132 Norwegian Spirit Senior Cruise Reviews

We spent a day in London with a guide and visited Stonehenge on the way to the ship. We were delayed and embarkation was easy as most were already aboard. Our tour guide arranged all of our excursions and disembarkation. The ship is ok ... Read More
We spent a day in London with a guide and visited Stonehenge on the way to the ship. We were delayed and embarkation was easy as most were already aboard. Our tour guide arranged all of our excursions and disembarkation. The ship is ok but needs updates. We were told that it was going to dry dock the first of the year for refurbishing and updating. Do not purchase a balcony toward the aft of the ship or on the 11th floor. We had the last aft balcony on the 11th floor and the room was tiny. I was traveling with a friend and the twin beds were about 2" apart. That was not acceptable and we had the steward move the sofa sideways so we could be at least 10" apart. We could barely move around the room. There was very adequate closets and drawers for all of our vacation necessities. The noise from the Galaxy Room, where all entertainment and dancing occurred, was right above the room and kept me up until the place closed or the music stopped. We have a specialty dining package and used all of them at Cagney's Steak house. The steaks were excellent. The sides were ordinary but the desserts were excellent. Service at all eating venues and drinking venues was very good. Out last port of call was cancelled because of bad weather and high seas and it was a tender port. I probably would not go on this trip again because I want to see new places. I Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Saw an add, took a chance. Did not regret it! Yes, there is probably more luxurious etc., but this was absolutely wonderful for my husband and I. The Freestyle model is great. The staff detail on cleanliness was very appreciated. ... Read More
Saw an add, took a chance. Did not regret it! Yes, there is probably more luxurious etc., but this was absolutely wonderful for my husband and I. The Freestyle model is great. The staff detail on cleanliness was very appreciated. They watched, just like they should, over patrons and ensured that everything met expectations. I would probably ask for a Wi-Fi package next time but it is really expensive. I would recommend that soft drinks be available at the Raffles buffet. Having to visit the bar for a Pepsi or Ginger Ale is not necessary. We were disappointed by the lack of recycling facilities for plastic, paper. Nowadays, it should be standard. It probably is hard onboard a ship, but still, a little effort would go a long ways. Perhaps public places where people could drop the recycling. The ship is not new but has a warm, inviting atmosphere. Again, the cleanliness is worth mentioning. It is not one of the larger cruise ships but I liked it that way, not too intimidating for a first time cruiser. We went to a couple of entertainment shows, quite enjoyable, very professional looking. We went to the Japanese restaurant, and the Windows restaurant. Very good food, no complaint there. The service was very good in these restaurants, and exceptional throughout the rest of the ship. We had three excursions with Norwegian: Belfast, Liverpool, Dublin. Extremely knowledgeable guides and nice buses. In Kirkwall, we disembarked through the use of tenders (small covered boats housing about 100 persons). This is an interesting experience even though one of the tenders (ours) experienced a technical problem. We were brought to the boat safely, though. We had a great time, we fully intend to use Norwegian Cruises again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I chose this Cruise because of the port destinations. I had never been on a cruise and this exceeded all of my expectations. All of the staff and crew that I encountered were very friendly and helpful my cabin Steward was excellent. The ... Read More
I chose this Cruise because of the port destinations. I had never been on a cruise and this exceeded all of my expectations. All of the staff and crew that I encountered were very friendly and helpful my cabin Steward was excellent. The food was great the entertainment was out of this world. There were a few things I thought could have been better explained... Like it showed we were going to be in Reykjavik Iceland for 3 days in reality we got there one night were there a whole day and left at 1 a.m. so we were really only there for one day. There we're 2 sea days coming & going to Iceland. Then it was usually pretty difficult getting from the port into the town and you're not told of that. But overall this was one of the best experiences of my life and at the end of the cruise I bought 4 gift cards to cruise again. So Bravo to the crew of the spirit. As you see I said great value for my money even though I went as a single person I had to pay double the cabin price but I still thought it was worth it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The Norwegian Spirit was our first Norwegian cruise. My husband and I usually cruise with Princess or Celebrity. When I saw this wonderful itinerary for the Baltic with so many ports, we decided to book it. When we arrived on the ... Read More
The Norwegian Spirit was our first Norwegian cruise. My husband and I usually cruise with Princess or Celebrity. When I saw this wonderful itinerary for the Baltic with so many ports, we decided to book it. When we arrived on the ship we were taken aback how dated it was. The decor, colors and public restrooms were all very very dated. The spa was decorated with Egyptian style decor. Having sailed on some of the newer ships, this is the worst ship we have ever been on. In speaking with the staff and other passengers, it is supposed to go into dry dock in January 2020. CABIN: We had a balcony room on the 10th floor and the main problem was the toilet not flushing, The bathroom was extremely dated and very tight. Having sliding doors on the shower and toilet area gives you less space. Our main problem with this room was the toilet not flushing. I had to call guest services no less than 6 times. The plumbing was a major issue. On a cruise that was a total of 16 days, the first 12 days we had to guess whether the toilet would flush or not! Finally they sent a plumber over to change a part. Then the toilet would not stop flushing for 3 or 4 times until it finally stopped. Very frustrating. The "balcony" was small and the floor was dirty. Staterooms are small on ships and other than the bathroom toilet fiasco, the room was average. BTW: trying to get a wake up call was impossible. They said it was not working. Trying to call someone about the toilet was also very frustrating because no one answers the phone. TELEVISION: Absolutely terrible. Norwegian Cruise advertisements constant on numerous stations. Cruise Directors usually have a show that updates everyone on upcoming and past activities. This cruise had the worst tv show by far. Plus the stations were limited or would scramble. Sometimes they had BBC, always had MSNBC and a few movies that were rotated in French, English and Spanish. On past cruises they have movies in the theater and on tv. Lots of choices for entertainment on board....not this cruise. I had to get on my phone at shore to see what was going on in the world. ENTERTAINMENT: We were not impressed with the entertainment on this cruise EXCEPT the Illusionist was excellent. The show Elements was really good though.It incorporated dancers and the Illusionist and acrobats who had previously performed. All the other entertainment was not up to par with other cruises we have been on. The singer at Henry's Pub was excellent. The live band in Galaxy and the Jazz band were all very good. The Theater shows at night were just ok other than the Illusionist. FOOD: The buffet was less than average based on other cruises. Very limited variety. The rice was always very dry. Meats over cooked and dry. Other cruises we would see a variety of cheeses and crackers, specialty items; designated area for pizza and burgers. The pizza looked like it was dry and just came out of a microwave. Breakfast was the same every single day. Poor variety and quality. We ate at all of the Specialty Restaurants and they were decent. Definitely Cagney's Steakhouse and Le Bistro were better choices than the dining rooms or the buffet. The Teppanyaki place was average. The prices for specialty dining are higher than on other cruises we have been on. If you are a foodie, you will be greatly disappointed. BARS: The bartender staff on this cruise was very attentive and it was always easy to order drinks. ACTIVITIES: This cruise had only one sea day and we were at a port nearly every day. Thus most people were too tired to get really involved in cruise activities. We went to the karaoke hour early on the cruise and there were 2 people. Bingo had to be cancelled several times because there were not enough people playing. The variety of "activities" was limited due to the port itinerary. SPA: I had a manicure/pedicure and was quoted $110. Once I got the bill I was told they made a mistake and it was actually $118. PLUS THEY CHARGE AN 18% AUTOMATIC GRATUITY on services. So I had to pay $138 for a mani/pedi. They also want to sell you products. The spa was really unattractive as well. I was not impressed with the prices, the service or the ambience of the spa. EXCURSIONS I wish they gave us more info in advance. Like you can pay for a shuttle to town at some ports. We bought excursions for every port. Some of the tour guides were excellent...some absolutely horrible. In Copenhagen we had a Guide whose native language was Spanish. No one could understand her. She really did not tell us anything about the area. That was a total waste of money. On several of the excursions we never were given time to shop or be on our own. Other cruisers told us they were frustrated with their excursions as well. LAUNDRY: There are no laundry facilities for the passengers on this ship. It is very expensive to have them do your laundry and it is charged by a per item fee. OVERALL: The Norwegian Spirit is an older ship in need of updating. Other cruisers told us they have been on many Norwegian cruises and the ships were great. Everyone basically agreed that we were not on this cruise for the ship. We were on it for the 15 day experience with one sea day to interesting ports. Overall experience for us was slightly below average. I would not cruise on the Norwegian Spirit again. Read Less
Sail Date August 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
I always choose because of the Ports of Call. If I like where the ship is going, then I sign on and this cruise was great. Been to most places but not Malta, Sicily and Crete and they were 100% especially Malta. I had a great cabin and ... Read More
I always choose because of the Ports of Call. If I like where the ship is going, then I sign on and this cruise was great. Been to most places but not Malta, Sicily and Crete and they were 100% especially Malta. I had a great cabin and great neighbours who were considerate and quiet. My cabin was located in a nice area of the ship. I was travelling on my own not for any particular reason but just to travel and to see places I have not visited before. I am 75 and I guess I would have to check off the fact that I was on a senior cruise which is not true. I had lots of fun with young people on the cruise and enjoyed their conversations and I shared with them lots of tips about places I had been several times before. I also enjoyed the young crew and their zest for life. Cruising for me is going places and seeing places and meeting people from the countries I visit. I am not interested in gaining points or reaching a certain status....I just want to learn more about the world. The cruise was perfect - no complaints. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
THIS WOULD GET A 5.7 FROM ME FOR MANY REASONS: 1 - we were told by travel agent & we double checked ourselves on the NCL website that we could bring a '750 ml BOTTLE OF WINE OR CHAMPAGNE' on board - it was taken away = ... Read More
THIS WOULD GET A 5.7 FROM ME FOR MANY REASONS: 1 - we were told by travel agent & we double checked ourselves on the NCL website that we could bring a '750 ml BOTTLE OF WINE OR CHAMPAGNE' on board - it was taken away = VERY POOR MARKS 2 - room smelt of sweat sox - the steward didn't notice as he rarely got any outside time so was nose blind - however he was so nice & unobtrusive that we liked this in him - I will bring fabreeze next time = POOR MARKS for ventelation but good for actual steward 3 - most meals were good [not the chicken parmesan] = OVERALL GOOD MARKS 4 - approx 40% were american but majority of things were geared to them including the safety drill stating met american standards .... should be International standards on a ship registered in Nassau travelling in Italy in Greece = POOR MARKS 5 - we like to go to trivia [3 x a day] - on 9th day 6 out of 20 questions were repeats = POOR MARKS 6 - never put a meeting for bridge players in the daily bulletin - we like to play bridge but had hard time meeting others - we used their cards which were toast after 1 game of cribbage [glad we brought our own ] .... Poor choice on ncl - how do you spell 'very cheap'? = POOR MARKS 7 - had art auction which was discreet & we liked that = GOOD MARKS [FYI people who buy art on ships = chump] 8 - CASINO was situated where we didn't need to walk through it = GOOD MARKS 9 - we were supposed to leave ship over 6 1/2 hrs before flight - we had to change that - felt that they were trying to get rid of us as fast as possible - airline counter didn't open until 3 hours prior to departure = POOR MARKS to NCL 10 - mini fridge in room - waste of space & we could have used that space better = POOR MARKS 11 - we were not allowed to bring any fluids on board - no water, soft drink just so they could pad up their bill = POOR MARKS 12 - took ncl tour of athens - sat in theatre for an hour ... poorly organized - felt like we were sheep being herded by a border collie - did not repeat = POOR MARKS 13 - we went on shore & did the same thing for 40 to 60% less 14 - POOR ARRANGEMENT FOR CRETE - 7 AM to noon - museums didn't open until 10 - didn't bother to get off ship - could have been scheduled better so that we could have decent time there = VERY POOR MARKS 15 - hot tubs had perfect temp = GOOD MARKS 16 - shops & photo areas were waste of space = POOR MARKS 17 - most time we felt if there was any way NCL could put their hands in our pockets & take more money they would do so - drinks overpriced but no effort to arrange bridge as there was no money in it for NCL = VERY POOR MARKS Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
First time cruising with Norwegian. Had heard some poor reviews so we were dubious. Check in was amazingly quick. Super pleasant staff. Stateroom was smaller than what we were use to on other cruise lines. The ship is old and the ... Read More
First time cruising with Norwegian. Had heard some poor reviews so we were dubious. Check in was amazingly quick. Super pleasant staff. Stateroom was smaller than what we were use to on other cruise lines. The ship is old and the bathroom dated and in desperate need of updates. There was no big sign of that elsewhere on the ship although the bathrooms could use updating as well. Everything was very clean. The staff were the best!!! Food in main dining was great, so much in fact we didn’t bother with any of the speciality dining rooms. Entertainment was wonderful. We didn’t participate in many of the ship activities but there seemed to be a decent variety. The photographers did not hound us like other cruise lines. That was both pleasant and a little disappointing because we only found one picture worth purchasing. Shore excursions were good. Really liked the freestyle dining. Loved not having to pack formal wear and not having to dress up. No complaints at all and we would definitely consider Norwegian. I think the biggest positive was the staff from the stateroom steward to dining room servers to those who greeted you with the hand sanitizers as you entered the dining areas. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise because of all the stops. It was a great experience! And the cruise staff make your stay super enjoyable! We loved our waiters in Windows, Dheeraj and René. Their service was excellent, they are great together! ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of all the stops. It was a great experience! And the cruise staff make your stay super enjoyable! We loved our waiters in Windows, Dheeraj and René. Their service was excellent, they are great together! Definitely our “On board heros”. The time me and my husband spent dining at Windows was on of the highlights of our day, getting to eat good food, served by such nice and entertaining people, getting to talk about our amazing day was priceless. Also the Latin Fiesta Duo was great, super professional, friendly and amazing human beings! We got to meet a lot of very nice people! Including crew members and guests. Our favorite stop was Montenegro, amazing views, food and people! The scenery takes your breath away and there’s a lot to choose from. Also, we loved visiting all the different places in Italy: Firenze, Pisa, Messina, Napoli and Rome! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We like to compare Cruise compagnies. Barcelona we like. Embarkation in Barcelona was bad organised , 30 full Sun no shadow because they used only 1 Controller so ther were 4 other unused. The evening programs were great.(Shows) ... Read More
We like to compare Cruise compagnies. Barcelona we like. Embarkation in Barcelona was bad organised , 30 full Sun no shadow because they used only 1 Controller so ther were 4 other unused. The evening programs were great.(Shows) The Entry hygiene (Restaurants) was outstanding The Selfservice : eating was mayby good for USA citizen certainly not for us Belgian. Soup : not warm , less taste. Lot of salad bar and Veggie Dessert: a lot but less Taste The Koffie : was awfull except Lavaza in restaurants Lot of Sausages not real specialities. Even in Specialitiy restaurants : general rate 6/10 Drinks: midrange lowest category Fruits were enough Organisation on Schip must be good because there were absolut no queues at Service desks Personnel is very helpfull and kind Shore excursions we did on our own We did use already other cruise companies like HAL, Prncess,MSC, Costa,Regent Our points for NCL Spirit 5.5/10 Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This is our first time to go on the cruise and wasn’t disappointed. Other people commented the ship is too old but as for me, I think it is the upkeep is excellent. We stayed in Deck 4, room 4316, outside cabin. Cabin: good size ... Read More
This is our first time to go on the cruise and wasn’t disappointed. Other people commented the ship is too old but as for me, I think it is the upkeep is excellent. We stayed in Deck 4, room 4316, outside cabin. Cabin: good size for 2 people, cleaning services everyday Food: at the buffet, the food was a typical normal buffet but a lot of varieties. Ice cream was too soft because it wasn’t cold. Not sure why the ship serve that way. So I stick with soft ice cream Fine dinning: Le Bistro and Cagney’s were good. Italian was disappointed. It looks like Italian restaurant was new to the ship. The food is cold when it served. Not good. NCL needs to improve on this, still a lot of work to do on this restaurant. But the wine was really good and I am not a drinker. This is my first time to taste it and it was really good Entertaining: Elements show was very nice. It was the last show on the trip. This is a must to see. The trip had varieties of entertainment for everyone. I like the dance competition, and couple dance classes. Library: love this place, so comfy and quiet for reading when we are at sea Excursion: we had 5 but Morocco trip was disappointed. I think we bought Imperial Rabat something, we just saw outside the mosque. Not fun and not recommended Staff: no complaints..they all were excellent. Very attentive, friendly and always have smile on their face. It sure made my day awesome and first experience in cruising is outstanding. I think this ship was gear toward senior which I didn’t know. They were very nice to us and very funny. And they all were such a happy couple. I will try different NCL on our next trip. I gave 4 Stars , I cannot give 4.5 Stars, because disappointed on the Italian restaurant. Embarkment and disembarkment processes were exceptional. It was so organized and smooth. I was so impressed. 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
We chose this cruise due to the price and itinerary even though we usually travel on other lines. I had read mixed reviews here but decided, since we booked, we were going to have a great time and we did. The ship is older and shows a ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the price and itinerary even though we usually travel on other lines. I had read mixed reviews here but decided, since we booked, we were going to have a great time and we did. The ship is older and shows a few signs of wear and tear but it is very clean and well decorated. We liked the Asian decor and the lovely ship memorabilia in the galaxy lounge. If you went down a circular stairway there you could even see the bridge and the officers at work. We were impressed we were always able to get an elevator and the ship was easy to get around. The staff was excellent and very friendly. We felt right at home with the staff and the promptness was bang on. We had a beverage package included which was one of the many advantages of the 5 at sea promotion they offer. The package also included 4 specialty dining options. The food was good, in general, Some great dishes and some just ok. The menu offering were such that you could always find something you wanted to eat. The Bisto, Steakhouse, and Italian restaurants were very good. The entertainment was varied and very well done. We saw the production shows and listened to music every night in the various lounges. Not impressed with the shops that seemed to be stocked with watches and more watches. We would have liked more educational offerings since we are not gamblers or into the spa or bingo. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We took this cruise because the Canary Islands are an interesting itinerary that we haven’t done before. At the pier we learned there had been a Noro outbreak on the previous cruise. It made for an ‘interesting’ cruise. I felt ... Read More
We took this cruise because the Canary Islands are an interesting itinerary that we haven’t done before. At the pier we learned there had been a Noro outbreak on the previous cruise. It made for an ‘interesting’ cruise. I felt sorry for first time cruisers because the whole experience was different than normal. The crew worked 13-hour days and all shore time was cancelled. I don’t know how they continued to smile. At first, service in the main dining rooms was very slow. I believe it was because extra crew had to be reassigned to the buffet restaurant where people were not allowed to serve themselves. It took several days to get things back to normal. Kudos to the staff for all their hard work. I have never been on such a germ free sailing! This was my 7th NCL cruise and have sailed most of the other mainstream cruise lines. This ship isn’t as fancy as others but it sure was fun! It was small enough that many staff got to know us and greet us by name. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves after the first shock of all the extra health precautions. There were some things I didn’t like but I won’t nitpick as overall, we had such a good experience that I will only remember how much we enjoyed ourselves. The evening entertainment was so good that it was difficult to decide between going to the Theatre or up to the Galaxy lounge to listen to the very talented band called Sonata. It was also nice to sit at Champagne Charlies and enjoy the music there too. The meals in the main dining rooms were good (some chewy meat but I find that on all cruise lines now). We dined twice in Cagney’s and loved it and the servers. The meal in Teppanyaki was very good and entertaining. We also had a nice meal in La Bistro. My husband enjoyed the Italian restaurant while I thought it was ok. We seldom do the ships tours but because of a $50 off promo for shore excursions, we did 3 with NCL. Surprisingly, they were nicer than private tours we arranged for other ports. My husband is tall and we find a lot of the small private tours lack leg room. There are drawbacks going on big bus tours but there are benefits too. I would sail on the Spirit again for the right itinerary. One thing about NCL, it is good value for what you pay. If you are picky, there are a lot of more expensive cruises to choose from. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
As a seasoned cruiser on many different lines and ships i have just returned from a ten day cruise on NCL SPIRIT. I last used this ship about six years ago on the same tour. At which time we thought it to be an excellent cruise with all ... Read More
As a seasoned cruiser on many different lines and ships i have just returned from a ten day cruise on NCL SPIRIT. I last used this ship about six years ago on the same tour. At which time we thought it to be an excellent cruise with all conditions and services meeting high standards. Alas what a letdown, the food appeared to be mainly for Asians several types of rice and pasta with meats mainly having the Asian twist. For instant there were a dearth of potatoes, you had chips every meal, baked potatoes once and some “black” potatoes (natural). Cheese was another rare item it appeared lunch time with salads (cut small) but none was available at dinnertime for desert. The majority of the food was tepid so by the time you ate it was cold. Breakfast time there were at least three egg stations catering for all tastes – until you wanted ‘Poached’ eggs when you had to go to a special one, heaven forbid you asked for eggs Benedict this you were charged for and on the last day they did do any –when a chef was asked why he replied it was company policy. A good point was the presence of a coffee machine (good for making tea) in the cabin. A big downside was room service which is normally free (at least to midnight) is charged for at over $7 per request. Our balcony cabin was good although we had a single fold –up fouton which was excellent as a mini settee but it did take up a lot of room. The toilet, washroom and shower were separate the toilet and shower each having a solid door. Opposite was a large wardrobe with plenty of hangers and a couple of dressing gowns also a stack of shelve tucked away at the side. There was a mini bar which had a lock on it I can only assume being a non-drinker, the room maid had the key. The TV was awkward to operate and had the usual channels plus lots of foreign stations leaving us with mainly the news and one film channel. On our first day at sea ‘NORO VRUS’ myself and my wife succumbed and spent the next five days in quarantine. We soon got over the sickness and diarrhoea but were only allowed to eat plain boiled rice and grilled chicken accompanied with beef broth, dry toast and jelly which was cold and had to twiddle our thumbs or sleep. Apparently we were informed some people got fed up and went to the buffet which resulted in the spread being up graded to a serious outbreak.. When we were released on day six we found more ‘agro’ the passengers weren’t allowed to touch anything not handed to them. All cruet sets were removed you had to queue up at a drinks terminal and receive small packets; sauces were doled out in little pots. Queuing for drinks took forever, not because the boys were slow it was a continuous queue whether you wanted a bag of sugar or salt, or 6 glasses of water and four glasses of orange juice. Even here so many people started reaching for things under the barrier that they moved the barrier so far from the food that people were moving around the food in single file. One respite was the dining rooms but even here you had to ask for bread to go with the meal and of course the condiments came in little sachets. And all the time in the buffet and dining rooms when a passenger finished his table was striped and ‘Sanitized’. The excursions seem to go alright, the ship sent out cleaners to sanitize the buses even the ‘hop-on, hop-off bus’ was done. The sanitization of the ship seemed continuous with all rails, door knobs in fact anything which could be touched continually coated with cleaning foam. At every entrance and exit was a waiter with a squirt bottle using the phrase ‘washy washy’ and giving you a dose of anti-bacterial spray. Forgive my rants, please check your travel insurance make sure you’ve got ‘Cruise extra’ otherwise you’ll not be able to claim for incarceration. Finally I think it unlikely for me to use Norwegian Cruise Lines again Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted a holiday over the New Year period and so we stayed in Barcelona for 4 nights prior to joining the cruise. As we had previously cruised on a number of occasions with NCL we were directed to the NCL ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a holiday over the New Year period and so we stayed in Barcelona for 4 nights prior to joining the cruise. As we had previously cruised on a number of occasions with NCL we were directed to the NCL Previous Cruise Embarkation Line - unfortunately, as there were not many checkin desks available for this line people who were first time cruisers and were behind us in the queue joined the ship before we did. Our first impressions of the ship were that it was a little dated, but quite clean and that the staff appeared friendly although there was no name card for our cabin attendant which I always find quite helpful. ( One did appear on the day before we left the ship) The overall standard of the evening shows was quite good but I felt that the day time programmes could have been better and more varied. On one evening the Cruise Director was very critical of guests who left before the show had finished indicating that it was disrespectful to the entertainers and could be dangerous especially on the following evening when all of the gangways would be used. Unfortunately, when he made this statement many guests had already left. One thing that he failed to mention was that a number of guests put their glasses in the gangways and these were then broken by people leaving the theatre and not seeing them. The other aspect that I felt had not been fully assessed was the provision of a line of "disabled seating and tables" at the front of the fixed seating because these seats are higher than the fixed seating making viewing difficult in the first few rows of fixed seating, not fixed together or to the floor creating a hazard in the event of an emergency evacuation together with tables that were free standing and many with glasses. This together with the fact that some guests also had their mobility scooters with them and many with carers that were clearly not disabled. There are disabled bays available in parts of the theatre but these did not appear to be used. When the stage is fully extended for some shows there is a vast reduction in the width of the front escape route and together with the fact that putting the disabled between the stage where open flames and pyrotechnics are used and able bodied persons is in my view asking for trouble. Note. The location of the Stardust Theatre on this ship is different to many others in that it is located at the stern end of the ship rather than the bow and this means that the majority of guests enter at the front by the stage rather than the rear and it is well known fact that in an emergency people tend to leave the building by the way that they enter and obviously putting unsecured disabled seats and chairs in this position could cause a serious evacuation problem. We only tried the Windows and Garden Main Dining Rooms and did not find them to be very notable so tended to dine in Raffles Court where we could see the food before we ordered - some days it was quite good but other days the choice was quite poor. The selection of desserts tended to be be very poor and did not change much over the cruise. We thought that the shops and goods available were very poor and quite expensive even compared with prices in the UK. The selection of everyday items was also very limited. As we had previously been to most of the destinations we only went on one excursion and that was to Casablanca and again we were a little disappointed with this as for part of the tour we were taken to a local pharmacist who wanted to sell us pills, potions and remedies that we were not really interested in. We do like the Freestyle Dining offered by NCL but being so disappointed with this cruise will probably not cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the mild weather in the Canary Islands and Spain. Morocco was a determining factor which proved to be a bust! Very dangerous destination that should be eliminated from the cruise itinerary. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the mild weather in the Canary Islands and Spain. Morocco was a determining factor which proved to be a bust! Very dangerous destination that should be eliminated from the cruise itinerary. Would have preferred an additional cruise day instead. The majority of cruisers were senior citizens and the activities were geared more towards what they would be interested in doing. My husband and I are in our 50's and still enjoy having a fun time with numerous activities and dancing. There were some families with children and others in our age range but not many. Overall I found the cruise to be boring. The food was sub par, boring with tasteless boring menu selections and the specialty restaurants offered the same items as the complementary restaurants and wanted to charge a nominal price per item which was ridiculous! The breakfast was horrible with the same boring food selections and we found ourselves getting off the ship just to eat decent food. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We want to a cruise before we did a river cruise hoping to see a White Christmas. We love this ship it is a small one. We had a cabin on Level 9 in the middle of the ship. Dining in Cagney's twice the food here is excellent and the ... Read More
We want to a cruise before we did a river cruise hoping to see a White Christmas. We love this ship it is a small one. We had a cabin on Level 9 in the middle of the ship. Dining in Cagney's twice the food here is excellent and the French one was okay too. The Buffet was excellent also. Entertainment was also good. Ports were good, did all Private tours which we arrange with others which we arrange on Ships roll call page which was a lot cheaper then the ship and all 3 tours we only had 6 and 1 tour we had 12. Staff on board were good. Had some washing on special day and that was also good. The ports that we called into were excellent. My husband did the private tour to Casablanca and said it was very good and only 15 on this tour. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I cruise with NCL because their itineraries are port heavy with very good excursions. If you use the $50 per excursion perk, it is very affordable. Embarkation and disembarkation are very easy. Entertainment is diverse and fun. Crew ... Read More
I cruise with NCL because their itineraries are port heavy with very good excursions. If you use the $50 per excursion perk, it is very affordable. Embarkation and disembarkation are very easy. Entertainment is diverse and fun. Crew seem to enjoy their jobs (not a fake atmosphere of hospitality). Speciality restaurants provide an upgrade from the regular fare, which is adequate but nothing special. There are always lots of fresh options if one wants to eat healthy. I have gotten to the platinum level, and plan on cruising with NCL in the future. I am a solo traveler, and NCL is safe, affordable, pleasant, and relaxed. I cruised a "high end" line last year, and really did not like the formality and presumption of the ship. The cruise experience is a matter of taste, but for me, I enjoy the happy, fun, relaxed, and diverse experience of Norwegian cruises. The Spirit is an older, smaller ship, which I also like. The ship is clean and well maintained. Read Less
Sail Date November 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
Review NCL Spirit, Mediterranean Cruise We are experienced cruisers and land trippers both. We’ve been on about 40 cruises to the Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Asia, Panama Canal, Mexico, etc. So we have a decent background for ... Read More
Review NCL Spirit, Mediterranean Cruise We are experienced cruisers and land trippers both. We’ve been on about 40 cruises to the Caribbean, Baltic, Mediterranean, Asia, Panama Canal, Mexico, etc. So we have a decent background for comparison. We chose the October/November cruise with NCL largely because it went to several ports we had not sailed to do far: Dubrovnik, Koper, Corfu, and Split. I would say, aside from Corfu, that only Dubrovnik turned out to be of interest. We took the cruise pre-package which included two nights at the Crowne Plaza St. Peter’s as well as breakfast and transportation to the port. The hotel was fine. It was clean; the room was of reasonable size; the food was good in the restaurants– which was a good thing because there isn’t much around the Crowne Plaza in terms of shopping or restaurants. You can go into Rome but after a long day, you hardly feel like doing that. The hotel also has attractive grounds, outside eating, decent wi-fi, and a pool, which we did not use. I would say the outside of the hotel buildings definitely needed an update, but the Europeans have a greater tolerance for decay than we do. There is a shuttle bus for which you pay a nominal fee but be aware that it runs to different places at different times of the day. So you might have to get a cab back, which cost something like 12 euros. We did not use the shuttle as we were ready to go to the Vatican about an hour before the next shuttle was going to run. Transportation to the pier was quick and easy. On Sunday morning, it took just an hour to get there, though we had to wait about 20 minutes for our bus to be allowed up to the entry area. The area is not large, and they limit the number of buses that can enter, which was not a big deal. We got there about 1 and were able to get into our cabin immediately. The buffet generally had some tasty things on it. Most were at least lukewarm, which is an improvement over most buffets. We never had a hard time finding seating at the buffet or a cleared table. As far as other venues went, we wholeheartedly approve of NCL’s policy of having one restaurant in which you could eat very casually dressed and yet have the full dining experience rather than eating dinner in the buffet and the second restaurant for those who wished to dress up a little. This is a great idea! Most often the food in the dining room was better than average. Cagney’s, however, had wonderful meals. Our steaks were huge and tender and just great, especially since the dinner was free. NCL has the absolute best perks for platinum members. The Italian restaurant had good food though we did not find it as excellent was Cagney’s. Steak or spaghetti.... Is there a choice there? Our balcony cabin was very small. I wished we had had the choice of a mini-suite. Not a lot of room in the closet. Tiny drawers. Hardly room for my folding wheelchair. It was always in the way. Comfortable bed though. Plenty of hot water and pressure. AC worked well. Some people complain about the fish tiles. We thought they were cute. We did not attend more than one of the shows. We have seen them before. Nothing inspiring. I wish they’d had MUTS. Not much in-room entertainment worth mentioning. Internet worked fine most of the time. One great thing about this ship is that it was small enough so that I could walk everywhere despite my disability. We booked a cabin at the midship elevators and I could just hop on and go straight to the restaurants and just a short distance to the shops and theater. That was wonderful. I never needed my wheelchair on the ship. Ports: Dubrovnik: I liked this port but I guess I expected more. It was attractive but mostly it was just a very attractive shopping mall full of small shops with pretty much the same overpriced junk in them. That was a bit disappointing. I did enjoy the small market and the streets were not hard to manage with the wheelchair. Before we had gone into the city, we took the Cabrio excursion which took us out into the beautiful countryside and to some wonderful viewing areas. Venice: What’s not to like? We have been here several times and simply revisited some areas we like best. This is a hard port for the disabled though in terms of bridges. In a space of four hours, we crossed about 30 and most I had to walk over. Split: The main attraction is Diocletian’s Palace. It was a nice though brief stop. Hard to get around with a wheelchair. Many steps. You have steps to navigate to get to the public toilet as well. Surprisingly not a lot of good shops. A row of junk in tents on the way to the palace and a nice market. But since you can’t bring fruit or flowers or drinks or food onto the ship, a waste. Koper: Do take an excursion. There is nothing here to see. We were driven to Piran by a cab driver who waited two hours and took us back. Nice town to see and a wonderful shop just behind the square full of hand made items. Well worth the trip alone. An absolutely filthy public restroom and a small grocery store just off the square. Pleasant walk along the sea. Very, very difficult port to manage in a wheelchair. Very steep streets and many broken up and difficult to move along. Corfu: This is another place you want to take an excursion. Corfu is full of junky little stores and is not attractive at all. We took a tour with Corfu Taxi and loved it. I always enjoy getting out into the countryside and seeing real people going about their real lives. Katakolon: We had been here before and had done the Olympia thing. I hired a guide to take us around the area on a very nice drive, to a local olive oil manufacturing site, the monastery, and Klio’s honey farm which was great. Plenty of shops to explore at the port but much the same thing over and over. Malta: Because we had a short stop, we took the ship’s Scenic Malta excursion. Not really scenic until the last hour of a four hour excursion. Otherwise it was a tour of Malta’s most trafficked areas. Stopped at a market at Marsaloxx that was rather useless. We were delayed by a full hour due to the refusal of six people to get back on time. Intentionally late. They had argued with the guide about when they should be back. We enjoyed revisiting Rome after the cruise and then spent a week in Florence. Great trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We sailed on the Nowegian Spirit in October 2018. It was a great time of year and the crowds were light on our stops around the Mediterranean. I chose the cruise because of the itinerary and our stops did not disappoint. However the cruise ... Read More
We sailed on the Nowegian Spirit in October 2018. It was a great time of year and the crowds were light on our stops around the Mediterranean. I chose the cruise because of the itinerary and our stops did not disappoint. However the cruise ship itself was an entire mess and not catered to younger couples at all. By avoiding bingo, the bad shows, and the casino we were left to the pool (which they drained during the cruise), drinks, bad food, and a fitness center that had out of order signs on half of the equipment. So let’s talk about this food. We utilized the buffet, main dining rooms, and specialty dining restaurants. The best food we had on the cruise was from the sushi restaurant, it’s hard to mess up Asian food. The worst food came from the main dining rooms and the buffet. We were served cold or old food, it definitely did not exemplify the fine dining that you’re supposed to experience on a cruise ship. Same thing with the specialty dining restaurants, although the service was so much better the food still lacked flavor and in Cagney’s their “best restaurant” the steak was great but all of the sides came out cold. A couple of days at sea they did have a grill buffet by the pool and that was nice along with the Latin band. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose Norwegian Spirit particularly for their excellent quality freshly prepared food. Superb dining experiences. And, when you enter each eatery location someone stands before the entry door to spray little alcohol into your hands. If ... Read More
We chose Norwegian Spirit particularly for their excellent quality freshly prepared food. Superb dining experiences. And, when you enter each eatery location someone stands before the entry door to spray little alcohol into your hands. If you choose to accept it... Most people do it and are happy that their great staff is concerned about general safety health issues. You can eat just about any time and no reserve seats are necessary. The waiters and waitresses are extremely polite and accommodating. They pull out your chair and want you to experience all the great menus. Great choices for a ship that really wants you to be happy and you can sense it in the atmosphere. The ship has been refurbished and quite lovely including all sleeping quarters as well. What I also like about Norwegian Spirit is a family experience as well. The ship is not overly crowded and not as large as the new ones. We thought that was just great. Senior Citizens love this ship and so do the middle and younger crowd as well. Not too crazy. Just right. Credits: I particularly want to thank " Ryan Salvacion " a great waiter, One of the best you can find. And, " Will Pope," A great acrobatic stage dance - performer " at the theatre on 10/15/ 2018. Read Less
Sail Date October 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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