23 Norwegian Spirit Singles Cruise Reviews

We have cruised with this cruise line several times. We had always had a good experience but since our last cruise I am a vegetarian and can only comment on the lack of vegetarian options are atrocious Lack lustre curry stir fried ... Read More
We have cruised with this cruise line several times. We had always had a good experience but since our last cruise I am a vegetarian and can only comment on the lack of vegetarian options are atrocious Lack lustre curry stir fried vegetables fried rice , or salad were the only option for meals and so the only meal worth looking forward to was breakfast There are no vegan options either. We met really lovely people, entertained by the Acoustic Soul brothers excellent!! And the piano virtuoso Ian West who tinkled the ivories like a legend. Some of the stops were by tender and can be slightly precarious for older persons however the staff were always helpful, some of the stops had very steep slopes so looking at the shore excursions need to be considered before booking The ship itself had a good variety of entertainment great swimming pool and cheerful staff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I'd heard that NCL was similar in quality of food and service as Celebrity, but I quickly found this not to be true. The timing was right and I wanted to visit Iceland and Norway, so I booked a guaranteed outside cabin. ... Read More
I'd heard that NCL was similar in quality of food and service as Celebrity, but I quickly found this not to be true. The timing was right and I wanted to visit Iceland and Norway, so I booked a guaranteed outside cabin. Southampton was not easy to get to from Scotland by public transport, and it wasn't my first choice for starting a cruise, now I've done it once, I'll avoid it in future. Embarkation was smooth for me, I did need a wheelchair to avoid standing in line, something which has become a challenge for me. The staff were really kind and helpful, so I was feeling very positive about the cruise. I enjoyed a nice lunch with wine in Windows, but I never saw this pair of waiters again. It was freestyle dining, so you could sit with different people every day. That was a nice touch, but the dishes on the menu were repeated almost every day. The flavours weren't strong and there were some odd combinations. If you like bland food, a rib eye steak option and bruschetta every day for dinner, then Windows or Garden are the place to be, but some of the desserts were very sweet and also lacking in flavour. I also like vegetarian food from time to time, but the dishes I chose were usually overcooked and not balanced. The vegetable sides were usually good, but my prime rib, although huge, was undercooked and cold and I needed horseradish to bring out the light flavour. I found out that the food is sourced from USA for this European cruise, so I guess the meat and fish were frozen. I missed the wonderful range of fresh berries, but I can recommend the pineapple and melon in Raffles! My cabin was close to the elevators and I had a direct line to Raffles, the buffet where I went for most breakfasts and lunches. I had to walk to the next set of lifts, go up 2 floors, then walk back and down 1 flight if stairs to reach Windows, so I didn't want to go to Windows often (I had the option to call for a wheelchair, but I was trying to get fitter without exhausting myself). I did try a speciality restaurant, Shogun. I was told the sushi was good - it was certainly a big portion! I'd been warned about the menu already, so selected the orange beef which was chewy and I couldn't taste or see any orange. The TV didn't always work in my cabin, I had problems with the WC too, but the shower was lovely. The bedroom was big for one person and it was kept clean by my steward, but I missed the cute towelling animals I'd seen on other cruises every night before bed. Spa usually a highlight, but disappointing on this ship, but I did appreciate the facial and the hot stones massage! The entertainment scheduling was bad, with most of the 'best' shows scheduled on days when we were late leaving port, so if you wanted to eat first, you missed the show. Being a morning person, I cannot comment on the late night entertainment. Some of the shows were fantastic, others mediocre. Something for most tastes and all family shows. I attended a Martini tasting which was excellent and a few of us guests wondered if this was the main focus of the cruise - alcohol - I did buy a basic drinks package, and enjoyed a few cocktails - the bar staff were always chatty, no matter which bar; my favourite was the Cafe because she was generous with the nutmeg on my Painkiller! I didn't visit the casino, but it seemed adequate. We only had 1 day suitable for swimming, (most days fine, but we did cruise north, so it wasnt warm enough for me) and I went for a look after the shore excursion. Of course, it was packed, so I missed out. Others enjoyed the pool regularly, or huddled close by in thick sweaters and coats on the colder days. We were very lucky with the weather on most of our shore excursions. It rained in Belfast, but the trip to the Antrim coast and Giants Causeway was beautiful and the rain did stop a few times. I also enjoyed Blarney Castle, but regret not spending some time in Cobh, so I will go back again. I had to pace myself due to recent illness, so I didn't take excursions every day. NCL does charge a lot for the excursions, but the guides are good and on one, we got a Gaelic coffee, on the Golden Circle tour, we got soup and salmon - I can recommend this beautiful tour with so much geology and history, but I'd advise to search for a local tour, it may be better value. I liked Njordfjord, but others didn't. It's a new cruise stop, so not too touristy compared to Geiranger. I enjoyed my walk to the replica Viking Ship. The views at both Norway locations are outstanding! I have a great video of the geyser! For Amsterdam, the journey by local bus and train was almost an hour in each direction. There were tours available either by bus or canal. For Bruges, the port is another ferry port, so very busy and quite a distance by public transport - I was tired that day, and the weather was overcast, so I stayed on board, along with a few people, but the entertainment offered didn't appeal to me so I read another book. I was travelling alone and joined the Solo group. It was quite well attended, and we were invited to join activities other than eating together. You could join in as much as you wanted. It was fun to meet people from other countries. I was surprised at how many countries we represented. Spanish is always helpful on a cruise, especially with the staff, but a lot of passengers also spoke that language and we had different European countries represented as well as Australians and Americans. I'd visit these areas again, but not with NCL. Spirit is being refurbished in January 2020, but until their staff are better trained, I wont be joining a NCL cruise. Most of the staff I met were new. I met one person who'd been with other cruise lines and had 10 years+ experience compared with most of the others with 1-3 months on their first cruise ship. His customer service was excellent, but some of the staff ignored you or pushed past to get into the elevators. I was not the only one disappointed in the food and service. I also know that other passengers enjoyed the cruise a lot more than me, and they will go back. Different people with different tastes - this one just didn't suit me. I also missed the formal nights. I'd been told there was a white party, so I had packed accordingly, but it was only on once, and began during the second show, a late night event, so I could have saved the space in my bag! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was my 10th cruise - 7th with NCL. The weather was mild and windy. In Civitavecchia there needs to be better signage for the cruise port and where to get the bus from. Be warned that there isn't a lift if you use the railway ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise - 7th with NCL. The weather was mild and windy. In Civitavecchia there needs to be better signage for the cruise port and where to get the bus from. Be warned that there isn't a lift if you use the railway station! If you walk, take a right and then a left before the tower to the cruise bus. Many people stood in the wrong place until someone went into a shop to ask! if you are taking a cab, they drop you off right outside of the terminal building. Once inside the terminal it is very quick and straightforward. I thought the ship was just the right size to wander round and had plenty of art and decor to make it attractive and interesting. The Galaxy Lounge is a great observation room and a lovely place to watch the world go by. For dining I preferred the Garden Room MDR because it was smaller and felt more intimate. I ate with 2 friends in Windows one night and we all had stone cold meals. The assistant manager handed us a bottle of red wine without asking our preference as though this was sufficient! I ordered the same meal in the Garden Room and specified that it needed to be hot and the plate and food arrived wonderfully hot! Apart from that particular meal all the rest were fine. I particularly liked Le Bistro because you could see the ocean and the service and food were great. In Cagneys the food was good but the staff seemed to dash around almost falling over each other as they came out of the service door! The Speciality Dining Rooms are a bit cramped compared to larger ships but you soon get over it! The temperature throughout the ship was just right for me. The swimming pool was also a good temperature and had a deep end which was great. There were virtually no kids on this trip which made for a peaceful cruise. I went to 9 out of 10 shows and enjoyed them all. I would give them a solid 8/10! The Captain and all of the staff did a great job. The itinerary was great with the exception of Crete where we had to leave at midday. NCL should either make this a full day or a sea day in my opinion. I liked the fact that not all days were early starts so you could relax a bit! We did hit rocky seas leaving Sicily and the ship rolled a lot. This didn't bother me but if you get seasick you've been warned! Boarding and leaving the ship at all ports was effortless! Regarding excursions, my advice is to shop around and not try to cram too much into such a busy schedule. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
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
The ports were the big reason I chose this cruise and they were pretty good but there were several issues that made it clear I would never choose this cruise line again! First off my room had a disgusting mess on the carpet and a few ... Read More
The ports were the big reason I chose this cruise and they were pretty good but there were several issues that made it clear I would never choose this cruise line again! First off my room had a disgusting mess on the carpet and a few clothing items left over from previous passengers which means the closets and drawers are not even wiped down. The food was not great in the dining rooms odd choices things didn’t really go together and repetitive. Inconsistent service with the wait staff! My biggest problem was how they handled the heat! In Venice it was very hot and the shuttle (you had to pay for) meant standing in line in the full afternoon sun. It was worse in Olympia when we were tendered several tours arrived at the same time as well as people who did there own thing and the line was over an hour long! Full sun! No water or cold clothes were offered and no one from the ship was there. You could only get water when you right about to board but they ran out. There were children and elderly people there and there is no excuse for this! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. It was a great value. As a single I paid less than twice. The solo traveler host was great. Other than that it was just ok, no complaints, just ok, well delivered normal travel. This line ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the itinerary. It was a great value. As a single I paid less than twice. The solo traveler host was great. Other than that it was just ok, no complaints, just ok, well delivered normal travel. This line is not for those expecting something extra. Theydo what is promised but little else. The food, again, was ok. Obviously the specialty restaurants were pushed. Drinks were slightly high, with no happy hour, plus a 30% service and IVA additional charge. .... yes 30%. The dining room menu was repetitive. Many workers spoke, but did not really understand English. At times this meant the responses were unrelated or unresponsive to the question. Patience is needed and the feeling of following rules instead of helping the passengers is given. The purpose of this remark is meant to center on the frustration of passenger communications. Cruising is a lot of experiences. Norwegian does a good job on the basics, but not more. Then again, they have good pricing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I only chose to do this cruise last minute because of the great deal I got but wow it was great to be back on this lovely ship. She is small to medium size, only 2000 passengers, which makes it large enough for you to have space when ... Read More
I only chose to do this cruise last minute because of the great deal I got but wow it was great to be back on this lovely ship. She is small to medium size, only 2000 passengers, which makes it large enough for you to have space when you want but small enough for you to feel the intimacy. She is also one of the better looking of the Norwegian ships. My cabin, a balcony, was adequate though I would not want to try and fit 3 people into it and as usual the bathroom area was tight. What was usual about this trip was even though it was mid November it was warm and sunny enough for me to use the balcony which was small and only had seats. Food was great thoughout the ship and I used all venues except sushi. My only complaint was windows as this venue is directly below the theatre and if the production is on while your seated it is very hard to have a conversation with people around your table. NCL do a great job with their solo travellers, one of the major reasons I use them, and this cruise was no different. We had a lovely group and our host was friendly and helpful. My only real down side was that some of the ports are so large that when I look out I am daunted by the length of the walk to get to the buses/taxis especially now that I am getting older and my mobility is lessening. I wish sometimes they would provide those little buggies you see at some airports. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Everything on board deserved a 'very good or 10' title NCL staff was waiting at the airport baggage claim ready to point out where to go for transport to the ship. Embarking was a bit dissorganised as we had to fill in ... Read More
Everything on board deserved a 'very good or 10' title NCL staff was waiting at the airport baggage claim ready to point out where to go for transport to the ship. Embarking was a bit dissorganised as we had to fill in debit/credit card details however after that everything was smooth. Disembarking was very well organised. Crew in bars and cabins were helpful polite and friendly always willing to stop and talk which is a very pleasant change. Cabins were kept clean and tidy, I also appreciated our fluffy animals left on the bed. Main dining had a good a selection of restaurants and variety of different nations food so I did not feel the need to eat at speciality restaurants. Entertainment was not bad although theatre was quite cold fortunately after 1st time it was sensible to take a cover. Many years since my last cruise and this one was deffinately worth going on I would go with NCL again Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Loved the cruise. The itinerary was great. The food was very good. The staff was friendly. I had a comfortable, quiet room with a nice view. Wish they had more seminars about the different ports like the one they had on Croatia and ... Read More
Loved the cruise. The itinerary was great. The food was very good. The staff was friendly. I had a comfortable, quiet room with a nice view. Wish they had more seminars about the different ports like the one they had on Croatia and possibly more affordable excursions.. Overall, this cruise was a GREAT VALUE because there was No Single Supplement. YEAH! As a result of the No Single supplement special, it attracted many SOLO travelers....,which was great. I met so many interesting people from all around the world, NCL made it possible to have dinner with other SOLO travelers, Wish they had more activities for SOLO travelers other than just a 15 minute meet & greet daily...but it was better than what other cruise lines offer solo travelers. The entertainment was great most nights & mediocre a few of the nights...It would have been nice if they had comedians. Hoping Norwegian has more No Single Supplement Specials for SOLO travelers in the future...Us singles like to travel too!....Is so, I will certainly be on board another NCL cruise, Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The NCL staff are great and it is hard work dealing with people who have drinks packages and a sense of entitlement. If you see the photos of the management, there are very few women. I like to spend my money with organisations that ... Read More
The NCL staff are great and it is hard work dealing with people who have drinks packages and a sense of entitlement. If you see the photos of the management, there are very few women. I like to spend my money with organisations that supports women (my mechanic is a woman) since we are 51% of the population. When rooms were allocated, we both got rooms with pillars in the middle so that we could only use a single bed. My mother is almost 80 and it was a miracle that she didn't bang her head and knock herself out going to the bathroom at night. I dreaded going to bed at night and never had a full nights sleep. There was nothing between the sheet and the mattress so that when I tossed at night the sheets ended up by the wall. The food was great. We dined at Windows frequently because the chaos of the buffet didn't suit my mothers poor vision. The staff there frequently had to deal with unreasonable customers demanding a window table, even when it was pitch dark outside!!! There was an abundance of fruit and the chocolate muffins had a secret ingredient making them the best I've ever tasted. I went to the show ever night and the best night was singing and dancing from the 60s and 70s. The singers in '4Ever' were big hits with the ladies and were smart to leave the ship quickly! One night was singing and dancing that was supposed to be from a variety of countries but was the closest thing to Disney's 'Its a Small World - the Musical' with even less authenticity (full of 50's racial stereotypes). Between that and the last night's drama filled marathon, it is clear that the director has very little respect for the intellectual capacity of people who take cruises. There was confusion about whether the magician was supposed to be funny. The ventriloquist was good but the 1950s wanted their jokes back. The best part of our cruise was the day trips - all the great locations. Like most of the people on the ship, we planned our own days well in advance, taking local trains and busses. I typically planned alternatives in case my mother wanted a quiet day. The most outstanding excursion was with romeoandjuliet.hr who gave us an amazing day at Plitvice Lakes in Zadar, Croatia. Most of our fellow cruisers wandered about the town in the rain. None of the trips offered by NCL compared to this offering. Our guide even had time to take us to the Sea Organ and Old Town at sunset (the best time to enjoy it). The concern for hygiene was commendable and given the thousands of people on the ship, the possibility for infection was diligently fought by the crew. It is entirely possible to spend almost nothing on the ship and during my 11 days my bill was less than $100 for wine at dinner and shuttles from the port to the town. We may do another NCL cruise in the future, because they are the cruise line that respects single cruisers most. However I wonder, when rooms were allocated on this cruise, did any couple have a room like the ones we got? Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. Croatia, Montenegro, Athens, Mykonos, Florence, Naples, Rome, Tulon and Barcelona. Its one of the smaller boats. They spray your hands with sanitizer in every dining entry. Sounds annoying but ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. Croatia, Montenegro, Athens, Mykonos, Florence, Naples, Rome, Tulon and Barcelona. Its one of the smaller boats. They spray your hands with sanitizer in every dining entry. Sounds annoying but really this boat has a low incidence of intestinal bugs and this is the reason why. The dining was overall good. All the food seemed exceptionally salty to me. The desserts were fabulous. Lobster was never offered in the main dining room unless you wanted to pay an additional fee. The steaks were an additional fee and room service now is a $7.95 fee with 18% gratuity added. The entertainment on NCL is just ok. This time it was acrobats, a magician, a violinist, a singer and the NCL crew. The act like cirque de solei was fabulous. The magician show also was very good. The rest just ok. They have karaoke, name that tune, bingo, etc. Lots of activities. The singers in the lounge and the house bands were very good. You are never bored. TV very limited channels but honestly i had no time to watch TV even if i wanted to. The boat is very clean everywhere, from the buffet, the cabins - even the public areas and restrooms. I didn't run into one person that worked on that ship that was unpleasant. Its like everyone is happy all the time. The ports we did our own thing and didn't take she sore excursions. They are too expensive and i hate being on a strict schedule. Athens, Mykonos and Tulon you can walk around easily. The others take a bit of effort to get to but even there you can do your own thing. You can hire an outside company for half the money and a more individualized experience. The boat will try to discourage this noting they may not get you back on time. I've been doing this for 20yrs and never once came close to the boat leaving without me. The alcohol on this boat is ridiculously expensive. $8.30 for a beer - really? Never any chairs at the pool and we went out at 8:30am. They were marking the chairs giving people a certain amount of time to come back to the chair. There was only 1 pool on this boat. Unless you want to go to the kiddie pool. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I was wanting to go to bikeweek in Florida either before or after the cruise. I drive to Florida to bring my motorcycle and its 2800 miles total. Another problem is cruises are normally double occupancy and I wanted to go as a single on ... Read More
I was wanting to go to bikeweek in Florida either before or after the cruise. I drive to Florida to bring my motorcycle and its 2800 miles total. Another problem is cruises are normally double occupancy and I wanted to go as a single on my first cruise. I was able to have my own cabin on this cruise and not pay any extra per person. Sometimes they charge double for a single person. You are really not single on a cruise as you meet people every where you go. I had my tip fee paid that I got off my credit card so that saved about 100 dollars and had a free excursion at each island. I went to St. Martin , St. Thomas, and the Bahamas. Went on bus rides to beaches, snorkeling, saw oprah's homes, and lots more all for close to 50 dollars each since that's what they furnish on NCL. The ship was perfect in my opinion but I am not picky. The cabin will hold 4 people so I had it like a king. The food was all good but I just had the buffet as that's what I like. You can sample small amounts of foods to see if you want more and sit where you want. I like eating early where you can go to the shows and get the best seats by being there early. I hear of people missing the show by eating at the other pay extra places and people say its the same food lots of times. The shows were all great and by then you are ready to relax after excursions most days. The cabin was an inside one but that's perfect for me, wouldn't pay extra for the others unless the other half wanted it. I leave early most mornings and stayed out late most nights so not much cabin time for me. Going again next March but it takes some luck to make it fit with Daytona Bikeweek and not pay extra per person if you don't want double occupancy. So for 2016 I couldn't of went without it costing almost double price for a single. I was able to find one to the Western Caribbean in March 2017 but they match you with a roommate but I should be fine with that, I will see. Its a great deal with the service fees paid and 75.00 to spend onboard. I was thinking of spending it on an excursion but my cruise salesman said its for inside the ship only. But I will still ask on the ship since online it says you can buy an excursion with inside money, we will see. But with the 3 excursions last cruise in 2015, I think less excursions would be better this time. It was a great cruise and I love Norwegian at this time and may try other cruise lines if they ever offer a fair deal for a single occupancy with no extra fees, they are rare and far between at this time so any ideas let me know. I'm bretdelman and the msn addy if you wanta talk soon. Hoping to go cruising at least every other year at this time as its the best fun with your clothes on. Well I did go to the nude beach a short walk from the beach on St. Thomas, bet you have heard of it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
What was going to be a birthday cruise turned into a nightmare. It started when I purchased internet minutes. I also had a internet promo. Customer service said it was not on record. I had the receipt from my edicts which they took. ... Read More
What was going to be a birthday cruise turned into a nightmare. It started when I purchased internet minutes. I also had a internet promo. Customer service said it was not on record. I had the receipt from my edicts which they took. It when back and forth until I gave up. Now they are not giving me my latitudes cruise credit...I am a disabled veteran and the stress they put me through was enough to really ruin. This was my seventh cruise with NCL. The misinformation customer service gave me was lies. They told me it was up to the Internet manager. He said he needed customer service to email him. He called them and said not to give me the minutes. I gave up. That night I got a call saying that they emailed me that the promo was not good. Another lie. I was so stressed not about the internet minutes, but the disrespect they gave to me. They told me no one on the ship could help. Again I can't believe it. My room was old and it showed. Even the lamp shade was torn. Let me tell you it was not worth it. I had to ask for everything even ice. Do not sail on NCL. I don't want you to go through what I did. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I was just on the 12-day Grand Mediterranean from May 7-19 aboard the Norwegian Spirit. It was a DREAM VACATION. While the ship was relatively older and I did complain about having to pay almost double for my stateroom and port fees... the ... Read More
I was just on the 12-day Grand Mediterranean from May 7-19 aboard the Norwegian Spirit. It was a DREAM VACATION. While the ship was relatively older and I did complain about having to pay almost double for my stateroom and port fees... the service, crew, food and organized shore excursions more than made up for it. It was so very worth it. The staff and crew goes ABOVE and BEYOND to make your experience memorable no matter what kind of day they are having. They always put you first! The food is excellent and so was service even during really crowded meal times. The housekeeping and shore excursion team was amazing in ensuring a smooth trip and I love ALL their recommended trips. I took an excursion every single time we were on port and it was worth it! Big shoutout to our housekeeping room steward Amol, who always made sure my needs were taken cared of... and shore excursion team especially Jonathan for recommending the greatest day trips during my stay! I will definitely be back! My only suggestion: Since the Spirit does Mediterranean cruises, converting some cabins to single occupancy (so we don't have to pay double) would be IDEAL! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I chose this holiday as my retirement present and wanted a cruise where I wouldn't be doing a lot but relaxing. Boy was that a mistake, I have never done so much on a cruise. I learnt to play bridge (although it was American rules), ... Read More
I chose this holiday as my retirement present and wanted a cruise where I wouldn't be doing a lot but relaxing. Boy was that a mistake, I have never done so much on a cruise. I learnt to play bridge (although it was American rules), how to do towel animals, how to carve food sculptures and also painting. I almost didn't have time for my favourite hobby, drinking, but only almost. Though I travelled solo I was in a balcony cabin and one downfall Norwegian do have is their cabins are not roomy. There was not enough room in the wardrobe to hide my second case to it spent it's time travelling about the room. I could see this as a problem if I had travelled with someone. Steward staff were really good and friendly and helped with all my requests Bar staff were great with me but I did see them under great pressure, long queues and few waiters, as there didn't seem to be enough of them at the pool side bars during the day. In the end after 3 days I went to see the Bursar about this and after quite a strong discussion in which I asked if the purpose was the fact the had given away so many packages were they trying to reduce the amount of alcohol 'sold' by making it harder to request. At this she realised what was being said by others and myself and got more servers for the rest of the trip. Do not let this put you off using Norwegian because as you see from my rating it was a very good trip but if you are in the same situation always complain on the ship otherwise they will not know what needs to be addressed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Just back from this cruise. I don't like arriving from the USA for a cruise on the morning of and also combined the cruise with a bit of a European holiday so I flew from NYC to London on Tuesday, spent 3 days in London, on Saturday ... Read More
Just back from this cruise. I don't like arriving from the USA for a cruise on the morning of and also combined the cruise with a bit of a European holiday so I flew from NYC to London on Tuesday, spent 3 days in London, on Saturday flew Easy Jet to Venice, made my own hotel arrangements which ended up being the Crowne Plaza in the burbs of Venice (which HCL uses BTW for those who book pre cruise with them. Hotel had free pick up at the airpot and shuttle was right on time. Hotel provides transfer on day of the cruise to the cruise port for €10 and was worth every penny. Hotel is right by a train station and easy trip into Venice but I've been to Venice, seen it, done it and just stayed in the hotel. One drawback in that is the hotel is in the middle of nowhere but went to the bar for a nice dinner of pizza washed down with some beet and was fine plus of course one of the most important things these days, free wifi. Transfer to port on Sunday morning was fine; was left off right by ship. Embarcation was pretty efficient and was on the ship by 1300. As usual, staff tried to steer us to buffet but went to main dining room that was open for lunch. My cabin, being the cheap person I am was a guaranteed interior, 5061 which meant none of the add ons NCL was pushing but I don't drink nor do I need the specialty restaurants and you do pay for them in the difference in price. The cabin was more than adequate for an interior. Bathroom was fine, a real shower with plenty of water pressure and hot water. Had a fridge to store the remaining diet cherry coke I had lugged from London as well as a bottle of evian water. Met my room stewart and asked him to make sure there was ice. However, no real need as I simply filled up the water bottle with water from the cabin (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the ship's water contrary to the opinion of some) and was fine. Room had 3 electrical outlets believe it or not. One for European plus, one for British/Irish plugs both at 220 and one for USA/Canada at 110. Didn't matter. I have adapter plugs for all and was able to charge up my mobile phones (US and UK) and my camera battery with ease. Television, unfortunately, really has no channels of great interest. Got both the BBC world service and Sky News from the UK. And with wifi being so expensive, could not use the mobiles except when in port. First night with so many out exploring Venice, did get a reservation at Teppanyaki. Only 1 Teppanyaki table and reservations were hard to come by. All other nights were in the main dining room (Garden). Found one waiter, Marcelino who was outstanding and asked for him and got him every night. Routine was to eat dinner between 1830 and 1900, leaving enough time to relax after dinner on the promenade and attend the 2130 show. The shows were all pretty good but no comedian of note nor magician although one group did some illusions. Since the cruise is so port intensive, it was usually off to bed. Being in my late 60's and with walking difficulties, especially on inclines, I had to be very judicious in my choice of shore excursions. In general, I did the ship's shore excursions but needed for the most part activity level 1. Thus I couldn't do the Acropolis but I sneaked a few 2's in. 3"s were out of the question. Greece and Turkey were new. I have done all the things in Italy so I chose to stay on the ship the day in Florence/Pisa. I did do Capri on the Naples day. Instead of doing a Rome thing, they had an excursion where you stopped at a farm, had a nice Italian meal and a drive through Rome (no walking). Was fine by me as I've been to Rome several times, have done the Colisseum, the Vatican, the Trevi fountain (which is being renovated btw) so no loss there. My usual complains about NCL of course detracted from the cruise although I must admit the food in the MDR was better than in the past but of course no lobster night and no nightly shrimp cocktail. But the one night I had a steak, it was fine, cooked appropriately and large enough. Also one night they had prime ribs and it too was fine. Can't really complain about the food. My big complaint, as always, is why NCL would be so contempteuous to its clients and continue to serve undrinkable pepsi products instead of going with the real thing and using coke and installing the 140 flavor coke machines that even White Castle now has. I know many people don't care but taste test after taste test shows those who do prefer coke by a wide margin. Besides, have you ever heard anybody go into a bar and request a rum and pepsi? Disembarcation worked well; at least for mw. As my Easy Jet flight to London was not scheduled till 1530, I took a shore excursion that included Barcelona (which I admit is not one of my favorite cities) and drop off at airport. Of course the tour guide did not know, or chose not to know that Easy Jet uses terminal 2C at BCN and I had to figure that out by myself and take a shuttle bus from where they dropped us at Terminal 1. On the whole, except for the pepsi thing which unfortunately I have to put up with as I live in New York and if I wish to cruise out of NYC, it is NCL basically or nothing (RCL cruises out of Bayonne NJ a bit tougher for me and Carnival has a few cruises out of NYC but NCL with the Caribbean cruises and the weekly Breakaway cruise to Bermuda has the market covered there when I decide on the spur of the moment to cruise. Life is sometimes very unfair. One other thing I forgot to mention. Since this cruise began in May, most of the kids were still in school and there were not swarms of kids all over the place. The ship itself was fine (I have read some people say it is worn which is not true), the staff very friendly and for the most part, if only they had coke, was value for money. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my 3rd cruise with NCL. I particularly like this ship the "Spirit". It is the oldest ship but was built back before the mega ships were built like today. Though the larger ships have more activities like speed line ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise with NCL. I particularly like this ship the "Spirit". It is the oldest ship but was built back before the mega ships were built like today. Though the larger ships have more activities like speed line and larger pools, I am an older person and don't consider those things important. I look for comfort, which describes the "Spirit". It has plenty of space onboard and in your cabin so you don't feel cramped. The Spirit's staff are very knowledgeable about the ship so any crew member can assist you with any issue or question/concerns you may have. The cruise director is very visible and active, you see her not just during the evening events but during the day activities and participation in most activities. When you don't see her around the ship she will be on the loud speaker making announcements. The entertainment was excellent, like going to see a show in Las Vegas. The onboard activities suited my needs perfectly. I.e. morning walks with staff outside on the 7th deck, napkin folding with the cruise director, trivia pursuit with crew, and my favorite watching the Captain and his 2nd and 3rd in command with the cruise director decorating a cake! I travelled alone and felt very safe on the "Spirit". There was always a crew member available to me to ask questions and always with a smile on their face. I would recommend the "Spirit" for anyone looking for a comfortable, safe, and wonderful cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my 2nd time on Spirit. Despite her being the oldest in NCLs fleet so makes up for both age and size with character. She has a wonderful layout with plenty of open decks and all entertainment venues within easy walking ... Read More
This was my 2nd time on Spirit. Despite her being the oldest in NCLs fleet so makes up for both age and size with character. She has a wonderful layout with plenty of open decks and all entertainment venues within easy walking distances. This time I booked a guarantee Balcony and got a mid-ship on deck 9, just above the jewellery shop but never heard a thing from below. The only thing is the bathroom seems to be designed for someone less than 5ft and you sometimes have to do a gymnastic maneouver to use the toilet cubicle. The staff always seem happy and with the low passegener numbers onboard it's easy to get recognised at your usual bar. Cripton magic and elements were the highlights of the theatre ents. Pablo in Henry's bar in the evening. I ate at Cagneys one night and whilst the food was great service was slow, 2hrs in total and empty plates were left on the table for about 15mins. The buffet wasn't as good as previous years and service like breakfast which was advertised until 11:30 was ramping down from 10AM! Overall great little ship, definitely one for sunny weather to stroll the promenade or the Biergarten. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Whilst this was my 15th (8th with NCL) cruise it was my first on one of NCLs small ships after having sailed on Epic, Breakaway and Getaway and RCCL ships like Independence of the seas, all of which are double Spirit's size I was ... Read More
Whilst this was my 15th (8th with NCL) cruise it was my first on one of NCLs small ships after having sailed on Epic, Breakaway and Getaway and RCCL ships like Independence of the seas, all of which are double Spirit's size I was slightly worried about going back to a small ship. However I loved the ship layout and the crew were probably amongst the best on any cruise I've done. Whilst the weather was a bit poor with some cold days and winds that caused some movement (again so used to the larger ships that hardly move) it was very enjoyable. The cabin was looking a bit tired, and some things like the toilet flush were a bit temperamental the bed/mattress seemed new. I missed the interactive TV feature to check onboard account etc and of course no iconcierge app for booking restaurants. The theatre is weird entering by the stage, so also a lot harder to sneak out mid performance!! Loved the wrap-around promenade deck and so plenty of sea views. The Raffles buffet was always great for breakfast with plenty of "overspill" tables on the terrace which was very useful. Ate at Cagneys one night. Food was good but service was slow. 2hrs from seated to dessert. Teppenyaki was better service but only one table so books up fast. But for me the crew, especially the bar staff in the Biergarten and Henry's made it really enjoyable. From Barcelona the embarkation and disembarkation are always simple and efficient. I'd definitely consider her again for a future cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Disappointed with the Spirit.Ive cruised with Norwegian several times and have always had good things to say. I enjoy the Freestyle concept. The Spirit is not on the same par as their other ships. Our balcony room was tiny! I mean small. ... Read More
Disappointed with the Spirit.Ive cruised with Norwegian several times and have always had good things to say. I enjoy the Freestyle concept. The Spirit is not on the same par as their other ships. Our balcony room was tiny! I mean small. No refrigeration or mini bar and very little storage. One thing to note ladies. For me this was HUGE...you cannot use your own hairdryer. The electrical sockets will not accept hair dryers! You have to use this ridiculous wall mounted hair dryer in the bathroom that has no power at all. If you have hair issues be forewarned. I admit Im a bit on a foodie and I have to say the food quality was poor. The buffet was terrible. We ate there at lunch and it was lacking selection. More salad and fresh items are needed. The desserts were inedible. The specialty restaurants were a bit better but not on the level of the other ships. A couple of positives...The Trattoria (Italian) was wonderful despite being a roped off area of the buffet. Nice antipasto platter and the Osso Bucco with polenta was fantastic. Also make sure to sign up for the Taste of India dinner. Offered only once on the cruise. Its a 21 course meal prepared and served by the many Indian crewmembers. At only $15 dollars its the best kept secret onboard.The 24 hour Blue Lagoon items were dissapointing. The spinach and artichoke dip tasted like glue and the tables and seats there are uncomfortable.Lastly and this is big for me. The main pool is supposed to be for adults ONLY.Kids were everywhere. They have their own pool in the aft area. Please enforce the rules NCL staff. On a lighter note the crew on the Spirit is one of the best on any ship at sea. Very cheerful and helpful. A delight. Our room steward Gede was outstanding. Great personality and very attentive.Skip the Spirit. Try the Pearl. Im looking for a more sophisticated experience next time and will sail with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
I just returned from my cruise to Bermuda on the NCL Spirit today. This is my first on the Spirit, but have also sailed to Bermuda on the NCL Majesty (2x) and NCL Dream (1x.)(Once on Holland America and Disney, but neither went to ... Read More
I just returned from my cruise to Bermuda on the NCL Spirit today. This is my first on the Spirit, but have also sailed to Bermuda on the NCL Majesty (2x) and NCL Dream (1x.)(Once on Holland America and Disney, but neither went to Bermuda.) I liked this ship much more than the other two. Weather on this trip could not have been better. Even the Captain remarked that this was the best weather on this ship all season. (Brought my lucky penny, wished for great weather...guess it worked!)We left Boston in the sunshine and I have yet to see a cloud in the sky since last Friday :) Nothing but sunshine for the past 8 days! Embarkation: Very quick, very easy, lots of people to help (From NCL and Boston Authority.) Traveling solo, managed 3 bags from the garage to the terminal with minimal trouble. Once there, the porters whisked away my luggage, literally zoomed through the latitudes line, and got right through security. In the past, NCL did not have such an organized system in place when embarking the ship. That was a very pleasant surprise. The Ship: The ship has that "wow factor" when you first walk on board. The atrium is that pretty! The colors on this ship are oriental(golden,reds, black wrought iron, and deep greens with lots of wood and recessed lighting.) It had a soothing feel to it. Staircases, restaurants, moulding, and railings were mostly wood which gave the ship a very nice feeling and look. It's hard not to notice the tarnished and greasy fingerprints you see on other ships who have brass and metal railings. It also looks much richer to see dark wood on paneling and ceiling moulding. Windows, in particular has lots of pretty wood paneling and moulding throughout. Very classy. Restaurants: The Windows and Garden Restaurant are both pretty. Garden has darker lighting, Windows has a classier feel. I enjoyed both just as much. Service in both were superb. Menus were identical and on any given day I would have been just as happy to go to either for any meal. Like anyone, there are certain meals I enjoyed over others, but I cannot say I didn't like any meal. Unforgettable are the Beef Wellington, Roasted Tomato Bisque Soup, Scallop/Mixed Greens/Miso Dressing Salad, Eggs Benedict, Mocha Cheesecake/Banana Sauce, and the fresh baked cookies at Raffles. Raffles Buffet: Was far better than the previous buffets I have gone to on NCL. Great selection from what I saw the few times I ate there. (I prefer being served at a table when I cruise.) I saw one incidence of a woman...who knew not to do this but did so anyway...walk through the buffet with nothing more than her bathing suit on. No shoes, either. I mentioned this to the restaurant manager later that evening at the Gardens Restaurant. He thanked me for telling him this and told me that indeed, they do not allow people to be in there without being covered and wearing shoes. It would have been nice to see someone ask her to please come back when she is covered and has shoes on. I didn't actually see her get in line, maybe because I was so disgusted at the sight of seeing her in there like that. I would have thought though, that someone would have seen her walk in there like that, as they do have people standing at the entrances with a spray bottle of hand washing liquid. Blue Lagoon: I ate at only once but enjoyed their cheeseburger with fries. Looked packed just about every single time I walked by there. Lots seemed to like the wings as well. Specialty Restaurants: I ate only at one, Shogun, for the "Taste of India" special they had one night. That meal is truly unforgettable. I ate far more than 15$ worth of food. (Cover charge.) They brought out at least 20 different kinds of dishes that were simply fantastic. They take great pride in their culture and want you to truly experience Indian food at it's finest. Everyone remarked how much they thoroughly enjoyed the never ending meal. The Cafe: Coffee at it's finest, and I do prefer good coffee. It was wonderful to sit in the comfy couches listening to the music above from Champagne Charlie's after the show every night, sipping a frothy cappuccino. Bar Drinks: Although I didn't drink all that much, I found the drinks to be better at Champagne Charlie's. They seem to be far more organized there in getting you a better quality drink. The martinis are their specialty. At 9$ each, that's important to me. Activities: I traveled solo, so of course I wasn't interested in doing many of the activities they had on board. That is NOT to say I wouldn't have done them if I were not traveling solo. The list is endless fun. Minus the bingo or gambling, (not my thing) there are tons of things to do. I was more than happy doing nothing more than listening to the great music from Alvin and Emily at Champagne Charlie's or reading my book on the lounge chair on promenade deck. I get very little time to myself, as I work 55 hour weeks taking care of preemie triplets as a Nanny, so that was a priority for me on this trip. The game shows, trivia contests, dance/music venues were full of variety and matched to all ages of all kinds. I just needed some peace and quiet this time around on this cruise. Service: Service was perfect in every restaurant. There was very little waiting time to get into both restaurants. On some evenings, there was no wait at all. Having sailed on NCL before, I have noticed that it was far far far better on the Spirit. It didn't take forever, either to go through the meal. Within and hour, we were on our way to the show with plenty of time in between. I think it may have been because they have more people working in the dining rooms than I have seen in the past. They were always pleasant and attentive. Simply excellent. Stateroom: I prefer an inside room, as I have insomnia and like the darkness of the inside room. Mine was on the 10th floor. Yes, they do a good job cleaning the rooms, except for vacuuming in certain areas. I noticed that under the beds, chairs, and in corners, it had not been vacuumed for a while. That could use some improvement, as I saw bottle caps and a child's action figure clearly in sight, which could have easily been detected, as well as dust, sand and paper scraps where they do not vacuum. Shelves, drawers and places where there are handles could have used some scrubbing as well. The beds were hard, too hard for me, even with a foam pad I brought from home. Lighting at the head of the bed is directly where you put your pillow, so reading became a bit difficult if you couldn't wedge your pillows into a corner. Why place them there? Made no sense to me. Waste basket in bathroom is a plastic bucket placed in a well (hole)under the sink. It was disgusting, I'm afraid. They don't use plastic bags, just simply remove the bucket, toss the waste, and then replace back into the well. The bucket was brown. Why brown? I don't want to know. That alone made me keep the bath mat on the floor at all times. They came in to replenish, I suspect, but how much time they spend on disinfecting (not simply wiping down), I do not know. The shower looked somewhat clean, but you could tell by the film, it wasn't disinfected at all times. Nothing horrible, but not what I had expected. Shelves and such were plenty, and everything worked properly, except for the closet door which remained stuck on one side for the entire week. I brought along a hairdryer, but couldn't use it, as there isn't an outlet to plug it into. The only available outlet in the room (near the desk) had a label saying "no hairdryer please." The one installed in the bathroom was quite a task to use, as it has a hose (hard to disentangle) and gets very hot. My hair feels quite dry now, having had to use that one all week. I managed, not the end of the world, but no outlet anywhere in the room? What's up with that? One other problem...I chose my stateroom in particular, because it didn't have another stateroom on one side of me. Bad choice, because it was right near a service room, for, I gather, the room stewards. Lots of noise early in the morning. Not exactly sure what they used that room for, but I heard banging, and what sounded like a large dryer running and supplies being collected. Could I have asked why there isn't another room near me or could I expect my choice of room to be noisy? Probably. I booked through an Internet agency. It's likely they didn't know. I just wish NCL would have at least had some info on their site as to certain rooms on the ship that are near loud areas...especially at 6 AM! Entertainment: This is the area where the Spirit really truly shines! I enjoyed every show, and found the Elements show on the last night to be just spectacular. I looked forward to each show after a nice dinner. Traveling solo, it's the two things I enjoy most about cruising. The comedy acts, acrobats, magic acts, and the dancing were some of the best I've seen. I found the costumes in large, to be stunning. Such a great variety, too. I do wish, though, that the crew show would have had more crew members involved the show. They had only a few solo singers and 2 quick dance routines. I was surprised how little there was to the show. With a crew of 975, you would think there would be. Bermuda: This being my 5th time there (4th time cruising there), I obviously love Bermuda. I mainly love being on or near the water, and I hate to fly, so this cruise works well for me. Having the opportunity to dock for the first time on the other side of the island was a great experience for me. I really liked the Dockyard and wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I had in the past being docked at St. George. They have a great little mall there and the ferries were right at hand to take you to St.George and Hamilton very quickly. I took both the bus and the ferries and always liked being in Bermuda for their great transportation around the island. That alone makes your trip so much more worthwhile. I went to my favorite beach, Horseshoe Bay, as I always do when I come here. More waves...big waves...this time. Exciting, yes, but had to be careful of that undertow. Such a pretty beach. Always lovely to come to...every time. I took the bus to The Swizzle Inn, first time there and thought for a change I'll try it. I won't again. It wasn't worth the effort or the price. The chicken barbecue nachos were cold... and I do mean cold... and I had a much better rum swizzle drink right on the ship. The service at the Swizzle was horrible. Unfriendly and inattentive. I took the bus over to St. George and enjoyed a quick walk around. Sad to see many of the places closed here, and I knew that before I came, but I always enjoyed this part of the island in my past experiences here. Not as much this time. I was hot, too, and probably tired from not sleeping well in my noisy cabin the night before. I try to make the best of everything so I took some pictures, poked around the few shops that were open and enjoyed the ferry ride back to the dockyard. I took the bus to Hamilton but being a Sunday, many of the shops were closed. It didn't matter. Window shopping worked just fine for me. I got a delicious frozen caramel coffee drink at a juice bar/type place and walked around taking pictures and was actually glad to be in the capital city without the crowds I have seen in the past. I had to linger a little longer while I waited another hour for the next ferry so I took another walk, thinking, I really should work off some of this cruise ship food :) The last days at sea were smooth as can be. Last night I walked the promenade looking at a beautiful pink sunset. This is why I cruise. I enjoy being at sea and walking the promenade deck at sunset. I like it just as much as those pretty pink sand beaches in Bermuda. We disembarked without a hitch. They make it very easy to find your luggage and get off the ship and where you need to go in a hurry. They even smile when you leave the ship. Summary: Would I go back to Bermuda? Most likely yes, but perhaps I will opt for a different kind of cruise this time. The kind where I actually have to get on a plane this time. I would sail with NCL again, maybe not on the Spirit, but that's not definitely. I'm thinking I need to venture out more, and it would all depend on what I can afford. Being single..it's twice the price for me. I'm glad to see that NCL has gotten their "Freestyle Cruising" in gear. Seems they worked on solving the long lines at dinner and faster service in the dining rooms. Food was better as well, especially in the buffet. The ship needs some work. Not an overhaul, just certain areas like new chairs in Raffles and bathrooms updated. It makes sense it shows wear and tear, since it takes in nearly 2000 people every single week. I just don't want to sit at a chair in Raffles and find my hand sticks to the back of it when I pull the chair out. (Layers of grease that doesn't wash off when constantly being used.)She is a pretty ship, and I suspect still has a lot of use left. With careful detail to certain areas, she would, and should continue to give people a memorable vacation. I enjoyed mine. I know you will too. PS...I gave this ship a TWO on Rates, simply because as a single person I have to pay twice the price, so it's not a great value for me. 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Sail Date June 2010
One person was from New Orleans, so we drove in 2 days early and enjoyed some of the Mardi Gras parades, favorite restaurants and meeting his family etc. We loved New Orleans! We boarded the ship on Sunday, Feb 15th. The embarkation was ... Read More
One person was from New Orleans, so we drove in 2 days early and enjoyed some of the Mardi Gras parades, favorite restaurants and meeting his family etc. We loved New Orleans! We boarded the ship on Sunday, Feb 15th. The embarkation was smooth and easy. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch in Windows dining room which was filled with lots of laughs, mostly initiated by our silly, fun waiter from the Philippines, Eduardo. Soon after, we settled into our staterooms. One was a balcony, but I must admit it was the smallest balcony I have ever had. I had looked forward to our other 2 friends joining us for drinks on our balcony, but there was no way! There was only room for 2 chairs on the balcony, facing each other. I must admit by about the third day, I didn't mind the size as I read on the balcony, watched for dolphins, watched other ships at night or eagerly looked ahead at out arrival ports. The bathrooms were the nicest of any ship I have been on. There were 3 sections: toilet/ sink area/ shower with a sliding glass door. No molesting curtains on this ship! The room was large enough. I never felt crowded. There was adequate closet space with shelves, though drawer space was small and limited. Our beds were extremely hard and uncomfortable. Foam was added by our room steward after I commented that I wasn't sleeping well. We never really knew who our room steward was. No one introduced themselves early in the cruise and it seemed different faces showed up at our door for various requests. It seemed we never had enough towels or ice. There was no laundry area to iron, and obtaining an iron or ironing board was a constant challenge for my roommate. The other room my friends were in was down on 4th floor with a porthole. It was what I would consider an average room with one bed on each side by the wall and the porthole in the middle. They had absolutely no complaints about their room or service except that our bathroom had tiled fish and theirs didn't- a minor detail. Dining: Food is always a subjective thing. I found the food to be better on this cruise than one year ago on another NCL cruise. We enjoyed the food, service and ambiance of La Trattoria, the Italian restaurant with a $10 surcharge. They made my birthday very special! Room service was good and came in a timely manner, though the menu is somewhat limited. I did enjoy that we could get omelets through room service, unlike other cruise lines. We ate in both Windows and Garden dining rooms. Menus were the same and no cover charge. Service in the dining rooms were good. There was a $15 jazz brunch on our last day at sea. It was very lovely and relaxing. We participated in the Murder Mystery Dinner- it was very disorganized with little staff guidance. It took place in Windows where everyone else was eating, so it was rather noisy and poorly lit to read our roles. With all I heard about Blue Lagoon- the snack place, I thought I would visit a lot. I stopped in once early in the cruise and never made it back. The pizza was good and I liked that it could be ordered in the room through room service. Having a coffee pot in the room was a really nice touch. There was no refrigerator, which would have been very nice to have. At some point we ate a breakfast, lunch or dinner in Raffles, the buffet. The food is really hit or miss. Some foods were really good, some were not. I liked that there were crepes "your way" available. The buffet also allowed for my time table if I wanted to catch a show or an activity. I really enjoyed breakfast in the dining room. Again, the service was good. We didn't eat in any other surcharge restaurants. Our options were always enough and allowed a little more "Freestyle" than last cruise when we had reservation somewhere almost every night. Also, there is no Tapas Bar on this ship. I must say that was one of our highlights last year on the Sun. Read Less
Sail Date February 2009
Norwegian Spirit Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.8
Dining 4.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.6
Family 3.5 3.6
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.2
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates N/A 4.0

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