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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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All good but one thing

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Riknpat

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean

The Spirit appealed to me in many respects. It is small, comfy and has many aspects of a traditional ocean liner rather than a floating resort. The crew was a delight. I sailed on her in 2016 and 2018 prior to her 100 million dollar refit. I feared for her future as a smaller and older ship and was delighted to learn that Norwegian had invested a huge sum to upgrade her and reconfigure her as an adult ship for longer itineraries. Kudos to Norwegian

BUT

The Spirit has (had?) one of the grandest, prettiest dining rooms at sea, the Windows Dining Room aft with huge windows overlooking the stern. Both cruises were the same. This room was very busy on the first two nights. By mid cruise it was half empty and stayed that way.

Why?

Vibration and shaking in the stern. I am not bothered by motion and even I found it annoying. Those sensitive to motion and vibration could not eat in this room. So you had the weird situation where one of the finest rooms at sea was half empty while the non descript dining room mid ship was packed every night.

I see that the room was given a complete makeover (which it didn't really need imho) but décor was not the problem. If Norwegian has fixed the stern vibration then Bravo and I have no serious complaints about this ship at all (as long as you are looking for a traditional cruise experience). And I predict that Windows will be rightly the most popular venue on board.

If they did not - then the 'new look' is a waste of time and money and the room will be as underused as ever.

Fingers crossed.


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