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Love the ports of call and variety of places this cruise took and the ship was very comfortable and well maintained, although this ship is among the older ones. Booking and boarding was excellent, but once on board they charge for literally every item, including bottled water at high prices - and then attach a service charge and 20% gratuity charge on top of that. Food quality was only mediocre and pastries and desserts seemed to come from pre-packaged vendors that could make it look delicious but lacked in taste and texture. As compared to a previous cruise on another line, I would rate the food on this cruise as only fair. Public speaking announcements from the captain could not be understood, although other staff announcements were clear. Cabin quality was excellent, albeit small, as all interior cabins are. These were well organized and had spaces and hangers for everything and the bathroom was very well appointed with an excellent shower. Pool area accommodations seemed cramped and a full side of it was set aside for smokers, making access to tables and chaises with no smoke even more cramped at times. The pool was too hot on a couple of days days and not refreshing. On other days (maybe after draining and refilling?), the salt water pool was very comfortable, although quite small and the only pool available. Most of the passengers were older, likely due to the time of year of the cruise. Accommodations for children appeared good. Embarkation and debarking was excellent and well organized. Hint - although the ship allows you to carry a small pocket knife, ports of call customs will confiscate it and it will be returned when the cruise ends - so don't bother with trying to carry it. Entertainment was very good and a good variety. Liquor drinks were well made, but overly expensive. Service was generally good. We would sail with the ship again; primarily because of the sailing itinerary - but not the food. I would rather cruise lines charge a bit more for the cruise and provide common breverages (soft drinks, refreshments, etc.) for little or no charge rather than charge excessive prices for every single item and then add gratuity and service charges to everything. Just pay your staff better out of the cruise charges and don't expect the passengers to be nickel and dimed in order to pay the staff (or wherever these fees go). It makes the cruise less relaxing when one has to watch ever charge so carefully (even a small glass of pop costs about $4 in a plastic cup). This just forces the less well to do cruiser wait for the ports of call to buy a reasonably priced coffee, soft drink or beer; rather than in the ship where it is usually more than double the price.

Great itinerary, mediocre food

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by RAM68

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
Love the ports of call and variety of places this cruise took and the ship was very comfortable and well maintained, although this ship is among the older ones. Booking and boarding was excellent, but once on board they charge for literally every item, including bottled water at high prices - and then attach a service charge and 20% gratuity charge on top of that. Food quality was only mediocre and pastries and desserts seemed to come from pre-packaged vendors that could make it look delicious but lacked in taste and texture. As compared to a previous cruise on another line, I would rate the food on this cruise as only fair. Public speaking announcements from the captain could not be understood, although other staff announcements were clear. Cabin quality was excellent, albeit small, as all interior cabins are. These were well organized and had spaces and hangers for everything and the bathroom was very well appointed with an excellent shower. Pool area accommodations seemed cramped and a full side of it was set aside for smokers, making access to tables and chaises with no smoke even more cramped at times. The pool was too hot on a couple of days days and not refreshing. On other days (maybe after draining and refilling?), the salt water pool was very comfortable, although quite small and the only pool available. Most of the passengers were older, likely due to the time of year of the cruise. Accommodations for children appeared good. Embarkation and debarking was excellent and well organized. Hint - although the ship allows you to carry a small pocket knife, ports of call customs will confiscate it and it will be returned when the cruise ends - so don't bother with trying to carry it. Entertainment was very good and a good variety. Liquor drinks were well made, but overly expensive. Service was generally good. We would sail with the ship again; primarily because of the sailing itinerary - but not the food. I would rather cruise lines charge a bit more for the cruise and provide common breverages (soft drinks, refreshments, etc.) for little or no charge rather than charge excessive prices for every single item and then add gratuity and service charges to everything. Just pay your staff better out of the cruise charges and don't expect the passengers to be nickel and dimed in order to pay the staff (or wherever these fees go). It makes the cruise less relaxing when one has to watch ever charge so carefully (even a small glass of pop costs about $4 in a plastic cup). This just forces the less well to do cruiser wait for the ports of call to buy a reasonably priced coffee, soft drink or beer; rather than in the ship where it is usually more than double the price.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IA 10079
Very well appointed with creative storage and a very nice bathroom and shower. Very quiet. Nice access to stairs. We seldom used elevators because they were slow and often filled and we got exercise by walking stairs (3 sets along the ship).
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