NOLA Spirit, Fun and easy: Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by Alan C

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Alan C
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NOLA Spirit, Fun and easy

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
We chose the Spirit for the port destinations and the ease of boarding and disembarking in New Orleans. This was our first time on the Spirit and heard of a smaller ship with an Asian theme. We were not disappointed in any way. The ship, although over 12 years old, is in very good condition, well maintained, and has one of the most accommodating and friendliest staff and crew I have ever had the privilege of sailing with. Everyone had a smile and was eager to please. The price was very reasonable for a balcony stateroom. We originally booked room #11000 which was under the Galaxy of the Stars and found to be very noisy at night after 10 pm. The staff went out of their way to find another balcony room even though the ship was full. Embarkation went very smooth as we parked in the terminal lot and the porters took the suitcases from our car, we parked and were on the ship by 12:10. The total time was about 25 minutes, only downside was when we boarded at 12:10, our stateroom was not More ready until 2 pm, so we found a spot in the bar to watch the football game. Disembarkation was even easier and we were off the vessel thru Customs and in our car on our way in 20 minutes from our scheduled time.

Staterooms: As mentioned, room #11000 is a great room if you are a night owl. Easily located forward part of the ship on starboard side, but the band playing at night one deck above can be heard like you are there. The crew moved us to room #10656, one deck down, mid to aft on port side and was very quiet and convenient to the elevators, right to the dining rooms. The room is spacious enough for a one week cruise, but anything more could be cramped as the room is smaller than other ships. The room was clean and well maintained, although the room stewards could have been a bit more attentive, one day no towels and another day dirty glasses. The balcony is a bit small but roomy enough for two people provided you do not need a lounge chair. The only things missing on my report about the room was no clock/alarm clock, no bar soap (only dispensers for soap & shampoo) and no body lotion provided for those days after being in the sun. There is a safe in your room and ample closet space but no refrigerator. Also included in the balcony rooms was a coffee maker and coffee/tea was provided daily for your use.

Food: Very good. The buffets at times were better than the dining room food in varieties and amount, and never much of a line, even at the omelet stations. The dining rooms were always clean and usually not much of a line, except at certain times. The 24 hour restaurants were very good for the options and you surely will never go hungry. The free style options are great for when you are in port and I have never been on a ship with a Japanese Steak house serving 12 people family style with your own chef. You can find gourmet food if needed, but if that is not necessary, it is great experience without the need for formal nights and set seating styles.

Cruise Critic: This has always been a wonderful way to meet some of your fellow cruisers before you sail. It gives you the opportunity to meet and greet your friends before the cruise. I have been with many CC groups before, but this one was the BEST. Many of us met the day before we sailed and got to visit New Orleans in true style thru our gracious hosts of Ray and Sue. We had our CC day set up on the first day we sailed and not only met the crew and hotel staff, but was joined by the Captain who joined our group and wore a set of Mardi Gras beads with the rest of us. Less

Published 02/01/11

Cabin review: B310656 Family Balcony

Smaller room than most other ships, but still roomy enough for two people. Balconies are smaller in depth than most other ships, but again comfortable for two people who can live without lounge chairs. Room has no clock, no refrigerator, no bar soap and wall dispensers for shower soap and shampoo. At time the room did have a bit of a sewerage smell, but only on occasion.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Booked a tour thru the ship for a city tour and an airboat ride threw the back river area. The city tour was informative but you did not have a chance to get off the bus. The airboat ride, about a 40 minute ride from town was exciting if you have never been on an Everglades ride thru Florida. The one hour ride was fun and great for family where you will see many different habitats of the many bird species, animal life and of the course the alligators and the opportunity of feeding them (very carefully). Good tour overall, but be prepared for a 45 minute tender ride from the ship each way.

A new port for me and was glad to meet a group of fellow cruisers the Cruise Critic for a private tour to visit the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben. Wonderful day and very informative site visit thru a private tour guide who walked us thru the site, explained life and Mayan ideals as he was a proud Mayan himself, and made sure there was never a missed question.

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Been there, done that. Chose to stay on ship in the morning and that gave me the opportunity to enjoy the ship without any crowds. Sunny day and had the hot tub to myself, no lines in any restaurants and got to sleep in. Got off in the afternoon for the must have Margarita, and then got to laugh at those passengers trying to think they did not have too many Margaritas but just found all these empty glasses.

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Did a private island tour with friends from our cruise critic group that allowed all of us to do what we all wanted to from sightseeing, picture taking, shopping, lunch with snorkeling and beach activities. Greatest day overall weather wise and always fun with friends that you are with. If you are visiting here, make sure a stop at Bananarama is included for lunch and some time at the beach.

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Alan C
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