2 Norwegian Spirit British Columbia Cruise Reviews

I haven't cruised since '70s,on Carnival. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at 11:30, were given snacks in waiting area, boarded within 45 minutes. The ship had just come out of drydock. There were new carpets, furniture ... Read More
I haven't cruised since '70s,on Carnival. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at 11:30, were given snacks in waiting area, boarded within 45 minutes. The ship had just come out of drydock. There were new carpets, furniture redone, brand new state of the art exercise equipment, and much more. We experienced polite and helpful staff, our cabin was well cared for, animal towels, an eggcrate on our bed (without asking for it),and anything we needed was provided. The one glitch, the room keys had to be rekeyed. It took an hour or two. So what, where were we going? What was the hurry? It was freestyle cruising. I couldn't belive the bitchy people. NCL even had an open bar for two hours to compensate us. We felt the food in the main dinning room was wonderful. The breads were great. The choices were wonderful. I think I had a tough pork chop once, and I am not complaining. My husband ate three entrees, two soups and two appetizers every night. On lobster night we were offered as many as we wanted. Our waiters were all wonderful and accommodating. We ate twice at the buffet. Yes it was a bit bottlenecked as mentioned, but manageable. We never had a problem getting a table for two, anywhere. The food was what it was, A Buffet....(It amazes me when I read people critique a buffet). We only went to one show, the Juggler. He was great. We didn't take excursions, we chose to do our own thing. We loved our balcony room, we are spoiled now and don't think we could cruise any other way. There is just something about the door cracked open and the ocean breeze while you sleep, or a pot of coffee amongst the stars at port. Well , one more glitch, disembarking, strong currents caused the ship to take more time to pull into port.....my god, people crowded the halls, the elevators, bitchy people everywhere, thank god there wasn't a fire or we would have been trampled to death. However, the crew kept their cool, tried to encourage the passengers to do the same. We loved NCL, and look forward to cruising on all their ships. Happy cruising!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2005
We decided on this 3 day Pacific Coastal cruise for several reasons, one was to try NCL, and, another was to have a quick vacation. We enjoyed the line and had a great vacation, including a 3 day post cruise stay in beautiful Vancouver. ... Read More
We decided on this 3 day Pacific Coastal cruise for several reasons, one was to try NCL, and, another was to have a quick vacation. We enjoyed the line and had a great vacation, including a 3 day post cruise stay in beautiful Vancouver. This was our fifth cruise, the previous four on RCI, in which we like a lot, and, look forward to sailing with them again. We are not high maintenance, are very understanding and don't expect a Crystal or a Radisson type cruise on lines who aren't advertised as such. However, we do expect above average service, accommodations and perks, when, and if, arranged. We were a little skeptical about freestyle as we have enjoyed assigned dinning room seating and the formality of it all. We've always had nice table mates and typically do late seating. As for NCL, I was happy with the freestyle dinning choices, and, we had one meal in Maxims. I felt Maxims' food was just average with average to poor service. I was expecting extraordinary food and superior service, neither was fulfilled. However, the space was beautiful, and, sharing the table with our 3 friends made up for the food and service inadequacies. Food in the dinning rooms was tasty and service was good to excellent. The buffet, Raffles, had decent choices, but was definitely a steam tray buffet with some foods needing often over looked attention. We really enjoy good entertainment and certainly didn't experience anything close to that in the Moulin Rouge. A few of the production members needed more vocal training, others were good, just cast in the wrong numbers, and, accompanied by uncomplimentary backups. Other ship entertainment was OK with a decent contemporary quartet playing over the three days in several different venues. The ship was clean and had some nicely designed / decorated areas. However, I felt like a Hamster in a Habitrail running into dead ends and having to go up or down a deck, then down or up to continue on that same deck, more often than desired. Our cabin was clean and nicely planned. We enjoyed the glass shower door as you'd imagine, and, bathroom counter space and shelving was more than adequate. Our cabin steward was pleasant, attentive and accommodating. A majority of the ship's staff was nice and friendly often going out of their way to assist with various requests, or, just to be helpful. Our cruise was enjoyed thoroughly. Except for Maxim's and Moulin Rouge experiences, everything exceeded our expectations. And, we look forward to sailing other NCL ships in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2005
Norwegian Spirit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.8
Dining 4.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 3.5 3.6
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.2
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates N/A 4.0

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