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We were attracted to this cruise because of the stop in Morocco. But we were also interested in the Canary Islands, even though we had spent some time on one of them. We chose Norwegian because we like their FreeStyle approach. In the end, the only disappointing port was Morroco. We chose the Norwegian excursion, which took us to Imperial Rabat and then back to Casablanca to see the Great Mosque and free time. Rabat has some interesting sites and the Great Mosque in Casablanca is impressive, but to really see Morocco, I think a real tour, not a cruise, is the way go. We toured the islands and Madeira with private guides (we traveled with a couple and we "met" another couple on the Spirit message boards) and this was well worth it. Each island is unique and well worth the visit. The bottom line is that we enjoyed the cruise as a whole. The embarkation and debarkation were easy and quick. The shows were good for a "destination" cruise. Plenty of areas to relax and listen to music, dance, etc. Great music to dance to in the Galaxy in the evenings. No problems dining in the main dining rooms without reservations. We were balcony midship, which was perfect. If you choose this cruise, don't be put off by the shore excursion in Alicante to "Amazing Guadalest." If you can walk on cobblestone and you can walk up stairs, you can do it. And if you don't want to walk to the "top" (not far at all) go anyway to experience the views. I was disappointed that there were no lectures about the ports of call.

Canary Islands - each one different

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by desertcactus260

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Canary Islands
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
We were attracted to this cruise because of the stop in Morocco. But we were also interested in the Canary Islands, even though we had spent some time on one of them. We chose Norwegian because we like their FreeStyle approach. In the end, the only disappointing port was Morroco. We chose the Norwegian excursion, which took us to Imperial Rabat and then back to Casablanca to see the Great Mosque and free time. Rabat has some interesting sites and the Great Mosque in Casablanca is impressive, but to really see Morocco, I think a real tour, not a cruise, is the way go.

We toured the islands and Madeira with private guides (we traveled with a couple and we "met" another couple on the Spirit message boards) and this was well worth it. Each island is unique and well worth the visit.

The bottom line is that we enjoyed the cruise as a whole. The embarkation and debarkation were easy and quick. The shows were good for a "destination" cruise. Plenty of areas to relax and listen to music, dance, etc. Great music to dance to in the Galaxy in the evenings. No problems dining in the main dining rooms without reservations.

We were balcony midship, which was perfect. If you choose this cruise, don't be put off by the shore excursion in Alicante to "Amazing Guadalest." If you can walk on cobblestone and you can walk up stairs, you can do it. And if you don't want to walk to the "top" (not far at all) go anyway to experience the views. I was disappointed that there were no lectures about the ports of call.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 10116
The balcony was smaller than on the bigger ships, but adaquate. The location is the best part. Quiet and no fumes or "aromas" from the kitchens/ dining areas.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Alicante
    We booked the tour with the ship as it was a short day and we wanted to be sure we wouldn't miss the ship as the drive was listed as 90 minutes. The main point here is that the ship's description of the difficulty of visiting "The Amazing Guadalest" almost kept us from signing up. The descriptions mentions lots of walking over cobblestone and walking up 100 steps to the tower, going through a tunnel... True, HOWEVER, it was not at all difficult. You can walk slowly over the cobblestone and the if you don't want to go up the 100 steps to the top of the Castell de Guadalest, you can stay in a cute little village center and wait for your group. There are of course, places for coffee and tourist shops. You can stop and rest while walking up or decide to turn around and go back. Don't let the warning scare you away from this amazing site with spectacular views.
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  • Casablanca
    Average to good. Not very exciting. We viewed the Royal Palace, saw the mausoleum. The best part were the ruins at Chella, the ancient Phoenician city. Many stork nests. Beautiful. Lunch was surprisingly very good and plentiful. But the area around it was filthy. We did not walk through the "colorful souk", although it was listed. Back in Casablanca, we we visited the area of the Hassan II mosque. We couldn't go in as we arrived during prayer time. Very impressive. Free time to walk around, which was a real waste. United Nations square is run down, no place for coffee. No place you'd really want to see. We finally found a bakery but I can't find the name.
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  • Mountain of Fire
    We were 6 of 12 visitors in a minibus, booked with Angela Tejera. She was amazing. Her descriptions and stories showed her love and admiration for her island and its people and history. This volcanic island, with its black soil and craters and amazing way of growing grapes is well worth the visit. Fire Mountain was fun to visit, with the demonstrations of "explosive" fires and self-igniting branches from the intense heat from below, the grills where the restaurant cook their famous potatoes from the natural heat (and where Angela's (our guide) family used to cook their food. The drive around the mountain is spectacular. Even the visit to the winery was worthwhile and pleasant. We visited El Golfo, with its green lake and Los Hervideros, with its jagged coast line formed from volcanic rock.with caves formed by the crashing waters of the Atlantic. Angela dropped us off in the city per our request and we spend a few hours walking around Arricife along the beautiful promonade. We took a taxi back to the port. l
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  • Madeira (Funchal)
    We booked with a private guide who was more of a taxi driver in that he didn't provide very much information while driving and didn't accompany us at the sites he took us took. That being said, he was a great driver, which was important, as the roads to the overview of the Nun's Valley were narrow and fogged in. It's a bit of a walk from the parking lot but well worth it.
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  • Tenerife
    We booked a private tour for 6 people with John Reid through Viator, but he does the same with Get Your Guide. Perfect English as although his familly has a fasinating history on the Island, they are originally British from a few generations. We asked for a hike so John suggested this hike on the Chinamada Trail. It wasn't difficult but allowed for spectacular views and a seranade from a local who lives in one of the homes that have been dug out of the mountain, as are most of the homes in Anaga. Highly recommended.
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