This was actually our second cruise on the Spirit. The first was in 2015 on the Mediterranean route. The ship was refurbished in 2020 according to the video screens in the elevators and it is noticeable throughout the ship. It was looking very dated when we were on before and has been nicely updated throughout.
This was an Alaskan Inside Passage cruise in late August/ early September, so we came with a high expectation for rain and were pleasantly surprised. In full disclosure, we live in Alaska, so knew what to expect going in. Yes, it was cloudy and overcast most of the time, but did not rain anywhere near as much as was expected. Well, except for our day in Ketchikan, which was a true Alaskan temperate rainforest fall drenching. Raincoats are a must.
The ports of call hit a wide variety of town sizes, pretty much stopping at all of the key areas along this route. Some are very small villages without much shopping or sightseeing, such as Icy Point Straight/ Hoonah. This could have used less time as there is not much for sightseeing or activities aside from the recently built trams or Jeep island tour (which we did). Ketchikan was the other side of the coin with a very short port window and a much larger city to see or experience and having an NCL-specific dock located 20 minutes out of town reduces the available time substantially. We enjoyed each of the ports for what they were. That said, there were a lot of ports to hit in 9 days and a large area to travel, so that likely played into the port timing decisions as well. Of our excursions, we did 3 separate "town tours" in Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, and each was a great way to see and learn about the city and its history. In Skagway, the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad trip was hands-down the highlight (coupled with the city tour) to see the gold rush trail and the incredible route up into Canada.
Starboard balcony room on Deck 11 mid-ship, slightly forward. Plenty of storage for 2 adults. Have had this size cabin with a 3rd person (child) and can get a little cramped, but is workable. Note that plugs are mostly European, so adapters are a must. The shower was amazing! Plenty of pressure and heat.