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Sail Date: January 2018
A friend suggested this itinerary. I took my son and daughter (age 25 and 20) on their first cruise and was looking for a European trip during the holiday break. It was not ideal for the kids to meet peers but there were other benefits ... Read More
A friend suggested this itinerary. I took my son and daughter (age 25 and 20) on their first cruise and was looking for a European trip during the holiday break. It was not ideal for the kids to meet peers but there were other benefits and advantages. My daughter and I had the suite and my son had an interior cabin a few doors down on the 9th deck. The 3 of us enjoyed all the service provided thru the suite (butler, concierge, drink package and 4 nights of specialty dining). The ship is older and there is a limited offering of activities on board. We were happy with the ports and arranged our own excursions with one exception when we went to La Alhambra with the ship's tour to ensure timely return before departing the port. The food in the specialty restaurants was quite good and we thought the service and kindness extended by all crew was genuinely excellent. Overall, we had a lovely trip and the adult kiddos will know what to look for when they cruise next with their pals. I am not an avid cruiser but appreciate the advantages of getting to more places within a short period of time without the hassle of packing and unpacking and making all the arrangements to travel independently from one locale to another. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
WE chose this cruise because of Itinerary in January ,Canaries Morocco and Spain. The ship itself is the smallest in NCL fleet its also the oldest. The ship is well maintained but is showing its age in certain places. It as most ... Read More
WE chose this cruise because of Itinerary in January ,Canaries Morocco and Spain. The ship itself is the smallest in NCL fleet its also the oldest. The ship is well maintained but is showing its age in certain places. It as most of the restaurants the big NCL ships have but scaled down dramatically. The food was exactly the same as other NCL ships as was the excellent service across the board apart from a very rude young man in Champagne Bar. THe weather curtailed use of pools and sunbeds. Showswere very good esp the production shows,the TRE AMICI tenors stood out. The cabin comfortable beds but if you are a light sleeper a big nono the noise from outside the ship at night was like a lawnmower at your window ,I had no nights of undisturbed sleep, I have cruised 20 times and never experienced noise like it, I complained got polite apology ,and was told the ship was full no way could i move. Ive cruise 11 times with NCL never had a noise issue before I can only think is age of vessel..will I cruise NCL agian Yes I have purchased a credit,would I use NCL SPIRIT again no,just because of the noise issue and I prefer EPIC,ESCAPE and Getaway. Summing up this ship is more suited to 65 plus cruisers..noy a lot for families,younger people ,I am 59 myself and if I was younger I would recomend the bigger ships. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We normally cruise with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess. However we decided to try Norwegian but now wish we hadn't bothered. We had their " ultimate " drinks package which comes in at $89 per person per day plus 20% ... Read More
We normally cruise with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Princess. However we decided to try Norwegian but now wish we hadn't bothered. We had their " ultimate " drinks package which comes in at $89 per person per day plus 20% gratuity, so effectively $107 . Our travel agent told us this would cover all drinks - that was incorrect. First morning in the buffet I asked for an orange juice. " Certainly sir that will be $4 plus gratuity". " But I have an ultimate drinks package. Sorry sir, that doesn't cover orange juice . After breakfast I head to the promenade café and ask for a cappuccino. " Certainly sir that will be $4 plus gratuity" " But I have an ultimate drinks package. Sorry sir, that doesn't cover specialty coffees " - And on it goes. So to forewarn future cruisers, if you wish to spend $107 per day you will get beers, wines, cocktails up $15 and sodas from the fountain . No bottled water or juice, no cans of soda, no specialty coffees and no orange juice at breakfast either. The ship is showing its age, it's almost 20 years old. Definitely time for a refit. It used to be called the Superstar Leo and many of the original signage is still in place. We had an inside cabin. First thing I noticed was there didn't seem to be any bedside night lamps. However I soon found them when I put my head on the pillows. There were the lights, protruding from the wall and sitting flush on top of the mattress under the pillows. Bizarre. ! I'm six foot three inches tall so I need the whole length of the mattress I asked if we could change cabins but was told the ship was full. I think that is a standard response because we were told otherwise by other members of staff. So as we had to keep the room, I asked if these lights could be removed but was told they couldn't. So basically we pulled the bed a couple of feet away from the wall in order to avoid these lamps. However I still hit my head on them a few times when lying down so we ended up moving the bed sideways to keep clear of them. Apart from the strangely positioned bed lights, the cabin was excellent and the stateroom attendant kept it nice and clean Food was Ok but nothing great. We used the buffet most of the time as the service in the MDR was too slow , the portions were way too small and the food was always cold. One night the waitress brought us coffee ( cold ) before she had brought our dessert. When we said we had actually hoped to get coffee after we had finished our dessert, she just moved the cups to the side of the table. The MDR always seemed to be virtually empty and the buffet was always crowded. Clearly a message being sent there. Anyone paying attention there at NCL ? Entertainment was totally awful. Of the cruise director and staff, only one of them spoke english as their first language. Most of the activities started with them apologising for not having good english. And it showed. Trivia challenges became a joke. As for the shows, the singers were just shouting, dancers were out of sync . There was a magic act which mainly consisted of " girl in a box " routines . The only act which was any good was a trio of Tenor singers. Their games seemed more akin to the type teenagers would enjoy, rather than the over 40's who made up the most of the passengers. Running about with a balloon between your legs ? - Come on ! - And as for their " fill in the missing word " game, I stopped thinking rude words were funny when I was about 12. Ports of call was as expected, the Canary Islands in January. Casablanca was replaced by Tangiers which was a complete dump. So unfortunately not what I was expecting, and with the drinks package being so expensive, not good value for money either. In future I will stick to Royal Caribbean. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We just returned from a 10 night Morocco and Canary Islands cruise out of Barcelona. This was my 2nd cruise on the NCL Spirit in 7 months. If you are visiting Spain ports, you need to be advised of the Spanish VAT. The VAT was ... Read More
We just returned from a 10 night Morocco and Canary Islands cruise out of Barcelona. This was my 2nd cruise on the NCL Spirit in 7 months. If you are visiting Spain ports, you need to be advised of the Spanish VAT. The VAT was enforced even though we also visited a non EU/non Spanish port. The VAT was 10% on all food and beverage purchased while in a Spanish Port and until 7:45 PM each night after leaving a Spanish Port. I’m not sure what the VAT was for non food purchases. The VAT did not apply during sea days or when not in a Spanish Port. 10% does not sound like a lot, but even if you are on the drink package, it can add up quickly. The service continues to be outstanding, but this time around, I found the dinner food in the main dining room to be marginal; however, the breakfasts and lunches in the main dining room were consistently very good; although repetitive. We had 7 nights of specialty dinning which worked our well since dinner in the main dining room was marginal. Our favorite restaurant continues to be Le Bristol. The food and service are outstanding. Everything we tried was excellent and we ate there 4 of the 10 nights. My recommendations are the Tenderloin—better than any steak at Cagney’s, the lamb, and the duck. We also enjoyed the scallops, muscles and escargot. Our favorite desert is the Flourless Chocolate hazelnut napoleon. Most people rave about Cagney’s and it is good, but not our favorite. We ate at Cagney’s twice. The first time we both had the filet mignon and the 2nd time I had the lamb. We also tried the truffle fries, the Mac and Cheese, steamed broccoli, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, wedge salad and shrimp cocktail. Over all the sides and appetizers are nothing to rave about. I did enjoy the garlic mashed potatoes and the steamed vegetables. The deserts are okay—it really depends on what you like. I personally don’t think the service was as good as it was at Le Bristol and La Trattoria. We also ate one night at La Trattoria. The service was outstanding. On a previous cruise I had tried the Ribeye Steak which others had raved about, but we did not enjoy it. This time we both had the jumbo shrimp with spicy red sauce for our main. We asked them to make it mild, and it was still fairly spicy, but also very good. The calamari appetizer was good. I had the soup, which is a standard vegetarian base, and then they add whatever protein you might want. I had the sausage and it was not ground sausage, but rather larger slices of sausage. I had never seen a soup served that way before. You also have the option for shrimp. The Tiramisu was very good. My son had the Torta de chocolate and did not enjoy it. He ended up eating my Tiramisu. The staff worked very well as a team, and all of them went out of their way to speak with us, and ensured we had an enjoyable experience. Our afternoon quick bite spot was the Blue Lagoon. The wonton soup is delicious, and they offer a variety of small meals and bar type food: chicken wings, fries, mozzarella sticks, fish and chips, hot sandwiches, deserts, etc. Our favorite afternoon beverage/smoothie is a Mango Meltdown that can be made with or without alcohol. Our port side aft balcony cabin on deck 9 was clean, very quiet and well apportioned. There was bar soap in addition to the soft soap dispenser. There were bottles of lotion, shampoo, and conditioner in addition to the body wash and shampoo conditioner in the shower. On this cruise, there was also a disposable shower cap, and slippers in addition to the robes. The shower and bath area are much larger than on other ships, which we really appreciate. The balcony cabins have coffee makers, and refrigerator. The balcony area is average to small, and has two chairs and a small table. Our steward was friendly and efficient --cleaning the room a couple times a day and ensured our beds were turned down at night and always left a towel animal. The 7:30 and 9:30 shows were either amazing or just fair. Oddly, the first night they only had one show and it was at 9:00 PM—they called it “Showtime Welcome Aboard Show”. Day 2 was World Beat, and an NCL production—wonderful show you won’t want to miss. Day 3 was Duo Fly Adage, but due to very rough seas, they could not go on, and were replaced with a Flamingo Dance Group. They did a wonderful job considering how the boat was rocking. Tre Amaci was the day 4 entertainment. Tre Amaci is three friends who sing a combination of classical areas as well as some songs from popular musicals. I enjoyed them; although my college aged son did not. Day 5 was Duo FlyAdage who had been canceled earlier in the cruise. You will either love this show or think it is just fair. It’s certainly worth seeing. Day 6 is Soul Rocking Nights which is an NCL production and I think it is excellent—don’t miss this one. Day 7 was Magika—this is a magic show which we opted not to see. The day one show had them perform one of their acts, and it just was not for us, but if you like magic, you should attend. Day 8 was Bernadett Nyari , a classical violinist from Budapest, Hungary. I think she did a wonderful job. She is very talented, but her choice of music might not be for everyone. Day 9 was Elements, another NCL production and a show you should not miss. The 2nd to the last night is also the night they bring in all of the crew to thank you for sailing. If you only go to one show, go to this one. It’s not to be missed. The last night was Duo Perris—we did not attend this show, but from what we heard, Sergio & Sofia perform a show requiring amazing skill and balance, set to an emotional soundtrack. The port of Casablanca was canceled due to a storm, but the Captain was able to port in Tangier. The crew did a wonderful job of arranging tours at the last minute. We did a ships tour which included a visit to the point where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic, the sea caves, the Kasbah, the Archeological museum, Medina, camels on the beach, and more. We enjoyed this port and appreciated NCL’s flexibility and commitment to ensure we had a Moroccan port we could safely visit. Las Palmas was a very nice port. I arranged a private tour for a small group from our Cruise Critic roll call. We visited to a working farm and winery where they produce coffee, cheese, wine and fruit. Of course a tasting of all of their bounty was included. We also made a stop to taste the local rum, and had lunch at an ocean side café. The pastries are inexpensive and very delicious. We enjoyed this port stop. Santa Cruz de Tenerife—this was the most amazing port. I arranged for another private Cruise Critic roll call tour that included a driving trek up to the 6000 foot national park. The views and micro climates are amazing!! There are places where you feel you are on a different planet. There is so much to see and do at this beautiful port. NCL provided a free bus from the port into the city center. Arrecife/Lazorote – This island and has a significantly different feel and look from the other islands. I arranged for a private tour for our Cruise Critic Group that morphed into two buses of 14 people. We visited the Volcanic National Park and saw some amazing demonstrations of the still “hot” volcano. Our group decided they wanted to ride the camels, which were great fun, and we visited some amazing cliffs with beautiful vistas. The people of Arrecife/Lazorote were friendly and kind. Although it is not as lush and pretty as some of the other Islands, it was an enjoyable port stop. Fun fact, this island has been used to for the filming of many movies because of its rough and untouched terrain: "One Million Years B.C.", “Enemy Mine" and "Krull" and Planet of the Apes. Malaga – I arranged a Cruise Critic tour to the Alhambra Palace for this port stop. If you are going to Malaga and want to visit the Alhambra Palace, you will need to book early as tour operators are restricted on the number of Palace tickets they can pre buy. Our tour guide was amazing, and the Palace is certainly something you will want to see. Some on our tour felt it was the highlight of the port stops. I preferred Tenerife, but the Palace is certainly something you won’t want to miss. Please keep in mind; although this is a “Palace” the bulk of the tour is outside in the elements, so be prepared based on the season. It was very, very cold when we were there and many were unprepared to be out in the elements for 2-3 hours. Alicante – I had planned to do a free walking tour, but after we got off and met the guide and group, we realized the tour was 2 hours and ended in the market area. Instead we opted to visit the free Volvo Sea Race Museum (Museo Volvo Ocean Race) and were able to actually go inside a real Volvo race boat. The down town of Alicante is very walkable and appeared to be very safe. NCL offered buses from the port into town. We had a short, but enjoyable visit. We had a very successful Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. Our roll call really jelled, and we enjoyed talking for over 2 hours at the meet and greet. After, many opted to eat lunch together. We also had a fare well lunch in the main dining room that was well attended. NCL went out of their way to welcome our Cruise Critic group and ensured we our needs were met—including arranging for our group meals. Several officers and crew members attended the meet and greet and NCL provided snacks and beverages. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
The ship is incapable of handling the slightest of adverse weather.Individuals with movement problems should not board The ship is tired food is acceptable hygiene precautions faultless entertainment shows & acrobats didn't ... Read More
The ship is incapable of handling the slightest of adverse weather.Individuals with movement problems should not board The ship is tired food is acceptable hygiene precautions faultless entertainment shows & acrobats didn't bother.Speciality dining at Cagney steak house a must steaks as good if not better as I have ever had Never seen as many as 70% do not disturb signs on Deck Ten doors when the ship is at sea The stability of the ship is the equivalent of a raft and incapable of visiting destinations in the Atlantic I have been on rougher seas and not experienced anything like this passengers and food were being thrown all over the place by the ship rolling sideways forward and backwards Itinary was changed from Casablanca to Tangiers The TVs is just about discernible but announcements are few and far between If NCL had any duty of care the ship should be withdrawn from any service between October to May Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We wanted to visit the Canarys and Funchal without packing and unpacking several times. We are three in the cabin - parents and a college student. I could not be more disappointed. We thought being aboard ship for Christmas and New ... Read More
We wanted to visit the Canarys and Funchal without packing and unpacking several times. We are three in the cabin - parents and a college student. I could not be more disappointed. We thought being aboard ship for Christmas and New Years would be festive and fun and it was nothing like that. I understand you must appeal to the older folks who take this cruise but from food to music and port call timeframes, everything that could go wrong went wrong. Port Calls: This captain wanted to save as much as possible when it comes to time in port - leaving us with little to none to really see the islands. We pulled in early enough - when nothing was open on the island, not even a coffee shop - and we'd leave often at 3:30 p.m.! With no shipboard entertainment to keep you busy, why would you want people on board? Just to buy expensive drinks I guess. All of the islands were nice enough - Maderia being teh best but Casablanca??? Don't even get off the ship. The ship is bad - Casablanca is worse! Entertainment: The band "Souled Out" was not bad. Their chemistry though is not there. Seems the lead guy can't stand the lead gal from where we were sitting. They do one hour sets then leave for an hour. There is NOTHING going on for that hour. A DJ doesn't spin any music to dance. The staff don't come and do something fun. Nothing. So let's say you are enjoying the music - then there's a huge break with nothing to do!! I really was stunned by this. I've cruised before and a lot can be forgiven when you have entertainment you enjoy. This was the most board I've ever been on a ship. The music was appealing to ballroom dancers and they danced. Taking the entire dance floor so none of us non professionals could get a spot. Fun to watch but maybe at 10 p.m. you'd switch to something people under 80 would enjoy as well. PS the older folks enjoyed the popular tunes as much as the old stuff so why not appeal to everyone?? Entertainment 2: The teenagers (under 18) get the nice front of the ship spot for a disco but I think there were maybe 20 of them total on the ship. Prime real estate for kids with nothing for any of the paying passengers between 18 and 75 years old. There is a second "disco" but they let karaoke have that spot until 11 p.m. every night then spin dance tunes after that. You have to pass through the smoke gauntlet from hell to get to this disco (the casino) to get there. On New Years Eve this was the only place that had any entertainment after 12:30 p.m. YES, they closed the Galaxy that seats a few hundred at 12:30 p.m. on NEW YEARS EVE!!! It was unbelievable. Entertainment 3: The shows were fine. The dance crew is great and the lead singers are very good. They had a British lady for a couple nights that was great as well. (Michele) The magician is awful and the music so loud during his performances that I'm sure the old folks just removed their hearing aids. They should let the singers and dancers own that place and get rid of all the rest of the glitz and glam. Everyone likes quality singing - show tunes etc. Entertainment Staff: Jacky and Eliose were great and you can see they are working hard against all odds (and their apparent boss Dave the Cruise Director) to help build an environment where people can have some fun. But they must figure a way to bring the entertainment to the people. This group needs an overhaul. $50 to play Bingo is just not reasonable when you only win $150 and you're nickled and died on every thing else. Ship Excursions: Don't do it!! Waste of money and they don't know what goes on on their own excursions. Whale watching we did with them and we asked if their was swimming off the boat (we'd read that in a review) but it's December so we asked. "NO, it's way too cold they won't do that." We sat for 45 minutes while everyone from the other cruise boats donned their suits and jumped into the waters of the Canary Islands. Not fun. Advice: get off the boat, walk a bit up the pier and get a cab driver who will take you all over the islands for about $100 and get you back on time. Totally worth it!! Food: The sushi was great but you were paying for it. The buffet, yuck except for breakfast. Hard to ruin breakfast I guess. Too salty, too mushy, again, food for 80 years olds I guess. Drinks: I get it, we need to pay for drinks and the inclusive plan was not worth it for us - we don't drink enough - so I pay $16.00 for a drink once you had the gratuity, ok, but at least learn how to make a drink!! Every bartender in that place needs retraining. The amount of sour mix used in every drink will give you indigestion. They can't even get a gin and tonic right. Awful. Rooms: It's an old ship so I was not expecting anything grand, and it was fine. Beds are a bit hard but service staff were a bright light in a ship that seemed like no one else enjoyed their jobs. Our cabin girl, Nina, was so nice and polite. We loved her and appreciated how hard she worked. Leading up to the cabins though, it smells - and bad. Also deck 6 is below the casino where people apparently move furniture all night long. Sleep was impossible on many nights. Smoking: This ship is in Europe where there are many smokers and this ship is all theirs. They own the outdoor areas beside the pools - seems like that would be ok but the glass windows keeps the smoke from dissipating and each day we much walk through the cloud of smoke from hell to get to dinner. The casino doors are left propped open so all the smoke from there pours into the hallways and the elevators where everyone must go to get to the bedroom floors is so smokey that people were fanning the smokey smell away. My allergies were going crazy and by the time we left the ship I swear I second hand smoked a pack a day. There needs to be a limit. They have every right to smoke, but the rest of us should have an area we can breathe fresh air and not on the top of the ship in 30 mile hour winds. You can see from this that the ship totally lacks everything you'd expect from a cruise. It's a very sad situation and we spent $5,000 to have one of the worst vacations we've ever had. My advice - choose a different cruise line because Norwegian has gone down hill and fast. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Let start with the positives: -Itinerary was excellent. This is one of the main reason why I selected to cruise with NCL for the first time. I certainly was not disappointed with the port destinations -Embarkation and ... Read More
Let start with the positives: -Itinerary was excellent. This is one of the main reason why I selected to cruise with NCL for the first time. I certainly was not disappointed with the port destinations -Embarkation and disembarkation process was very smooth. -Service at the restaurants were great. I think the ratio of waiters to customers are better than other cruise lines. -Production shows are a must see. Now the negatives: -Cabin needs some renovation. There was a day that the hot water was not running and another day that the toilet won't flush. TV is small and not a lot of channel options and you can't even check your charges on the TV. -Entertainment options are very limited. I did not like the cruise entertainment staff and the programs were very limited. I can't believe that the singers were not present in the main lobby during the New Year's eve countdown. In addition, the band at the Galaxy stopped playing at 12:30 or so. -They need to increase the bar servers at the lounge and entertainment areas. If you wait for the bar service, you will be lucky to get your drinks in less than 30 minutes. You are better off going to the bar to get your own drinks. -Smoking is allowed on inside areas, and it's not a good experience for non-smokers like me. -We got the premium beverage package and I can't believe that bottled water and other bottled drinks are not included in that package. What a rip off!!!! At a minimum, they should include the bottled water in the package. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
we chose this cruise because we wanted to visit places we had not visited before and the itinerary was very interesting. we spent four days in Barcelona before departing on the cruise which was a wonderful introduction to Spanish culture ... Read More
we chose this cruise because we wanted to visit places we had not visited before and the itinerary was very interesting. we spent four days in Barcelona before departing on the cruise which was a wonderful introduction to Spanish culture and a great enhancement to our trip overall. embarkation on the Spirit was as easy and pleasant as it could be and disembarkation went very smoothly as well. the Spirit is a smaller ship unlike the huge mega vessels we have sailed on on recent years and we thoroughly enjoyed how manageable the distances were and how easy it was to move around on the ship. it had a cozy feel to it. we had the pleasure of having a suite stateroom which was just fabulous. we totally loved the suite experience and were totally pampered and catered to on all levels. we thoroughly enjoyed all the wonderful suite privileges which made us feel special and made our cruise so very enjoyable. dining was always a pleasure. we went to some of the specialty restaurants to vary our dinners which was very nice. we had entertainment every night which was very good especially the large production shows. the service was excellent in every area of the ship. the staff and crew could not do enough for us. they were amazing! the ports of call were interesting and beautiful and there were many different shore excursions to choose from. we went on an excursion every day and all were conducted professionally and done very well. we would not hesitate to recommend this cruise and this itinerary. as experienced cruisers i have to say that this cruise was one of the best if not the best i have ever been on! we just loved it! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
NCL have got embarkation and disembarkation well sorted. Easy on and easy off. The ship is old and is in dire need of a complete refit not just the "tarting up" it got in early 2017. We had a Balcony cabin with a large bed ... Read More
NCL have got embarkation and disembarkation well sorted. Easy on and easy off. The ship is old and is in dire need of a complete refit not just the "tarting up" it got in early 2017. We had a Balcony cabin with a large bed plus a sofa bed for a third guest but here NCL are really "taking the Micky" as the cabin is only just adequate for two. The sofa bed even when only used as a sofa reduces the floorspace massively. The bathroom although well laid out is so tired with chipped basin and worn chrome on the fittings - just not what you would expect for the price charged. Dining is OK - Raffles Court is a nightmare at peak times particularly breakfast, food choice and quality is acceptable. Of the two main dining rooms The Garden Room is by far the better with excellent food. Specialty Restaurants are also good quality and we particularly liked Le Bistro even if it is very small and a bit cramped. Beware of La Trattoria, it is just a closed off section of Raffles Court. Entertainment was good and the Elements show was superb. Bingo costs an arm and a leg and is pretty naff - don't do it is my advice. Service overall was up to NCL standard which is pretty good and helped to disguise a lot of the ship's shortcomings. The crew seemed to be genuinely happy in their work. We chose this particular cruise because of its itinerary. What we didn't expect was the ship travelled so slowly between ports that we were departing late afternoon each time and sailing slowly to the next destination even the Canaries are all close together. The cynic in me says that was deliberate to minimise port taxes. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Basically, one has to say: The SPIRIT has had almost 20 years on its back since its launch. Therefore, a comparison with the ships we have sailed with so far is not quite fair (TUI MY SHIP 3, CELEBRITY EQUINOX). In addition, we had about ... Read More
Basically, one has to say: The SPIRIT has had almost 20 years on its back since its launch. Therefore, a comparison with the ships we have sailed with so far is not quite fair (TUI MY SHIP 3, CELEBRITY EQUINOX). In addition, we had about 90% of the English people on board, which I will not comment on here. Nevertheless, there are deficiencies that are independent of the age of the ship. Stateroom We had a balcony stateroom, which was very well soundproofed. We haven't heard anything from our neighbours or passengers in the corridor. Basically, the stateroom and especially the balcony feels smaller than on other ships. They are equipped with everything you need. If you frequently blow-dry your hair, you should take a hair dryer with you. In the bathroom, there is only a completely obsolete hairdryer hanging on the wall that quickly overheats. Sufficient coat hangers available. However, limited space in the closet due to mineral water bottles, which are provided as part of the PREMIUM ALL INCLUSIVE package. Meaning for us: 12 days x 1 bottle per day x 2 persons = 24 litre bottles stored in the closet on arrival. This is a wasted space, especially since we only used 12 bottles in the end. If there are no bathrobes on your stateroom (only stateroom with balcony or suites), persistently hitchhike. With us they were brought after 2x times demand. We found coffee and tea machines very pleasant. However, water from the bottle should be used. Partially torn bed linen are not necessary. Restaurants The breakfast buffet was exclusively designed for Englishmen. If you don't want porridge, black pudding or beans with bacon, you'll only have one kind of salami, 1 kind of industrial cheese and 1 kind of cooked ham. Of course, there are also the usual freshly prepared egg dishes and fruits. The bread selection is amazingly large, including a very good black bread. If you want it a bit quieter and are an early bird, you should have breakfast in the WINDOWS restaurant (until 09.00 am). Here you can only order à la carte. At the beginning of the trip we had long queues in front of the Garden View Restaurant. We quickly switched to Windows, which we liked better because of the somewhat upscale atmosphere and where you always got a table without any problems. Apart from a few exceptions, we found the quality of the food in the restaurants to be very good. However, the diversity is not comparable with other ships. There is the same menu in both main restaurants. The daily changing dishes are very manageable. One has the feeling that it is dominated by standard dishes that are permanently on the menu and are only occasionally moved to a different position. The same menu is also available in the specialty restaurants throughout the trip. Nevertheless, we can recommend them qualitatively without exception. If you have booked a Cruise Dining Package - e. g. 3 restaurants of your choice for a lump sum of USD 69, -- per person, you are well advised. We didn't try the Italian. Here, only a part of the buffet restaurant with privacy screen is separated. We didn't find that so inviting. Service Without exception, the cabin crew was very friendly, prudent and helpful. The staff at the reception desk, the counter for restaurant reservations and the gangway were sometimes very cool to unfriendly. In addition, some false information was also provided at the reception desk. For example, we were given a wrong day for the final drawing of a raffle that took place on board. Thus we could throw our lots into the trash at the end, which we found annoying. The laundry service took us 5 days. It was only after repeated enquiries, waiting in the cabin and repeated enquiries again that things finally reappeared. The embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Only the transfer on arrival at the airport was a bit tedious. After registration by NCL staff in the arrivals hall, it took about 20 - 30 minutes at the meeting point for groups. The following way to the buses lead once felt across the building including a bottleneck for approx. 40 persons in the form of a very small elevator, alternatively longer stairs. A challenge for older passengers with luggage. Entertainment The outdoor areas are very spacious, so that we always found a quiet and sheltered place for your sunbed. However, we drove in December, where the outside decks could only be used to a limited extent due to the temperatures and the wind. The interior areas were correspondingly full. On the Atlantic you have to expect that the pool will be drained because of the swell. In the cabin there is 1 bath towel per person for the pool that you have to take back into the cabin. On request it can be exchanged for a clean one. USD 25, -- must be deposited for each additional towel. We thought this was outdated, especially as the bath towels are also a pad for the sunbeds. We watched two shows that were both really good. Especially the "Farewell" show at the end of the trip with a part of the crew had a warm charisma. Tip: On deck 12 there is a library behind the internet room with comfortable sofas and armchairs. Here you can relax and read a book or just look at the water. Shore Excursions We only booked one, which was well organized and interesting. Otherwise, we explored all the places on our own. The offer of shore excursions seemed to us to be more limited than with other shipping companies. Tip The PREMIUMM ALL INCLUSIVE is very uncomplicated: up to USD 15, -- per glass each drink is included. ATTENTION: In Spanish waters, an additional 10% VAT must be paid on each drink, which is not included in the package. In this case you sign a check for the drink, the service charge and 10% VAT. Don't be surprised: the total amount is listed under "Cabin Charge". But only the 10% VAT will be charged to the on-board account. If you get slightly seasick, you should bear in mind that the SPIRIT runs more agitated due to its older construction and reacts more sensitively to swell. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator Read Less
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