Great Vacation with a few : Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by tmcmom

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Great Vacation with a few

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
We're already looking forward to our next cruise, because as the gentleman outside of Raffles said - "Vacation breakfast tastes better!"

The crew on the Spirit was wonderful. Our room steward Renato never missed an opportunity to greet us and inquire about our day, and was quick to respond to the few requests we made of him. The staff at the Biergarten were friendly and attentive but never obtrusive. There are opportunities for improvement in the main dining rooms, however. While always pleasant and responsive, wait staff seemed a little overextended. It took a little extra time for food to arrive between courses, and dessert and after-dinner coffee rarely arrived at the same time. Late one evening while dining with our new found Cruise Critic friends we did get to meet a few wonderful waiters who entertained us with magic tricks.

Navigation on this ship took a little getting used to, because very often you could not walk all the way around the deck, but would be More routed through the same hall.

We enjoyed Taste of India, and would recommend it to anyone. Just make sure you have an empty stomach and two hours to spare when you start!

We ate most meals in the main dining room, with lunch from the buffet outside of Biergarten a few times as well as a couple chaotic breakfast experiences at Raffles. Food on the buffet was not always hot as I like it, but it was always edible. My only other comment on the food was that as someone who never adds salt to my cooking, I felt that many items were heavy on this seasoning.

Both embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. Our room was ready when we arrived, and our luggage arrived before muster drill. We carried our own bags off the ship and had no problem.

We really enjoyed Elements - it was as any show we've seen in Vegas. The music in Champagne Charlies was way too loud for conversation.

All in all it was a great time, made even more pleasant by the fun group of people we met through our ship's Roll Call. Less

Published 02/25/12

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Port and Shore Excursions

Booked the Lamanai Ruins and river trip through the Cruise line. We were the first to tender to shore, and our bus left shortly after we arrived. Tour guide Damien was very knowledgeable and was eager to share information about his country with all of us. The boat ride was fun and fast, but the captain and crew were also very good about slowing down and showing us the different flora and fauna. Ruins were excellent, only wish we'd have had more time!

Beach Break

We spent a pleasant day at Maya Chan resort. Food and drinks were wonderful, although because of recent expansion there were twice as many guests as were allowed when we originally booked the resort. Because of this, things were a little chaotic upon arrival, but settled down and service was attentive. Lunch was THE BEST and hubby enjoyed the tequila - a lot! Owners were friendly and pleasant hosts, and if we have the chance we would not hesitate to return.


Booked a Three Reef Snorkel trip through Eagle Ray Divers that included lunch. We did have to take our lunch "to go" in order to make it to our ship in time, but other than that the experience was wonderful. Our guides and captain were very helpful and accommodating. Several people on the boat had were nervous about jumping into the water, and the guides were very patient with them. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Eagle Ray Divers to anyone who asks!

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