188 Norwegian Spirit Romantic Cruise Reviews

Ports we wanted to visit Service from most was acceptable but not from tours desk where we had a female total ignore us and then was not much help after that. Then to be ripped off for 111min on internet when it was clearly documented ... Read More
Ports we wanted to visit Service from most was acceptable but not from tours desk where we had a female total ignore us and then was not much help after that. Then to be ripped off for 111min on internet when it was clearly documented no use.... and to be told tuff luck. And to rub salt in you have to PAY for bottled water US$24.00 for 6x 1lt bottles where manufacturing costs are US$0.60per bottle. To make someone pay for a life supporting product is disgraceful. This ship is old . We were told it had had a refit in Jan. WHERE I ask. Cabins very small very outdated TV useless. Can't check your account. The shops are way way over priced you can buy cheaper retail on land then they add a 20% tax. The cost of this cruise was higher then any other we have done on much better & newer ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Have been on two cruises before this one (Royal Caribbean, Princess) and this BY FAR has been the best food I've experienced - no complaints whatsoever. The food came out perfect everytime and was always delicious! Cagney's ... Read More
Have been on two cruises before this one (Royal Caribbean, Princess) and this BY FAR has been the best food I've experienced - no complaints whatsoever. The food came out perfect everytime and was always delicious! Cagney's was also amazing as was the Blue Lagoon, which was surprising for a cruise 24 hour diner section. Only issue I had with the ship was the lack of an indoor pool/spa and the towel station location/times. The towel station closed at 7 while the pools/spas remained open til 10, which I thought quite odd. Also made hopping into the spa on Deck 10 aft annoying as we had to make our way to Deck 12 mid ship just to grab some towels. Cabin was also very spacious! Was surprised at how the bathroom was organised - easily the biggest shower I've experienced on a ship and absolutely loved that there was a sliding door instead of an annoying shower curtain - made showering at the end of the day a breeze. Had no issues getting theatre seats at the second show and loved that we didn't have to stress about this. Staff were always helpful and polite - will miss a few of them! Overall - an old but charming ship that needs a few upgrades but definitely still worth sailing on. Can't wait to see what the Spirit will look like after next year's refurbishment. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
With the exception of 3 people, it was as if this was a training cruise. Most stood around, and several times we had to go searching for people to help. The tendering process was painful! We stood in the wind and rain for 1.5 hours ... Read More
With the exception of 3 people, it was as if this was a training cruise. Most stood around, and several times we had to go searching for people to help. The tendering process was painful! We stood in the wind and rain for 1.5 hours waiting to get back to the ship. Get this! The tenders broke down! Good thing the ship wasn't in trouble. The excursions were disappointing. We paid good money to see/touch things. We sat on a bus for hours, drove by a standing stone circle that predated Stone Henge. Why wasn't enough time allotted for us to stop? There was no indication of what we would see on our excursions except the end stops. The food was passable, but nowhere near as amazing as it has been on other cruises. Ever heard of spice? I get that you have to cook for the masses, but you could note which dishes have spice and which ones don't. But the topper was travel. We booked air through NCL Travel and were scheduled to fly on British Air. When I found out that the BA employees were planning a work action (WA), I called NCL Travel. After sitting on hold for 45 minutes, I was told I needed to call BA. So I did and was told that our travel dates would not be impacted by the WA. Getting to Heathrow went off without a hitch. Getting on the ship was smooth and painless. BUT GETTING BACK! At 6:15 in the morning, we stood in line to leave the ship - oh by the way, told were we in the wrong line. NO SIGNAGE telling us that. We get off the ship, claim our luggage, and head for the buses. We sat for half an hour waiting for the rest of the people to get on the bus, and one couple had flights that were approaching a point where they might miss their flight. They had to track down someone to get us moving. We get to the airport and are told by BA that our reservations were not valid. Come to find out, after half an hour on the phone, that NCL Travel had moved our reservations to a United flight leaving roughly at the same time. So WHY didn't NCL tell us. We were on board the ship for 12 days and a note could easily have been left for us, a phone message - SOMETHING! While we are Gold status, in the future, we will seriously reconsider our choice of vacation travel with NCL and do more comparison with other cruise lines going forward. If you are interested in suggestions of how to improve the above concerns, contact us. I look forward to helping you provide far better services than we experienced on this trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Chosen for ports of call. Great destinations. However the ship is worn down. The food is substandard compared to competitors. Many of the workers did not now how to charge versus packages. We were overcharged many times and had to go to ... Read More
Chosen for ports of call. Great destinations. However the ship is worn down. The food is substandard compared to competitors. Many of the workers did not now how to charge versus packages. We were overcharged many times and had to go to guest services to get charges fixed. This was do to employed not knowing benefit package allowances. Smoking is still allowed in many areas mainly casino just behind the times. We would have spent a lot of money in the casino as we usually do but do to your out dated policies we did not spend a dime unfortunately for both of us. Activities and programs are ok but could easily be improved. We last did Celebrity and they have evolved compared to Norwegian. This cruise could have been much better with little effort. Evolution is part of buisness if you do not evolve you will be left behind. We are well employed and fairly young 40-50 years of age. People like us will either use your brand or go to your competitors. Look at your future Customers or not? Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My cabin was 9210 which was an aft suite. In this letter I will be detailing my experience onboard your vessel. Just a little background this was our sixth cruise with your company and have had a wonderful time previously. We have ... Read More
My cabin was 9210 which was an aft suite. In this letter I will be detailing my experience onboard your vessel. Just a little background this was our sixth cruise with your company and have had a wonderful time previously. We have cruised on the Getaway, Escape, Jade and Pearl. This was a honeymoon cruise for us and we had invited 2 other couples to cruise with us neither have even been on an NCL cruise before. Upon boarding the ship with great enthusiasm and excitement as we have been planning this trip for well over a year. The ship was delayed departing as it had a mechanical issue and did not depart till 1:30 AM the next morning. That is when things turned sour. In order for the ship to make up time it was cruising at a 22-24 knots according to the information screen. This caused our suite to vibrate uncontrollably with glassware clanging, draws opening and the safe door banging it was like traveling on the New York City subway. Everything started rattling, draws sliding open, safe door clanging, and bathroom items falling into the sink and to the floor. Please note in the pictures provided the vibration is so severe, the bathroom tiles had cracked and vibrated loose leaving it uneven. Monday July 22 upon us going to breakfast we spoke to the Concierge about being up all night and her response was she was going to look into it. Well the day progressed as the speed stayed consistence and at 5PM we went to guest services to speak with the manager, unfortunately the guest services rep had to be asked 4 times before my husband finally said that he was not happy and that he would start yelling if his request was not attended to. Finally, the front end manager came out along with the Concierge. Upon speaking with The supervisor we found out that the vibration problem was a known issue. She had said that vibration tests were done in our Suite and that the vibration occurred around 19 knots. She said that she would send an email to the Miami offices informing them of the issue. The immediate solution was to give us a room on deck 6 closer to the front of the ship with a window. So, on nights that the ship was going over 19 knots I was supposed to pack a bag and sleep in another cabin. We found this extremely inconvenient and ridiculous. We then asked for a schedule of cruising speed so we would have knowledge of sleeping arrangements. Well it was supplied but not exactly accurate we learned after the second sleepless night to add 5-10 knots per numbers supplied. By the third day after falling asleep on the bus rides for our excursions (yes paying a lot and missing a lot) I decided to set up an appointment with the Front-End Manager. Again, we found out that he was also aware of the vibration problem on the ship. By this time, I cannot understand how your company would still take $10,000 for a cabin with known issues and think it is OK. This is stealing money from your customers. So, we paid for a suite that could not be used when the ship was moving, and was offered a cabin with a window. Also, I do not understand why the concierge that did not utter a word to us after the first day. Not any staff member offered us any assistance to transition from one cabin to another as we slept in the other cabin for 6 nights. You would have thought that knowing the problem the staff would have been more accommodating and helpful to try to smooth over all of our discomfort. We then thought upon spending the night in Dublin we could stay in our cabin, the captain said that to prepare for dry dock in January they were going to be weighing the ship at night. The cruise director added that they were doing water testing. Well with the staff knowing the issues of our cabin you would think that someone would have suggested us to sleep in our other cabin. Well let me tell you what they did. The crew filled the ballast with water after moving the ship away from the dock. From 1:00am to 5:30am the crew was revving the engines up and down causing our suite to vibrate violently. I tried calling guest service but that was worthless as no one answered the phone. I find it comical how the entire ship knew the issue with the aft cabins but could not care about the guests occupying them. Later that day we had an appointment with management to hear the response from NCL corporate. They read us the response from corporate and My wife was in tears. After spending over $10,000 for the cruise it was like a slap in the face not only were we sleep deprived, falling asleep on buses to and from excursion locations and totally frustrated as not only did we have 2 other couples traveling with us this was my HONEYMOON that is being totally ruined. I felt that I was not considered a valued guest as with this cruise I was going to be a platinum member which does show the loyalty I had with your company. On top of the vibration issues, I was looking forward to a bath at night before bed. The tub had disgusting mold growing around it, and the staff had to step in and out of the tub to pull shade up or down. We had spent over 10,000 dollars for this cruise for a cabin we picked over a year ago, so we could entertain our friends with cocktails and cheese plates (which were ordered in advance). The vibration and noise did not allow any of this. I am not sure if you or a company representative have seen the condition of this ship but it should have been dry docked long ago. The bathroom tiles are cracked and have uneven surfaces as you could not walk barefoot to the toilet. The furniture was stained and looked dirty. The staff was very passive and inattentive. We heard the same issues from our neighbors, it was like the staff did not want to speak with us for fear of hearing more complaints. The service was not up to par with any other cruises we had taken with your company. Where the ship’s staff and corporate offices had knowledge of all the issues long before we had boarded, especially where vibration testing that had been done, these cabins should have never been sold or occupied. To take a customer’s money in advance and knowingly sell a room that does not allow for quiet enjoyment is stealing the customers money. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Overall I struggle with rating average or poor. We have cruised before with NCL and changed from Princess to NCL for our cruise around the British Islands as they had less ports with tenders and the service has previously been excellent. ... Read More
Overall I struggle with rating average or poor. We have cruised before with NCL and changed from Princess to NCL for our cruise around the British Islands as they had less ports with tenders and the service has previously been excellent. Once again, the embarkation and disembarkation were smooth. The ship departed almost 12 hours late with no communication whatsoever. We were finally able to piece together from other passengers that NCL came very close to cancelling the cruise and sending us all back to London. After denying that this delay would not impact our shore excursions, they had to make another announcement owning up to the truth. The staff at the shore excursion desk were doing what they could given the circumstances. Clearer communication from the cruise director would have saved a lot of heartache and waiting in lines. We saw very few happy employees on board the ship in every department. They were putting forward minimal effort. Food on the buffet was not hot; boring; and, tasteless. Service in the sit down restaurants was less than acceptable. Finally with the help of an assistant Matri D, we were able to find a very fun and helpful server who we requested the rest of the cruise. The ship needs a lot of work and is scheduled for upgrading soon. It needs it. Not up to NCL standards at all, and may I add NCL has basically average standards. Thankfully, the lounge acts and shows were very good and the ports of call did not disappoint. We had purchased Cruise Next on our previous cruise with NCL so we are stuck taking one more cruise with NCL. It was hard not to look at the people discussing Cruise Next options and recommend "don't do it". We will be seeking another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We wanted to select this specific itinerary to go to Wales, Belfast, Rejkavik, Norwegian Fjords and Bruges. The ship was too small to smoothly sail the North Sea between Ireland and Iceland, so in our 12 foot seas (I know, that's not ... Read More
We wanted to select this specific itinerary to go to Wales, Belfast, Rejkavik, Norwegian Fjords and Bruges. The ship was too small to smoothly sail the North Sea between Ireland and Iceland, so in our 12 foot seas (I know, that's not very big) there were lots of barf bags being used. But that was only 1 day out of 14 so everyone forgot it. We loved the greenery of Ireland and Wales, plus their unique histories. Iceland has a stark beauty that's not to be missed. But Norway is the creme'-de-la-creme' if you are looking for majestic beauty! The Flam train coursed thru green mountains surrounded by waterfalls and was truly breathtaking! It is touted as the Most Beautiful Train Ride in Europe, and we believe it. It is a definite Bucket List for any adventurer. But Bruges, Belgium was the Piece'-de-Resistance'. This little village is perhaps the most charming and quaint location in Europe. The ship is a bit old, but we knew that going in and were not bothered by it. The itinerary is what drove us to select this cruise. The staff were all wonderful and the entertainment was actually second to none. It was all very good. We'd love to do this same cruise again, and I can recommend it strongly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
For our 10th cruise, we decided to try a different cruise company after previously sailing with P and O, Princess Cruises and Royal Carribean. After reading mixed reviews we were a little hesitant about the booking but we are so glad we ... Read More
For our 10th cruise, we decided to try a different cruise company after previously sailing with P and O, Princess Cruises and Royal Carribean. After reading mixed reviews we were a little hesitant about the booking but we are so glad we booked the cruise. Food - by far the best food we have had on a cruise liner. Plentiful, tasty and amazing service by happy waiters. We loved not having to eat dinner at a certain time as we have had to do with most other liners. There was also no real dress code it was very relaxed but the option was there to where something smarter if you wished. Previously we have often struggled to have a table for 2 but even though the ship was full we had a table each evening for 2 often by the window. We could also use the free at sea drinks package in the dining room which was an added bonus. Drink - we paid very little for the free st sea package which included premium alcoholic drinks. Most was covered by the package which included whiskeys rum barcadi as well as wine and lager. Service- fantastic staff. The overall majority couldnt do enough for you. As the ship is smaller it was lovely to get to know the staff. It added a personal touch. Entertainment- not as much entertainment as other ships but we didnt feel we needed it as we had a stop each day and the drinks package. There were quizzes happening daily and shows in the theatre. Ship - I agree with the comments that some not all areas of the ship are a little dated but it didnt bother us. Cabin - we stayed in an indoor cabin that was larger than most other inside cabins we stayed in previously. Overall.....I'd give this cruise 10 out of 10. Lovely to see the staff so happy, drinks package added bonus at low cost and the best food we have had on a cruise to date. Well done NCL we will be returning. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I surprised my partner with cruise because it was going to Valletta, Malta and that’s his last name. It turned out to be the best cruise that we have done. The staff was outstanding, friendly, helpful. Our favorite waiter was Richard in ... Read More
I surprised my partner with cruise because it was going to Valletta, Malta and that’s his last name. It turned out to be the best cruise that we have done. The staff was outstanding, friendly, helpful. Our favorite waiter was Richard in the Window restaurant. We loved that this was a small ship. No big lines to wait to get off the ship. Our only issue was not enough alcohol in the drinks for the money that the ship charges for. The entertainment was outstanding, especially Sonata group and P& K. We both listening to the. We met a lot of nice people from different parts of the world. We became friendly with a couple from India and young couple from Germany. The Teppanaki experience was great, the food was so good that it was worth every penny. We had all of breakfast at the buffet as we could our eggs nice and hot and cook to order Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The ship is about to go to dry dock for an overhaul. It needs it. Food was lousy. Buffet was barely edible. Dining room food was usually served lukewarm though some was good. We enjoyed the included Asian restaurant. Our balcony room ... Read More
The ship is about to go to dry dock for an overhaul. It needs it. Food was lousy. Buffet was barely edible. Dining room food was usually served lukewarm though some was good. We enjoyed the included Asian restaurant. Our balcony room was small even for a cruise ship. The bed was firm and very comfortable. It seemed like the cabin steward needed more training because every day I had to remind him of towels that he had forgotten to leave for us and each time the room needed to be vacuumed I had to request it. There’s plenty of friendly staff in the bars and restaurants however they lack comfortable seating. And one of the things I found challenging for the ship is that there is not an easy way to get a quick snack that you can grab and take back to your room or the pool deck. The only 24 hour food that is available requires to sit and consume it in a small area and you’re not allowed to take it back to your room or the pool deck. Overall we will give NCL one more chance but so far prefer royal or Disney hands down. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
It was our 10th anniversary this year, but I am a teacher and we have a 2yo and a 5yo. We were trying to figure out something that was new and exciting, had some active days and some relaxing days, would fit with our schedule but not drop ... Read More
It was our 10th anniversary this year, but I am a teacher and we have a 2yo and a 5yo. We were trying to figure out something that was new and exciting, had some active days and some relaxing days, would fit with our schedule but not drop us into summer crowds, and was something we would eventually want to go back and explore more when our kids get older. This cruise fit all the bills, so we booked. We are somewhat control-freak nervous-travelers, but can definitely relax when the time is right, so we planned to land a day early, and leave a day later. We landed in Rome, booked an afternoon tour of the Vatican, checked into our hotel, and took the free shuttle down to the city center. Rome is great, and we are definitely going to come back, but that doesn't have much to do with the cruise, so I will move on. Embarkation day we went to the airport to meet our transfer. I think we were the first ones there, there was a bit of a wait and not a lot of direction, but in the end, we got on an awesome double-decker bus, met some of our neighbors for the next ten days and enjoyed a gorgeous ride from the airport to the cruise port. It was amazing. The cruise port was great, they had a lot of seating, amenities, called people up by group, processed everything quickly, and got us on the ship by noon. My husband left his passport at the check-in desk and they ended up leaving us a notice in our stateroom that we had lost something and they recovered it, so we went to guest services to retrieve it. We didn't even know we had left it because the first day of the cruise was sea-day, so we hadn't needed it. Day 1 was exploration, we found the irish pub, Henry's, that became our home for the cruise, and where we met the best people, including Jay, the bartender. Boy is he knowledgeable about whiskeys! And really just the best with customer service!! The art gallery onboard (an actual art gallery, not a hallway or 'we took over this lounge for a few hours') was great, especially because we have a habit of buying art on every cruise we go on. The steakhouse food was great. None of the food servers were really anything to write home about, and some of them were pretty obnoxious, but with the freestyle dining, they can be easily avoided. The Italian restaurant onboard makes up for in taste what it lacks in ambiance (as it is just a section of the buffet cordoned off at night for the specialty dining). The Osso Bucco was to die for. The french restaurant was kind of a waste of time and effort, and I am glad we took two nights in the steakhouse instead. The shore excursion staff was GREAT!! Most of the excursions were amazing and well worth it. The only one I would warn against was the Athens Acropolis and Leisure tour. The Acropolis can be seen alone and read about in a travel book, and the leisure just consisted of 'eat at this restaurant we get a kickback from and shop at these stores we get a kickback from' with not the best tour guides. I wish there had been more time to get off the boat and explore in Crete (we only had a 5 hour port call and Chania doesn't have much, so it is a half hour or more to get to anything non-industrial), but it was also nice to relax on the ship one of the days to recover from all of the exploring. The ship was perfect and the experience still has me glowing and excited for our next trek to Greece or Italy!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
At times we wondered if this was their first time putting on a cruise. A total amateur effort. Memory dump follows. Start with the highlights: Cagney steaks and aerial act in theater. Drinks: We elected for the dining and ... Read More
At times we wondered if this was their first time putting on a cruise. A total amateur effort. Memory dump follows. Start with the highlights: Cagney steaks and aerial act in theater. Drinks: We elected for the dining and drinks packages. Still had to endure nickel & diming upcharges. Their wine list by the glass is lacking good bubbles and full bodied reds; exactly what you need at a steak house. They had 3 prices for a glass of Veuve Cliquot champagne, depending who you asked. The drinks package adds a service charge of 20% and assumes $99/day worth of drinks each!!! Some bartenders were talented and generous, others need to be trained. Champagne Charlie's doesn't have anything to offer that's not found on other menus. The bartender said it was really a martini bar. Coffee packets in the room actually tasted (slightly) better than the coffee at Raffles. It would have been nice for the cabin steward to replenish them regularly. Food: With few exceptions, the food was bad to average. A few very good steaks at Cagney's. Le Bistro is not worth it. Main/Windows at time was terrible. Overall, it was like eating at Applebee's. We did not gain weight on this cruise because it just wasn't tempting. Every time you come near Raffles you hear "washy-washy" and they spray at you (yes, at you) with a disinfectant! I don't want that on my hands when I'm eating pastry in the morning. One employee got nasty with me for declining. Excursions: We missed our day in Grasse because they couldn't get us off the boat in time in Cannes. We were told it's their first time in Cannes. Embarkation security didn't have a problem with my water bottle. Disembarkation on the last day was total chaos. Most people didn't know what was going on. Just get on the NCL shuttle bus to train. Facilities: * Men's steam room out of order on the day I tried. * A pool jacuzzi was barely warm on the day we tried it. * Library closed early on day at sea. * Lots of boat motion because Spirit is small. * ATM only dispenses US dollars. Why would I need that in Europe? I needed eye drops due to the smoky air near some elevators (not just near casino). Medical office wanted $149 to see the Dr and get drops. Didn't bother to tell me the gift shop sells Visine (12Euro). Dr (or nurse?) was right there at the desk! We got our daily gratuities reimbursed and I personally tipped those who had earned it: cabin steward David and waiter Emilio at Cagney's. No washy-washy tip. This was only our third cruise so maybe we were spoiled on the Millennium. Is it NCL or just this tacky little boat? Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The ship was a bit different then other NCL ships I have been on. This one has both the main dinning room and the Theater in the aft of the ship. When you entered the theater, you entered in ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. The ship was a bit different then other NCL ships I have been on. This one has both the main dinning room and the Theater in the aft of the ship. When you entered the theater, you entered in the front, different, but not bad at all. We attended most of the shows and they were very well done. The NCL band is outstanding, as well as the singers and dancers. We did not take part in any of the ship board activities because we were too busy with excursions. The cabin was great, the food in all dinning rooms was great as well. We were lucky enough to have nice weather through out the cruise We did an excursion thru NCL in every port. Most of them were very good, we did have one that got changed because of a washed out road and it turned out to be our least favorite, but we were compensated some for it. All in all a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I had most recently cruised on NCL Epic and Breakaway (which are much larger newer ships with outstanding entertainment) so my very first impression upon boarding was that the Spirit was old, tired, and had a confusing layout requiring you ... Read More
I had most recently cruised on NCL Epic and Breakaway (which are much larger newer ships with outstanding entertainment) so my very first impression upon boarding was that the Spirit was old, tired, and had a confusing layout requiring you to go up or down to get to main dining room or theatre. Over the 10 days I came to love the smaller size, more personal experience with smaller size ship. Getting around was actually really easy. This cruise had virtually no children onboard, and they have a separate kids pool in the back, so the pool area was quiet and all adults. The musicians onboard were pretty good, especially the Filipino cover band. As the cruise went on, I began to reevaluate the entertainment and found it to be better than average. Not really a party cruise, as the only dancing takes place at 10:30 when the cruise staff shows up in the lounge for a dance party and then everyone hits the dance floor. The itinerary turned out to have amazing weather. It was high sixties low seventies every day with a mild breeze. Sea days at the pool were awesome and most excursions ended at 2:30 and got you back to the boat for a late lunch, and then right to the sunny pool deck with great music. Casablanca did not impress most people, but the Canary Islands, Funchal were much nicer and more pleasing than expected. Malaga (excursion to Gribraltar) and Alicante were awesome, only mistake I made was taking an excursion outside of Alicante to Guadalest instead of walking ashore and visiting the mountain forts in-town on my own. When the cruise ended I took the train to Valencia for Las Fallas (sort of similar to Mardi Gras) which takes place every year from April 17 to 19. Highly recommend, it was totally insane, fireworks, giant paper mache 40 foot statues, ironic, playful creations, and tens of thousands dressed in period costumes marching all night, fireworks at 1am and the last night they burn the paper mache statues in all the plazas they were erected all over town at midnight on the 19th. Great city (totally flat) perfect for bike rental to get to beach and into crowded festival downtown. I booked last minute and took my first inside cabin, deck 6 front of ship, had some pitch but I was never in the room during daylight and hardly in room at all. The weather was so good I was on deck or enjoying entertainment all the time. Cruise staff is pretty good and smaller ship size means you get familiar with staff much quicker. Finding a seat for music, game shows, was always super easy. As far as Dining, the food was the same as the other NCL ships - however this trip I ate no bread, grains/carbs, or sugar. Finally found a way not to gain 10 lbs on a cruise. However quality of fish and meats, salami, cheese etc was subpar. Never really noticed on previous cruises when I was hitting the taco bar, pasta bar, ice cream station, etc. This cruise had prime rib one night, and the New York Strip is on menu every night, but just OK, but no lobster, no scallops, salmon just ok. So unless you go to Cagney's, the food is really nothing special. There was never a wait in main dining (Windows) and service was outstanding! The few times I ate in the buffet I found the meats overcooked, one type of poor quality salami, few cheeses. Lots of fruits, breads, deserts, potatoes, rice, etc. Coffee on board was better than average. In summary, ship was very clean, staff outstanding, itinerary awesome, weather insanely good, few kids if any, entertainment pretty good, not much night-life but shows pretty good. Never a crowd or much of a line for anything. Super easy getting on and off. Tips: Stay near Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona - Airport Terminal one bus (pay on bus 5.90 Euros) takes you right to plaza - so easy) . On way to and from ship walk Las Rambla 10 minutes to Columbus Statue and board Port bus for 3 Euros. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My partner and I started cruising on Norwegian about 5 years ago. Last summer we decided it was time to try another cruise line. Overall the cruise was okay, but it just wasn't Norwegian. They didn't seem as organized. We always ... Read More
My partner and I started cruising on Norwegian about 5 years ago. Last summer we decided it was time to try another cruise line. Overall the cruise was okay, but it just wasn't Norwegian. They didn't seem as organized. We always felt like we were in a line or corralled somewhere waiting. The food was just okay. The shows were not creative. Nothing seemed to go smoothly. But with the Norwegian Spirit it was like coming back home. Everyone on the staff smiled, everything was well thought out and planned, the food was great...even the buffet was good, fresh and lots to choose from, and the shows were very entertaining. Night life had good options... there was live piano music, live rock music, dancing, etc. I ordered a Mai Tai and it was a real Mai Tai! We did something different every night. All of our excursions were very good and the tour guides were knowledgeable and took good care of us. Specific things to know about this cruise. Casablanca, Morocco was the most challenging of the ports. The city is very dirty and unkept. We did not feel unsafe, but didn't exactly feel comfortable to venture out on our own either. While walking through the streets you get asked on a regular basis to purchase things... if you ignore them they will go away. I definitely recommend doing an excursion through the ship. We did the Hassan II Mosque and it was very nice. All other ports were very nice! Very safe and comfortable. With lots of options for excursions. The ship is older, smaller, with smaller spaces and can use some updates. But, it was clean and well kept. Our balcony room was nice, but again smaller than we are used to. Balcony was tiny, but worked out. Bathroom was very dated, but was clean and functional. Again, It was a fantastic cruise and we would definitely recommend this itinerary. We will be back on Norwegian again this summer for a Mediterranean cruise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We love cruising on NCL cruise lines. From the moment we boarded the Spirit, we were treated like royalty. Being a loyal NCL cruiser, Platinum, has its perks. We were upgrade to a two bedroom, two bathroom suite with a balcony. The ... Read More
We love cruising on NCL cruise lines. From the moment we boarded the Spirit, we were treated like royalty. Being a loyal NCL cruiser, Platinum, has its perks. We were upgrade to a two bedroom, two bathroom suite with a balcony. The room was beautifully decorated, and luxurious. The master suite area had a very large bathroom with a large two person walk-in shower, and also a jetted tub for bathing that was seperate. There were double sinkis in the room too! Had all the amenities you could ask for; but if you have a specific shampoo or conditioner, bring those along with you. The location ofour suite on the ship was in a very nice and quiet area, forward port side of ship. We were surprisedit was so quiet since this was a ‘family suite’ . The restraurants and food selections are exceptional, delicious and made our dining experience very enjoyable. There was never a dull moment or long wait for service either. The serving staff were wonderful and at times..funny. Got to know staff personally by name. I would definately recommend getting the food and beverage packages if you can afford them. There is not a place onboard the Spirit that we didn’t enjoy. Entertainment was wonderful too. A show of some sort everynight, and they were entertaining with very talented staff/performers. Activites are everywhere on the ship too. It’s always an fun adventure with alot of entertainment to keep everyone occupied and happy. Definately recommend going on this wonderful cruiseline and on the Spirit ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Please read Pirasea's review, it is spot on! 2 stars like mine. All the cruises we go on allow wine to be brought on board, including NC in the past. This ship confiscated ours and gave a letter saying to pick up the last night of ... Read More
Please read Pirasea's review, it is spot on! 2 stars like mine. All the cruises we go on allow wine to be brought on board, including NC in the past. This ship confiscated ours and gave a letter saying to pick up the last night of the cruise?? I complained to the beverage staff in the dining room and they retrieved them, and I paid their policy of a $15 corkage fee. What a hassle! We did see others bringing bottles of wine into the dining room? I think after almost 10 cruises with NCL they must view us as the underclass, didn't pay higher room rates, etc....from steerage. We never get expensive rooms because we take about 7 vacations a year, in the US and mostly abroad. When I looked at an email offer to upgrade to a balcony, the room as much smaller, and we have been burned many times on ocean views, don't even do any more. While many guests view as luxury, we know its just a cattle call, they cold care less about you. I was shocked at their drink prices! $9 total for a beer, u to $15 for a drink, Really?? why are we forced to pay a 20% tip, to have a 5 minute delivery on drinks. Dinner yes, takes hours at times Overall food was average, have had much better on ships, lousy coffee, cheap breads and gelatinous desserts, repetitiveness, all frozen fish and serving the cheapest fish in the Ocean, Hake....a by-catch for the last 200 years!! Overall I think the Hotel division is poorly managed and they should send the GM back to Romania. Cruise Director also lame. Entertainment in the theater was very good! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My husband and I are in our 30's & 40's, and we always travel during the holiday season. For the 4th year in a row, we picked an NCL cruise for our Christmas trip. We chose the December 13th departure because it was ... Read More
My husband and I are in our 30's & 40's, and we always travel during the holiday season. For the 4th year in a row, we picked an NCL cruise for our Christmas trip. We chose the December 13th departure because it was significantly cheaper than the December 23rd sailing. We had previously sailed the Spirit 2 years earlier, and it wasn't the smoothest experience due to room issues and major itinerary changes. This time, however, we greatly enjoyed our time on the Spirit and did not encounter any vacation ruining problems. Arrival: This was our third time in Barcelona. We arrived 3 days before the cruise, which gave us plenty of time to get over jet lag, explore old haunts, and discover new places. No matter where we cruise, we always arrive at least a day or two before embarkation. With air travel, you never know what snag might happen, so it's better to play it safe and put in some wiggle room. Embarkation: Barcelona does a great job! We arrived by taxi at around 11am. Check-in went smoothly; the waiting area was comfortable with plenty of space; and we were on board the ship with lots of time to enjoy a sit-down lunch at Windows. Ship: The Spirit is an older ship, but it is well maintained. I love the atrium! The style is old-school class. It's a great spot to relax and people watch. Another nice spot is the Galaxy of the Stars. It is a huge lounge with great ocean views. We would often relax here on sea days, and we went dancing there every night. There were about 2,000 passengers onboard, and I prefer this size over the megaships. We were able to meet many different people and then periodically encounter them again. Dining: NCL's food is pretty average. Very few dishes are memorable, meaning most of them are neither outstanding nor terrible. The dinner menu has decent variety. The service is the highlight. The waiters work extremely hard and are willing to go above and beyond to make sure you enjoy your meal. We tried to eat in the dining room as much as possible. The buffet was usually a madhouse with too many pushy people eating off their plates while still grabbing more food. Room service breakfast was good. (The continental menu is still complimentary.) Areas for Improvement: There are too many smoking areas provided on Deck 7's outdoor deck. It would be better if smoking was confined to one side of the ship. We liked walking on this deck, but it was sometimes hard to avoid smokers. 20% gratuity for drinks is too much. Plus, a 10% VAT was included for most of this cruise. Due to this, we only bought drinks once while onboard. We would have purchased more if we hadn't been charged an extra 30% for each drink Ports: Due to high swells, our Casablanca stop was changed to Tangier. This was one of the two excursions we had booked with NCL, so it was easy for us to make another selection. The rest of the itinerary remained the same. We had great weather and greatly enjoyed almost all the ports. For more details, please see my reviews for each port below. Disembarkation: On the final morning, we awoke to the smell of exhaust, and the fumes made us nauseous. We quickly gathered our things and headed to a public area to avoid the smell. Once we were off the ship, we got a taxi and went to our hotel. We spent the next 5 days in Barcelona before flying home. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We are a mid sixty couple, I am retired and my husband is still working. This was our 26th cruise, mostly on Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Holland America. This is our 3rd NCL cruise. We don't normally like cruising Norwegian ... Read More
We are a mid sixty couple, I am retired and my husband is still working. This was our 26th cruise, mostly on Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Holland America. This is our 3rd NCL cruise. We don't normally like cruising Norwegian because we are not a fan of the Freestyle Cruising. This cruise was a smaller ship, which we prefer, and the price and itinerary were what we were looking for. We stayed in a small hotel, Hotel Condel, in the El Gotic area before the cruise for one night. We figured we were going to be spending most of the time in bed so a clean, comfortable bed close to port was all we were looking to pay for, our hotel fit that request. We really enjoyed that location and were very grateful they were able to let us in our room the morning we arrived so we could get some much needed sleep. That evening we enjoyed the Ramblas and the narrow streets of El Gotic. Hearing about the pick pocket problems in Barcelona we took precautions but we never felt in danger. The next morning we had a late breakfast at the hotel and the desk clerk arranged a cab for us. The port was just a short ride away, with tip I don't think we paid more than 20 Euro. Boarding was a breeze, because we had cruised NCL before we went right through the line for returning guests and we were on the ship in no time at all. We were on the ship and in our cabin by noon. The ship was in great shape, I had read on line that it was showing it's age but I never saw that. Our balcony cabin was a little smaller than usual, probably because it is an older ship. We never felt cramped, we had plenty of storage and we were very comfortable. The ship was decorated beautifully for Christmas and as the cruise progressed more Christmas decor was added. We felt very festive! The only thing lacking was Christmas music, except for the last night when they put on a spectacular Christmas show! Something I love about NCL is the fish swimming upstream on the carpet, I always knew where forward was! Aside from a few times we had to wait in line to dine...really a pet peeve of ours, we really enjoyed the Freestyle this time. Our cruise was very port intensive, in fact we were even in port for the last day (packing day) which was a first for us. Because we were so busy it was nice having the flexibility to dine when we wanted. We still think NCL needs to improve the whole waiting in line thing and I REALLY do not like having pagers on a ship. The way I think they could improve this is to offer reservations in the "free" dining venues for those that prefer not to wait in lines. The food was good, not great but good. This cruise was much more casual than we are used to, which worked out better for us this time since we were going to be packing for over three weeks. We spent the week after the cruise in an apartment we rented after the cruise for Christmas with our son from New York City. Since the cruise was more casual my husband left his tux home. He brought a dark blue suit but in hindsight he could have left that at home too and saved room in our luggage. There were not very many men dressing up more than a shirt and tie or polo shirt for the entire cruise. I brought two cocktail dresses I never wore, we only dressed up once. The entertainment on this ship was wonderful! There was plenty of variety in the theater and the venues around the ship. We have noticed other lines are starting to cut corners in the entertainment budget but did not feel NCL had done that at all. Our first port was supposed to be Casablanca, Morocco but we were told as we boarded they were replacing it with Tangiers, Morocco. We were disappointed because Casablanca was one of the reasons we booked this cruise. After talking with people that have been to both ports we were very happy with the change. In Tangiers we booked a ship tour that took us to the ancient Medina (walled city) of Tetouan. It was well worth the trip! Our second port was our favorite, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. We took a ship tour that took us to a small fishing village, a Madeira Wine shop, tasted Madeira wine and the local drink, Poncha, visited another small village, drive through the countryside to see all the farmlands and we went to Cabo Girau and walked on the glass viewing platform high above the cliffs. A new addition to our "bucket list" is to spend New Years in Funchal! Our third port was Santa Cruz, Tenerife and our fourth port Las Palmas, Canary Island, we were on our own and used the Hop on Hop off bus. I had read on line that this is a very good way to see these ports and we were not disappointed. Our fifth port was Malaga, Spain. This is a very walkable city once you are in the city. It is a very long way into the city from the port. We purchased tickets on the "train" to get into town because this is what the visitor center person in the port suggested. It was only around 5 Euro each round trip so we thought, sure, why not? She pointed us in the direction of the train, we ended up walking all the way into town to find the "train" only to find out it was really just a little shuttle car pulling what looked like a toy train. So much for needing a ride into town! We enjoyed the park, visiting the Cathedral and walking around town. If it had been warm, there was a nice beach close to the ship. Our last port was Alicante, Spain. This is a beautiful port with a very nice beach right by the port/ship. We rode the free shuttle into town and we headed straight to the Castell de Santa Barbara to stand in line and purchase the tickets to take the elevator up, well worth it. However, we were told by the elevator operator that you have to walk down...wrong! We ended up walking all the way around the mountain on the road down which was MILES and totally a waste of our time and energy. Buy the ticket and take the elevator DOWN as well. Bring your passport to prove you are 65 and you ride free. I guess we were getting tired because we also got a little lost trying to find our way back to the ship. Alicante is a great port for walking but walking you will do! Over all it was a great cruise! We are looking forward to cruising this ship again on a different itinerary. Our after cruise week in Barcelona was for Christmas. We had a wonderful time in Barcelona and this review is about the cruise so I will leave it there, except...to tell you about our apartment. We rented through Air BnB and the company that provided our apartment was Friendly Rentals. My advice...stay away from Friendly Rentals. The apartment and location in El Born were perfect but they were WORSE than bad to deal with. We were not the only ones to say this, we ran into several other customers of Friendly Rentals while we were in Barcelona and if you use them, I warned you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I chose for the itinerary as we were already going to Spain. This was our first cruise and we enjoyed all of it. We had fantastic weather. The food was beyond what I expected. The specialty restaurants were excellent. Our cabin was ... Read More
I chose for the itinerary as we were already going to Spain. This was our first cruise and we enjoyed all of it. We had fantastic weather. The food was beyond what I expected. The specialty restaurants were excellent. Our cabin was always clean when we returned. I am glad we chose a balcony cabin. The nightly entertainment was really good and we liked the variety so that there was a different act every night. There were adequate chairs and lounges around the pool. The hot tubs were a nice tempature and clean. All the staff that we encountered were very professional and always willing to help. At times we had very nice conversations with the staff and management. It was our anniversary and at dinner we were gifted a bottle of champagne and a special cake. There were no waits for getting on or off for excursions. We would go on NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Last minute cruisers out of Civitavecchia since we live near Rome and we love the ports of call in this Western Med cruise(plus a new one for us, Almeria Spain.) Spirit is small and you can become well acquainted with or hide out from ... Read More
Last minute cruisers out of Civitavecchia since we live near Rome and we love the ports of call in this Western Med cruise(plus a new one for us, Almeria Spain.) Spirit is small and you can become well acquainted with or hide out from folks, love that we knew our dining room wait staff well and became friends with some folks we first met in the hot tub, because we saw them again so often! We enjoyed meeting the officers at the cruise critic meet and greet, Spirit staff really are a family and I appreciate the reminder to let them know if we need anything immediately at the beginning of the cruise don’t wait to say at the end everything was good BUT... Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We sailed on Spirit on a Mediterranean Cruise 2 years ago, loved it so much had to do it again. We weren’t disappointed....in the itinerary or th majority of the staff onboard. We tried 3 different specialty restaurants this time, all ... Read More
We sailed on Spirit on a Mediterranean Cruise 2 years ago, loved it so much had to do it again. We weren’t disappointed....in the itinerary or th majority of the staff onboard. We tried 3 different specialty restaurants this time, all were incredible- especially Le Bistro and Cagneys. The weather wasn’t always on our side but it held off during the day for excursions which was great. The activities staff were good, they had a tough crowd...not a lot of people wanting to join in on activities but it was still good. The only concern I had, and still have, there was a young couple at karaoke one evening. The young lady got up to sing, was doing a beautiful job when an older man cane up beside her and put his arm around her. At first we thought he was joining her to sing then quickly realized he was being VERY INAPPROPRIATE and was grabbing her butt. When she pushed him away he quickly ran from the room. Shortly after I saw someone come in and go over to the other side...I walked up to the “stage area” and sat down to look around and realized the man had come back to the room. I immediately went out the door to the bar staff and asked them to call security and I knew that not only was the couple upset but witnesses to the event were also and I was concerned there’d be some sort of encounter. Security came, took statements and pr used to check in with the couple in the morning and speak with witnesses again the next day. A little while later the young woman was approached by the “older mans wife” and others who started giving the young lady a hard time because she had reported her husband...and that this type of behaviour is normal and ok in their country. The young lady asked for security to come back and ensure she’d be safe. Unfortunately non of us heard from security for days and we eventually went to senior officers to get some answers. All the victim wanted was an assurance that the area was being monitored and she was safe, but they couldn’t even take the time to do that. As platinum members we were shocked. We offered up a dining coupon and wine to the couple so they could enjoy a peaceful evening together which they thanked us for. This couple say they will likely never cruise again...sad...we love cruising and we love Norwegian. I don’t think security handled this as professionally and discreetly as they could have. I’ve left a lot out but this gives you an idea of what had transpired. I for one will never try karaoke , knowing know how situations are handled. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Firstly about the cruise line: This was the first time we used this cruise line and had high expectations considering our experience with HAL (Holland America Line) 2 years ago. So like last time we did not book direct but through an ... Read More
Firstly about the cruise line: This was the first time we used this cruise line and had high expectations considering our experience with HAL (Holland America Line) 2 years ago. So like last time we did not book direct but through an travel agent in a packaged tour/cruise deal. With the package it was 2 cruises back to back and thankfully we could retain the same cabin for both cruises. So travelling as a middle-aged but very active couple seeking to explore the Mediterranean for the first time. So like other cruise lines, we got email notification from NCL that we could log on and personalise our experience. Their system is easy to use and worked well. They also have an on-board app called ‘I Concierge’ which is linked to your account and uses the ship’s Wi-Fi system (for free) but you create your log on via your name and birthdate. It does work extremely well and allows you to look at your account and book experiences (packages such as spa, specialty dining etc.) but the system has a flaw which we heard from a couple of passengers whose birthday is 29th February (leap day) as the system does not recognise this date (poor programming from the designers of the app) so they could not create their log on and had to use the manual system of bookings and print outs of their accounts, a little disappointing for those technically inclined. When you board the ship you are issued with a cruise card that is linked to your account, identifies you as a passenger and unlocks your cabin door. Good security system and works very well. Equally the disembarkation worked wonderfully (we chose the walk off option which gave us more time and flexibility to be packed and off by 9am deadline). Also the day at port for the changeover between the 2 cruises was very well managed and stress free. As part of our package we were offered the choice of 2 of the 5 ‘Free at Sea’ deals. We chose the shore excursion credit and the unlimited beverage package (UBP). Bear In mind that all passengers travelling together in the same cabin have to have the same choices, which is understandable and prevents sharing of benefits. Here is how they worked; the UBP is linked to your cruise card and allows you unlimited number of alcoholic beverages to the value of USD$15 per glass, so this covers quite a few beers, wines, spirits and cocktails (with the average cost of a beer being USD$8 and wines USD$10, it is an effective package and well worth considering depending on how much you drink); shore credit is a little more tricky. So with shore credit, firstly it is applied as a USD$50 credit to your on board account and is given at the completion of your booked shore excursion at each port. Here’s the thing, it is only applied to cabin account once per port irrespective if more than one excursion is booked and if you are overnighting in a port it will not apply to a second day’s excursion booked if you had done an excursion the previous day. So one credit per port only (however it does change on other cruises where you spend multiple days in a port but you have to check that out with them prior to booking to see if that exception applies). If you book your excursions after you board, the USD$50 credits will be deducted from your tours on you onboard account so in effect you get a discount for your excursions. However, if you book online or by phone prior to booking, these credits will be applied not to the tours but your overall on-board account for your other purchases so if you don’t spend extra you will lose that credit as it will not come off the total bill, to get the value, you will need to spend the equivalent amount in specialty dining, internet, drinks, spa etc whilst on board. They will not refund any unused portion of the credit at the end of the cruise. This is something you need to be fully aware of if you choose this package. Having said that, we waited to book until we boarded and were not disadvantaged in any way, managed to get on every excursion we had requested. Pre-Cruise stay: We stayed in Rome for 2 nights as part of our package and had a wonderful time exploring the city and some of the big iconic sites. We opted to stay in the centre of the city which gave us great access to all the city has to offer and public transport should we need it (which we really didn't as we could walk everywhere easily). NORWEGIAN SPIRT So about the ship, it is the smallest of this cruise line, holding 2000 passengers. It is not the smallest we have seen so consider it mid-sized. The cabins are a tad smaller than the bigger ships but still comfortable. The ship is well maintained, nicely appointed and the staff are extremely helpful. Boarding – efficient and no hassles and extremely well managed. Theatre /Shows – good theatre but the seating is a little tricky as the rows are too close together so trying to sit down with the seat needing to be flipped down can be difficult as the seat rubs on the back of your legs but once you are seated it is comfortable enough. As for the shows, some are fantastic others not quite so. Bars – there are a number of them on-board and all are lovely, lots of seating, good views, ultra clean and have good service from the staff. Different events are hosted in the various bars so quite and noisy times but you can always find something to suit your style. Dining – Specialty restaurants, bars, buffet bistros and main dining options. The buffet bistro is always busy and can like all buffet venues have big queues, just need to pick your moment. The evening meals are theme based and add variety. It is included in your fare so no extra expense. The main dining rooms (Windows and the Garden Room) have the same menus with full sit down service (no lining up). Good menu with delicious food, just lacking in vegetable content which us Aussies are used to and desire. After the first cruise, the menu was repeated so that was a bit of a disappointment. We did not do the specialty restaurants but feedback from fellow passengers that they really enjoyed their meals. Allergies – if you have a food allergy let the waiter know (if you haven’t already), they have allocated a specialist waiter to help you with your orders. Here is how it works; you will be encouraged to pre-order your meal for the next evening so the chefs have a chance to prepare your meal without the offending allergens. That’s fine but it does lock you into a specific restaurant. As I have an unusual allergy it confused them somewhat and I had to explain and sometimes stand my ground about my choices. “But madam, that meal has portions that are not made on-board so we can’t guarantee it is allergen free” and my response “I have decades of experience at working out what foods are likely or unlikely to have that spice, I know this meal option will be safe for me to eat”. This system only works for the restaurants not the buffet or cafés. I much prefer to ask if the meal contains the specific spice than be locked into a pre-ordered meal. Cabins – we had 9182 allocated to us and it was not the best choice. The cabin was aft and directly above the theatre, below the kids club rooms and opposite the hotel storeroom. So a very noisy cabin at times. We heard all the shows, some louder than others….groan. The kids had active play at night and sounded like elephants playing soccer with lots of thumps, bumps, loud sharp bangs, yelling and general boisterous play. This went on late into the night and we had to have a polite word with the staff in that area about it. They agreed to cease the active play at 9:30pm so we considered that fair and reasonable. However, it took quite a bit of discussion and investigation to resolve the noises coming from there between 1 and 2am every night. Worked out it was the cleaners, not sure if they were playing with the equipment while doing their job or just jolly noisy but either way the noise abated and we were given chocolate-coated strawberries and a bottle of red wine as an apology. Nice touch, but we just wanted to have uninterrupted sleep. The situation was handled well by staff but the problem is the lack of insulation in the floor/ceiling space, so ultimately a design flaw. We had heard that others below the pub had even worse noise issues. Apart from the issues above, the cabins are snug but well laid out and comfortable. Storage space needs a little redesign, much prefer shelves than drawers but that is a preference and my side of the bed did not have a shelf. The cabins are well maintained and if you are able to choose your cabin wisely, all should be fine. Shore Excursions: They range in price and quality but mostly very good, it really is port dependant as some ports are just better explored on foot by yourselves. Naturally the big iconic places like Athens, Venice, Santorini, etc are just amazing. Again, I urge you to do your homework about the ports, google them, look at specific forums and use the features that google maps can provided so you get a better understanding of the place and the logistics for self exploration and scheduled excursions. Ports: Some ports were not much to explore and docking a little far out to walk to the city but mostly good ports and easy access. In 2 ports there was an additional cost to shuttle to the city from the ship if you were not on a book excursion. That is a little disappointing but it is what it is. Several ports were simply stunning in terms of visual appeal (hello Venice, Malta for example) and easy free access to either just walk off, water shuttle service or shuttle bus. Kids Activities: Although we did have children with us, they seem well catered for and security surrounding their care was very well handled. Kids would love this ship. CRUISE WITH NCL AGAIN? That’s the question. We are not adverse to using them again but they are not our first preference. These cruises are designed to capture the party animal and families and we are not that way inclined. So it would depend on the ports, after all that is what cruising internationally is all about, at least for us. Be aware that the cost of the cruise does not include the shore excursions so you could effectively double the cost depending on your choices. Do your homework before you decide as you don’t have to book through them but it is easier to do so and there is a variety of tours for all budgets. For us, we will be cruising on HAL again later next year as part of another land/cruise tour package so we will make a report on that and a better comparison but we are considering another line altogether for a another trip. More on that if and when it becomes a definite trip. Ocean cruising is totally different from river cruises and you need to be aware of that. So our advice is look at the ports and how long each port stay lasts then compare the ships that do the cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We choose this cruise because of the different ports. We knew it was a smaller ship, but it had plenty of room and space for all. The staff were all very helpful and nice. The bed was very comfortable. I was disappointed in the ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the different ports. We knew it was a smaller ship, but it had plenty of room and space for all. The staff were all very helpful and nice. The bed was very comfortable. I was disappointed in the entertainment portion of the trip. There were a few wonderful acts, but we didn't see much of the cruise staff in the evening. I think we only saw the cruise director twice in the 11 days. The food selections were poor. Thank goodness for the omelet station in the buffet and the blue lagoon otherwise we would have been starving. The dining room food was too salty. The specialty restaurants used to be what you would get in the main dining room. We stopped having breakfast in the dining room as it took so long and the food was cold. The ports were amazing. I did get the stomach flu on the last night. It still was a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My husband and I really wanted to go to Italy and Greece and we thought a cruise would be a nice idea. After seeing reviews from previous Norweigan cruises we decided to go with this one. The employees are nice, all speak English fluently. ... Read More
My husband and I really wanted to go to Italy and Greece and we thought a cruise would be a nice idea. After seeing reviews from previous Norweigan cruises we decided to go with this one. The employees are nice, all speak English fluently. The food is excellent in every restaraunt and very clean. Keep in mind that everything is extra including food at the nicer restaurants, drinks, etc. There are no water bottles so those are extra too. Those are located in the cabins in the mink refrigerators. If you can try to book tours outside of the cruise ship. They were selling a Naples tour to Pompei, Sorrento, and Almafi coast for about $350.00 American dollars per person. We found the owner of CBM tours outside of one of the ports luckily and we booked the same tour with him for 69 euros per person and it was great. Our favorite tour the entire trip. The cruise is a bit of a rip off with their prices. Also I was incredibly sea sick for 2 days due to hitting a storm and so was my husband. We never made it to Malta which I was really looking forward to. I understand the weather is unpredictable but it would have been nice for the cruise to offer something for the inconvienance. The ship is a bit outdated especially compared to others I've been on. They have blow dryers in the cabin but they are slow. I brought my own and it could not be plugged in anywhere in the room. I would cruise with ncl again but I will book all of my tours off the ship. Ps if you want to play bingo or deal or no deal its $50 per person, rip off. I enjoyed the food and stops we made it to. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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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