20 Norwegian Spirit Cruise to Nowhere Cruise Reviews

I wrote a review of the spirit based on staying in a butler/concierge suite for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary. If you read that review you could see my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and that is why we booked the one night ... Read More
I wrote a review of the spirit based on staying in a butler/concierge suite for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary. If you read that review you could see my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and that is why we booked the one night cruise on the spirit sailing on 10/11/08. The one night cruise was a fun little getaway however there was a huge difference between the two sailings. Embarkation That was pretty organized and smooth. The wait to get on the boat was not bad either. The only thing about this embarkation was that because we were not on a suite this time we were not the first ones on the boat (which is a perk if you have a suite). However my husband and I were on the boat pretty early. I would make to suggest to those who do a one night cruise that if you plan on having dinner at a specialty restaurant that night the first thing that you should do when you board the boat is head straight to the restaurant reservations desk. My husband and I made a reservation for Cagney's that night as soon as we entered the boat (which was about 12:00 pm) and were able to easily make that reservation. By 3:00 pm we heard the specialty restaurants were all booked except for the asian restaurant. Things to do on the ship I have to say that because this is a one night cruise most people were trying to cram every and all activities in that one night. Again if you plan to do anything that requires a reservation I suggest you do so when you first board. My husband and I attempted to make a reservation for a massage in the spa (we tried at about 4:45 pm) and was told everything was booked already except for a few time slots after 9:00 pm. When the duty free shops opened at 5 pm it was like they were giving things away. There were already lines outside the doors of the shops at 4:45 pm to get inside the stores. Because there was no limit as to how much alcohol, tobacco products, jewelry, and other duty free items, many people went crazy scarfing things up. It was like every man or woman for themselves and there were people actually pushing to get to the head of the line first. That was not cool. I have to say that during our eastern caribbean cruise the feel was more laid back. On the one night cruise it was very frenzied. It also seemed like there were people who were trying to win a "who can drink the most alcohol in one night" contest. My husband and I woke up early to beat the crowds for breakfast and saw many people still stumbling around and still drinking alcohol. There were activities scheduled for a one night cruise such as bingo and there were a few shows scheduled for that night as well. The casino opened at about 6 pm and became very packed very quickly. Staff I was amazed as to how many crew members remembered my husband and I from the cruise in August. That just shows how attentive and personable the crew members are on the spirit. Many of the crew members walked up to us throughout the night and welcomed us back on board and chatted with us for a few minutes. It was like...coming home to family.... and we greatly appreciated it! We had asked that a refrigerator be placed in our cabin and an hour later our request was fulfilled. Again the staff on the spirit really does go above and beyond even if you are not booked in one of the suites. Sadly the spirit is not going to be back to NY for a while and we will miss our friends on the spirit! All and all it was a great little getaway and we will definitely do another one very soon! Read Less
Sail Date October 2008
The cruise line called me about this cruise. Since it was near my wife's birthday, I asked her to go and she said yes. Some background: we are not new at cruising. This is our 8th cruise. We have cruised on Norwegian, Princess, ... Read More
The cruise line called me about this cruise. Since it was near my wife's birthday, I asked her to go and she said yes. Some background: we are not new at cruising. This is our 8th cruise. We have cruised on Norwegian, Princess, Carnival, Dolphin, Discovery and Imperial Majesty. The traffic coming in from Long Island was horrible. It took 1 hour to go from the Midtown tunnel to the port. We left plenty of time and arrived at about 1pm. The embarkation was smooth. In about 20 minutes we were on board. We went to the Raffles buffet for lunch. A large variety of food and good tasting. No problem finding a table. We found this unusual since often you can't find a table. Our cabin was on deck 11 midship. Norwegian is known for small cabins so we knew what to expect. It was smaller than other cabins even those on other Norwegian ships. It was unusually warm for October in New York. The pools and hot tubs were in constant use. We rested for a while and dressed for dinner. We ate in the Garden dining room. The menu was somewhat limited. I believe that this was because it was a one night cruise. I had a steak it was good not great but good, my wife had turkey; medium portions all in the middle of the plate. She said it was good also but not great. The show was a magician. He was really good. The speciality restaurants were doing a brisk business. There seemed to be no problem with reservations. We have tried all the speciality restaurants on a 7 day Hawaii cruise. The comedian was ok just ok nothing special. There was a group of 4 young men that were called Home Free they were truly great. We wished they could have played longer. We could have listened to them all night. Their style was a cappella. We went to bed fairly early. The beds seemed smaller probably singles instead of a twin. Woke up early and went outside on deck to take pictures of sunrise and the Verrazano bridge and Statue of Liberty. This is our second cruise from New York and we never get tired of sailing past Lady Liberty. Breakfast was in the other main dining room Windows. This dining is at the back of the ship and about double the size of the Garden dining room. Standard breakfast fare but the corned beef hash was truly outstanding. The service here was quick and efficient. That can not be said about the debarkation. We were supposed to dock at 8am. We were told that we were coming in at 9 instead. Thats when the "fun" started. We had wanted to get off as early as possible so we could meet friends at the Jet game. We got on a long line near the main atrium. I saw a couple of people who obviously had taken care of the ship's crew. They were let out a door that was not accessible to us. After 1/2 hour a crewmember told us that the debarkation was at the aft of the ship. No explanations so about 400 of us were herded like cattle and waited another 1/2 hour to finally get off the ship. One thing is that there were many bachelor and bachelorette parties on board. This was your typical one night booze cruise. But you make the best of it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2008
We decided to take a one night cruise to nowhere because cruising is our favorite way to vacation, and since we just got back from a May cruise on the Dawn to Bermuda, we couldn't afford any longer than one night! So when I say we, I ... Read More
We decided to take a one night cruise to nowhere because cruising is our favorite way to vacation, and since we just got back from a May cruise on the Dawn to Bermuda, we couldn't afford any longer than one night! So when I say we, I mean my boyfriend and I, (both in our mid twenties). We took the train in from CT, then walked from times square to the Port. Not too long of a walk,although we did take a taxi on our way back..We boarded the ship around 1:30, after waiting in a rather long line. I guess we picked a popular time. Champagne and mamosas were offered right before getting onto the boat. I guess this is a standard thing, but we always get excited to see it offered. We went to the Raffles buffet because it was the first place we could find, and we were starved. Good size room, good variety of food. A lot of the windows to the outside and the windowed doors seemed to be fogged up with residue. Which surprised me because NCL has always kept their ships very clean. For lunch we had a mix of everything, macaroni and cheese, baked chicken, fries, salad, pizza,and some chocolate cake. (told u we were hungry) Then found our room. Each deck had a different carpet color, ours was reddish. The bathroom was a good size, although I wasn't crazy about the yellow tiles, and the shower head was peeling its silver paint. There was also no mini fridge like on the Dawn, and no room service binder. Not sure if thats a cruise to no where thing. After sitting on the pool deck and listening to the band sing, and watching cruisers dance and swim, we went in side to explore the ship. Looked around the store, art gallery, and casino. We decided to make a reservation at Cagney's steak house. The only opening they had was at 1030 pm, so we booked it and wondered how early people must have started to make reservations... At about 6pm we got hungry again, we realized that Cagney's status was listing as 1/2 full. (they have LCD screens with the status of all the restaurants) So we took a chance and walked to the restaurant to see if they'd let us in. They did, but said they'd need the table in hour 1/2. We said sure. The waiters were very nice,speedy with the food. We shared and amazing crab cake, and shrimp cocktail. My b-friend got a wonderful filet mignon, and I the lobster tails. We were very happy with dinner. The casino was standard, but had a nice night club attached. We saw the comedian, who was ok. After the comedian there was a game called the Quest, which we participated in. Not knowing how crazy it would get. It was a quest to see what team would do or give up the craziest things...bras, shoes with no laces, and guys with only tighty whiteys. Very fun if you like it a bit risque! I couldn't sleep the whole night due to walls and a ceiling that make loud noises. we were on the 5th deck, not sure where all the noise came from, but it lasted the whole night. Over all we had a great night. And I'd recommend it, specially for people who live in the NYC area. Read Less
Sail Date September 2008
We booked this one night cruise to nowhere for my mother's birthday celebration. We were 3 families with one teenager and one 10 year old. The unpleasantness began in the cruise terminal, the lines are long and take forever. We ... Read More
We booked this one night cruise to nowhere for my mother's birthday celebration. We were 3 families with one teenager and one 10 year old. The unpleasantness began in the cruise terminal, the lines are long and take forever. We have cruised before on RCCL and never had this problem. My nephew was not allowed to board since they did not bring photo ID with them or a birth certificate. This meant that they had to get someone to go their home and send a fax. It took hours and the poor kid had was so bereft in the terminal. They were inflexible about it, but the cruise goes nowhere so we did not understand why the cruise line was being so difficult. They had other ID for him but they were adamant. US Customs did not take issue with it and it is their discretion. Well, eventually they got the fax and were permitted to board. The scene at the main pool was a bit crazy. People had buckets of beer and there was a lot of smoke from all the cigarettes and outdoor BBQ. The music was blasting. It felt like a booze cruise with a bunch of very drunk partiers. My parents who were in their 70s were appalled. The furniture was tacky. People were very loud and rude. There were many bachelor and bachelorette parties. So if you take one of these cruises, know about the noisy, drunk party atmosphere. I realize that may appeal to some of you. We finally found a quieter area in the back of the ship. The casino is like that also, crowded, smoky and full of drunk, loud people. What won't appeal to any of you is the really awful food, at Raffles, at the BBQ and in Windows. Three of us ordered steak at dinner and it was raw. The waiter, who did not understand English well enough, kept thinking we were saying rare. The salmon was raw too. You needed a magnifying glass to see the scallops in the appetizer. And when they say baby shrimp cocktail, they mean 1/4" miniature shrimp. The food was obviously cheap. It was all oversalted and mostly inedible. We left the table hungry after trying to get edible food in Windows for 2 hours. Turns out the waiter was brand new and they had sent him without any help. There was no captain. This poor man who barely knew English was on his own and he just kept messing up the orders. Dishes never came, dishes were wrong. This caused us to miss the show. And we did have to wait 20 minutes for a table. If that is freestyle, give me a seating any day. The Raffles buffet was just terrible. We tried it at 3 different times, breakfast, lunch and late night. The atmosphere inside Raffles is like a noisy tacky cafeteria. Keep walking to the back and outside where it is quite a pleasant place to sit. Unfortunately you aren't eating anything worth eating, but the tables out back are nice wicker bistro tables. The balcony rooms are small (and the balcony is small) and the beds were very uncomfortable. When we awoke the next morning there were new mattresses in the hallways. When we saw them removing some of the old mattresses after breakfast, we realized we had been sleeping on junk that was being tossed in the garbage. Old, stained, cheap mattresses. A noisy kid who was out on the balcony at all hours of the night kept all of our cabins awake. Even if this kid wasn't up for hours, the rooms creak very badly, also making it noisy. We had nice quiet rooms on Royal Carib. These were awful. We came off the boat the next morning as zombies. It's a good thing this was just for one night or we would have been really miserable. The cabin steward tips and dining tips are added automatically to your bill. No wonder they give terrible service, they all pool the automatic tips. There is no incentive to do a good job. A terrible system. If this had been our first cruise, we would never go on a cruise ship again. I know my parents will never cruise again. Thank goodness we have sailed with Royal Caribbean and know what a nice cruise is all about. We will never sail Norwegian Cruise Lines again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2008
WE ARE: Seasoned cruisers Marla (51) and Jorge (51) along with my co-worker and her friend Rachael (20) & Freddy (23) first time cruisers. EMBARKATION: arrived at the pier at 10:20 a.m from the Bronx (left the Boogie down ... Read More
WE ARE: Seasoned cruisers Marla (51) and Jorge (51) along with my co-worker and her friend Rachael (20) & Freddy (23) first time cruisers. EMBARKATION: arrived at the pier at 10:20 a.m from the Bronx (left the Boogie down Bronx at 9:55 a.m.) - easily parked RIGHT next to the ship (WE SAW OUR CAR FROM OUR CABIN WINDOW WOW) $30 for the night either cash or credit cards acceptable (we used NCL MC) Went straight through security to check in which took all of 5 minutes and we were in group 4 to board (Group 1 was a wedding party - Groups 2& 3 Villas/Suites)- Took our embarkation photos and then sat down - we chatted, people watched, and ate fresh cake/cookies and drank OJ while we waited to board - Boarding started at 11:30 - There were mimosas to enjoy as we entered on Deck 7 - A+ RESERVATIONS: As Jorge and I have been ont his ship before we knew exactly what to do - we went straight to the reservations desk and reserved Cagney's for 7:30 (for 4). All of the menus are out for review (one woman was getting crazy trying to get 10 people (at that moment) to decide where and when they wanted to eat) but we stepped aside from her and just did our thing (maybe NCL can have more than 2 people taking reservations) but we were quick so no problems there for us - A+ SHIP/STAFF/CREW: She is still as beautiful as we left her in August. easy layout overall and there is "YOU ARE HERE" signage all around to make getting around pretty easy. If you look for wear and tear I guess there is but we don't look for that (even in August we didn't) so all we saw was a very clean and crisp ship with the friendliest crew and staff - although she is going into dry dock in the fall - A+ LUGGAGE: We went straight to our cabins to drop off luggage. Although the rooms were about 90% ready the steward let us leave our stuff - A+ CABIN: OV - 8036 AWESOME LOCATION and IS 11025 sideways inside VERY LARGE CABIN - great location also - both clean, neat - new bedding - but definitely BARE of anything extra (comparing it to an 8 nite cruise in terms of bathroom goodies which I always look forward to) NOTHING - not even a shower cap - there was soap/shampoo in dispensers..and plenty of towels..that's it...they also give you a laundry list of everything that needs to stay in the room otherwise you get charged for it..it's headed: "Your Cruise...Our Stuff..." I guess this is possibly necessary, somewhat funny, but VERY TACKY for those of us who don't even think about taking things from ships... BUY A SOUVENIR people..and if I were cruising for the FIRST time I would look upon this memo and lack of amenities as very low budget on NCL's part...sometimes 1 nite cruisers become long time cruisers and this policy on 1 nite cruises does NOT make NCL look good as a first impression for some .LOCATION - A+ CABIN - A - MEMO - F LUNCH: We knew to go to Windows for a quiet pleasant start to the long day/night ahead - It opens at 12:30. The personnel in the stairwells directed people to Raffles on Deck 12 if they wanted to eat sooner than 12:30. Short line when we got there - maybe 4 small groups ahead of us. We wanted to sit by the BIG WINDOWS and they accommodated our request with smiles. The wait staff there was prompt, courteous, funny, helpful with our selections and anticipated our every need. A+ We did stroll through Raffles at some point - loud, noisy, but the food looked and smelled WONDERFUL so I'm sure that it was good too. Lots of choices there ACTIVITIES: There is the usual stuff going on - the spa was open (HELLO Colette) for tours and treatments - prices were around the same as in August a couple of specials going on...the pools and hot tubs were open - they were packed - even though it was misty/overcast/very light rain and many people got in regardless of the weather. Indoor activities were plentiful.. Karaoke in Maharini's lounge -TV games on at the bar next to Blue Lagoon - Shangrila's ...dancing at the Galaxy of the Stars..all of the lounges/bars were open and performers were performing at their venues... Photographers were around but not annoying and bar servers as well...later in the evening the Quest game was played..there was a magician as the "show" - we didn't go and we missed Quest but heard it was funny as always - the casino and shops were open..the art gallery was open and selling - just not an "auction" per se - HI IAN - Art Director and JACKSON his assistant - The Cruise Rewards Program people had a presentation with FREE mimosas _ Hola Jorge and David...love ya... A+ DINNER: We ate at Cagney's - were treated like royalty...awesome staff...the maitre'd ROMAN....is awesome...not only does he look hot in his tux (YOU KNOW YOU DO ROMAN), he goes beyond the call of duty to insure that you have a good time. He remembered us immediately when we stopped by to say hi when we first boarded and then came by to see us when we were having lunch in Windows earlier in the day. His waitstaff is great as well - A+ FOOD: Lunch - Windows - B - tasted good but funky choices Snack - BBQ - B+ - Hot DogsFrench Fries Dinner - Cagney's - A+ -Colossal Shrimp Cocktail - Portabello mushrooms (appetizers) Lobster Bisque (soup/salad) Surf/turf - 6 oz. lobster tail/ 5 oz filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms as sides - Desserts- cheesecake, warm chocolate molten cake, bananas foster - most of had some or all of the above - FINGER LICKING GOOD- YUMMY!! 1 AM Snack - Blue Lagoon - A+ Hot chicken wings - VERY HOT - I like mild sauce better but they are GOOD.. Wonton Noodle Soup - WOW - Yummy and of course fish & chips (french fries - ask for 2 pieces of fish and one french fries order - cookies - it is the perfect MUNCHIES snack.... YUMMY Snacks- Latitudes Lounge - A+ - chocolate chip cookies STAFF: Karan - Concierge - AWESOME - we have mutual friends from previous cruises and when I delivered their regards to him, he greeted us as if he knew us already and treated us to our choice of wine at dinner, asked us if we needed dinner reservations (which we already had) or anything else to make the cruise special especially for my young friends... Cruise Director - never saw him - only heard his voice on the PA system - no rating just FYI same with the Captain Jorge and David - Cruise Rewards Consultants - GREAT GUYS - lots of fun and full of information to make your next cruise even better Roman - Maitre'D of Cagney's - HOT and FABULOUS...he really is sweet and takes care of his staff and dining rooms....you see him in Raffles as well during the day...he is in charge of scheduling and told us his secret for keeping his staff so happy 24/7....(no I can't tell you the secret..if I tell you then I gotta kill ya..lol) Colette - Spa Manager - Terrific - a special lady that remembered us from the Dawn as well back in 2006 and 2007.. her spa is well run and no real push from the staff to "sell the products" . Just enjoy your treatment and but stuff if you like. Room Steward - never really met him, didn't get his name...when we got to the cabin he just said that it wasn't ready but ok to leave things... at around 7 pm he came by to ask if we needed anything (yes to refill ice bucket and fresh glasses) but that was it....and that's okay especially on a 1 niter..and then there's EDGARDO - the BEST bartender...his domain is Champagne Charlie's...during the longer cruises he runs the Martini and Mojito tasting clinics...HE IS AWESOME!!! Generous with the drinks and a great guy...we really had a good time with him on our August cruise and to be able to visit back with him one more time was fun. STAFF: A++ ...It didn't matter whom we were in touch with - all of the staff/crew. whether we met them previously or not, made us feel very special and welcome on this short cruise... FINAL THOUGHTS: Cruises really are what you make them. When we got up on Saturday and saw the miserable weather I thought - well, at least I will be spending a bad weather day/nite in a beautiful and special place with some great people....yes there were the inevitable "booze cruisers" who feel the need to consume the maximum amount of alcohol in the least amount of time..and that's okay if that's what makes the cruise good for them...no judgment here..they are actually fun to watch - and there are those who complain from the MOMENT they enter the parking lot/pier/ship wherever..those people need to ENJOY the moment for whatever it is....but overall from our perspective...everyone (that we mingled with) had a good time. For a very long time I was a CCL fan and I still like them but I gotta tell you NCL is so growing on my that my next (already scheduled) 5 cruises are with NCL...so come join us and as the the Love Boat theme song sings..."Come Aboard..we're expecting you"...my email is Salsera718@aol.com if anyone has any more questions. I love doing the 1 niters especially on a weekend nite...wish more ships did them in NYC throughout the year.NCL counts them as a regular cruise in your effort to go up the Latitudes ladder (GREAT PERK) remember - in my opinion - a bad day on a cruise beats a great day at work...Marla Read Less
Sail Date September 2008
I'll keep this relatively short as this was my 7th cruise, second on this ship. I have been on RCL 3x, CCL, Princess and NCL all 1x. You can search them out if you want more details. Short background, I work for an internet travel ... Read More
I'll keep this relatively short as this was my 7th cruise, second on this ship. I have been on RCL 3x, CCL, Princess and NCL all 1x. You can search them out if you want more details. Short background, I work for an internet travel agency which will remain nameless, in cruise operations. With that said I have much knowledge about what a good cruise should be. I was traveling with my wife of 16 years, left the child home. We drove the 2 plus hours to the New York pier. My in-laws were going on the 7 nt Carnival Victory Canada/NE so we dropped them off and made our way to check in for the cruise to nowhere. We arrived around 1215pm after a GPS mixup. The lines were average but very slow. It was the usual people on cell phones not paying attention, people not having docs ready, etc. BUT the agent we had after 40-45 minutes in line, was very slow. She swiped my CC 3 or 4 times and then typed very slow. This process took another 10+ minutes. We were onboard around 115pm. We were greeted with bubbly and mimosas. Since we know our way around the ship we bypassed the cluster and found our cabin, deck 9 almost mid ship though NCL classifies it as a forward cabin, same layout as last cruise on the Spirit different color. The bedding was brand new and second only to CCL. Spent much time on the balcony. We headed for the buffet..what a disappointment. It was very limited and average at best. NCL was pushing people outside for the barbeque hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, etc. My first thought was if we were first timers, it would be our last time. We ate what we could and walked around. My wife tried a burger from the outdoor grille which was not much better. We headed for the Blue lagoon which did not open until 4. The Freestyle daily offered very little to do so we headed back to our room for a short nap. Headed down to the Blue Lagoon at 4 to find it packed. More walking and the got ready for dinner. The dinner menu did NOT have any type lobster dish as advertised. We did get in quickly, no wait and had a table for 2 by a window. My meal was very good but not great. My wife had a steak with peppercorn sauce....it had zero flavor, no pepper flavor just a steak with a bland sauce. Our server was like a robot with no personality. Again first timers would be very disappointed. We then headed for the comedy show...or lack of comedy. The performer was off and people heckled him, probably the funniest part of his act. We stayed for the Adults only Quest which was wild. Headed back to the cabin for the night. Had breakfast in Windows the next morning, quick seating and window table for 2. The server was much more personable and food was much better but too little too late. The ship was not as well kept as a year ago but still in good shape. The overall service was average. The other guests were mainly party crowd, bachelor and bachelorette parties so sometimes a little loud and crude. The shopping was poor unless you were a smoker. Overall disappointing. I paid a reduced agent rate with NCL and even the discounted price did not make up for the food quality and slow check in line. If NCL wants to use this to attract customers for longer pricier cruises, they need to rethink it. This is a money maker for them and as such they should offer top notch food and service. It was ok at best for what I paid, at a consumer price it would have been rated much lower. I have 2 more to review in the near future. I am going on the Solstice inaugural Nov 12, the first sailing to leave the FLL port and Disney Wonder land/sea in January. Feel free to email any questions. Read Less
Sail Date September 2008
Let me start off by saying this one nighter was for my fiance and I's bachelor/bachelorette party. We had an AWESOME time. There were 18 people in our party ranging in ages 17-30. The ship had something for everyone. We got ... Read More
Let me start off by saying this one nighter was for my fiance and I's bachelor/bachelorette party. We had an AWESOME time. There were 18 people in our party ranging in ages 17-30. The ship had something for everyone. We got on board around 1:00pm and went to the outside buffet for lunch. The food was pretty good! Burgers, chicken fingers, fries, etc. There was something for everyone and you didn't leave hungry! The drinks were EXCELLENT. A little pricey (+/- $10.00 a mixed drink) but worth the money! We hung around the kiddie pool all day as there were Jacuzzi's on each side of it. Not many little kids which was cool. We drank buckets of beer in the jacuzzi as the ship left the port. It was very cool. We went to dinner in the main dining room around 8:30pm - dinner was good! Once again, you didn't leave hungry. After dinner, part of the group wanted to go to the Karaoke Bar and the other half wanted to gamble - so we split up! Me and my friends drank and sang the night away on the 12 deck Karaoke Bar while my fiance and his friends were at the craps table until 4:00am. We had breakfast the next morning and left the boat around 11:00am. GREAT TIME! Highly recommended for a bachelor/ette party. Read Less
Sail Date September 2008
Background: Fiancee and I are in our mid to late 20's. We traveled with my mom (late 50's), his parents (early 50's) and his younger sister (17). We have sailed only Carnival prior to this, first time for my mom and younger ... Read More
Background: Fiancee and I are in our mid to late 20's. We traveled with my mom (late 50's), his parents (early 50's) and his younger sister (17). We have sailed only Carnival prior to this, first time for my mom and younger sister. FI's parents last sailed 25 years ago. Our cruise to no where on the Spirit was a great weekend had by all in our party no matter the age! We had no flights as we drove from New Jersey and Massachusetts right to the cruise terminal. Everyone arrived at the terminal without incident. Parking was a breeze. $25 for overnight at the pier. Embarkation: We arrived at 11:20, quickly parked our car and made our way down to the terminal. 10 minutes after parking we were on a very very short and quick line for security and then to check in and register our credit cards. The whole thing was a breeze, and couldn't have gone any smoother. We walking on board about 20 minutes after we parked. Can't complain there! Ship: Overall the Spirit is immaculate. For 10 years old she really doesn't show her age much at all. She is very tastefully decorated. Simple, and elegant. No real "wow" factor other than Windows dining room, Galaxy of the Stars, and the Tivoli pool was very nice. I think Windows was the most impressive room on the ship, but I do have to say I LOVED Galaxy of the Stars. The large windows in back of the ship in Windows were spectacular. The ship is fairly well laid out, we were pretty much familiar with where everything was by the end of the night. The other smaller rooms, we didn't get to see all of them as our time was limited. But the ones we did see were all very nice and tasteful. Henry's pub looked fun, but very small for the crowd that was there. Teppanyaki looked great, casino was smaller than I expected but nice and easy to navigate. This was the smallest ship we have sailed, so it was a different experience for us. We are used to the large open public spaces of Carnival, with the wide hallways on the public decks, grand atrium etc. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more seating in the main lobby area. I love to sit and just watch people. But otherwise it was very beautiful. Room: BC Balcony room on deck 9 aft. Room was nice and very clean. Noticeably smaller than Carnival. I am still not sure how I feel about the bathroom. It's nice to have a shower stall rather than curtains, but it did make the bathroom feel a lot smaller than it should have as it was a good size. I think i prefer the more open layout and will deal with the shower curtain :) It was clean, but didn't feel as clean as it could have been. We had 3 people in our room, wasn't bad for one night or maybe two or three, but I think I would have died after a week! Bedding was average, sheets a little scratchy. Nothing spectacular but not bad at all. I love that the balcony door was sliding. This is one huge plus as on Carnival, I am so used to hearing balcony doors slamming all day and night. I also loved that we could leave it open which leads to my next point. You can control the temperature of your room! Haven't had this on any of my past cruises, loved it. Our day/night on board: We boarded and straight away went to make reservations for Cagney's. Line was a little slow and long, but I attribute that to people checking out the menu. No biggy. We went straight to Windows for lunch. Appetizers: The Tarro Chips with Avocado Salsa were excellent, as were the goat cheese quiche, and pea soup that I tasted. Salads were very fresh, all dressings were excellent. Most of us had the Risotto which was excellent. I tasted the tilapia which my fiancee inhaled. I thought it was excellent as well. Dessert was okay - but I find that common on most cruises. Sailaway was great. There is nothing like sailing out of New York harbor. I could do it over and over again and still be as breath taken as I was this time. You get to sail past Ellis Island, all of upper and lower Manhattan, Statue of Liberty and under the Varrazano bridge. Music was good, the band Trini Flavor (i think) was excellent. They had some fun games, but not many. Sail Away BBQ was yummy, good selection. Pina Coladas were delish. Just one word of advice, don't sit on the lounge chairs by the balcony in front of the Beir Garten while they are preparing for the BBQ, otherwise you'll smell like one for there rest of the night! We spent a good deal of time in Galaxy of the Stars after we made it past the Varrazano as it got very windy on deck. This was very nice and enjoyable. Back on deck for pics of sunset, which by this time the wind had calmed down and it was very nice outside. We shopped a bit. Nothing spectacular at the shops, they did have some good prices on cosmetics. Cagney's for dinner was excellent!!! The food was outstanding as was our waitress. Very fun and vivacious. We had a little bit of a rough time here as some of our party started to get sea sick. We hit some very rough seas around this time for the rest of the evening. Appetizer: Crab Cakes - OUTSTANDING! Salads:Basic salads, nothing great. Liked Windows salad better! Meal: Filet was tender and cooked fantastic. Sides: Corn and onion shoestrings were great. Cream of spinach and mashed potatoes very basic but good. Dessert: Didn't make it there!!! :) Afterwards we caught the end of the production show which looked to have been okay. Not crowded AT ALL. Casino was a ZOO. Didn't win anything, cut our losses at $20 each. No big deal, I never expect to win. Back to Galaxy of the Stars to catch the end of the quest. I am disappointed we didn't make it there in time to play. It looked to be a blast! Except for some sore-looser college kids. My mom was even hysterical laughing. The rock band which was EXCELLENT! Lead guitarist which I believe to have been the cruise director was outstanding. We had fun here dancing with the crew etc. Comedian Chris was cute for the girls. Guys thought she was okay, she did have some really funny lines, the rest was mild and just kept a smile on your face. It was a family show, guys were looking for something more intense. After that we had about had it and headed for bed. Slept great due to the huge waves rocking us to sleep! I woke up sometime around 5 for a few and we were just sitting somewhere off Long Island with another ship. I didn't wake up again in time to catch sailing into the city, but did catch the sunrise over the city. Breakfast: Heard Raffles was not so good. We went to Windows again. Everything was fine. Just a good average breakfast. Debarkation: Ridiculously easy. Off the ship around 9:30, in our cars at 9:45. Overall: Great time, would do it again in a heart beat. Only few things I didn't like - Port security were a bit asinine. I guess they have to but the cruise line representatives were embarrassed. They apologized profusely to me for one security guard that was particularly rude to me. No big deal! Getting up the escalator was a PITA. If your bag even looks like it's touching the floor the yell! Time to chill out a bit! Ship was a bit small for me for much longer than a few day cruise. But it was nice none-the-less. And my last dislike - Cagney's was WAY too tight. It was hard to get in and out of your seat as well as in and out of the restaurant. It seemed almost dangerous if there was ever an emergency. Waiters and waitresses even had a hard time getting food to customers. If they just took out one table, then I think they would be in a lot better shape! Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
My husband and I are both in our early 30s, we have been on 8 cruises together - this was our 4th on NCL. (Others were on RCCL) We were just on a 10 day Canada/New England cruise last month (Norwegian Dawn), but we booked this "Cruise ... Read More
My husband and I are both in our early 30s, we have been on 8 cruises together - this was our 4th on NCL. (Others were on RCCL) We were just on a 10 day Canada/New England cruise last month (Norwegian Dawn), but we booked this "Cruise to Nowhere" as a way for my aunt and uncle (late 40's) to try cruising for the first time. We thought it would be a great introduction, and a fun night away... Check-in at Pier 90 was surprisingly smooth! It was so fast, we arrived at 11:45am, and were literally on the ship within 10 minutes of arriving at the pier. The cabins were not available until 2pm, so we had lunch in the Raffles buffet. None of us were at all impressed with the buffet. Having just traveled on the Dawn in September (where the buffet was slightly above average), this Raffles buffet was extremely disappointing to us. The salad dressings were all remarkably watered down to the point that when you brought the fork to your mouth - the dressing would drip all over the table (and you!). I had to put the salad aside because it was so drippy, and I didn't even load it up with dressing. The entree choices were medium-warm at best, and not tasty at all. They also did not have a nice cut-fruit salad like they did on the Dawn. The slices of fruit they had at the buffet had the rinds still attached, were cut awkwardly, and difficult to eat gracefully. The signs stating that the cabins were not ready were still on the hallway doors well after 2pm, and finally we just opened the door and continued onto our cabin. There were a handful of other people we heard complaining about that as well from other corridors. One thing that was WONDERFUL - no muster drill! I can't tell you how thrilled we were to not have to go through that this time around! We both loathe the muster drill on cruises, and cannot truly begin to relax and enjoy our vacation until the muster is done - so we were excited to see there would be none! We normally choose to eat dinner in the specialty restaurants most nights when we cruise, and our favorites are Cagney's Steakhouse/Le Bistro...but we were traveling with my aunt and uncle who were first-time cruisers, and they really wanted to stick to the "included" restaurants. We had no problem going along with this, because my experience with the dining room or dinner buffet on the Dawn was always decent. Unfortunately, the menu for the dining room on the Cruise to Nowhere featured salmon, veal, and a few other choices that did not appeal to my relatives - so we accompanied them to their choice - the buffet. I have to say that the dinner buffet was the worst I have ever experienced on any of my previous 6 cruises! I felt bad that we had talked it up as being full of selection and fresh...then when we got to Raffles - it was not anywhere near as pleasant as the buffet on the Dawn! It was small, cramped, and the servers had their own agenda. I had to stand there and wait for someone to finish their conversation with a co-worker before they could answer my question about what something was. At least two of women passing out the plates/silverware were noticeably rude in the way they asked people to sanitize their hands first. I actually witnessed one of the waitstaff pull the plate back out from someone's hands when she realized they had not sanitized! I am a frequent cruiser so I automatically do this step anyway, but I witnessed them being rude to other passengers - I think they could have handled it differently. After dinner we walked around the ship and checked out the various public rooms, including the casino. It seemed larger than on some ships I have been on, and it handled the crowd well. I didn't feel overcrowded inside. My husband and I aren't big gamblers...but we took advantage of playing a few slots and had some fun for about an hour. We ended up watching Game 3 of the World Series in the Shanghai Bar. We would have preferred to watch it in Henry's Pub, as they had a more enclosed area and cozier atmosphere, as well as the Sox game on the larger flat-panel screens...but NCL scheduled karaoke in there for the entire evening. Not a good combination to hear the screeching of drunken passengers while trying to watch the game. Around 11pm - we took a quick run over to the Blue Lagoon for a late-night snack. Service was quick...we ordered potato skins, buffalo wings, french fries, and soup. (There were only fast-food type choices in here) The sauce on the buffalo wings was anything but "buffalo" sauce. I forgot that I had also experienced this at the Blue Lagoon on the Dawn - or I would have skipped that choice altogether. (Why can't they figure this one little thing out??) The potato skins were actually good, but covered excessively in sour cream. I also enjoyed the tomato soup. It was hot and had a pleasant taste. My husband said the fries were too greasy for him to eat, so he shared the potato skins with me instead. NCL certainly made a killing on this one-night cruise! What a great idea to cut the Canada/New England itinerary down to 6 nights and offer the 7th night that week as a Cruise to Nowhere! They probably pulled in more money from drinks and gambling during this one-nighter than the entire 6 days on the Canada/New England cruise! There were many groups of passengers, clearly with organized groups and they were all having a great time! By about 9pm there were numerous people who were completely bombed and staggering all over the ship. I was fine with that, but it was unfortunate to see that so many passengers were careless about where they left their empty beer bottles and cocktail glasses...and they were seen stacked up in public areas, in common hallways, in and around elevators -I even saw a few left in plants around the ship! There is no reason for adults to act that way in any situation - so it was somewhat unsettling to be on a ship with that class of people...but alas, it was only for one night! Disembarking the ship was a breeze. NCL allowed guests to remain in their rooms until about 10am (although we left MUCH earlier!). It was nice to leave the luggage in your room and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing. The breakfast buffet was disappointing. The eggs were super-watery and there was nobody making omelets or waffles. Again, the fruit was cut into awkward shapes with the rinds still attached, and the watermelon had seeds vs the seedless variety onboard the Dawn! Walking off the ship was as easy as swiping your card at the gangway on Deck 7. No lines, no waiting. I heard some people complaining about the steepness of the ramp from the Ship to the Pier, but it didn't bother me. It was carpeted and steep, yes, but there were handrails the entire way down and I had no problem maneuvering it. Unfortunately, our traveling companions did not fare well on this cruise. One of them got seasick about 4 hours into the sailing and was unable to emerge from her cabin until the next morning. This was no fault of the cruiseline, of course, as the seas are what they are - but I felt bas nonetheless. Her husband was able to get out and explore some of the events of the evening and had an enjoyable time, but it isn't the same when you are on your own. I wish things were different for them, because I enjoy cruise vacations so much and would love for my relatives to experience it in the same way...but it was just not meant to be. Overall, I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed the decor and layout of the ship...it was much "fancier" is design than the Norwegian Dawn, with the Spirit having red oriental-style carpeting, black lacquer and brass furnishings. (Although, I prefer the more understated look of woods and rich, yet warmer colors as on some RCCL ships) On the Spirit there seemed to be more nooks and crannies to relax in - should it have been a longer trip. The layout of our interior cabin was super-enjoyable! I loved the shelves and safe in the closet, and also the tv/shelving area and vanity mirror layout. The only things I had a problem with were: 1) The tiling in the bathroom was the most shocking color of fluorescent greenish/yellow that I have ever seen, and the corners of and around the shower area were extremely discolored and looked moldy, although further inspection proved it to be only rust. Still, it was unexpected for NCL. And 2) When we asked the cabin steward to put our single beds together into one bed - we came back in the room to find much lint, dirt, stains and even a stray pill (!) on the side of the room that one of the beds originally occupied. It was only for one night, and we were really only in the room to sleep... so I didn't say anything to the staff about it, but maybe I should have. I would hate for that to happen to someone with a small child in the room. In summary, for $150/pp this was a worthwhile experience for the novice cruiser. For someone with multiple 7-day and 10-day cruises under their belt - I wouldn't recommend it at all. The only circumstance it would be recommended would be if you were planning to go with a large group of people to celebrate something. It really isn't long enough to be relaxing - it is just an opportunity for a very quick getaway. Heather Colchester, CT Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
This cruise was a surprise for my husband's birthday. We were coming from the Bronx and we arrived at the port at 12:15 p.m. Once at the port, we parked in the lot for $25.00. We went to the registration area and it took us 5 minutes ... Read More
This cruise was a surprise for my husband's birthday. We were coming from the Bronx and we arrived at the port at 12:15 p.m. Once at the port, we parked in the lot for $25.00. We went to the registration area and it took us 5 minutes to register. The staff at the registration area was efficient and quick. Upon arrival on the ship, we were directed to go to Raffles for lunch as our rooms were not ready . The lunch at Raffles was okay. We went to our room at 1:50 pm and it was ready. We had the balcony room and it was small. It would be a tight fit for a family of four especially on a long cruise. I called reservations a few days before to have the room decorated for my husbands birthday. The room was nicely decorated with streamers, balloon and a cake. After we settled down we went upstairs for the departure barbecue. The food was average. There was chicken, franks, hamburgers, bratwurst and ribs. Everyone went to the upper deck to view the Statue of Liberty. The view from ship of the skyline is amazing. The ship was clean and well kept and the staff was very polite. Duty free shopping are on the 8th floor. We bought alcohol and cigarettes for the fraction of cost. We were able to purchase as much as we liked since we did not have to go through customs. We went back to the room to relax until about 7:30 p.m. We changed and went to Window's for dinner. I had originally reserved a table for Teppanyaki's, however, I decided it was best to go to Window's since my husband is a picky eater. I was pleased with dinner. I had the salmon for an appetizer and steak for the entrEe. My husband at Jerk chicken with rice for an entrEe and pineapple dish for an appetizer. He was actually pleased with his meal. After we ate we went to the Stardust theater for entertainment. The performers were a family of four. Later we went to the Galaxy of the Stars for the comic act. I was bored, however my husband enjoyed it. Around 10:30 pm there was another buffet at raffles that consisted of pizza, franks, cookies and some other things. Again, it was okay. We went back to room to sit on the balcony. There was complete darkness with the excepting of the moonlight glistening off of the water. It was a beautiful view. In the morning, I had breakfast at Raffles while my husband slept. The eggs were horrible. It taste like the eggs were cooked in fish oil. Other than that, everything else was fairly good. We were off the ship and at the parking lot in 15 minutes. It was a very quick process. I would suggest this cruise for anyone that wants to try cruising for the first time. Overall we enjoyed ourselves. It felt good to drive to the port instead of flying to Florida. It is also a great one day getaway from the hustle and bustle. I would do a another one day cruise with NCL. However, I'm not sure if I would do more than a one day cruise on the Spirit. There does not seem to be a lot of activities aboard the Spirit. If I have any complaints, it would be regarding customer service. I called several times to find out if the room could be decorated. No one knew for sure and I had to finally speak to a supervisor to confirm. I was also told that the ship does not open the shops for the one day cruises. They were wrong about that. Customer Service needs to make a better effort in communicating the right information to guests. Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
Having been on Celebrity, Disney, RCCL and Carnival, I must say this was the worst cruise line I have ever experienced. Always wanted to try NCL and thought that the one-night might give me a first hand experience before booking a 7 night ... Read More
Having been on Celebrity, Disney, RCCL and Carnival, I must say this was the worst cruise line I have ever experienced. Always wanted to try NCL and thought that the one-night might give me a first hand experience before booking a 7 night cruise. I am sure glad I did.... First, going out of New York is horrible. The pier is old and dingy - I know that the port is close to my home in ocean city, NJ, but I would never go out of there again. At first impression, the older Spirit seemed to be okay when we boarded, but as the day went on, my opinion did also. Our balcony cabin was extremely small which was not cleaned properly - they don't even provide top sheets on the bed - the bed had a bottom sheet with a feather blanket on top which I am sure is not changed with each incoming guest - I asked for a top sheet and one was provided. The food was the worst I ever experienced - I basically ate nothing and I am not a picky eater - always eat on all other lines, but it was terrible. WE were a group of 23 and had to eat in the dining room as the specialty restaurants could not handle such a large group - dinner was not eaten by most!!!! The staff never smiled and never were accommodating - such a shame that they automatically bill you in advance for gratuity - which is probably the problem - no one had to work for their tips!! Entertainment was mediocre and the smoking in the casino and attached nightclub was thick and disgusting. Stay away from this line - so many other lines that are fantastic!!! It was really a shame that some of the 23 people in our group will probably not ever cruise again as their first experience was so poor. NCL gives cruise vacations a bad name - Can't wait for my RCCL cruise in the spring - hats off to a line that does the job so well! Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
What a great way to spend a weekend!!!! We boarded at 12 noon and after no wait at all to check in, headed to a wonderful lunch in the Windows dining room. Whoever recommended the cold banana soup--you were right, it was delicious! And I ... Read More
What a great way to spend a weekend!!!! We boarded at 12 noon and after no wait at all to check in, headed to a wonderful lunch in the Windows dining room. Whoever recommended the cold banana soup--you were right, it was delicious! And I NEVER order anything like that. After lunch our rooms were ready. We had an inside category I on the 10th deck and it was a little larger than I anticipated. Overall we were very pleased with our cabin. Not to mention the shower was one of the biggest I have ever seen on a cruiseship. After settling in we changed into our bathing suits. Even though it is October, it was a balmy 80+ degrees, so the pool area was a bit crowded. We made our way in and were pleasantly surprised to find the pool heated. But beware, it is salt water (as with any cruiseline I have been on) so you can just float away without realizing it. LOL. After our swim, we decided to watch the sailaway. What a sight to see us going right past all of the sky scrapers. I have lived in NJ my whole life, but have never seen NY by water. After passing the Statue of Liberty (don't take pics now, wait until the AM when the lighting is better), and going under the Verazanno Bridge we headed back to the room to get changed for our dinner at Cagneys. We made a reservation immediately upon boarding and there was already a line and seatings were filled. Luckily we wanted to eat early so we could catch the show and got in a 6. While waiting to go to dinner, dh and I did some shopping in the Duty free shops. They opened at 5 and were extremely crowded. We are not big drinkers and don't smoke anymore, so we got what people asked us to pick up and left. Cigarettes are $25 per carton or 2 for $45. Alcohol was pretty reasonable too. My mom ended up buying about 10 bottles. Since there is no limit people were buying all they could carry. But buy early! The supply is very limited. Once it is gone, it's gone. Dinner-The food in Cagney's was GREAT! I had a veal chop,and it was delish! Dh had the salmon and king crab, mom had the grilled seared tuna and stepdad had a 24oz. porterhouse. All was great. We had a bunch of sides which we shared and they were all good too. Desert was the only part that I didn't care for. I got some sinful chocolate cake and found it wayyyyyy to rich. And I am a chocoholic. Dh got the Mocha Cream Brulee and it was okay. Honestly I forget what the others had. Following dinner, I went and changed out of my dress and into capris. Much more comfortable. Then we headed to the show "On the Radio" which I found very good. It was very upbeat and kept you enjoying it all the way to the end. It was chilly in the Stardust theater so bring a sweater. After the show we headed to the casino. It was very crowded and after I lost a whopping $10 in the slots, dh found one of those coin push machines and got addicted. LOL We kept winning and losing. Finally after a hour or so we cut our losses (only $4!!) and headed out. By then mom and stepdad retired for the evening, so dh and I went looking for more fun. I was a little hungry and figured I was on a cruiseship so I might as well eat again . We heading to the Blue lagoon and it was over crowded. Once we found a seat, I settled on a plate of Potato Skins which were pretty tasty but so fattening. After a few bites I called it quits. We tried to go see Karaoke (sp?) but the pub that it was in was so crowded you couldn't make it in the door. At that point it was time for bed. Up we went and conked out. Sunday morning was very relaxed. I loved that we could keep our stuff in the room while eating breakfast. So once again we headed to Windows and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast before getting our bags and getting off. The service for breakfast was pretty slow, but they walk around offering you a selection of breads and pastries to combat your hunger. If they didn't do this I am pretty sure that there would be many more complaints. All in all it was a great weekend. I would do it again in a heartbeat. When dh and I go to hawaii in just a few weeks we are going to buy 2 of those booking reward things. One for another 1 nighter and another for our cruise next Nov. I recommend this cruise very highly, it was a great mini-vacation with a great price tag! If you have any questions feel free to ask away! Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
Went on the Norwegian Spirit for the October 20th cruise to nowhere. Boarding the ship was a breeze. Got there at 12 noon and there was plenty of parking at the terminal. Went down the elevator and breezed right through the check in ... Read More
Went on the Norwegian Spirit for the October 20th cruise to nowhere. Boarding the ship was a breeze. Got there at 12 noon and there was plenty of parking at the terminal. Went down the elevator and breezed right through the check in process. Once checked in, we immediately went on line for dinner reservations as we wanted to make reservations for Cagneys. It was already filling up pretty fast. Went on deck to the buffet for lunch. Food was ok, not the best for a cruise line, not the worst. Got chairs and listened to the band as the rooms weren't going to be ready until 2PM. At 2PM went to the room which was an oceanview room. Compared to other ships the room was a little smaller than usual. Also, there is only 1 outlet with 1 plug in the room so if you are going to need to plug anything in, you will need to bring something like an extension cord or multi-plug. At 4PM we left (they don't have a muster drill for the cruise to nowhere). Dinner at Cagneys was amazing. I strongly recommend going there. Everyone was pleased with the meal. There was quite a lot to do for the cruise. They had a comedy act (recommend skipping it she stunk), show (missed it), and many different things. Casino wasn't too packed, and bj tables ranged from $15 and up, craps was $10 minimum. Next morning we ate breakfast at the buffet which was disappointing as the food wasn't that good. Overall had a great time if you are willing to live with the small rooms and chairs that are slightly lower to the ground as this was a ship originally designed for the asian market. Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
Let's get right to it. DW and I, Mother and Father, MIL and FIL and Brother and his Friend had 4 adjoining inside rooms on Deck 9. I booked this cruise as a gift for my mother's 60th birthday, and purchased everyone's rooms. ... Read More
Let's get right to it. DW and I, Mother and Father, MIL and FIL and Brother and his Friend had 4 adjoining inside rooms on Deck 9. I booked this cruise as a gift for my mother's 60th birthday, and purchased everyone's rooms. This was my first NCL cruise, having been on Celebrity, Princess, HAL and Carnival for longer cruises previously. We favor Celebrity with HAL a close second. My wife and MIL had a very bad experience years ago on NCL when they allowed a ship that was to be retired to make its last 4 cruises with engine troubles and missed ports. In this day and age, a cruise line could not do that without websites like this keeping them in check, but those were the days, as they say. So I convinced them to give NCL another try. We live in Central NJ, so we drove to the terminal, arriving at approx. 10:30 a.m. and parked with ease. We were one of the first to check in before they moved the computers behind the x-ray machines, so we were on the ship as soon as they allowed boarding, approx. 11:45 a.m. We ignored the rather insistent NCL employee shuffling the rest of the unsuspecting passengers to Raffles, and thanks to the good advice on this board, took our luggage to Windows to eat lunch after we made dinner reservations at Cagney's for 6pm (we later went to explore the ship and looked at the buffet upstairs -- needless to say, Windows was a GOOD choice). The food was OK, nothing great -- in fact, it was lukewarm, but tasty. The service, IMHO, sucked. Our waiter was just going through the motions, could not be bothered to smile and just didn't want to be there, serving people. If he were my waiter for 7 days, I would not have been happy. We then went to see our rooms, which were ready at 2, as promised. I thought the room was of adequate size, but needed severe refurbishment, compared to the common areas of the ship. We never saw our steward, but our beds were separated, so we called and asked if they could be put together. One thing that I saw that shocked me was that the room steward had "hours." I had never seen this before. We were outside of the designated hours, so we had to call the purser's desk and ask for assistance. We then went to explore the ship. I have to admit, I thought the ship was beautiful. It was very tasteful and elegant, with none of the tackiness you would expect from a cruiseship, especially the lobby. The card rooms were very nice, the gym was great with all new equipment and the pool areas, from what I saw, were good. When we went back to our room, the beds were pushed together, but in the wrong direction, away from the headboard, and with the same two blankets that were on the individual beds -- not one blanket, as should have been the case. We called the purser's desk again and asked if they could fix that during turndown service. They said yes. We took a short nap and went to Deck 12 to watch the ship depart. We waited for about an hour and fifteen minutes, but no departure, so we went to our rooms to get ready for dinner. We then heard the announcement of the threat. I have to admit, it didn't bother me one bit that they were looking into the threat. I guess I just have become accustomed to living near NYC. Maybe if I had a child (my wife is expecting in March) that was not on the ship I would have paid more attention and would have had to determine whether to leave the ship or not, but it never even crossed my mind. This caused interesting dinner conversation as to whether they would let people off the ship (I said they would have to -- once they cleared the threat) and whether people would get refunds (my answer - no freakin way -- but good luck to those who will try -- and let us know how it works out). This will be the only thing I say on this topic. In my opinion, you have the right to get off of the ship if you felt that you and your loved ones were in danger, but NO right to a refund from NCL, as they were not to blame. I am saying that as a lawyer and as a rational thinking person. I also did not mind that they would not release any information about the threat. Not exactly textbook police work to release information during an ongoing terrorist threat and possibly assist the terrorists. This is life in the 21st century. Get used to it. It may not be pretty, but it happens. Anyway, back to the review. We went to Cagney's at 6pm and the restaurant is very nice. Now to the food. Part of it was very good but some of it was laughable. Three people started with the beefsteak tomato and bermuda onion salad. What was served could not have been served in a local McDonalds. Apparently, we were told, apparently as an explanation, that the tomatoes were not fresh, so they were boiled and peeled and sliced thin and served with thin red onion. We all laughed, because the waiter actually thought this was a valid explanation. They were quick in bringing different starters for those who were dissatisfied. I then had the caesar salad, prepared "tableside". We had a similar salad in the Normandie specialty restaurant on the Celebrity Summit, and it was very good, and the presentation was neat. Needless to say, we were looking forward to this. But we were served a standard caesar salad prepared in the kitchen. It was OK, but when we asked why it wasn't prepared tableside, they said there was no room in the restaurant and that it was prepared on a trolley in the back of the restaurant. So the joke for the rest of the night was that it was prepared tableside, just not at the side of our table. The steaks were excellent. My filet was very tender and the sides were good. I highly recommend the onion shoestrings. All in all we had a very nice meal. I would have wanted to try Le Bistro, but we don't have many people in our family who like french food. Maybe next time on another one nighter. We then went on deck right outside of Cagney's to watch the ship pass Lady Liberty and the bridge. I've seen it a few times, but it is neat each time. Off to the SecondCity comedy show. I have seen it in Vegas before, and it was a good show. I loved that the theater actually had theater type seats as opposed to lounge type seats. Then to the CASINO. I won $450 (craps and BJ), my MIL won $1400 (roulette and slots) and my parents lost a little (slots). My DW went up at around midnight because the casino was too smoky for her. There were $25 limits on most BJ tables, with a $100 table and a $50 table in the mix. There was one roulette table at $1 minimums and the second at $5 minimums, but we quickly found out that that particular table only gave out $5 chips and required you to place three chips on the table. They would not change the minimum to $15 -- I don't think they understood it very well. Craps was $10 and was hopping all night. I got in at a good point, won my money, and left before it went downhill. At that point, I went to pay off the room bill in cash, and encountered a slight problem. Our entire party was given a $13 per person credit as some kind of promotion we, nor our TA, knew anything about. However, I was the only one with a charge other than the tips on my account, because we do not drink. And we later found out that the credit could not be applied to the tips. The problem was that all the shops were closed and the other 6 people could not possibly spend $72 on soda, so I convinced a very nice NCL employee to place all of the accounts on my credit card so that the Cagney's charge ate up the credits and thus were, in a round about way, applied to the tips. So that worked out well. I would have gladly spent the credit in the shops, but NCL did not advise us about the credit. Kudos to the purser's desk though. They helped a great deal. I went up to the room around 3am and my wife awoke and told me the problems she had with the steward. Our room was never turned down for the evening, despite the fact that I stuck the "please make up room" sign in the door. Turns out that two of the rooms were turned down and two were not. They also did not change the comforter as we requested. A manager and another steward (apparently not ours) apologized to my wife and put the right sheets on the bed and said that they would make sure that the right people knew what happened. If I had not already paid the bill, I would have asked for the steward's tip to be removed and would have given the gentlemen who helped my wife some cash. But she did not know his name and I couldn't be bothered with complaining at 3 in the morning. It would have sucked to have this steward for 7 nights. Anyway, we woke up the next morning, had a leisurely breakfast at Windows - the food was very good, service somewhat sluggish and uninspired. We then left the ship and went home. We had a great time, and although the ship is beautiful, I do not think that we could sail the Spirit for more than the one night. The food is just not on par with Celebrity or HAL. But for one night, it was all we could have asked for. Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
Nice night. It is what you make of it! This was my 5th cruise and 2nd with NCL. We drove from near Philadelphia and got to the port around 11:15am. We parked easily and went down the escalators where they had a seating area with coffee ... Read More
Nice night. It is what you make of it! This was my 5th cruise and 2nd with NCL. We drove from near Philadelphia and got to the port around 11:15am. We parked easily and went down the escalators where they had a seating area with coffee and pastries. We only sat for about 15 minutes and then they put us through a quick check in and let us onboard! We looked around the ship for a while. Very clean, nicely decorated and all of the staff greeted us warmly. The staff members were pushing everyone to go to the Buffet. I witnessed a passenger ask where Windows was and the worker said 'you can go to Raffles on 12', I swung by and told him where it was. We had a sit down lunch in Windows. I got the grilled ham and cheese but it tasted like french toast. Service was great though. We went to our room at 1:20 and it was ready! We sat and enjoyed our 10th floor balcony. The people on the room next to us were talking loudly and cursing every other word but were expressing happiness about being on a cruise and having a balcony. Thankfully they were only out there for about 20 minutes or so and then we barely heard them afterwards. The room was the typical cabin size. Workable. The bathroom was split into 3 separate compartments. toilet/sink/shower with sliding doors between each. If one were aged or obese, they would be hard to maneuver but were manageable for one night. Muster drill at 3:45 and departed on time at 4. Beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty as well as a fireboat red/white/blue water display as we exited the harbor! We had were hoping to have dinner at LaTrattoria but it was closed so we had dinner in the garden room. I had Peppered Steak. It was decent. We came back to our room cleaned and turned down nicely. No folded animal or chocolate on our pillow though... We went to see the comedian (he had two showtimes while the musical 'music from 60's to 90s only had one showtime) but the set up of the lounge was odd. Bright light coming through windows, scattered small lounge booths, tall seats and loud Mexican music blaring-so we bailed before he came on. It was definitely a younger crowd on this sailing. We saw at least one bachelorette party. We ended up spending the night between the casino and casino bar. We hit enough to keep playing and over at the casino bar they had rock music on which is more to our taste! I was disappointed to learn that there was no room service on this cruise. That is one of the things I love about NCL. The Blue Lagoon Cafe is open 24 hours and everytime we walked through it (after 9pm), it was packed! My mom said there were still people eating there at 5 am. We didn't eat there so I can't comment on that. We woke up at 6:30am just in time to sit on the balcony and watch us approach and then enter the harbor. This time with a view of the Manhattan skyline. Had a quick breakfast at Raffles (good selection and quality) and walked off the ship quickly/easily around 8:30. We parked at the pier which was 25 dollars and very convenient. When the cruise ship left the pier we were pier 92 but we returned to pier 90. It just gave us a further walk to the car. No big deal for us. Overall, a very nice getaway! Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
Our cruise to Nowhere was on September 29. We live in Staten Island so my son and his girlfriend picked us up at 10:30 AM and because of horrendous traffic, we did not arrive at the Pier until 12:15PM. We were lucky to find a spot in the ... Read More
Our cruise to Nowhere was on September 29. We live in Staten Island so my son and his girlfriend picked us up at 10:30 AM and because of horrendous traffic, we did not arrive at the Pier until 12:15PM. We were lucky to find a spot in the lot as it was almost filled up. There were 2 other cruise ships in dock that morning. Took elevator down 1 floor and waited on a long line which moved pretty fast. Going through security was a breeze and only needed to show a DL as a mean of identification. We boarded the ship and was told that we had to go to Raffles Buffet on 12th deck. We actually preferred eating at the Buffet as we were going to Windows for dinner. The Buffet was very good. They had a large selection of food, hot and cold, sandwiches, different breads and many nice desserts. Everything was hot and fresh. They had an ice cream bar and even had fat free or sugar free which is great since I am a diabetic. At 1:30 we decided to check if we could go into our rooms to drop off luggage. Luckily, the rooms were ready. We thought the room very small and the bathroom even though it was very clean and very nicely decorated, found it very small. The balcony was tiny and did not even have leg room if you sat on a chair. For a one night cruise it was ok but would never book a longer cruise as we felt cramped. We later found that the mattress was hard as a rock and could not sleep because of it. We then went up to the pool deck and waited to sail. They had a great band that was very lively and played a great selection of dancing music. At 4:00 they also had a BBQ at poolside. It was a beautiful sunny day which made our cruise even more enjoyable. We never had a drill and was up on deck until time to get dressed for dinner. We made a 6:00 reservation at Windows since my son was going to propose to his girlfriend and we were a party of 10. Everything went well with dinner and Nelson the Maitre'd as well as Edith our waitress(whom we remembered from a cruise on the Dawn)brought us over a cake and Edith sang "Can I Call you Sweetheart" The evening was a great success and this will be a memorable cruise for all of us. We went to see the comedy show which was very funny and then to the Casino. My son and hubby were lucky and each won a little money. We went to Windows for breakfast and must say the service was very slow. It took an hour to get our food which by the way, was not up to par. Had we known, we would have gone to Buffet which I am sure was much better. At 10:15 we left the ship and headed home. Everything said, we all had a great time and look forward to doing another one nighter cruise. Janet Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
I booked this for our 9 year anniversary. It was night out without any kids and would be a taste of our first cruise. I honestly have say that we really enjoyed it. Well worth the price of $130 per person for a balcony stateroom. Ship was ... Read More
I booked this for our 9 year anniversary. It was night out without any kids and would be a taste of our first cruise. I honestly have say that we really enjoyed it. Well worth the price of $130 per person for a balcony stateroom. Ship was clean, crew was very friendly and helpful, although some were a little clueless. For example, when it was time to disembark we asked a crew member what we had to. She told us that we had to check out at reception, so we waited on a long line, just to be told that we did not have to. A receipt of your bill is printed out and left on the outside of your cabin door in the morning. If everything is getting charged to your credit card and everything adds up, then that's it, you can just pack up and leave the ship, no need to do anything, just need your room key card to exit the ship. Boarding the ship went smooth, it takes a little while, but it really does go quick. Once they start the boarding process, your bags go through an x-ray machine, you go through a metal detector, then you just wait on a very fast moving line to check in. All you need is your credit card and drivers license. Once on the ship you can go grab something to eat. The rooms aren't ready until 2:00 pm. Oh yeah, we arrived at the pier around 11:30, which I believe is earlier enough because they started boarding around 1:00pm. On the ship we went to Raffles to eat, they had nice buffet, it wasn't the greatest, but really not that bad. After that we went to our room. The room was very clean and had a queen size bed and a small balcony. The bed was quite comfortable as well as the pillows. It had a small 13-15 inch tv but no alarm clock. The bathroom was small but from what I understand, most of them are. Overall, the ship itself is very nice and clean, not bad for a ship almost 10 years old. Going on other's recommendations, for dinner we ate at Cagney's steak house. Definitely worth the extra $20 per person charge. Highly recommend it. We got there at 5:30 and were told that we needed reservations, but they wound up seating us anyway at that time. Tip: if you plan on eating at any of the specialty restaurants, they say you should call as soon as you board the ship, because we were told that for those you need reservations. After dinner we went to the casino. Not the biggest, but not bad. Were able to get on a few different machines. As it got later in the night, the casino got more crowded, but we had fun. Overall, this was perfect. Did not have drive 3 hours to Atlantic City to gamble, for what you get for the money, the food and room, it is Definitely worth it. This one sold out and I can see why. We are probably going to do another one by the end of the month or next. Just a few tips: 1- Don't overpack. Just need a change of clothes IF you want to dress up at night and for the next morning. Next time I would just probably keep the clothes that I have on until the next morning. 2- Make reservations for dinner, if you plan on eating at the specialty restaurants. 3- Although they say you can't bring any alcohol on the ship, you can probably sneak it on. Hide it in your luggage. 4- Once on the ship, look over the itinerary of things to do and places to eat and plan your night. 5- Once on the ship, walk around and check out the whole ship and see what they have. 6- Try and take a nap, because you want to stay up as late as you can. 7- Try and get up early the next morning and have breakfast. On a scale of 1 to 10 this was a 9! Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
We sailed on The Spirit. This was a cruise to nowhere. I was told by my agent it was a 24-hour cruise, but it was in fact an 18-hour cruise. It was very expensive as the cheapest cabin went for 500.00 for two. We got onboard at 1pm, ... Read More
We sailed on The Spirit. This was a cruise to nowhere. I was told by my agent it was a 24-hour cruise, but it was in fact an 18-hour cruise. It was very expensive as the cheapest cabin went for 500.00 for two. We got onboard at 1pm, however cabins were not ready till after 2. This meant we had to lug our bags all over the ship as there was no luggage check on an overnight. The food that was included was an Italian cheapo menu consisting of chicken parm, lasagna and eggplant. It was very limited. If you wanted better fare you needed to pay extra in one of the alternative restaurants. We did and had a good meal at the Asian restaurant. I expected to have surf and turf for a cruise of this expense. Service was slow and poor! There were two shows, both of which were like high school reviews. There was an excellent dance band for the "New Year's Eve party." This was the only upside of the cruise. We played a bit in the casino, but none of the slots were paying out. The tables were limited and extremely crowded. This was our 15th cruise -- our 4th with Norwegian. Honestly, this was definitely not worth the money. I would tell anyone wanting to do a cruise to nowhere to save your money, it is so not worth it. As for the ship, it was small with very limited deck space and had few places for dancing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2006
Norwegian Spirit June 17 - 18, 2006 Cruise to nowhere (NYC- NYC) Previous cruises: Carnival Victory, Voyager of the Seas (twice), QM2 Future Cruise: Crown Princess We love cruising so even a one night is special, and this more so ... Read More
Norwegian Spirit June 17 - 18, 2006 Cruise to nowhere (NYC- NYC) Previous cruises: Carnival Victory, Voyager of the Seas (twice), QM2 Future Cruise: Crown Princess We love cruising so even a one night is special, and this more so because the kids stayed home with a relative so it was just the two of us (we are 50). Never cruised Norwegian so we wanted to sample them. EMBARKATION: A We live in Jersey City so we took the New York Waterway ferry to Manhattan and walked the few blocks to the pier. Being a one night cruise we only had one backpack and carry on. While crossing the Hudson we saw three ships in port. Carnival Victory, NCL Dawn, and the NCL Spirit. We arrived at the dock at 12 Noon. At 12:30 they started boarding and we were on before 1. This was the most organized boarding procedure I have seen. Cabins would not be ready until 2 PM so we went to Raffle's Food Court to eat. FOOD: B+ The food court had much better food that RCCL's Windjammer. Selection was small, but quality very good. The Tilapia was excellent as was the beef stew. Pasta from the Pasta Bar was good but service was slow since the station had only one worker. Free drinks included water, milk, skim milk, iced tea or coffee. The iced tea was way too strong. The German food in the beirgarten looked very good, as did the barbecue by the pool, but we were already full. For dinner we ate in Windows, one of two main dining rooms. Windows was at the back of the ship and was named because of it's three large windows at the back offering great views. I had the swordfish with garlic mashed potatoes. My wife had grilled salmon. Both were excellent. She also had an eggplant dish that she said was wonderful. It had a stack of eggplant medallions alternating with mozzarella and sliced tomato topped with a fresh tomato sauce. This was the first cruise I've been on where they actually left a basket of bread and rolls on your table. Also throughout the ship there are flat panel screens describing each restaurant and telling you wait times (if any) and how many tables of various sizes are available. I'm not a big fan of Freestyle dining. I'm a traditionalist who would prefer letting my regular servers get to know my likes and dislikes. I also enjoy meeting other travelers. NCL seems to have too many 2 seat tables. One restaurant we didn't get to was the Blue Lagoon. a small snack area on the starboard side of deck seven offering burgers, fries, wok dishes and won ton soup. Every time we walked through it it smelled wonderful. But is was so small and always busy. We also have never tried any of the specialty restaurants on a ship because we just don't see the value. The food is already quite good and we've spent enough for the cruise itself. CABIN: B- Small is the operative word. We had an ocean view. It was nice but not as large as on other ships. The closets had a sliding door which was nice. The safe is close to the floor in the closet. You have to get down on your knees to get close to it. The TV was a tiny 13 inch, but it did have audio/video inputs if you want to check out ant videos or pictures you've taken. Bathroom is divided into 3 areas: a large shower (biggest I've seen on a ship), the sink area, and a private toilet in an enclosure that I barely fit into. The twin beds, pushed together to make a queen were comfortable enough but rolled apart too easily while sleeping. The comforter and duvet were very nice. The green and yellow striped bedspreads were just ugly. Never met our steward. Would assume that it is because it was a one night cruise, but he did keep our room clean. We always bring a night light and have always had to use a power bar for it because of plug location. That was not needed on the Spirit as the plug was in a reasonable location. MUSTER: A Easy and well run. On deck. DEPARTURE: A This was fun. As we sailed down the Hudson we noticed an RCL ship ahead of us leaving Bayonne. Shortly thereafter the Carnival Victory and Norwegian Dawn were behind us. Four ships parading through the Narrows. Many jet ski riders waiting for the ships to enjoy the bumpy wake we left behind us. Although I take cruising out of Bayonne for convenience, coming down the river from midtown is breathtaking! SERVICE. B+ From the time we board until just after muster there were staff everywhere directing you and helping. Very impressed. On a side note this is the first ship I've been on where you had to sanitize your hands as soon as you boarded. Way too many announcements. SHIP'S DECOR: B+ The Spirit was formerly the Superstar Leo and was built for the Asian Market. Much of the Asian Decor is still there and the ship itself is very nice. The library felt as if it could be on an old time ocean liner: rich furnishings and dark wood. The pool area was very nice and the kid's pool area at the back of the ship looked terrific. We especially liked the back of the ship which had terraces with tables and comfortable bamboo/wood chairs. It was our favorite spot on the ship. The Galaxy of the Stars lounge in the front of the ship was also a very enjoyable space with huge windows looking out the front of the ship and overhang areas on each side of the ship. Here there was a faux bridge where you could see all the navigation screens that showed the ships vitals. ACTIVITIES/ENTERTAINMENT: C NCL tried to do too much in one night leading to many lightly filled venues. The main show in the theater was canceled and replaced by another show because of technical difficulties. We did not attend that. We did go to the magic/comedy show by Ed Alonzo from Saved by the Bell. It was pitiful. neither magical or funny. The theater itself was nice. Seats are sloped instead of tiered so you can walk down the center from one deck to the next. We did enjoy Neil Diamond show by Jose and Patty in the Galaxy of Stars but there were only about 40 people there. They also had a New Year's Eve Party there later and that had a good turnout. The gym was nicely equipped and even had two swim against the current pools. We don't gamble or drink so I can't comment on the Casino or bars. DISEMBARKATION: A Easy. No customs on a one nighter. Just walk off. We docked at 9 AM and were free to get off at 9:15. We strolled around the ship and left at 10 walking back to the ferry for the 10 minute ride back to New Jersey. OVERALL: B Good service, good food, weak entertainment, and somewhat small. Fully enjoyed it and would sail NCL again, but not this ship. We prefer bigger with more activities. The one nighter was short yet recharging and worth it. Will be on the lookout for one to three night cruises in the New York area to hold us over until the annual long cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2006
We took a 1-night Cruise to Nowhere on board the NCL Spirit. We had in the back of our mind that we would look at booking the 9-day Extended Caribbean cruise in the spring, if we liked the ship. Overall, we were glad we had the chance to ... Read More
We took a 1-night Cruise to Nowhere on board the NCL Spirit. We had in the back of our mind that we would look at booking the 9-day Extended Caribbean cruise in the spring, if we liked the ship. Overall, we were glad we had the chance to "preview" the ship. It felt rundown and the service was lacking. Servers were not especially friendly and were also very difficult to understand. We dined in the Shogun Restaurant which I definitely do not recommend. Even with a surcharge, the food was not good. We really are not picky and are very understanding diners...both of us work in the food industry. My husband's entree came out 10 minutes after mine and was not even close to what he ordered; the waitress did not seem to understand when questioned. The sushi was not even served cold. We had an inside cabin on Deck 10. It was fine for 1 night. Typical inside cabin. Beds were not very comfortable. I think we will stick with Royal Caribbean. Probably if we had not ever been on a cruise before, we would have found this to be more acceptable however, after the outstanding service and surroundings on RCCL, this just does not compare. Also, Embarkation was a NIGHTMARE...waited in line over 3 hours! I don't really think it was NCL's fault but they were SO SLOW checking people in....it was like pulling teeth!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2004
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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