Sail Date: September 2010
Sailing from New England in Hurricane season is always a risk, fortunately, Hurricane Earl only delayed our leaving from Boston for a bit and we missed some time in Bermuda. I still love the Spirit, it is by far my favorite ship ... Read More
Sailing from New England in Hurricane season is always a risk, fortunately, Hurricane Earl only delayed our leaving from Boston for a bit and we missed some time in Bermuda. I still love the Spirit, it is by far my favorite ship with NCL. She is so special, very pretty decor, well thought out placement of venues and other things. The color-coded staircases are very helpful! Bermuda is always great, a few more showers than usual on this trip, so I will add an umbrella to my normal packing list going forward. The food is good on the Spirit, not always GREAT, but always at least GOOD. The service is excellent, everyone knows what they are doing and they are happy to do it. Our room was nice, though I prefer being on deck 8, to be near everything yet still quiet-also easy to get to everything from deck 8. On deck 6, you may have to go up and around depending on where you want to go. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
I sailed from Boston to Bermuda on the Norwegian Spirit with my family. Myself and my 2 sisters were in one cabin. My parents had a cabin two doors down. We chose to sail with Norwegian given the ease of leaving from Boston, where we live, ... Read More
I sailed from Boston to Bermuda on the Norwegian Spirit with my family. Myself and my 2 sisters were in one cabin. My parents had a cabin two doors down. We chose to sail with Norwegian given the ease of leaving from Boston, where we live, and not having to pay for airfare. Embarkation was very easy and organized. I think we only waited 10 minutes or so to check in and then very quickly boarded the ship. We boarded the ship at about 1pm and were told that the cabin would not be ready for a while so we had the option of going up to the Raffles Court for lunch. The Raffles court was extremely crowded as many fellow passengers were also waiting for their staterooms to be ready. The selection for food was plentiful however as we soon found out day after day, was VERY repetitive. More on the food-- my family and I are foodies. We love to eat, cook, and know good food. As I mentioned before, the Raffles Food Court, which is the main food court, had very repetitive food choices. The choices were also not very appetizing. The dessert selection in both the main dining halls and at Raffles food court were horrible. I couldn't get a piece of cake. Everything was either custard type desserts, puddings, or pound cakes. Couldn't the dessert chefs think of making one frosted layered cake? The dining in the Garden Room and Windows Room weren't much better either. There were some better choices in the evening however not like on other cruises that I have been on. I actually enjoyed the poolside bbq that they had every day. The casino put out a nice spread in the afternoons and evenings with little appetizers, sandwiches, and delicious cookies...why don't they serve those cookies in Raffles? So weird. Entertainment was good I think. We enjoyed the Second City comedy improv as well as Dorota and Roberto acrobatics. We also really loved the caribbean band that played poolside every afternoon. Played bingo a few times...wouldn't suggest it. It was $60 for an electronic machine and the only way to really win is with an electronic machine. One positive thing that I can say about this ship is that the staff was truly accomodating and friendly. We loved our cabin stewards, Raymondo and Brian. We also thought that service was relatively quick and accomodated us with special requests. Bermuda was so beautiful. We took the 5 hour bus tour which was a little long but we got to really see the whole island. I would highly suggest going to Horseshoe Bay for beach/swimming. It was the clearest water I had ever seen and I have been to many islands. We found St. George's to be very quaint. You can skip the capital, Hamilton, if you are short on time. I will definitely go back to Bermuda. All in all, I knew going into this that NCL is not a top tier cruise line like Royal Caribbean or Princess, however, I really wasn't expecting the food quality to be so poor. I am not sure that I will every sail with NCL again unless it is on the NCL Epic. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2010
Cabin with balcony, 10th deck: Having been born in Bermuda, wanted to return with my Brother to visit, together. Planned excitedly, all details of finding our family home, walking the same steps as our parents did, decades ago. Igor came ... Read More
Cabin with balcony, 10th deck: Having been born in Bermuda, wanted to return with my Brother to visit, together. Planned excitedly, all details of finding our family home, walking the same steps as our parents did, decades ago. Igor came along, week of 9/17-9/24 and they diverted our sailing down to Port Canaveral, FL for less than a day and then on to Nassau, Bahamas for, again, less than a day. Understanding NCL did not cause IGOR, nonetheless, they certainly should have been able to get us to another port for at least an overnight stay so we could have booked an excursion worth buying! The ship was so old, dirty and creaked the majority of trip. The first 3 days we could hardly walk much of the time, then in and out of port for 2 days and again, another couple "rough days at sea", not "relaxed" as they suggest! This ship should have been decommissioned years ago! Fresh paint over rust and the lack of maintenance and cleaning were signs seen all around ship. When we returned to our room (after cleaning)the room was 'picked-up' but the railings were never wiped down and had bits of sea salt and water drenched everything; last day, they came with a machine on side of ship and hosed everything down. Unlike, either Carnival or Royal Caribbean, they hand-wiped railings all over decks and in staterooms, as well as straightening deck furniture and wiping down chairs you sit in. Most of my clothes were soiled from dirty furniture and railings I came in contact with. We never got to swim in pool; couldn't get near for all the crowds! Restaurants: Buffets were as usual, nothing out of the ordinary there. We paid for dinner at Cagney's steakhouse one night and that was enough. Being with another couple, we were hoping for a relaxed evening and some good conversation. But the waiters, waitresses, hostess, etc. were constantly interrupting us. We wanted to have drinks, relax for a few minutes before ordering. One waiter took our drink order before we had all sat down at our table! Another Waiter insisted on taking our order, before the drinks had even arrived at our table! So I ended up ordering what I didn't want, I was so rattled! Then the salads came before we were done with appetizers and the dinners before we were finished with the salads and so forth! Rush, rush, rush!! We paid close to a hundred for all of that stress?! Really!! We had touted the pleasures of our experiences cruising over the years and it all fell apart on this trip. The only good part were "some" of the staff; quite memorably enjoyable and hardworking, too. Charles, our main room attendant and Nanette, bar server, were, both, quite excellent and added good memories of an otherwise miserable trip. A couple shows were pretty good but, again, with all the tossing of the ship it was distracting and the dancers were less than impressive, understandably. We will do our homework better the next cruise and stay away from Norwegian Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
My husand and I have cruised with other lines in the past out of different ports. It was my daughter and mother in laws first ever cruise! The port of Boston was very convenient for us, it took us 15 min's to get in, checked in with ... Read More
My husand and I have cruised with other lines in the past out of different ports. It was my daughter and mother in laws first ever cruise! The port of Boston was very convenient for us, it took us 15 min's to get in, checked in with ease and we were on board by noonish. The porters were very efficient and hats off to the Boston Police Department for keeping the traffic flowing. We were in our cabins right after the drill. We felt SO lucky to have Captain Hoyt at the helm, we left with the threat of Hurricane Danielle and came home with Earl on our heels. Only one night of so-so seas, we did see " bags " in the elevators! For a small ship, it was very sea-worthy & stable. Our adjoining cabins were clean despite the ships age, but, the door hit our bed not opening completely. We did not know that the panels between the balconies did not retract, not even doors. That was fine, no problem really, just thought it was worth a mention. The TV's are a joke, teeny, but who goes on a cruise to watch TV? altho I do like watching the entertainment that I may have missed late night. Almost every single crew member was respectful & efficient. Our stewards were the best ever. Very attentive to all our needs, they kept our cabin sparkling clean. Some public areas of the ship are not as sparkling, most notably the elevators were schmered with I'm not sure what but I wasn't going to touch the buttons and find out. This ship is OLD OLD OLD and to me, it showed its age everywhere we went. The food, well, I guess we're spoiled! I honestly can't say that it was good, not even mediocre. Jello for dessert, really? It was fun watching it wiggle. We did try a " special " on the ship for lunch featuring all the specialty restaurants, it wasn't worth the money as again, mediocre at best. Breakfast was the best with the fresh eggs cooked to order. The coffee on the ship was great. We found the buffet during high-traffic times, to be a tad " pushy " for lack of any other word. The wait staff was great helping those in need, elderly folks and those who had trouble walking. To be fair the chocolate night was yummy.... Entertainment. The Ironics are a good band. We danced a lot. Of course we do this an One other band by the pool, cannot remember their names as they were not all that great. Also, the jazz band, very good. pan flute & pianist, very nice touch for those who like this type of music. We tried to get into one of the shows, but if your not early , forget it, we left. My mother in law and daughter went to the finale show with the crew & entertainment, they thought it was spectacular. The " Dancing with the stars " show was SOOOO funny! Great!! There didn't seem to be any activities around the pool as far as games, volleyball? Sail-away parties with music, line dancing, buffets, ice sculptures lining the pool deck area? Missing..zzzzzzzzz... Trivia, again b o r i n g. Come on NCL breathe a little life into the party! The pool was closed a few times after the wave pool started, looked like fun too, but of course the cruise-line would not want anyone to get hurt. The " White Hot Party " F-U-N! The casino was okay, I only went once, won & left. My husband went a few times and lost. We played bingo, my daughter won! yay. We did the " Bermuda triangle cruise " for an excursion, it was AWESOME! We had SO much fun!! It was a glass bottomed boat that took us out to " Devils Island " and a ship-wreck. They turned the lights on to view the fish. We all enjoyed a dark and stormy night cocktail. Bermuda. Bermuda is a beautiful island. The people of Bermuda are beautiful as well. Our cab driver who took us to Horseshoe bay beach told us about his island, where he grew up and where he fished. It was a pricey ride but worth it for us. The beach was very, very crowded. We also went to snorkle park, again a very crowded beach, but fun & within walking distance to the ship ( for some ) We rented chairs on both beaches. We also shopped a lot, not on front street but at the Dock-yard & in St.George. We took the ferry to St.George, beautiful historical town, we loved it there. The ferry was nice! and inexpensive for the bus/ferry pass. We are glad we visited and had a few days to explore, wish we had seen more of the island as we have no plans to re-visit. If you get a chance to attend a CC party-do! What a blast we had, met nicest folks on the ship & hope that we see them on another trip someday! As to the rest of the ship vacationers well, I don't know what it was exactly, but I find the vibe a bit more upbeat out of Florida. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
Just got back from my second cruise so now I have something to compare with the first one. My first cruise was on the Carnival Victory to the Southern Caribbean and the second cruise was on NCL Norwegian Spirit to Bermuda. Both were 7-day ... Read More
Just got back from my second cruise so now I have something to compare with the first one. My first cruise was on the Carnival Victory to the Southern Caribbean and the second cruise was on NCL Norwegian Spirit to Bermuda. Both were 7-day cruises. I enjoyed the experience on Carnival "the fun ship" better than NCL although both had their good and not as good points. Carnival was a younger fun crowd and the ship was much nicer. The NCL Spirit was badly in need of a makeover and it felt very outdated. The cruisers were much older and many had oxygen or wheel chairs. On Carnival they prided themselves in never saying no to any customer requests and took it as a challenge to always say yes. On NCL they said NO to all the requests we asked about. 1. I needed an iron and they said only between 9am-9pm but we were catching a ferry at 9 in Bermuda so that didn't work. After a day on shore we came back and ate dinner but it was after 9 again so again no iron. Then they said we had to be in our room to get the iron and in the room when they picked it up within a specified time frame. If I had known this on the days at sea it wouldn't have been a problem. 2. There was only one electrical outlet and that said not for hair dryers. The other outlets were European and the desk had no converters because they were all checked out. Again I wish we had known to ask for an extension cord converter as soon as we boarded. We ended up buying one in Bermuda to use for my camera battery, cell phone, curlers, Ipod and flat iron and it made life easier! 3. I asked for some heavy cream (we were making Irish Coffees in our room). They said we have no heavy cream. That was untrue because many deserts had whipped cream on them but they said they could not give us any. 4. There was no laundry facility on NCL another nice addition Carnival had. 5. Asked for a fridge and was told no. The person I booked the cruise with at NCL said we would have a fridge in the room but no robes. Turns out we had robes and no fridge. 6. One thing I liked about NCL was there was no set time for dinner. On Carnival we had an 8PM set time but we were at a table of 10 people who were really fun and comparing our days off the ship was so enjoyable. We did not have to dress up on NCL but it was fun to do that on Carnival. The shows at night were better on NCL. Overall I liked Carnival best. NCL constantly had their hand out trying to nickel and dime you to pad the bill. Some of that happened on Carnival as well but not to the same extent. Tip: We saved money on drinks and brought "cruise rum runners" filled with red wine and Jameson's Irish whiskey and no one inspected our luggage (we did put locks on them). We re-filled them while in port and they passed the x-ray machine no problem. We also bought many drinks on board but it did help save some $. On Carnival we were able to buy tax and duty free liquor before we boarded the ship maybe because it was in Puerto Rico? Since we had a fridge in the room we were able to chill what we bought and had mimosas in the morning with OJ we ordered with room service. I also liked having some days at sea without being in a port everyday like we did with our Southern Caribbean cruise. You need some time to relax and enjoy the ship but I hated to miss going off the ship if we were in a new port. NCL took 2 days to get to Bermuda and 3 days to get back home so we had lots of relaxing time. The weather was beautiful every day so we enjoyed all the ship had to offer. One other tip for Bermuda: We docked at Kings Wharf and the things you could do there could be done in half a day everything else you had to take taxis, busses, or ferries. We got a three-day pass and could use the busses and ferries all we wanted. There was more to do and explore in Hamilton and St George so we spent most of our time there. Bus drivers were fantastic and helpful and the transportation was easy to use. The roads are narrow and many people were or felt car sick on the busses with the fast speed and twisty turns in the road. We stopped at Grotto Bay resort and stumbled on some caves that were beautiful. They had a walkway down into them and I was amazed at how beautiful they were. No one was in them and it was a short walk through each one but well worth it! We tried to get a drink there but the bartender totally ignored us so we walked up the road to the Swizzle Inn and had a drink there. That was a fun restaurant/bar. Another favorite was The Hog & Penny in Hamilton the prices were reasonable and the food was excellent. We went to the White Horse tavern in St George twice. The first time was a great experience our waiter was helpful efficient and the food was great. We enjoyed it so much we went back again this time we didn't have a good experience our waitress was terrible, we waited forever for food that was cold and so-so at best. I am glad I had a good experience the first time. We arrived on a Sunday and I was surprised that almost everything was closed Hamilton was a ghost town so we went back to Kings Wharf and some shops were open there. By ferry St George was about 45 minutes away from Kings Wharf. The ferries ran hourly but on Sunday the schedule was limited, to take a bus would have been 2 hours each way. Unfortunately we missed the first ferry Sunday because we didn't know the schedule and spent too much time trying to figure it out instead of just going to the ferry and asking so we missed the first one. The ferries fill quickly and once full they left even if it was before the scheduled time of departure. We found we should be at the ferry at good 20-30 minutes ahead if we wanted to be sure to make it back. All in all I enjoyed both cruises but Carnival is the line I'd choose next time I go. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2010
My husband and I set sail out of Boston on the Norwegian Spirit. This was our first Norwegian. We have cruised Royal Caribbean three times. We had hurricane Earl and Fiona to contend with. We boarded Friday but had to stayed tied up in ... Read More
My husband and I set sail out of Boston on the Norwegian Spirit. This was our first Norwegian. We have cruised Royal Caribbean three times. We had hurricane Earl and Fiona to contend with. We boarded Friday but had to stayed tied up in port until Saturday morning and the storms passed by. That was fine - better safe than sorry... or safe than sick! First of all - we want this review to be fair. You cannot compare Norwegian with Royal Caribbean. Two totally different cruise lines. I found myself wanting to compare - but that would not be fair as they are two different experiences. We knew that going into this cruise - we had talked to several people and read several reviews. We wanted to experience a freestyle cruise and we were not disappointed. We loved the fact that we didn't have to dress up if we didn't want to and we could eat where and when we wanted. We did however, find ourselves wanting to interact with fellow cruisers and there was no real opportunity for that. We were always seated at a table for two. I think people should have the option of being able to join another table and chat with others during the meals if they wanted to. We did not eat at any of the specialty restaurants in which you had to pay extra. We loved the Garden and Windows restaurants for the evening meals. We never made reservations and never had to wait for a table. Raffles was a great buffet. We enjoyed it for breakfasts and lunches and found ourselves going back often for the fresh fruit! The one complaint that we did have was the lack of drinking options available. Basically all they had to offer was water unless you wanted to pay crazy high prices for other drinks. On Royal Caribbean there was always fruit punch and ice tea available as well as the water. We have not been on Royal Caribbean for 7 years so maybe this has changed now too. Also on Royal Caribbean, sodas, or non alcoholic drinks were free during the evening meals. This was not so on Norwegian. Water or pay big bucks. You could purchase a drink card before boarding, but we do not drink that much soda to warrant it. We just felt that there could have been other options besides water at the buffet. One other tiny complaint is that the coffee dispensers were two spouts for decaf on one end of the buffet and two spouts of regular on the other. I always found myself on the wrong end for regular coffee. Not sure why there couldn't be a spout of each at both ends. But this is a trivial complaint really :) We had 2 days at sea going to Bermuda and 2 days at sea coming back. It was a bit rough the first day and the last, but being from and Island and riding a ferry often, it didn't bother us. The intention of our vacation was purely to relax. And relax we did. We found a lounger by the pool, took some books and read. We did not join many of the cruise activities so cannot comment on them. This was the perfect ship to simply relax as there wasn't many options of things to do like the larger cruise ships. No mini golf, rock walls, ice rinks, or simulators. We enjoyed the shows each evening and attended many of the 'game shows' put on by the cruise staff each evening. Very entertaining. We found the comedy of Second City the best. We had a balcony on the 11th deck aft. It was small, but we knew that going in. We really enjoyed the balcony and being able to step outside early mornings or sit out in the evenings to read. The room steward did an excellent job at keeping our room clean and tidy. The decor is a bit 'dated' and the pool towels were stained and dingy. Maybe they need to upgrade in that area a bit. Our bathroom smelled slightly of sewer by times and one morning it would not flush. After a phone call we found that all toilets on deck 9, 10 and 11 had a problem that they were working on. It was fixed after a short time. As far as the the ship and all it has to offer - we were not disappointed. We knew going into it that it was small and not as elaborate as the previous Royal Caribbean ships. So for what we wanted, we have no complaints. It is important to read reviews and know what you are getting when you book. There is no point in booking on a smaller ship and then complaining that it is small, or booking freestyle and then complaining because you wanted structure. Know what is on the ship before you book. As far as Bermuda. It was VERY hot! And very beautiful. We got a bus/ferry pass, but soon learned that the bus ride was a crazy experience! Fairly long waits at hot bus stops, many stops and starts en route and very twisty, turny roads! We did take the ferry to St. George, which was nice, and the bus back. We went to the Crystal/ Fantasy Caves on the way back. They were excellent and worth the visit. We also stopped at Horseshoe Bay Beach, which was wonderful! Helped break up the grueling bus ride. We found that Snorkel Beach, which was in walking distance of the ship, was the best beach and easy access without having to take the bus! A bit annoying that you have to pay $5 to go there, but no biggy. We attempted the bus one more time to snorkel at Church Bay. Wasn't really worth the hassle of getting there but did see some nice fish. We just missed the return bus by seconds so had to wait in the heat for a half hour for the next one! And the bugs were bad! Taxis are super expensive. Next time we might attempt the scooters. All in all, we had a relaxing vacation and were not disappointed in any way as we did our homework before booking. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
My husband and I took a cruise out of Boston to Bermuda with four friends in August of 2010. First of all, embarkation was great. Quick, easy, effortless. However our cabins were not accessible so we were herded with the rest of ... Read More
My husband and I took a cruise out of Boston to Bermuda with four friends in August of 2010. First of all, embarkation was great. Quick, easy, effortless. However our cabins were not accessible so we were herded with the rest of the cruisers to the buffet dining area. I am aware that we could have opted to go to the Windows dining room, but we figured we'd go check out the buffet. I was immediately concerned by the lack of seating. Finding a place for 6 of us with carry-on luggage to squeeze into was a nightmare. Eventually we did get a table by standing near one until the people seated there moved and we did enjoy a nice lunch with plenty of different options to choose from. By the time we were done eating, our cabins were available. My husband and I booked late so we had an interior cabin. Unlike our friends who all had a rather plain cabin in the lower decks, we were given a very nice cabin (#10681) that appeared to be far more spacious and better designed than the regular interior cabins. We loved it. It was nicely designed, plenty of storage, and seemed to be tucked away from the main traffic pattern. Later we learned that we were backed up to the hallway with the daycare and dreaded the noise that was to come. That never turned into being a problem. With the exception of the door closing repeatedly in the morning, we never heard noise from the daycare at all. Nor did we hear any noise coming from the kiddie pool located outside of the door near our cabin. Our only issue with our cabin was a toilet that seeped from the bottom emitting a foul odor periodically throughout the cruise. Our room steward did an amazing job of staying on top of cleaning the leakage as frequently as possible so that we could get through the week without being driven from the cabin. There was also one point when the toilet wouldn't flush at all. We overheard our cabin neighbors complaining of the same thing, so we called our steward who called maintenance. The issue was fixed within 15 minutes. Apparently it was some sort of fuse or power issue that controlled the vacuum for the toilets. Safety drill--no issues. Quick. Easy. Best one we've ever done. Entertainment on this cruise was good (but not great) with the exception of the hypnotist who we just didn't enjoy at all. We aren't the type to get up and leave mid-show, but for that one we did. It was ridiculous and misplaced, in our opinions. LOVED the acrobats. The rest were just good. Enjoyable. Not amazing, but good enough. No complaints. The cruise entertainment staff worked their butts off to be sure that everyone was having a good time throughout the entire cruise. They did a great job. Food was fine. We did pay the fee to go to Cagney's Steakhouse and didn't find that it was any better than the food we received in the main dining room. Murder Mystery dinner was a hoot! Alcoholic drinks is where we had a problem. (a) overpriced (b) very little alcohol (c) I think they were reusing the pineapples on the day that the drink special was served in a pineapple shell. Here's why: I purchased one of the specials and it was brought to me with an umbrella sticking out of the top of the pineapple (just like all the others that they were giving out.) My husband also ordered the drink. I stole his umbrella and tucked it into the top of my pineapple so that we'd know whose was whose. Mine now had 2 umbrellas and his had none. As we were sitting there,I poked a series of holes in one of my umbrellas using my long nails. So one umbrella was now lined with a series of slits making it look latticed. I finished my drink and the waiter came and took away the pineapple shells. 30 minutes later our friends arrived and ordered the same drink. Imagine my HORROR when I noticed that one of our friends was drinking from a pineapple shell with two umbrellas stuck in the top--one of which had a series of slits in it. I confronted the bartenders and asked to be shown where the pineapple shells were being discarded. They said they were down in the kitchen and would not show me. To this day I swear they reused them. Gross. Gross. Gross. Never again! We stuck to bottled alcohol from that point on. The Pub Crawl--none of the four of us enjoyed any of the drinks offered, but it appeared that many of the others participating did. We would not participate in this again. Also the "burp" contest at the end was just crude and ridiculous. I was embarrassed for Norwegian that they would do such a thing. Bermuda--our favorite island of all that we've ever visited. Beautiful. Clean. Friendly inhabitants. Lots to do. We can't wait to go back. NO complaints whatsoever. I highly recommend the Crystal Caves and Fantasy Caves as well as Horseshoe Bay. We did not purchase excursions. We instead purchased the bus/ferry pass that you can buy right out at the octagon shaped building just beyond the pier. I think we paid $30 for three days (each) and we were able to go to all of our destinations using that pass. We took buses and ferries with no issues. Despite the pineapple issue, we would gladly go on this cruise again, and we look forward to checking out the Norwegian Dawn (which has now replaced Spirit for this run.) Hope this helps! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We are a husband and wife from Saint John NB Canada, who along two friends, Joe & Jo-Ann, decided to drive to Boston for another trip to Bermuda. Our city hosts over 80 visits from cruise ships each year, 5 minute drive from our home ... Read More
We are a husband and wife from Saint John NB Canada, who along two friends, Joe & Jo-Ann, decided to drive to Boston for another trip to Bermuda. Our city hosts over 80 visits from cruise ships each year, 5 minute drive from our home but have to drive all the way to Boston to board a ship. We're hoping that one day, we'll be able to cruise out of Saint John. Boston is always fun and a great port. We like to show up a day early and usually stay 2 days after the cruise. This time while in Boston, we did the trolley tours with a 35 minute harbor cruise (worth $25 but not the listed $39 - hotel had a magazine that gave you $10 off). Our absolutely favorite "excursions" were the Blue Man Group & Imax theatre. When we were on the Spirit July 2009, we met a wonderful couple that have become friends. They drove hours from Philly to meet up with us. Definitely recommend lunch at Quincy Market. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in South Boston. At $199 for the first night, it provided transfers for 2 to the Black Falcon Terminal and parking during the week we were gone. We cruised NCL on the Spirit for a 12 day repo cruise in April 2009 and for a week to Bermuda in July 2009. By far, this was our best cruise on this ship. Unfortunately, the first 2 times weren't nearly as pleasant (but not unpleasant, if that makes sense. Sailing in a huge floating hotel cannot be unpleasant!). We had 3 or 4 incidents with staff in the main buffet that were rude (at one point I was so furious at this rude little woman, I almost blew a gasket), it was difficult to get a response from front desk and came home in April with a nasty rash. When I left the ship, I left a 2 page letter of complaint. But this time, everything was different. There was definitely a hugely different feel to the ship. The staff were uplifted and uplifting. You could feel their enthusiasm and Mr. Happy that greeted you each morning was a testament to this change in overall feel. The food was the same, the rooms were the same, the shows were the same but the staff clearly made this our favorite NCL cruise and we completely enjoyed ourselves. If you traveled on the Spirit prior to Jan 2010, give it a second chance. The new hotel director, Prem, is amazing!! Embarkation was very smooth, very quick, and painless. Once on board, we avoided the main buffet and had a wonderful lunch in the Windows Restaurant while waiting to get into our rooms. A relaxing and wonderful first experience on the ship. We stayed on the 11th floor, close to our favorite places - the Lido Deck and the Galaxy of Stars. I can get seasick and find that if I'm high and in an inside cabin, it doesn't bother me. The Ship has a very unique Asian decor, still retained from it's original owners (the ship was called the Superstar Leo, owned by an Asian cruise line). It's elegant and yet accessible and comfortable. It has an elegant old world feel enhanced by its accents and furnishings. In the front lobby, the round table is $100,000 and the carpet is $1,000,000. In addition to the food, the Lido Deck also has an 8 foot deep pool and 4 hot tubs. It's a beautiful decor but we're not "pool" people, so we didn't spend much time there. Where we liked to lounge was Galaxy of Stars. It has an amazing view and so comfortable!! We enjoyed the peace there enough that we missed all the shows. We tried all the restaurants and definitely recommend that. Each venue has a different atmosphere and selection. Windows and Garden Restaurants have the same menu for each meal but different atmospheres. Windows is in rich wood colors and more formal and Garden pretty and more relaxed. Raffles, the main buffet, changes it food offerings frequently during the day. Their crepes were worth a trip down before it closed. Blue Lagoon is the 24 hour restaurant with yummy wings. The selection here is very limited and great for the after the casino munchies. This time, we tried 3 of the specialty restaurants - Cagney's served the best steak I've ever eaten (1 hour start to finish). Warner our waiter in Cagney's was amazing the service was perfect. He was a giant of a man with a dry sense of humor that enhanced our meal.Even with being sat by the kitchen, the Bistro (French restaurant) was delicious!! Ohh, the desserts!! I had all 4!! Just could not help myself and they had to roll me away from the table. Service was 1 1/2 hours from start to finish. Finally, the Shogun (Asian restaurant). This was an experience vs. a meal. It was a bit over 2 hours and the food was amazing. No matter where you where, the food & service were good. Park West Galleries located a painting I'd seen on the Carnival Triumph in 2008 for me!! I shrieked with joy!! Our favorite entertainment was the Arvin & Emily Duo. We spent a most nights at the 2 for 1 martini hour in Champagne Charley's. Shore Excursions are available on the ship but we did our own, as we didn't want to do any snorkeling. For $28/person, you can buy a 3-day bus/ferry pass that can get you anywhere on the island. We visited Saint Georges, Hamilton, Horseshoe Bay, Tobacco Bay and Fort St. Catherine's. You have to visit the beaches in Bermuda!! The water is jewel blue!! One of the biggest fears when traveling August - October is the hurricanes. The weather was beautiful and we traveled between hurricane Danielle on our way down and hurricane Earl on our way back. Captain Evans Hoyt did a great job!! Under his direction, the ship brought us to our destination safe & on time. He made himself present and went out of his way to explain our weather situation to ease our minds. It let us focus on our vacation and not on hurricanes. Prem, the hotel manager, is a man of his word and exceeded our expectations. We organized the meet and greet the first day at sea and he treated us like royalty. He gave us the best cruise and a big hug when we left. Keeping in mind that the staff see 2000+ people every week for 10 months at a time, Sri is amazing. Sri & Imade were on the same team in the Garden Restaurant back in April & July 2009. They remembered us from April to July. When we boarded the ship 13 months later, Sri, now a head waitress in Shogun, not only recognized us but remembered our names & where we were from. It sure made us feel special. Today, the Spirit was in Saint John and we were lucky enough to meet Sri and treat her to the hospitality she's shown us on the Ship. Thank you NCL Spirit for a wonderful vacation!! Thank you Prem!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
This was our second time on the NCL Spirit from Boston to Bermuda, but this time we cruised with our 3 young kids (6, 7, and 8). My parents were also on the cruise in a balcony cabin. Overall, it was still a good experience, but not ... Read More
This was our second time on the NCL Spirit from Boston to Bermuda, but this time we cruised with our 3 young kids (6, 7, and 8). My parents were also on the cruise in a balcony cabin. Overall, it was still a good experience, but not without some problems. Embarkation: After a lot of concern about whether Hurricane Danielle would wipe out our cruise plans, we proceed from upstate NY to the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston. Parking was easy. Checking bags, customs, lining up--it was all smooth and better organized than last year. We were on the ship by 11:15 and eating lunch in Windows by 12. Cabin: We were in an Oceanview cabin on Deck 4 (the only one that accommodates 4 people. My son had to stay in my parents cabin.) Thats one shortcoming with NCL: not enough options for families to stay in one stateroom without breaking the bank on a suite. The cabin was large enough for the four of us, with the bunk and pull out sofa. I don't see why they don't do this in balcony or picture window rooms. The room was not nearly as clean as it could have been, and I found that was the fault of our steward Sony (more on him later.) Dining: We had most of our meals in Windows, except for breakfast in Raffles while in Bermuda (for sake of time.) The wait staff was excellent. They took special care with our kids, and made a very memorable experience for them. Here's one example: the Head Chef in Windows Barrington and his Assistant Mattie came to our table to speak with our daughters about their meals. The next day a plate of chocolate covered strawberries had been sent to our cabin and to my parents. Then, the same two gentleman arranged for all of us to get into the Chocolate Party 20 minutes early--ahead of a huge line! It made us feel special. The food was, overall, very good. Entertainment: The shows were mediocre. The magician Jorgos was very good. We spent most of our evenings in Champagne Charlies listening to Emily and Arvin. They are excellent. Not really entertainment, but we used and appreciated the Workout Rooms and Sauna. Bermuda: A beautiful country. Dockyard is a great port--off the boat by 11:15. We bought the 3 day ferry and bus pass. Day one: Crystal Caves and swam on Shelly Bay beach. Day two: Ferry to St Georges. Walking tour of beautiful town. Cab out to Ft St Catherine. Swam on Ft St Catherine Beach and Tobacco Bay. Ferry back. Walked around Dockyard and hit the Glass Store/Rum Cake Co. Day three: Saw the Maritime Museum in Dockyard, and then took the bus to Gibbs Hill Light. We were worried about not making it back to the ship by departure time, so we went back to Dockyard to swim at Snorkel Park. The fish on the reef there were great and varied. One mishap: I opened a bag of Cheerios underwater to attract fish and was swarmed by about 300!!! Got bit by an unknown assassin. My big complaint with NCL: we should have stayed over on Tuesday (like we did last year.) There was plenty of time to get back to Boston (they did 8 kts back) and it just rushed our last day. Our Cabin Steward: His name was Sony. I thought he was shifty when I first met him, but the kids liked the towel animals so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Until I picked up my bill on the last day, and found he charged me for a 4.50 bottle of water. In trying to clear this up three different times, I dealt with Guest Services and the Supervisor of the Housekeeping on Deck 4. All of these people treated me like I was being dishonest over a 4.50 charge--irregardless of our huge bill and Cruise Rewards that we bought! Sony claimed I signed for it, but noone could produce a signature. Truth was: he only put water in our room half way through the cruise b/c he was lazy and forgetful. I actually went to the Cruise Consultant David Ward to cancel our Rewards (as did my father). He more than rectified the problem, and we choose not to cancel. But housekeeping and Guest Services--they left MUCH to be desired. Disembarkation: Chose to carry our own bags at 8:30. It was a cinch and we were in our car by 9:30. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2010
We were first time cruisers, a family of four, sailing out of Boston for Bermuda. I went with high expectations and all of them were met. Embankment- it couldn't have been easier. We got to the terminal at 11:00 and we were sitting ... Read More
We were first time cruisers, a family of four, sailing out of Boston for Bermuda. I went with high expectations and all of them were met. Embankment- it couldn't have been easier. We got to the terminal at 11:00 and we were sitting in Windows having a nice lunch by 11:45. Cabin- we had an interior cabin which was tight for 4 people, but except for sleeping we were never in the room. There was plenty of space to put all our things and tuck the suitcases away. The room stewards, Angel and Pacifico couldn't have been more accommodating in any request we made or in keeping the room picked up. We had towel animals 5 of the 7 nights. Our cooler was always packed with ice and we had as many towels as we could need. They were both so wonderful to our children (14 ands 11) always checking to make sure they were having a good time. Food- we ate at Le Bistro, Cagneys,Tratteria,Windows,The Garden, and the buffet. ALL the food was wonderful. I can't pick a favorite as every time we went somewhere else the food kept getting better. The specialty restaurants were well worth the extra money and with the special prices, 2 for one at Le Bistro and 5 dollars off at Cagenys, free at the Tratteria complements of a drawing in the casino, the quality of the food and the amazing service were well worth the small price we paid. We liked Windows for lunch and the Garden for dinner due to it's smaller and more intimate setting. Anytime we ate at the buffet, Blue Lagoon, or pool side barbeque the food was always hot and delicious. The chocolate buffet was worth going if not to eat but to see the beautiful presentation. Bermuda- everyone should go at least once in there lives. It is amazing beautiful. From the beaches, to St. George's, to the fortress structures all over everywhere you look is amazing. The people were friendly and bus/ferry transportation a breeze to use. We never waited for either for more than 5 minutes. Horseshoe Bay is breathtaking and the water was clear as can be. Crew-I cannot put into worlds how amazing the crew and staff of the Spirit are. We meet some of the nicest, hardworking people ever. I am not sure they ever sleep. The staff was always working and checking to make sure that we were having a great time and not wanting for anything. I was also amazed at how many would meet you once and know your name the next time you saw them. From Katie who did the Muster drill and worked in the sound booth, Gede who put on a great Martini tasting, James my blackjack dealer, to Rafal, Tony and Prem the officers who were ALWAYS visibly around making sure my family and myself were having the best vacation ever. I cannot forget Mr. Naught Naughty (Kwasi Pierre) who not only kept our hands sanitized and did a great dance as a ship and dale dancer, but who took so much time to speak to my children and make them feel like they were so special and lucky to be on this ship. There were so many more crew and staff who went out of there way to make this trip special I wish I could name them all and give them each a big thank you. Entertainment- the shows in the Stardust, Emily and Arvin, Carrie Stone and my favorite the Ironics (Ling, Jenny and Glenda) were all superb. I am not sure they ever rest as we saw them over and over in different venues always entertaining and making sure the crowd had a great time. Ship- I have nothing to compare to but the ship is beautiful. The Asian decor is incredible... I had read the ship was showing signs of age but I didn't notice at all. I simply think the whole thing is beautiful. Dismemberment- we were lined up, through customs, luggage picked up and in our car in ½ and hour. It couldn't have been easier. Final notes- I had read many negatives before sailing. The pool never felt crowded. We were always able to get a deck chair, the food was always hot and delicious, and we always had a seat at a show, never saw or heard about a bingo game, never felt pressured to purchase anything, always got an elevator, and never thought the Grand Atrium looked like a flea market. The Crew and staff of the Spirit were the nicest, friendliest, most hardworking people we have ever met. They did one thing- they made our week on their ship the most special vacation my family has ever had..... Read Less
Norwegian Spirit Ratings
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Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
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