16 Norwegian Spirit Fitness Cruise Reviews

Had a fantastic time on this cruise, the itinerary was excellent as were the excursions that were available. Excursion prices seemed quite reasonable for what was included particularly when compared to arranging things for yourself when ... Read More
Had a fantastic time on this cruise, the itinerary was excellent as were the excursions that were available. Excursion prices seemed quite reasonable for what was included particularly when compared to arranging things for yourself when you arrived into port. The ship itself was good although in parts it lookes 'tired' and dated and lacked attention to detail eg missing light bulbs in public areas. That said the shipwas clean, functional and welcoming. The staff were very friendly and always ready to help across all areas/services. The evening entertainment in the Theatre was okay and we have certainly experienced better in terms of quality. and variety on previous cruises.The absolute star of the entertainment was the on board group Souled Out.....absolutely fabulous, the best cruise poolside entertainment i've experienced and really worked hard to create a party atmosphere! Good range of bars & restaurants. All in all wonderful holiday, would happily recommend. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our second cruise on the Spirit and it's showing its age. The staff works hard to make it look fresh but the decor needs updating and some maintenance is required to meet the standard of other ships in the NCL fleet. ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Spirit and it's showing its age. The staff works hard to make it look fresh but the decor needs updating and some maintenance is required to meet the standard of other ships in the NCL fleet. Interesting ports was our primary reason for selecting this cruise. We ate at speciality restaurants six nights and found them all to be very good. They are definitely a step above the two main complementary evening restaurants. We wish NCL would bring back the Chef's Table dining option. We enjoyed attending two wine events but the intimacy of the Chef's Table was a special treat. We enjoyed all the shows except for a comedian that was the last nights entertainment. Wish they would have had the four show singers do more caberet shows. The four groups and soloists that performed in the various bars were also very good. Only negative was the ship trivia. So many people want to participate that they need to use a bigger venue and always use an overhead projector as some of the cruise staff leading the trivia are hard to understand as English is their second language. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I was just on the 12-day Grand Mediterranean from May 7-19 aboard the Norwegian Spirit. It was a DREAM VACATION. While the ship was relatively older and I did complain about having to pay almost double for my stateroom and port fees... the ... Read More
I was just on the 12-day Grand Mediterranean from May 7-19 aboard the Norwegian Spirit. It was a DREAM VACATION. While the ship was relatively older and I did complain about having to pay almost double for my stateroom and port fees... the service, crew, food and organized shore excursions more than made up for it. It was so very worth it. The staff and crew goes ABOVE and BEYOND to make your experience memorable no matter what kind of day they are having. They always put you first! The food is excellent and so was service even during really crowded meal times. The housekeeping and shore excursion team was amazing in ensuring a smooth trip and I love ALL their recommended trips. I took an excursion every single time we were on port and it was worth it! Big shoutout to our housekeeping room steward Amol, who always made sure my needs were taken cared of... and shore excursion team especially Jonathan for recommending the greatest day trips during my stay! I will definitely be back! My only suggestion: Since the Spirit does Mediterranean cruises, converting some cabins to single occupancy (so we don't have to pay double) would be IDEAL! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
All is geared toward making you pay more. You might pay less to book a cabin than on some other lines, and you’ll get what you paid for - a small cabin with inferior furnishings. Ours even had a pole in it which prohibited the single ... Read More
All is geared toward making you pay more. You might pay less to book a cabin than on some other lines, and you’ll get what you paid for - a small cabin with inferior furnishings. Ours even had a pole in it which prohibited the single beds from being place together to form a double -- yet there is no mention of this on the ship’s deck-plan. Guess they like to surprise you. Cocktails are poor, but the free food is good if you get it when it’s hot and don’t mind redundancy. Dining after 8 PM or breakfasting after 8:30 AM is risky in this regard. The pay restaurants are a joke, as the food is no better than at the free restaurants, and we saw few go for them. We ate once at the Shogun, great appetizer, but the classes of wine I ordered were spoiled by the staff; a Mondavi Chardonnay had been watered down, and an Argentine Malbec spoiled by incorrect storage - perhaps near an oven. Another try was equally humorous, at Le Bistro we suffered thru fake French food which was old and tasteless, and a bottle of California Merlot that I left with and gave to a young couple that wouldn’t balk at the poor quality. This dinner with wine was given complimentarily to us by the cabin chief after we complained about our room with pole, and excessive noise from the dance floor in the Galaxy lounge, three decks above us. He also offered to swap out our room, while the guest services desk declared that ship was full – however, there were only around 1600 out of the 2200 capacity. Guest services also offered us earplugs as a solution when we complained about the noise. The ship is small and easy to get around. The activities are the normal ones available on ships, like bingo, card tables, a library, and a theatre. The nightly performances were well done, especially the dance aspects. The casino was dubious. I repeatedly saw stud poker players correcting dealers pay outs on winning hands, which were sometimes overlooked. The dice table and a $25 minimum blackjack table were always empty, and the $5 blackjack tables seemed questionable - shuffling machines seemed to deal out pat hands around the table and also give the dealer a 21 through several hits. This happened 5 times in a row when I was playing, which is when I quit. I wonder if these casinos are ever controlled by gaming authorities. The crew seemed very happy and congenial. I think the idea that NCL has is that a happy crew makes the guests happy. This is a common cruise hospitality fallacy. An efficient crew that works well makes the guests happy. Perhaps NCL should take that into account, along with some of its misrepresentations. It should, at least, fix its deck-plan information to show any pole intrusions in rooms. Over all, I recommend NCL only to experienced cruisers. A first cruise on NCL would be a big mistake, due to the cuisine and shabby, skimpy cabins. If you’re experienced, and get a low price, and don’t mind eating early, and don’t spend time in your cabin, then this is for you. Don’t forget to simply refuse the daily gratuity charges they tack onto the bill. It’s all a front to get you to pay more, feeling that those happy grew members deserve your tips. Truth is they receive no part of the tacked on gratuities - they are all on fixed salaries and your refusal to pay will not affect them.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My husband and I just returned from our first European trip (from United States). We spent two days in Barcelona before boarding the NCL Spirit. We had a surprising quick check-in process and experiences nothing but superb service and ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our first European trip (from United States). We spent two days in Barcelona before boarding the NCL Spirit. We had a surprising quick check-in process and experiences nothing but superb service and friendliness of the crew and staff from beginning to end. Our room attendant, Charlie, was fantastic. A wonderful smiling face to see everyday. As other reviews have mentioned, the food was just OK. We had a great food and service at Cagney's, and were happy with that we ordered at Trattoria and as for the complimentary eateries, we found Windows to be the most pleasant. We didn't particularly love the shows as the talent felt like small town community theater, but could tell the performers were really trying to put on a good show. Our first port, Lanzarote, was OK. We just walked around, lacked stores/places to visit outside of excursions. Tenerife was also OK. Unfortunately, this stop was on New Years Day so most of the city was closed. We did take a highlights tour in Casablanca and were extremely disappointed. The whole tour felt like a cattle heard and after we were shuffled through the Mosque, we spent the next 4 hours of the tour wasting time with random stops--- one at a small hotel where we were given a soda, and told we could sit in the lounge for 40 minutes (while 6-8 other tour busses did the same thing). We were dropped at some small store with souvenirs... crammed like sardines with way too many tour busses stopping at the same store. One bathroom for use, no toilet paper. Casablanca was a sad city, very dirty, and the people were not friendly.... very negative experience. We LOVED Málaga. LOVED it. Cannot wait to go back just to visit that city again. Other than the iffy stops, we were overall very happy with our NCL experience. The boat may not have had many bells and whistles and the activities felt a little hit or miss, but the Crew and Staff were phenomenal. There was always SOMETHING to do. Every NCL employee we encountered was upbeat, helpful, and friendly. Will definitely look into future trips with NCL- especially their newer ships.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We are both midlife women who enjoy the convenience of cruising - unpack and relax. We had a fabulous time aboard the Spirit when we cruised out of New Orleans in 2011. The small ship, great and friendly staff, combined with fun onboard ... Read More
We are both midlife women who enjoy the convenience of cruising - unpack and relax. We had a fabulous time aboard the Spirit when we cruised out of New Orleans in 2011. The small ship, great and friendly staff, combined with fun onboard activities made for an easy choice when we discovered the Canary Island itinerary. We left from Barcelona and were delighted to be greeted with the same warm welcome we remembered. We even bumped into some of the same staff, well ok, bartenders and the dance instructor. We were delighted with the service we received from bartender Dinu, in Maharini's, who provided exceptional service and good humor. We discovered that the evening activities aboard the Spirit were, shall we say more low key than we experienced on the previous cruise. We made the best of our time onboard and took advantage of the fun parties in the Galaxy, especially fun was the Halloween costume party and disco dance nights. We were also lucky enough to be selected in the lottery for dinner with the ships officers. Our host was HR Director, Robert Vrooman, who graciously hosted six of us and kept us entertained with jokes and stories and gave us a glimpse of life aboard the Spirit. He even mentioned a new ship with special accommodation and activities geared towards singles on the newest ship, Breakaway. Despite the news that we could not make port in the Canary Islands due to weather, and Kathryn's constant moaning over WiFi withdrawal, we look forward to cruising like Norwegians again...perhaps on the Breakaway.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
after arriving at barcelona airport we were met by our pre-arranged taxi. suntransfers,i would recommend this firm as reliable prompt and competitively priced.£39.00 from airport to ship. we arrived at the port about two o'clock ... Read More
after arriving at barcelona airport we were met by our pre-arranged taxi. suntransfers,i would recommend this firm as reliable prompt and competitively priced.£39.00 from airport to ship. we arrived at the port about two o'clock and were onboard within ten minutes.before boarding we passed through security check and arrived at a small shopping mall where i purchased two bottles of wine for the stateroom,fully intending to pay the required corkage of $30. i carried the bottles in my arms onto the ship and was not approached by anyone. i looked around to see if there was any desk set up to pay.nothing, so i thought,hey ho,lets go and took the escalator to my cabin. never was one to look a gift horse in the mouth. having been on the epic last year i expected the cabin to be more old fashioned and with less space.i was delighted,especially with the bathroom set up. it was spacious and well set out. the shower was large with a sliding door.the toilet also has a frosted sliding door and a sink between.i intensely disliked the bathroom setup on the epic and found the space in the cabin very tight. before exploring we had lunch in the blue lagoon.not an extensive menu,but well cooked and we were spared the scrum at the buffet. i found the spirit to be a lovely comfortable ship with friendly and helpful staff.they are fortunate in their captain who is witty and approachable. the food was acceptable, if not spectacular. we ate dinner mostly in windows,which is a beautiful dining room.on sea days,we ordered room service breakfast,which is continental,but avoids a busy buffet. the entertainment in the theatre was good most nights. the comedy juggler was fun and the illusionist very good. i particularly enjoyed the final show elements which was quite spectacular. the daily entertainment was the usual trivia quiz,napkin folding and line dancing lessons,i wish that there were more imaginative entertainment during sea days when the weather is not so good and reading a book loses its appeal after a couple of hours. we did not try any of the specialty restaurants as i donated most of my own and quite a portion of my dh's money to the casino.i persevered through the fug of smoke,(no one can accuse me of being a quitter)until i felt that i had contributed enough to help refit the ship.my dh has taken on a second job after we returned.all things considered we had a lovely holiday. i haven;t said anything about the ports. madeira, we strolled around until i purchased a fridge magnet with a corkscrew,for the two illicit bottles of wine.not a lot to see. tenerife,we just did our own thing and didnt get off in lanzarote.my favourite stop was malaga,dont bother with the paid shuttle as it is an easy stroll ,unless you have mobility problems. all in all it was a lovely holiday,i wouldn't do the canaries again as i dont find it very interesting,but i would certainly sail with the spirit again. one last thing,THE DRESS CODE.i have rolled my eyes and tutted at reviews bemoaning the laxity of formal attire at dinner. i'm all for less formal dress if thats what you want ,but i think there should be a line drawn. i found people in track bottoms and tatty sneakers distasteful. i think it's a matter of respect.casual by all means but appropriate. i thought that some people would not have been admitted to a restaurant or club in town dressed as they were on the spirit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
8th cruise for me 2nd for my Daughter. This is the first time I even took note of the cruise director. What a bundle of warmth and energy she projects. The last night burlesque show is a must see! Great job by the activity staff. So much ... Read More
8th cruise for me 2nd for my Daughter. This is the first time I even took note of the cruise director. What a bundle of warmth and energy she projects. The last night burlesque show is a must see! Great job by the activity staff. So much fun! Food....well if we weren't on a tight budget we would have gone "for pay" ala carte. Always found something we liked but menu never excited me. Cabin...Inside 9th deck clean and roomy enough for the two of us. The hair dryer is nearly useless for my thick hair. Can not use hairdryer at the vanity. Considered walking to the dressing room by the spa but decided to just air dry. What the heck we are "free styling" right? Ports...Costa Maya, Loved it!!! Walked straight through the port out to the bus $3 each enjoyed the sun, sand, warm clear sea, and a few drinks taxi back Total $$ for the 2 of us $30 including drinks tip and transportation. Belize we did the ship sponsered Zipline and Cave tubing. Had fun. Roatan we brought our own snorkel gear paid $59 each for Beach Party through the ship. Glad we did. Plopped our gear down on two loungers under a palm and headed out to great snorkeling. Had considered Bananarama and walked down the beach to check it out. Much smaller beach. Not very many chairs so no guarantee that we would have gotten one and still would have snorkled the same spot. Great beach plenty of chairs, BBQ was "ok". Enjoyed the day. Cozumel walked 7 blocks to pickup our red VW convertible from ISIS $35 including insurance. At my request we paid an extra $10 so I wouldn't have to refill gas tank. Drove around the Island beach hopping stopping at 8 on our treck around the Island. Love Cozumel"s wild side. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
We decided on Jan. 3 that we wanted to go on a cruise out of New Orleans on the Norwegian Spirit. The salesperson at NCL told us there were only 4 cabins available and there was no guarantee of where we would be. We had an inside cabin ... Read More
We decided on Jan. 3 that we wanted to go on a cruise out of New Orleans on the Norwegian Spirit. The salesperson at NCL told us there were only 4 cabins available and there was no guarantee of where we would be. We had an inside cabin (our request) that was in a great location on the ship. The cabin, however, had a big pole between the beds so they could not be put together. That was the only downside of a great vacation. Our goal had been to relax and we accomplished that. We had been to all but Costa Maya before so we did not feel obligated to see or do anything in particular. We have been on several cruises. The Spirit is one of the most beautiful ships we have been on. It is not one of the huge ships and that appealed to us. The food ranged from excellent to just okay. It really depends on what you order. Don't miss the bread pudding on the evening menu or the strawberry shortcake at lunch in Windows. The New York steak on the menu tended to be pretty tough even when medium rare. No one was in danger of starving. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants since we figured we could spend that money on shore. The service in Windows was very good, not so good in the Garden Room, the one night we tried it. We didn't book excursions with the ship, choosing to find what was available after we docked. The entertainment on the Spirit was great. Our favorites were Emily and Arvin a duo you can check out on youtube and the comedian, David Naster. Other reviews have mentioned the smoke in the casino. I didn't find it to be as bad as some people said and since I ended up $400, I wasn't complaining. There was no doubt that we got our money's worth on this cruise. New Orleans is a great port city, especially since the ship docks within walking distance of the French Quarter. There is a cable car that runs from Julia St. to the quarter if you don't want to walk. Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
We took a cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Norwegian Spirit ~ really disappointed in the level of service and on board entertainment. Maybe I am spoiled as I cruised on the Epic last year (as my first cruise)where the entertainment ... Read More
We took a cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Norwegian Spirit ~ really disappointed in the level of service and on board entertainment. Maybe I am spoiled as I cruised on the Epic last year (as my first cruise)where the entertainment was TOP notch, the level of service was immediate with positive results. Not so with the Spirit. Where to start? Specialty Restaurants: On the Spirit there is no quiet dining. All the Specialty Restaurants are open to passageways and a lot of noise. Entertainment: Comedy Acts, Group singing ~ just not interesting. And beware, the Spirit provides "Adult" entertainment in the form of a male review and Burlesque (I think this is what they called it). Service: The service people at the main desk and excursion desk were not helpful if you had a problem. Please remember that everyone pays, within a range, the same amount to be on the Spirit BUT Norwegian has this "Priority Tender Service" if you book your excursions through them (I didn't see anything in Norwegian's literature stating we would have to wait for the "Priority" passengers before being let off at a tender port). If you book a private excursion you need to make sure the start time is not before 10:30 am because that's the time you'll be able to get a tender ashore. The port schedule was great and this is why we booked with Norwegian. The other issues made our time on the ship and getting on and off the ship a tedious pain with no resolution. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
One of my pet peeves about cruising is having a rigid eating schedule and eating with strangers. Freestyle cruising seemed like the perfect solution and for the most part it was. It was just my wife and I on the cruise so we could walk up ... Read More
One of my pet peeves about cruising is having a rigid eating schedule and eating with strangers. Freestyle cruising seemed like the perfect solution and for the most part it was. It was just my wife and I on the cruise so we could walk up to just about any restaurant at any time and get a table without a wait. The only things that had a wait were the Teppanyaki. Even though you aren't sitting with others at the same table you are close enough to other parties that if you feel like socializing it is easy to do during dinner. The food at the Raffles buffet was good for a buffet and fit the bill when we wanted variety and just wanted to get in and out real quick in order to make a morning excursion. The food at Windows and the Garden restaurants was also good but there was a meal or two where none of the dining options seemed exciting. I saw in a previous review that someone complained about the lobsters being small and they were but you could order as many as you wanted so it really wasn't an issue. The staff was generally very attentive but there was a time or two were they seemed short staffed. We tried the sushi restaurant when they had a discount day. $12 each for all the freshly prepared sushi or sashimi you could eat was a good deal. It you eat there you have got to try the banana pancake desert with coconut ice cream. They also had a steak house, italian place and a french restaurant but we didn't try those. The cabin staff were acceptable but not overly enthusiastic. On the other cruise lines the cabin staff are almost too friendly but that was not the case with our cabin stewards. They were polite but a little slow to clean and make our rooms every day. The entertainment on board was better than I expected. The second city comedy group was my favorite and they also had a standup comedian who wasn't too bad. There was a Russian acrobatic couple that put on a good show. The magician wasn't too bad either but that's not really my kind of entertainment. They had a good mix of events for all ages and interests. I read other reviews about being constantly pestered to buy things and I did not experience that on the Spirit. There was no shortage for opportunities to buy things but there weren't people coming up to me trying to sell me something. The ship is a little dated and small but the cabin was a comfortable size and so was the bathroom. I'm not saying they were big, but compared to the cabins and bathrooms I have been in on Carnival cruises these were bigger. Another thing that stands out to me is that the entire boarding process took 15 minutes and the disembarking took about the same. What I liked about disembarking was that if you were willing to take off your own luggage you could depart the ship at any time. I enjoyed my first experience with Freestyle cruising and would recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
This was our first cruise with NCL, we flew into NOLA on the day of embarkation, got to the ship around 3:00, by that time we flew through embarkation and our room was already available. We missed out on some of the boarding excitement by ... Read More
This was our first cruise with NCL, we flew into NOLA on the day of embarkation, got to the ship around 3:00, by that time we flew through embarkation and our room was already available. We missed out on some of the boarding excitement by getting in so late, we settled in, did the lifeboat drill (no life boats at our assembly area?) and then about 5:00 found something to eat as we missed the embarkation lunch. We had a balcony stateroom that was small but adequate, bed was supposed to be a queen size but it was just two smaller beds pushed together, it was very firm and the pillows were very stiff as well (not extremely comfortable). I am fairly tall and my feet were hanging off the end of the bed so I know it was not a traditional queen bed. The climate control worked well we had no difficulty keeping the room at our desired temperature. Bathroom was small as well, I'm 6'3" and could not lift my arms or bend over in the bathroom. I liked the shower vs. a bathtub and the commode area had enough legroom. Not sure that we are a fan of FreeStyle cruising. There didn't seem to be allot of activities that didn't involve, drinking, gambling or being sold something. In the evening there was usually some entertainment that was pretty good. The Comedian on board (Sam Griesbaum) was very funny and the cruise staff came up with some very entertaining "game shows" involving audience participation. Our biggest peeve was the food, primarily lunch and dinners. The items we had on the fixed lunch menu were not very appealing. Dinners proved to be the most problematic, again the MDR limited options and always available items would have been alright had the food been appealing. I did enjoy the prime-rib (probably the best meal I had on board and IMHO better than the filet I had at Cagney's) and the chicken picatta was decent. My wife enjoyed the vegetable quiche and the filet at Cagney's, so out of 7 dinners we enjoyed 2-3 of them. We ate at the Blue Lagoon a couple of times, the fish & chips are good (better than the MDR lunch version) but everything else we had was so-so. I thought that Raffles food court was going to be an issue for us but with the exception of a lack of vegetable side dishes I found it to be OK. The ice cream on board was pretty good though the available flavors are limited. Again an issue with FreeStyle cruising, you think that you can eat whenever you want, wherever you want but you still have to find a time and place that will accommodate the events that you want to view or participate in for the evening. With fixed dining the schedule is arranged so you shouldn't miss any events. I had some good times on the ship but overall the hassle of finding something that you would want to eat at a convienient time and place diminished the enjoyment of the experience. There would have to be a unique itinerary offered for us to consider sailing NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We have cruised a few times, and several times on Norwegian. Our most recent trip on the Spirit out of New Orleans to the Western Caribbean was the best. The Spirit is an older ship and so doesn't have some of the advantages of the ... Read More
We have cruised a few times, and several times on Norwegian. Our most recent trip on the Spirit out of New Orleans to the Western Caribbean was the best. The Spirit is an older ship and so doesn't have some of the advantages of the newer ships- smaller pool, no relaxation room in the spa, smaller rooms, no movie theater. But it was without a doubt the best staff we have ever had. From the stewards to the staff in the dining halls, everyone was helpful, friendly and attentive. We had never sailed out of New Orleans. As we were the only ship leaving and the port is right downtown by the convention center, it was easy to get to and easy to check in, though the person who checked us in did mess up our photos so that we had to have them retaken on the ship. We got the port around 11:15 on were on the ship before noon. We got into around cabins around 2:00 with our luggage arriving around 3:30. The room was a little small (we had an aft balcony). We had a minor problem with our closet door which the stewards immediately fixed when we asked them. Entertainment on the ship was a mix- some was very good such as Second City and some not some great, the magician. Still, on the whole well done. One suggestion, if you are on the upper levels move in a bit as it gets noisy by the door with people coming in late and leaving early. Food was excellent on the ship with a staff that was helpful in suggestions and attentive to if we wanted more coffee, soda or food. We dined at Le Bistro and thought it was excellent--recommend the beef tenderloin. The Blue Lagoon is also a nice alternative for lunch with good fish and chips. The Italian restaurant is just a section of the Raffles buffet that is sectioned off. So not really it own restaurant as on other ships. The Windows and Garden were fine options. The Beer Garden was good for burger and hot dog. While we got off at all of the ports, we only went on one excursion in Belize, the ruin and river tour. It was fun but not great. This port is also the only one that is tender. So build in extra time to get off the ship and figure on a bumpy ride. Being on an excursion does make it easier to get a tender off the ship. The other ports we walked around. The stop at Roatan at Mahogany Bay had a free beach right nearby if one wanted to get off the ship and hit the beach. All in all, a very enjoyable and relaxing cruise that was made all the better by an excellent staff and crew. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
We picked this cruise because we liked the ports and the "one-way" nature of the cruise. My wife had always wanted to see the colors of New England. The cruise left from Boston and ended in Quebec City. My wife and I had never ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we liked the ports and the "one-way" nature of the cruise. My wife had always wanted to see the colors of New England. The cruise left from Boston and ended in Quebec City. My wife and I had never visited Boston so we spent an entire day there before departure. We walked the Freedom Trail and enjoyed the city. The morning before the cruise we walked the walkways along the water and got some good exercise. Our hotel was the Boston Seaport Hotel. It is located away from the downtown area near the World Trade Center area. The hotel is right on the "Silver Line" which means it is on the subway/bus system. We took the Silver Line directly from the airport. The Silver Line connects with downtown very nicely. In addition, the Silver Line also goes directly to the port and drops you right next to the NCL dock. The Seaport Hotel was right near the water and we had great views out of our windows. It was a great hotel for a pre-cruise stay. We arrived at the dock between 1:00 and 2:00. Since we were staying in a suite, we were lead to an open check-in station. However, the other check-in lines seemed short. After meeting our butler and concierge, we were lead directly to our cabin. Our cabin was 10000 and was right in the front of the ship, directly below the bridge. The cabin was large with a sitting area, breakfast table and a separate bedroom. Bathroom was large with tub and large shower. The suite even had a second small bathroom. The balcony was on the small side but gave us great views out both sides of the ship as we left ports. When cruising, it was windy and rather cold because of the wind coming straight in. Our cruise was the second week of October. Because of the long summer, many of the trees were still green in some areas. However, since you are cruising north, the trees were very beautiful in many ports. I think early October is the time to go. The Spirit is an older ship and you can tell from the decor. However, we enjoyed the ship and the amenities. Deck 7 is a walking deck where you can walk around the entire outside of the ship. 3 laps are 1 mile with great views. The fitness center is small but has nice large windows in front of the exercise machines. We were some of the younger passengers on this particular cruise (in our early 50's) so getting on the equipment was not a problem. There is a running track on the top level of the ship but many passengers use it to walk across the deck. So, you needed to dodge slow walkers on the track. The "free" restaurants are the Buffet, Windows and the Garden Room. The buffet was typical cruise ship fare and normally very chaotic. As a suite holder, we could eat breakfast and lunch in Cagney's (one of the specialty restaurants). We ate breakfast in Cagney's every day except one. In the evening, Windows and the Garden Room have the exact same menu so it really doesn't matter which one you eat at. Both were good but we ate more often in the Garden Room because they had more tables for parties of two. Food was very good. We did not feel the need to pay-up and eat in the specialty restaurants. Many folks we met did pay to eat in the specialty restaurants and were very pleased. Once again, as suite holders we had reserved seating in the balcony for all shows. I would rate the shows 3 of a possible 5. We saw them all. I believe the older folks enjoyed them the most. Most were packed. There were two identical shows each night and the early one was the more popular. The crew on the ship was great. Dinner served quickly and efficiently. Housekeeping services were very quick to make-up your cabin when you were gone. Towel animals were creative. Butler and concierge were great! Once we arrived in Quebec City, we were given priority disembarkment. Our luggage was waiting for us and easily found. We walked the old city section of Quebec City. It was a great walking town. No reason to pay for an excursion unless you cannot walk. We then rented a car and drove to Montreal. We stayed at the Montreal Airport Marriott which is located inside the terminal. It was very convenient and a great choice if you have an early morning flight. Overall, we had a great trip. See my port reviews for further information. Sydney - Canada At Sydney, we thought we wanted to go to the fortress at Louisbourg. We went to the taxis and asked the price. All the taxi drivers had a pre-printed pricing form for the various attractions - none of which are close to the ship. This is one location where you need to get into a vehicle to see the best sights and scenery. The "fixed fee" trip to Louisbourg was $160. For two people, we thought this was way too high, but then we found two Fighting Illini who joined us. The taxi was a van, so the 4 of us were very comfortable. Louisbourg is a fortress that has been restored/re-built as a tourist attraction. There are demonstrations and workers are dressed in "period" costumes, etc. The location is right on the water and there was a lot to see. The drive to the fortress was pleasant but not anything special. We got back early and took a walking tour of the town. Unless you just like to walk (which we do), this town didn't have a lot to offer. Corner Brook (I've added this since Corner Brook is not a port on Cruise Critic) From what we could tell, Corner Brook had one redeeming factor, the Stream Trail. We took a cab to the beginning of the trail (or the end of the trail depending upon your direction). Let's just say, we started high in the hills and the Trail was mainly downhill for us. From the top, the trail is carved out of the woods and crosses a deep gorge. People starting from the dock do not make it this far as we saw no one for the first ½ hour (except a few locals). Once you've dropped back to sea level, the trails wind around ponds and up and down hills. We walked all the various side trails and it was a great hike. Once we got to the bottom, we asked about shopping and were pointed to a small shopping center. Let's just say, some of the passengers on the ship thought the Wal-Mart was their shopping highlight. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
Overall this cruise met our expectations. My wife and I are experienced cruisers. This was our eighth cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines and our fifteenth cruise in total. We live in the Boston area so we did not do any Boston sightseeing ... Read More
Overall this cruise met our expectations. My wife and I are experienced cruisers. This was our eighth cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines and our fifteenth cruise in total. We live in the Boston area so we did not do any Boston sightseeing before the cruise and we didn't have to deal with airline connections. Our son drove us to the Boston cruise port and we began the embarkation process at about 12:30 PM. The embarkation process took about an hour and it clearly could have run smoother. I was a little irked that the Lattitudes line moved slower than the non-Lattitudes line. The non-Lattitudes couple directly in front of us when the lines were separated were on the ship ten minutes before us. The ship is fairly elegant, not as tacky as a lot of the new ships. The ship never seemed crowded. There were no problems getting elevators or getting good seats at the shows. There were no waiting lines to get off the ship while in port even when we were tendering. There were no waiting lines at the main restaurants (we ate at 5:30 PM each night and were always seated immediately)and everything worked fairly smoothly at the buffet(there was never more than two people ahead of me when I stood in line for my daily made-to-order omelet). This was the first cruise we were on where trays were not used, so navigating the buffet was a bit cumbersome. Our inside cabin on deck nine was large enough for two people with more than enough space for our clothes and other belongings. We never saw our room steward but the room was always clean and well stocked, and we were never interrupted for service. The food at the buffet and in the two main dining rooms was varied and more than acceptable. We did not eat at any of the specialized restaurants with the cover charges. The service at the dining rooms was excellent. All the shows were entertaining. The two song and dance shows had good music and energetic dancers.The comedian/mentalist was especially good and I spent the whole show saying to myself "How did he do that?". The Second City troupe's skits were funny but I didn't think their improv work was that good.The juggler's act was pretty standard but still worth watching nonetheless. Since we carried our own bags off the ship, disembarkation was a breeze. The only real disappointment we had with this cruise was that we pulled into each port during the early morning before it was light so we really couldn't appreciate what we consider a highlight of every cruise. In La Baie, Quebec we took the ship's excursion to the Saguenay National Park where we took a Zodiac tour of the only fjord in North America. Despite the rainy weather we had an enjoyable day on the river. They gave us heavy water-proof jackets to wear but we still got pretty wet. The Zodiac boats were a good way to see the fjord and the national park. The cost was $105 per person and included a one hour bus ride (in a real yellow school bus) each way. In Sydney, Nova Scotia we spent the morning walking through the old section of the town which was right in front of the area where the ship was docked. We were provided with a free map right at the dock. In the afternoon we took the ship's excursion to the Fortress at Louisbourg. We had a great guide who not only explained the history of the Fortress but also gave us a rich perspective of the history and culture of Cape Breton Island. Because of a mix-up the excursion only cost us $70 per person instead of the publicized price of $86. Taking a cab to the Fortress or renting a car for the trip would have been just as expensive and you wouldn't have had the benefit of the guide. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
This was my first cruise (as I am only 20). I went with my boyfriend of 4 years (who is 21) and we stayed in an inside cabin. Embarkation was really fast and easy! We booked the cruise through our college and so were rooming with 2 other ... Read More
This was my first cruise (as I am only 20). I went with my boyfriend of 4 years (who is 21) and we stayed in an inside cabin. Embarkation was really fast and easy! We booked the cruise through our college and so were rooming with 2 other people. 4 people was kind of a lot for a small cabin, but it wasn't too bad. The only bad thing about the inside cabin was that in the morning you couldn't tell what time it was (no sunlight) so once i woke up at 4:30AM and had to get up to see the time. I doubt it would be worth the extra money though- to have a window. I spent very little time actually IN the room. The ship was beautiful! Everything was brand new because it had been dry docked. The first day on the ship was relaxing but a little cold. (we had ridiculously bad weather the entire time...but i guess im just used to sunny california weather!). Food: Very good! We ate at raffles (the buffet) for breakfast most of the time because it was fast and easy. You cant really mess up cereal, fruit and bagels lol. It was good. Windows and the Garden room were very good!! We ate at either of these almost every night. One night we went to Cagneys (the "specialty" one with a cover charge of $25 per person). It was not worth it! It was still very good, but just about as good as the garden room/ windows. The portions were ok for me, but my bf and his 2 male friends ended up ordering 2 or even 3 entrees at dinner! The waitstaff was kind and let them do it...I was a bit embarrassed! It was great that you could eat whenever you wanted. Sometimes we had dinner at 6 and sometimes at 9. it was great. Ports: We booked excursions for each port because A-we are young and inexperienced and B-we had to do "educational things" because it was for class credit. In Costa Maya we went to the mayan ruins. The tour guide Jesus was very informed and taught us a lot. It rained (as it did EVERY DAY) but it was warm so it wasn't too bad. It is very unusual for it to rain this time of year so don't let that deter you! In Guatemala we went to the jungle and swam in natural waterfalls! Again it was warm and raining but it felt really nice to swim in the crystal clear water. Our tour guide Alfredo taught us a lot about guatemalan life. Thats the only reason i would say to book with NCL- the tour guides speak english very well and know a lot of interesting facts! We then went to Belize and to another Mayan ruin. This one was amazing! In Cozumel it was our relaxing day so we shopped and went on the "beach break" excursion which was beautiful and i must say we drank enough dos equis to make it a bargain! ha. ship entertainment: I learned to play shuffleboard and ping pong. Pretty fun. Also, there was bingo (which i never did). I did go to a yoga class which was fun. Karaoke was a blast. AND for younger people there were always "club nights" and even a toga party! The comedy was SO FUNNY but the magic show was really lame. I laughed the entire time though. Disembarkation took only about 30 minutes tops. I had a really great time and am already looking at booking another cruise (with a port closer to home)! Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
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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