits. The bread selection is amazingly large, including a very good black bread. If you want it a bit quieter and are an early bird, you should have breakfast in the WINDOWS restaurant (until 09.00 am). Here you can only order à la carte. At the beginning of the trip we had long queues in front of the Garden View Restaurant. We quickly switched to Windows, which we liked better because of the somewhat upscale atmosphere and where you always got a table without any problems. Apart from a few exceptions, we found the quality of the food in the restaurants to be very good. However, the diversity is not comparable with other ships. There is the same menu in both main restaurants. The daily changing dishes are very manageable. One has the feeling that it is dominated by standard dishes that are permanently on the menu and are only occasionally moved to a different position. The same menu is also available in the specialty restaurants throughout the trip. Nevertheless, we can recommend them qualitatively without exception. If you have booked a Cruise Dining Package - e. g. 3 restaurants of your choice for a lump sum of USD 69, -- per person, you are well advised. We didn't try the Italian. Here, only a part of the buffet restaurant with privacy screen is separated. We didn't find that so inviting. Service Without exception, the cabin crew was very friendly, prudent and helpful. The staff at the reception desk, the counter for restaurant reservations and the gangway were sometimes very cool to unfriendly. In addition, some false information was also provided at the reception desk. For example, we were given a wrong day for the final drawing of a raffle that took place on board. Thus we could throw our lots into the trash at the end, which we found annoying. The laundry service took us 5 days. It was only after repeated enquiries, waiting in the cabin and repeated enquiries again that things finally reappeared. The embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Only the transfer on arrival at the airport was a bit tedious. After registration by NCL staff in the arrivals hall, it took about 20 - 30 minutes at the meeting point for groups. The following way to the buses lead once felt across the building including a bottleneck for approx. 40 persons in the form of a very small elevator, alternatively longer stairs. A challenge for older passengers with luggage. Entertainment The outdoor areas are very spacious, so that we always found a quiet and sheltered place for your sunbed. However, we drove in December, where the outside decks could only be used to a limited extent due to the temperatures and the wind. The interior areas were correspondingly full. On the Atlantic you have to expect that the pool will be drained because of the swell. In the cabin there is 1 bath towel per person for the pool that you have to take back into the cabin. On request it can be exchanged for a clean one. USD 25, -- must be deposited for each additional towel. We thought this was outdated, especially as the bath towels are also a pad for the sunbeds. We watched two shows that were both really good. Especially the "Farewell" show at the end of the trip with a part of the crew had a warm charisma. Tip: On deck 12 there is a library behind the internet room with comfortable sofas and armchairs. Here you can relax and read a book or just look at the water. Shore Excursions We only booked one, which was well organized and interesting. Otherwise, we explored all the places on our own. The offer of shore excursions seemed to us to be more limited than with other shipping companies. Tip The PREMIUMM ALL INCLUSIVE is very uncomplicated: up to USD 15, -- per glass each drink is included. ATTENTION: In Spanish waters, an additional 10% VAT must be paid on each drink, which is not included in the package. In this case you sign a check for the drink, the service charge and 10% VAT. Don't be surprised: the total amount is listed under "Cabin Charge". But only the 10% VAT will be charged to the on-board account. If you get slightly seasick, you should bear in mind that the SPIRIT runs more agitated due to its older construction and reacts more sensitively to swell. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

Do not expect too much

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Abtmann

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Basically, one has to say: The SPIRIT has had almost 20 years on its back since its launch. Therefore, a comparison with the ships we have sailed with so far is not quite fair (TUI MY SHIP 3, CELEBRITY EQUINOX). In addition, we had about 90% of the English people on board, which I will not comment on here. Nevertheless, there are deficiencies that are independent of the age of the ship.

Stateroom

We had a balcony stateroom, which was very well soundproofed. We haven't heard anything from our neighbours or passengers in the corridor. Basically, the stateroom and especially the balcony feels smaller than on other ships. They are equipped with everything you need. If you frequently blow-dry your hair, you should take a hair dryer with you. In the bathroom, there is only a completely obsolete hairdryer hanging on the wall that quickly overheats. Sufficient coat hangers available. However, limited space in the closet due to mineral water bottles, which are provided as part of the PREMIUM ALL INCLUSIVE package. Meaning for us: 12 days x 1 bottle per day x 2 persons = 24 litre bottles stored in the closet on arrival. This is a wasted space, especially since we only used 12 bottles in the end. If there are no bathrobes on your stateroom (only stateroom with balcony or suites), persistently hitchhike. With us they were brought after 2x times demand. We found coffee and tea machines very pleasant. However, water from the bottle should be used. Partially torn bed linen are not necessary.

Restaurants

The breakfast buffet was exclusively designed for Englishmen. If you don't want porridge, black pudding or beans with bacon, you'll only have one kind of salami, 1 kind of industrial cheese and 1 kind of cooked ham. Of course, there are also the usual freshly prepared egg dishes and fruits. The bread selection is amazingly large, including a very good black bread. If you want it a bit quieter and are an early bird, you should have breakfast in the WINDOWS restaurant (until 09.00 am). Here you can only order à la carte.

At the beginning of the trip we had long queues in front of the Garden View Restaurant. We quickly switched to Windows, which we liked better because of the somewhat upscale atmosphere and where you always got a table without any problems. Apart from a few exceptions, we found the quality of the food in the restaurants to be very good. However, the diversity is not comparable with other ships. There is the same menu in both main restaurants. The daily changing dishes are very manageable. One has the feeling that it is dominated by standard dishes that are permanently on the menu and are only occasionally moved to a different position. The same menu is also available in the specialty restaurants throughout the trip. Nevertheless, we can recommend them qualitatively without exception. If you have booked a Cruise Dining Package - e. g. 3 restaurants of your choice for a lump sum of USD 69, -- per person, you are well advised. We didn't try the Italian. Here, only a part of the buffet restaurant with privacy screen is separated. We didn't find that so inviting.

Service

Without exception, the cabin crew was very friendly, prudent and helpful. The staff at the reception desk, the counter for restaurant reservations and the gangway were sometimes very cool to unfriendly. In addition, some false information was also provided at the reception desk. For example, we were given a wrong day for the final drawing of a raffle that took place on board. Thus we could throw our lots into the trash at the end, which we found annoying. The laundry service took us 5 days. It was only after repeated enquiries, waiting in the cabin and repeated enquiries again that things finally reappeared. The embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Only the transfer on arrival at the airport was a bit tedious. After registration by NCL staff in the arrivals hall, it took about 20 - 30 minutes at the meeting point for groups. The following way to the buses lead once felt across the building including a bottleneck for approx. 40 persons in the form of a very small elevator, alternatively longer stairs. A challenge for older passengers with luggage.

Entertainment

The outdoor areas are very spacious, so that we always found a quiet and sheltered place for your sunbed. However, we drove in December, where the outside decks could only be used to a limited extent due to the temperatures and the wind. The interior areas were correspondingly full. On the Atlantic you have to expect that the pool will be drained because of the swell. In the cabin there is 1 bath towel per person for the pool that you have to take back into the cabin. On request it can be exchanged for a clean one. USD 25, -- must be deposited for each additional towel. We thought this was outdated, especially as the bath towels are also a pad for the sunbeds.

We watched two shows that were both really good. Especially the "Farewell" show at the end of the trip with a part of the crew had a warm charisma.

Tip: On deck 12 there is a library behind the internet room with comfortable sofas and armchairs. Here you can relax and read a book or just look at the water.

Shore Excursions

We only booked one, which was well organized and interesting. Otherwise, we explored all the places on our own. The offer of shore excursions seemed to us to be more limited than with other shipping companies.

Tip

The PREMIUMM ALL INCLUSIVE is very uncomplicated: up to USD 15, -- per glass each drink is included. ATTENTION: In Spanish waters, an additional 10% VAT must be paid on each drink, which is not included in the package. In this case you sign a check for the drink, the service charge and 10% VAT. Don't be surprised: the total amount is listed under "Cabin Charge". But only the 10% VAT will be charged to the on-board account.

If you get slightly seasick, you should bear in mind that the SPIRIT runs more agitated due to its older construction and reacts more sensitively to swell.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
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