46 Norwegian Spirit Entertainment Cruise Reviews

My fiance and I chose this cruise because we are recently engaged and found an incredible deal with Norwegian- we decided that this would essentially be our honeymoon, as we are starting our own business and wouldn't have the time or ... Read More
My fiance and I chose this cruise because we are recently engaged and found an incredible deal with Norwegian- we decided that this would essentially be our honeymoon, as we are starting our own business and wouldn't have the time or the means to take another trip after our wedding. The reservation process was essentially painless, we thought we were getting off to a good start. Once we arrived in Barcelona and tried to find the cruise terminal, we saw that it would either be about a 40 minute walk with our luggage over an incredibly steep highway bridge to get to our particular ship, or pay for a taxi which we begrudgingly did. At the terminal, we were harassed slightly for not having paper copies of our reservation in hand and were told to step aside until I could present our reservation number on my phone and the guard could bring himself to actually look at what I was showing him. Past that point, embarkation was smooth and our bags made it to our room. For the rest of the review of the cabin, see below. Dining! What fun (sarcasm). As we were only able to go on the cruise because of the advertised price of $500/person, we couldn't splurge to go to the restaurants to pay for steak dinners every night. We've been on other cruises with other lines where the food in the buffet area and the main dining rooms have been more that satisfactory- just about everything on Norwegian about killed us. Not only did the food taste cheap and not like real food and was cold, my fiance and I both had food poisoning just about every night. Our only saving grace was to find food ashore and sneak it back on board as to not get sick from the food being served to us. When we had days at sea, our only solace were the rolls and crackers that we knew were safe. When we ate at the dining halls, the woman who would seat us was the only genuinely happy person to greet us and pay attention to us. Once we were seated in the dining hall, we would be ignored by the wait staff. I am 25 and my fiance is 30 so it would be safe to say that we are some of the younger folks on the ship- we were dressed in nice slacks and shirts and tried to smile and be friendly with the staff, but we were in turn either ignored when an older couple or group was seated next to us or were just given very disingenuous service. I also had an experience at one of the bars on board- I attempted to order a beer during afternoon trivia. It took about 10 minutes for the bartender to look my way and I ordered my beer and he repeated the order back to me. He then went to the other side of the bar to take the orders of about 8 other people after me (all of them mixed drinks for people middle-aged or older). I went to back to my fiance no longer wanting the beer as I was waiting more than 15 minutes to pay $9 for a Dos Equis (a $4 in the US). The bartender then got out the beer and was about to open it when he made eye contact with me finally and I told him no and said loudly that he had ignored me. A man next to me even said it was ridiculous to him that I had not been taken care of and that no apology was given., so it wasn't just me noticing that I was a second class citizen in their eyes. The saving grace of this trip were the ports of call. Just about every port (except Messina) was wonderful. If it weren't for the aquarium pretty close to the port in Valencia, the town was a bit run down. I'm sure the excursions offered by the company were great but again, we didn't have the means to go on many of them. Malta was AMAZING, as was Palma Mallorca- very nice surprises. Messina was just a bad choice. I can understand folks wanting to see the countryside, but with excursions starting around $80/person, there was no way we could do it and we didn't have much interest, so we tried wandering around to see the local flair. Bad idea. The locals seemed pretty peeved to have tourists in their town and it was also very dirty. We were disappointed in our shore excursion in Pompei. We signed up for what we thought was a shuttle to and entrance into Pompei itself and preordered before the cruise. When we received our tickets on the ship the night before, it was only until we saw the words printed on the tickets that the entry fee was separate from the shuttle and we had only paid for a shuttle. And once we got to Pompei, we were informed that the Prime Minister would be arriving later that day so the place had to be emptied without refund or discount (not the fault of Norwegian on this part but still a ridiculous experience). The hot tubs were a nice escape after long days of walking and exploring until the middle of the cruise, when they decided to close two of them to repaint...? It just seemed like weird timing and the paint fumes along with the exhaust from the ship were in the vents and we could smell it in our cabin, 3 floors down and in the interior of the ship. There were also a couple of tournaments in the casino on the last day at sea- smoking is allowed in the casino, therefore the strong, pungent odor of cigarette and cigar smoke filled our cabin and the rest of the ship as well. And finally, DAILY SERVICE CHARGE. Daily service charge is usually something I am more than happy with paying, the staff on cruise ships have been some of the nicest and most welcoming people I have come into contact with... on other lines. This ship's crew with the exception of about 4 individuals were all surly, never smiled at us, and never seemed happy to be there. The vibes were overwhelmingly negative on that ship. We were so happy to be leaving the ship and then we received that final bill on the last morning. We thought we were paying $500/person for a wonderful experience, and nowhere did it say how much we would be paying on top of that. We paid an additional $13.50 per person per day, so they charged us an additional $325 or so. I have never been so disappointed in an experience in my life. I love to travel, and I used to love cruising. If we do ever end up cruising again, I can assure you it will never be with Norwegian. I'm sure that if you pay for an exclusive balcony room with every amenity, you will be catered to hand over foot. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Don't like negativity but after 34 cruises we have found bottom of the barrel. Ship is the oldest I think NCL operates and it is very tired but kept very, very clean. Odd design compered with other ships but this is perhaps down to ... Read More
Don't like negativity but after 34 cruises we have found bottom of the barrel. Ship is the oldest I think NCL operates and it is very tired but kept very, very clean. Odd design compered with other ships but this is perhaps down to age. Cabin was very small, but steward kept it immaculate. The food was very basic.The minute you step on board you see the extra charges. All the dining options available, but take out the " main dining rooms and 1 other , they all have extras.fees. $9 for a room service if you need some thing brought to you.. Drink prices are silly and even bottled water will fleece you. No dress codes whatsoever, well not applied, hoodies, jogging bottoms and flat caps in dining room. Perhaps that is the way NCL are going but we still like a little bit of class. 5 days at sea and no deck entertainment. Around Madeira and the Canaries the desk were full of sunbathers but no live music or entertainment staff . The entertainment staff worked hard below decks but I am sorry to say The Cruise Director was conspicuous by her absence apart from a 30 second stint after each show. The cruise singers and dancers were very good and put on 3 excellent shows but the ""Professional" artistes " were mediocre and after a ventriloquist and juggler I was expecting somebody playing the spoons or paper and comb. Sorry but not very interesting.. 20 year old ship perhaps its time it went as there are so many better options on the market for the same price or cheaper. Cheap does not mean value for money if it is poor. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
First, our impression of the ship. The ship is not the newest or largest so usually it did not have priority to tie up a the closest piers and we almost always had to take a shuttle.The entire ship is decorated in a Chinese style. Even ... Read More
First, our impression of the ship. The ship is not the newest or largest so usually it did not have priority to tie up a the closest piers and we almost always had to take a shuttle.The entire ship is decorated in a Chinese style. Even Cagney's steakhouse looks more like a Chinese restaurant than the Sushi Bar. La Trattoria is a section of the Raffles Buffet that is closed off in the evening and not very cozy. It appears as though Norwegian tried to adopt the ship to their style and include their restaurants. The Bier Garten consists of some picnic tables by the pool. The Blue Lagoon and Shanghai Bar are only some wide spaces on a main fore and aft passage. The Pub is nice, but small and crowded. Le Bistro is pleasant and Raffles works well. Rooms were up to par and very clean. The staff was very professional, helpful and friendly The fitness room was well equipped, clean, and quite empty. Dining at le Bistro, Cagney's Steakhouse and Teppanyaki was outstanding. The food was always delicious, properly prepared and served. I can't say enough good things about them. The Main Dining Rooms, not so much. They were very spotty. A good meal was a pleasant surprise. Examples were waiting over half an hour for an cold appetizer, fish being served lukewarm or dried out, a salad with cheese that had no cheese in it, a picatta dish with mystery white sauce on it with no capers or lemon seasoning, bananas foster with raw bananas. You get the idea. Although we were in port every day, the ship was out of things that were on the menu (fresh eggs, sorbet, baked potatoes) and not always for only one day. Salt and pepper shakers were missing from sections of Raffles Court. Small things, but that what you pay for and not up to Norwegian standards. Would I take this cruise again? Yes. Our reason for making this cruise was for the ports of call and they were terrific, but as expected, not long enough. Hope this helps you. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were looking for a great itinerary.Excellent on Spirit. However we spent too much money on NCL shuttles since they were not free in Dubrovnik or Venice.The food was average and in general the waiters were amateurish in the dining ... Read More
We were looking for a great itinerary.Excellent on Spirit. However we spent too much money on NCL shuttles since they were not free in Dubrovnik or Venice.The food was average and in general the waiters were amateurish in the dining rooms. The entertainment was very limited. We spent most of the time in Champagne Charlie's listening to piano music. No movies were offered in the evening, basically 50 dollars a pop on bingo games.What a rip-off!.The staff in general were very polite especially the room steward. For us the whole trip was ruined by what we observed at the Mercuri vineyard in Katakolon. While walking around we saw three dogs, a hound type, very friendly, chained up with a damaged leg,limping badly. In another enclosure were two Dalmations with horribly infected eyes,filthy dirty.We were very upset to see this. Would we travel with N.C.L. again? Well after two cruises with them and three with Princess. Forget N.C.L. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This cruise left from Barcelona Spain, a wonderful city that we've visited several times over the years. There were 10 of us travelling together and almost everyone is a seasoned cruiser. My wife and I have cruised on Carnival, ... Read More
This cruise left from Barcelona Spain, a wonderful city that we've visited several times over the years. There were 10 of us travelling together and almost everyone is a seasoned cruiser. My wife and I have cruised on Carnival, Celebrity, NCL, and Royal Caribbean. We have about 30 cruises under our belts but not trying to compare this cruise to the others that we've been on. Getting on and off of the ship was really a breeze. Luggage was delivered to our cabin right away and when we disembarked our luggage was waiting for us in the terminal. That part was great. The Norwegian Spirit is a smaller ship, about 72,000 tons and it's an older ship that is showing its age. Although it was clean and tidy, it appeared shopworn to us and in need of a major update. The public areas were very crowded throughout our 10 day cruise which made it unpleasant. Our cabin was a veranda cabin, number 11592, and it was clean but showed its age. The sliding door to our veranda was dirty when we arrived and was never cleaned for the duration of our cruise. The veranda deck was very dirty with chipped paint and general dirt. The sliding shower door was very hard to close, The dining was a disappointment to us. The buffet was not very well kept up, they were short on staff, and it was very difficult to find a clean open table for four of us. We had to go to be bar ourselves in order to have a beer with lunch. We complained to the apparent overseer of the buffet seating area about this and were told "We're just too busy to get you any drinks from the bar". Pretty poor customer service making us feel that this was a bother rather than as if we were valued guests. The food in the Main Dining Room and Windows was pretty good but not special but the dining room staff was attentive and pleasant. We ate in Cagney's Steakhouse which was excellent, the Trattoria Italian Restaurant and it was not good at all, Shogun Asian which was just a little better than OK, and Le Bistro which is a French Restaurant and it was the best that we had. The main shows were OK but nothing special, except the last show which was very good. It's like they saved the best for last so that our final impression would be positive. All in the entertainment was just OK. The service in the bars was nonexistent. We tried several bars and had to get our own drinks to bring to our seats. Very short on staff for the whole cruise. The itinerary was great and we enjoyed the stops very much. We didn't take shore excursions from the ship but always went on our own. We all talked about this cruise, the staff, and the ship and it all left a sour taste in our mouths. The service was generally poor and the attitude of the staff was also poor with some exceptions. We all felt that the value of this cruise was poor and we probably won't be cruising with NCL again for a long time if ever. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I chose this cruise because of the fantastically low price, but I was soon to find out why the price was so low. The Mediterranean itinerary was very attractive and included Israel and Cyprus, two places I had never been. The cabin (9572) ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the fantastically low price, but I was soon to find out why the price was so low. The Mediterranean itinerary was very attractive and included Israel and Cyprus, two places I had never been. The cabin (9572) a balcony was a very nice room with plenty of space and the bed was very comfortable. This was about the only good thing I could say about this cruise. The food on this cruise left much to be desired. The only good meals that I had during the 11 nights o board were in the specialty restaurants, Cagneys Steakhouse and the Japanese Steakhouse. The Garden and Windows Restaurants, which are the main dining rooms, were adequate, but very slow. Raffles, the buffet, was terrible. The food was usually cold and it was the same, night after night. The small dining area near the casino was Ok, serving hamburgers, hot dogs etc. The food service employees appear to just go through the motions of bringing you your food, which is one reason I am not a fan of the Freestyle dining. There is no incentive for them to give you good service as they may not see you again for the rest of the cruise. They even charge $7.95 for the delivery of room service. I guess one employee at Raffles summed it up quite well. He observed that I was not very happy with the selection of food and asked what the problem was, I simply replied " I'm just tired of the same food every night", to which he replied "Imagine having to eat this garbage every nigh of a 9 month contract". We both laughed. The entertainment was average, with the usual cruise shows. The Casino was terrible. there were not many people gambling and the tables were usually empty. I saw very few people being paid on the machines and there was just no fun atmosphere. This was definitely not a "Fun Ship" (ie. Carnival). In the end, I was very happy to get off of this cruise. I was able to finally get a good meal in Venice! I should have listened to advise, that if something seems to good to be true, it usually is! This KMART type bargain cruise was definitely not worth the money. Look to another cruise line if you are looking for good food and a good time! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Our first open sea cruise having only experienced European river cruises previously. However the timing was right and friends who have done multiple cruises before (although not with Norwegian) highly recommended them. On the plus ... Read More
Our first open sea cruise having only experienced European river cruises previously. However the timing was right and friends who have done multiple cruises before (although not with Norwegian) highly recommended them. On the plus side, if we had sailed the scheduled cruise, we would have run through storms and high seas so the line (or perhaps the skipper) decided to run the cruise in reverse order. That must have required a huge logistical effort to rearrange berthing dates, excursion dates and supplies but it was handled extremely well and appreciated by most. As we were travelling through Christmas and were actually scheduled for a day at sea on Christmas Day, this did mean some places were not open or were not as active on the new dates of call and some excursions were cancelled or shortened but this was understandable in the circumstances. The quality of the excursions was very good - our only suggestion is that the Avignon & Marseille tour have less free time in Avignon where there was not a lot to do and spend that time in Old Marseille which we did not have time to stop at. But for the ship and on board portion of the cruise, we were not satisfied. Most of the staff were pleasant and capable - there were some notable exceptions. The proficiency levels were mixed with some outstanding members of the crew and some mediocre. The food - we had 4 nights in specialty restaurants and 3 nights in the general restaurants. Of the 4 specialty restaurants, all were excellent with the exception of the Italian restaurant which had a mediocre menu selection and the food quality was just ok - 2 of us selected the Osso Bucco and although it looked great when served, was dry and over cooked inside. No one raved about their dinner. Of the general restaurants, Windows,was the a la carte option. The restaurant presents very well. The head staff were very proficient. The wait staff were a lucky dip. Some were fantastic whilst others were perhaps in training or if not, were in need of retraining. The food selection was much better than we expected. The issue was getting a hot meal and/or hot tea and coffee. It seems the galley for this restaurant is located elsewhere and all meals come in with a warming cover to retain the heat - not successfully. This process added to the time taken to deliver meals. If at breakfast you were unlucky enough to get an inept wait person along with the delay in delivery of the meal, you had to decide whether you were going to wait or going to leave so you could get to your excursion (excursions leave around 8am and we thought getting there for 6:30 would give ample time for a standard breakfast with tea and coffee - wrong - so we ended up having breakfasts at the buffet from day 3 on. The buffet selections were very good and the food was at least what you would expect from a buffet. The entertainment - our river cruises all had excellent entertainment and our friends having travelled on other cruises all spoke in glowing terms of onboard entertainment and shows. Unfortunately that was not the case with Spirit. Our first experience was a duo who performed nightly in the Galaxy of the Stars lounge around departure time each night. Their bracket selection was "varied" to say the least and they were often off key. It got to the point we would head off to dinner when they came on. The "shows" were definitely sub standard. The "production team" were either over choreographed or under rehearsed as you could almost see them counting 1 2 3 4 as they performed their routines. The quality of the sound system did not help them and they were often missing notes. The off-broadway show they did (and granted it was at short notice) was ample reason to confirm why they were not actually on broadway. The acrobatic show was a couple who had been very good at one time but are now living off that reputation. We had wanted to go to some of the themed entertainments advertised prior to departure but these were all around 10 or 11pm which when you have to get up at 6 to get to breakfast at 6:30 so you can get to your excursion on time was just not feasible. Bar staff were either very good or very bad - getting 2 cocktails the same was a challenge - even the cocktails of the day. The accomodation - we selected the 11th floor (top accomodation floor) midship balcony staterooms. They were smallish but quite adequate and very acceptable. Our steward was exceptional. Every night around 10:30pm there was the sound of running on our roof. We can only assume that there was a fitness class at that time of night and they were using the pool area rather than the running track on the 13th floor. But then every morning between 5:30am and 6:30 am there was a scraping and banging on the roof. We couldn't figure out what it was and after 5 days I went upstairs to find that the staff were putting out the deck chairs. They had a big stack which they dragged around making the scraping noise. They would then take a chair off and plonk it on the ground and then another and then another and then drag the stack along further. I couldn't blame the staff as they were only doing as ordered. But who in their right mind would schedule that for that time - people arent going to be using them (if at all in winter) until at least 8 in summer and no sooner than 9 in winter. We were not the only ones to experience this - every cabin below the pool area had the same issue. We did not pay the additional cost for this standard of stateroom to be woken every morning to that. Our tour ended with receiving the account. Because of the excursion downgrades and cancellations, we had a credit balance (and once again, we have no criticism of why these occurred). We expected this to be credited to our card which Norwegian hold on file for settlement of their invoice. However we were told this was not so and that Norwegian would send us a cheque for that amount in due course. That was unsatisfactory - if we owed them money for additional items, they would deduct immediately from our credit card so it is a blatant rort for them to "put a cheque in the mail" in USD which we would then have to pay a minimum $25 clearance/exchange fee to get our own funds. We have communicated with them via the only means they provide (with the exception of a USA phone call) through their web site and have a standard response that someone will look at the email within 28 days - again unsatisfactory. As we bought our tickets through an Australian Travel agent and paid in AUD, our contract with Norwegian is subject to Australian law and we will be lodging a formal complaint to the Australian Government Fair Trade to resolve this promptly. Would we go on another open sea cruise - probably. Would we use Norwegian again - MOST DEFINITELY NOT. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Looking forward to Amsterdam and Iceland. Booked >400 days before the sail date. We had 4 fabulous days in London before sailing. We planned private excursions at every port at great expense. Embarkation went smoothly since I'm a ... Read More
Looking forward to Amsterdam and Iceland. Booked >400 days before the sail date. We had 4 fabulous days in London before sailing. We planned private excursions at every port at great expense. Embarkation went smoothly since I'm a gold latitudes member. The ship had only 2018 passengers and was in need of upgrading. The cabin was small. Meals at the paid restaurants were excellent. Other than breakfasts, other meals we're not so good, except at the blue lagoon. The meat was consistently tough. Entertainment was great, especially acoustic soul brothers. Cabin service was excellent and room service was on time and hot. The servers were attentive and pleasant. The original itinerary already had 3 stops in Norway which would have been plenty. When 2 more stops in Norway were added, it got quite redundant. Missing Amsterdam, then Le Havre, then the two stops in Iceland, then Scotland before finally docking g at Belfast was extremely disappointing. It was also very costly since we had prepaid for private excursions at each of these stops. As changes were being made to our itinerary, we managed to book excursions at the new ports only to have them also canceled. There was a very disruptive group of unhappy passengers that intimidated the rest of the passengers and crew. My travel companions and I avoided the atrium, the gathering place for the protesters, as much as possible. Overall, my friends and I made the most of a troubling situation but are not satisfied with the offer of 25% toward a future cruise. We've had financial losses that we can't recover and a cruise that didn't even remotely resemble the planned trip. Although I appreciate the captain’s efforts to keep the passengers and crew safe, I feel that more should be done to make up for the extreme changes to the long-awaited cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We are retired and have done 9 cruise's in the last 4 1/2 years with 5 different lines. Went on a 7 day on the NCL Gem. Had a great time food was wonderful and people were grand. We bought NCL dollars for the next cruise. Book a Spain ... Read More
We are retired and have done 9 cruise's in the last 4 1/2 years with 5 different lines. Went on a 7 day on the NCL Gem. Had a great time food was wonderful and people were grand. We bought NCL dollars for the next cruise. Book a Spain trip and brought family. Started with the life boat drill. Staff did not even have a life jacket to show people. The Engineer that was head of our station was more into talk with other workers and laugh that you could not hear and was not taken with any responsibiliey. We have all done them before but very unnerving. The Spirit is In my opinion is one of the best ship's in lay out and size we have been on. It dose show its age. The ship is so dated and worn out. The bath room always smelled of sewage and a lot of other had the same problem. Not very many Ice or water points and they never had the pool side station open. First port came we had paid for a tour. Getting off the boat you had to pay again to take a bus out of port. This turns out on all ports. You could not walk and was more the attitude of the cruise. They never had any maps you had to buy at the local tour office. They did not know anything about the ports and could give NO help. They just took your money again for the bus and you were on your own. Yes we had some very wonderful people on the cruise. But I have never seen so many workers than were unhappy. No smiles and just putting in there time. It was from the heads of departments. Morning breakfast with all early tours. In the main buffet trying to eat had the women that did the fresh juice yell at 5 of us as the was no yogurt and the women asked her about it. She began YELLING " not my Job" loud enough that the manager came around the corner took her away for a second then she returned to just stand there and give the hate looks. The mornings we had early tours and were trying to eat and get out they would have the poor girl clean the bathrooms during the middle of us all trying to do what we needed and get off the ship. Just SO much poor or no planning and for site. Getting on the tours in the stage was a total joke. The manager was no where to be seen. In Window dinning three nights we could get no water. Could never get a second glass of wine. And took close to 2 hours to eat. Manager was told all for not. Others bought the drink package and could not get refills more times than they could. Managers were what I saw the problem. So many servier just doing what they had to. NO Smiles nothing extra Very depressing. The food was so plain. No taste or spice. Nothing like the Gem. More like some of the other cheep lines. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Chose for the cruise for destination and ports. Service in dining rooms left much to be desired. Hostesses were rude and made you feel as though you were an imposition and not a guest. Servers were polite but very slow. Had to wait ... Read More
Chose for the cruise for destination and ports. Service in dining rooms left much to be desired. Hostesses were rude and made you feel as though you were an imposition and not a guest. Servers were polite but very slow. Had to wait 40 minutes for our brealfast to be served. We watched our food sitting for 15+ minutes, on several occasions, before being served. When it was served, food was always just lukewarm. Special requests were not honored. Often food ordered didn't arrive. I believe the prepaid gratuities lessened the service. In the past servers had to earn their tips. The specialty dining was very good. Food was excellent and service was excelllent. On deck barbeque was great! Room steward was great. Friendly and very attentive! Entertainment was enjoyable. Some of the recreational activities would have been nice to participate in but very expensive. The least expensive buy in for Bingo was $49.00. Overall it was an average cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I had never been to Morocco or Madeira(Funchal). I had been to the Canary Islands and wanted to go back. the ports were as advertised but, the service left a lot to be desired. the buffet was not up to prior sailings, There was a hair ... Read More
I had never been to Morocco or Madeira(Funchal). I had been to the Canary Islands and wanted to go back. the ports were as advertised but, the service left a lot to be desired. the buffet was not up to prior sailings, There was a hair in my cake the first day; the second day I had a piece of plastic in with my bacon. so we avaided the buffet as much is possible. in the non=specialty dining rooms the service was slow. it would take 15 to 20 minutes to get an iced tea brought to the table. my wife asked for a second bread tray and it never came. But if you were paying for drinks, they came promptly, and the staff was there to make sure any refills were .provided. The cabin steward was fantastic and the service in the specialty restaurants was excellent also. Embarkation and disembarkation were handled smoothly. Stevie B and the Three Tenors highlighted the entertainment musically and the show Magika was appealing. The ship is old and need refurbishing, the Captain indicated that the ship would not be refurbished soon because the people on these itineraries were older and like the ship this way. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
All inclusive on this cruise isn't true.We saw an add for an 11 day mediterranean cruise for 1699.00 per person by the time i was done it was 3k per person. We got the unlimited beverage package which didn't include water, can ... Read More
All inclusive on this cruise isn't true.We saw an add for an 11 day mediterranean cruise for 1699.00 per person by the time i was done it was 3k per person. We got the unlimited beverage package which didn't include water, can you believe that they don't include water disgusting, If they had half a brain they would give you small water bottles with their logo on it to advertise off the ship do they even know what unlimited beverages means. Don't ever book a tour from the ship they rob you you will do much better off the ship with private taxis or a private tour groups. Back to the price i paid extra for a cabin with a private deck its the size of a closet with no storage and no place to put your luggage. The food is mediocre at best.It was supposed to be free style what ever that means but you had to buy a package for other supposedly better restaurants if that's what you would call them more like a cafeteria not worth the extra money.The entertainment was a high school musical not the show high school musical the level of entertainment.The service is the same as anywhere else you go they higer people from third world countries treat them like dirt and want them to perform out of fear of being fired so usually they are terrific. If that's not enough when you go to trade money they rape you. They also have these so called art shows where they offer you free champagne and free gifts to show up and then they try to rip you off with people who are bidding on art while others in the audience are bidding up the price let the buyer beware. Ireview all the time on trip adviser. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Of our numerous cruise experiences, this was our fourth one with NCL and ranks in fourth place of our NCL experiences. This was our third time on the NCL Spirit. This time we saw signs of the need to update and refurbish. Carpet is ... Read More
Of our numerous cruise experiences, this was our fourth one with NCL and ranks in fourth place of our NCL experiences. This was our third time on the NCL Spirit. This time we saw signs of the need to update and refurbish. Carpet is spotted and stained and coming apart at seams in places. Attention to detail for the passenger was lacking in many regards; especially for persons with disabilities. Miscommunication and bad information was provided several times by impatient NCL employees. The detail of providing for an outstanding cruise experience just did not exist in the same way as we have experienced previously on NCL. In speaking with other passengers with disabilities, we discovered this theme repeating among many of them. There was limited assistance and sometimes none for embarking and disembarking the ship. Sometimes when the elevators were closed for disembarking purposes we had to walk extensively out of the way to another elevator series. We followed NCL instructions for getting assistance to disembark at the final port but never received assistance. In order to meet our connection time, we hobbled of the ship among the last passengers to leave the ship. We nearly missed our connection because of incorrect information provided by a young NCL officer who was rude and impatient with people with special needs. He blamed the problem on NCL not providing him with sufficient personnel and wheel chairs and took no ownership of resolving the problem. Internet access was an expensive joke. When you sign up for wireless service they don't tell you until afterwards that it does not work well in cabins because of "all the walls." You need to be in public space which is not necessarily convenient depending on what you need to accomplish on the internet for business purposes. I am still addressing ship phone charges for times when our cell phones were not connected. The ports were great. We had a great time in spite of the NCL disappointments. It will be awhile before we book again on NCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I have sailed with NCL 2x before. I brought my two teens(18,19) to see Spain, France and Italy. First, the port we left from, Barcelona, was the easiest ,nicest port I have used. But March 5th is very cool on the Mediterranean Sea. We ... Read More
I have sailed with NCL 2x before. I brought my two teens(18,19) to see Spain, France and Italy. First, the port we left from, Barcelona, was the easiest ,nicest port I have used. But March 5th is very cool on the Mediterranean Sea. We needed rain coats and jeans to make it through most day trips. The ship ,the Spirit , was a fine older ship. It did rock in the rough seas we had crossing to Corsica( a replacement stop as Marsialles was blowing a gale) and it was rough leaving Italy to Majorcca Spain. The support crew and wait staff were lovely and really made me comfortable. They have yet to know what "homemade chicken noodle soup" tastes likebut hey they were trying when I ordered it for room service and it came cold with spagetti noodles and uncooked celery and carrots. I was disappointed with promo dining which was limited to 3 specialty meals( before we had all). The customer service desk at first denied we had any dining promo and only after a protracted argument where I had to produce proof of the promo( which I had in my bag) were they even going to give us those three. Given the lack of consideration from the ship's customer service desk, I strongly suggest you confirm your dining options as you check in and be sure your room key reflects those choices.. AND be sure to order water ahead of time, or you will pay over $5 per liter once on board. Despite those unfortunate rude moments, we had a great time. Hot tubs, pools and entertainment were very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We did the 15 day Baltic cruise from Stockholm to Southampton. The itinerary was great and the shore excursions excellent. We choose not to take the long bus/train rides into Berlin, Paris or Brussels but instead enjoyed exploring the ... Read More
We did the 15 day Baltic cruise from Stockholm to Southampton. The itinerary was great and the shore excursions excellent. We choose not to take the long bus/train rides into Berlin, Paris or Brussels but instead enjoyed exploring the smaller cities near the ports. The Norwegian Spirit is in need of refurbishing but we didn't spend much time on it. The food was mediocre but adequate. Unfortunately the dining availability did not match the excursions and sail away times. We came back late from excursions twice to find only a very small cafe open to get any food at all. Another issue was that the ship docked in many industrial port areas away from the nearest cities. There were cruise ships docked much closer to the ports but it seemed that we always were docked much farther away requiring shuttles and such. It also seemed that some of the entertainment was repeated or at least the blurbs about the shows were identical. We enjoyed one group and were looking forward to seeing them again but it was the same show. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We always sail with NCL. We enjoy their ships and services. We usually get the drink package, dinner package for free, and on our next cruise we are getting the drink package, dinner package, free WIFI (100min.) and 50$ off ever shore ... Read More
We always sail with NCL. We enjoy their ships and services. We usually get the drink package, dinner package for free, and on our next cruise we are getting the drink package, dinner package, free WIFI (100min.) and 50$ off ever shore excursion. We are very comfortable and we know what to expect. We are also the type of people that go out on our own and walk most ports. We drove to Southampton, UK from Germany. Very easy to park and find cruise port. We like that most of the cruises we have gone on with NCL do not have a lot of young children. We are a mid 50, couple who travel together and like to party. The Spirit is NCL smallest and holdest ship. It is going in for refit in Feb 2020. They were always working on the ship to keep it well maintained in the common areas. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We picked this cruise because of the availability, the itinerary and the value of the package we took. Embarkation was a lot smoother than previous cruises as was disembarkation, the accessibility of the entertainment and activities was so ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the availability, the itinerary and the value of the package we took. Embarkation was a lot smoother than previous cruises as was disembarkation, the accessibility of the entertainment and activities was so much easier to deal with even though we did not pre book any shows or dining, and as it was a smaller ship we got to know the crew a lot better so I believe we received a more personal service, making many friends with crew, and more friends than usual with other passengers. Although this is Norwegian’s oldest ship we found it more attractive to our needs as we rarely go on the ropes courses, sports courts and fitness rooms of the larger ships, so although there was less variety of activities we found we got to get everything we wanted like window seats in the restaurants, a fantastic view on the galaxy of the stars viewing deck where we saw dolphins ride the bow on almost a daily basis, short wait for the karaoke and very little waiting time at bars and restaurants. Superb! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Fair to very good, overall. Beverage package, shore excursions, internet, photo & other merchandising rather overpriced and not a good value proposition for this traveler. It really depends on one's personal experience and frame ... Read More
Fair to very good, overall. Beverage package, shore excursions, internet, photo & other merchandising rather overpriced and not a good value proposition for this traveler. It really depends on one's personal experience and frame of reference. For example, I live in San Francisco, Hawaii, Las Vegas & Florida ~ all tourist destinations with similar features/amenities/goods & services for visitors who want an unforgettable/great experience. NCL does well but could do better. Very poor internet service, a rip-off in packages offered, with details for the non-techie not explained clearly in advance. Slow service, special apps, what's available near land vs. at sea, etc. Beverage package isn't a good value for non-drinkers. Water and soft drinks are overpriced & it's unfair that travelers can't bring some of this onboard. Other vendors allow this. Corkage is high and unevenly charged. Food is great in complimentary restaurants! Food is good to very good, especially compared with SF, Vegas & Hawaii where costs are equally high or higher. Spa services are overpriced and not a good value for average travelers. $100 after discounts for treatments which are fair to good ~ okay but not great, especially for the budget conscious who still want to try and/or experience (a) pampering experience(s). Health & wellness category is saturated so customers need good reasons to use your products & services and this sometimes, not always, clearly explained. Staff does their best at/with what they're working with. TV programming & daily activities pamphlets are great! Very good merchandising/promotion of products and services. Staff & crew are charming, attractive, generally service minded & professional but overall service is uneven so the mandatory 20% gratuity charge is not appreciated, especially considering that tips are shared with back of the house & others. Prefer tipping based on service with higher performance being rewarded more, understandably. Gaming was generally good. The casino was good at taking money (at night but not in the day during this experience) but not a good value proposition compared to Vegas, which offers better/more amenities for players. Some of the casino hosts/service providers were great but some could definitely do better, perhaps due to lack of sleep or other issues. Had a few jackpots that thrilled me but did better in port casinos which gave better play for a value added experience. The selection of shore excursions was rather impressive but not a good overall value compared with other tour vendors/nearby options & the cruiseline fails to mention the close proximity to activities available at no additional cost. Well coordinated but some of the guides were uneven in performance. Some were fair. Some were very good to excellent. Shows were okay to very good. Earlier performances were too crowded with seats reserved by travelers despite specific NCL guides to NOT do this. Very good considering this is a complimentary option without Las Vegas production costs. Performers were good to great. Programming was great and shows were well-done given its limitations. Example: the second to last & last shows are Cirque du Soleil-like without the $250 price tag. Exceptional!! The last show with cast & crew was very well done in providing a marketing opportunity for NCL to promote good word-of-mouth & social media sharing as well as a chance for tourists to get a complimentary photo opp. The photo sold by NCL are a rip off, especially in this day & age where everyone has a cellphone and/or photo equipment so what's provided is cheesy/gimmicky/overpriced to me. Excellent high end/low end product merchandising (watches,diamonds, jewelry, etc.) & atrium sale promotions provide the something for everyone opportunity is very well done! Art "auctions" are especially deceptive. Very well orchestrated/promoted but items are not what is represented to customers. Items 15 & 16 under terms & conditions is confusing/misleading, buried in fineprint. Not fair or honest but I understand this as others have tried/are doing this too. Workers do an excellent job to promote the pieces but had some to good understanding of what they were talking about. Auctioneer is very charming and clever! It's clear that some NCL staffers were very good & enjoyed providing excellent customer service. Others were not. NCL upsells/cross-sells/merchandises & generally promotes well & effectively. A great experience for the naive inexperienced traveler looking for a once in a lifetime experience may enjoy but overpay when looking at overall cost to value compared with other vendors in this industry but I think NCL is doing very well at what it offers. However, given the generally okay/poor economy as well as the other travel/vacation options available, this was not GREAT to EXCELLENT for this traveler. Still, overall, had a very good time! Will share about this experience to compare notes with other fellow travlers but will not with others who are looking for a better value and will recommend other options/vendors to spend their precious time & dollars on. Hope that this is helpful and that I have a better experience the next time I choose NCL. THANK YOU for the opportunity to provide feedback as customers have too many options in this day & age and best in class experiences are always desired but not guaranteed or received and depends on how much one wants to pay and/or is used to spending for products & services. It depends on what one knows/has experienced (frame of reference). As someone living primarily in San Francisco, NCL provided a GREAT experience and good value. Prices are lower in Europe so the specialty restaurants were a special treat for the price (Le Bistro wasn't very good) but the complimentary dining options are wonderful & well done for the average traveler. Absolutely great & an unforgettable experience for many if not most. Drink specials and happy hour promotions in the bars could be better. There was too much pushing of frequent traveler programs & not a good value (for me) but generally all bigger players in many industries are doing the same or similar. The towel animals were a delight. Selling a DVD about it is not. No coffee machine in room or ice machines to get more than what's provided. No iron in room. Room amenities were good. ServiBar was not cold enough. Laundry service is overpriced but cleverly timed. A wonderful getaway, chance to unplug and relax & will definitely do this again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
itinerary and palces to visit and each destination had a lot to offer. value for money Embarkation and disembarkation are very easy. Entertainment is diverse and fun. Crew seem to enjoy their jobs (not a fake atmosphere of ... Read More
itinerary and palces to visit and each destination had a lot to offer. value for money 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,Everywhere except the buffet, the food was very good it is the smallest of this cruise line, holding 2000 passengers. It is the smallest we have seen so consider it mid-sized. The cabins are a tad smaller than the bigger ships The ship is well maintained, nicely appointed and the staff are extremely helpful. The entertainment was great. Nothing to complain about and we always got a great seat whether we went at 7:30 or 9:30 and we never went any earlier then 15 or 20 minutes before the show. The music around the ship was, also, very good. Some of it was a little old even for us. It would have been nice to have some current music on board, also. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Cruise from Roma to Barcelona, Nov 11 to 22 2018. Cabin 10568. Two person. Good cruise from beginning to end. 1 days at sea. The food was very good with plenty of choice. Service also excellent the staff were wonderful could not ... Read More
Cruise from Roma to Barcelona, Nov 11 to 22 2018. Cabin 10568. Two person. Good cruise from beginning to end. 1 days at sea. The food was very good with plenty of choice. Service also excellent the staff were wonderful could not do enough for us. Always greeted us with a smile and "have a good day". Plenty to do on board ship something for everyone. Tours offered good variety and were very enjoyable with exellent guides. The only complaint I have is that I bought the cruise in July 2018. Then there was an offer that when you bought you could choose between several offers such as open bar, free WIFI ect. I wrote to Mrs. Kassie Hoover who sent me the email that I had already bought the trip for two people, that I qualified for the offers. I never received an answer I only bought the WIFI package for the trip since the open bar was very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Firstly about the cruise line: This was the first time we used this cruise line and had high expectations considering our experience with HAL (Holland America Line) 2 years ago. So like last time we did not book direct but through an ... Read More
Firstly about the cruise line: This was the first time we used this cruise line and had high expectations considering our experience with HAL (Holland America Line) 2 years ago. So like last time we did not book direct but through an travel agent in a packaged tour/cruise deal. With the package it was 2 cruises back to back and thankfully we could retain the same cabin for both cruises. So travelling as a middle-aged but very active couple seeking to explore the Mediterranean for the first time. So like other cruise lines, we got email notification from NCL that we could log on and personalise our experience. Their system is easy to use and worked well. They also have an on-board app called ‘I Concierge’ which is linked to your account and uses the ship’s Wi-Fi system (for free) but you create your log on via your name and birthdate. It does work extremely well and allows you to look at your account and book experiences (packages such as spa, specialty dining etc.) but the system has a flaw which we heard from a couple of passengers whose birthday is 29th February (leap day) as the system does not recognise this date (poor programming from the designers of the app) so they could not create their log on and had to use the manual system of bookings and print outs of their accounts, a little disappointing for those technically inclined. When you board the ship you are issued with a cruise card that is linked to your account, identifies you as a passenger and unlocks your cabin door. Good security system and works very well. Equally the disembarkation worked wonderfully (we chose the walk off option which gave us more time and flexibility to be packed and off by 9am deadline). Also the day at port for the changeover between the 2 cruises was very well managed and stress free. As part of our package we were offered the choice of 2 of the 5 ‘Free at Sea’ deals. We chose the shore excursion credit and the unlimited beverage package (UBP). Bear In mind that all passengers travelling together in the same cabin have to have the same choices, which is understandable and prevents sharing of benefits. Here is how they worked; the UBP is linked to your cruise card and allows you unlimited number of alcoholic beverages to the value of USD$15 per glass, so this covers quite a few beers, wines, spirits and cocktails (with the average cost of a beer being USD$8 and wines USD$10, it is an effective package and well worth considering depending on how much you drink); shore credit is a little more tricky. So with shore credit, firstly it is applied as a USD$50 credit to your on board account and is given at the completion of your booked shore excursion at each port. Here’s the thing, it is only applied to cabin account once per port irrespective if more than one excursion is booked and if you are overnighting in a port it will not apply to a second day’s excursion booked if you had done an excursion the previous day. So one credit per port only (however it does change on other cruises where you spend multiple days in a port but you have to check that out with them prior to booking to see if that exception applies). If you book your excursions after you board, the USD$50 credits will be deducted from your tours on you onboard account so in effect you get a discount for your excursions. However, if you book online or by phone prior to booking, these credits will be applied not to the tours but your overall on-board account for your other purchases so if you don’t spend extra you will lose that credit as it will not come off the total bill, to get the value, you will need to spend the equivalent amount in specialty dining, internet, drinks, spa etc whilst on board. They will not refund any unused portion of the credit at the end of the cruise. This is something you need to be fully aware of if you choose this package. Having said that, we waited to book until we boarded and were not disadvantaged in any way, managed to get on every excursion we had requested. Pre-Cruise stay: We stayed in Rome for 2 nights as part of our package and had a wonderful time exploring the city and some of the big iconic sites. We opted to stay in the centre of the city which gave us great access to all the city has to offer and public transport should we need it (which we really didn't as we could walk everywhere easily). NORWEGIAN SPIRT So about the ship, it is the smallest of this cruise line, holding 2000 passengers. It is not the smallest we have seen so consider it mid-sized. The cabins are a tad smaller than the bigger ships but still comfortable. The ship is well maintained, nicely appointed and the staff are extremely helpful. Boarding – efficient and no hassles and extremely well managed. Theatre /Shows – good theatre but the seating is a little tricky as the rows are too close together so trying to sit down with the seat needing to be flipped down can be difficult as the seat rubs on the back of your legs but once you are seated it is comfortable enough. As for the shows, some are fantastic others not quite so. Bars – there are a number of them on-board and all are lovely, lots of seating, good views, ultra clean and have good service from the staff. Different events are hosted in the various bars so quite and noisy times but you can always find something to suit your style. Dining – Specialty restaurants, bars, buffet bistros and main dining options. The buffet bistro is always busy and can like all buffet venues have big queues, just need to pick your moment. The evening meals are theme based and add variety. It is included in your fare so no extra expense. The main dining rooms (Windows and the Garden Room) have the same menus with full sit down service (no lining up). Good menu with delicious food, just lacking in vegetable content which us Aussies are used to and desire. After the first cruise, the menu was repeated so that was a bit of a disappointment. We did not do the specialty restaurants but feedback from fellow passengers that they really enjoyed their meals. Allergies – if you have a food allergy let the waiter know (if you haven’t already), they have allocated a specialist waiter to help you with your orders. Here is how it works; you will be encouraged to pre-order your meal for the next evening so the chefs have a chance to prepare your meal without the offending allergens. That’s fine but it does lock you into a specific restaurant. As I have an unusual allergy it confused them somewhat and I had to explain and sometimes stand my ground about my choices. “But madam, that meal has portions that are not made on-board so we can’t guarantee it is allergen free” and my response “I have decades of experience at working out what foods are likely or unlikely to have that spice, I know this meal option will be safe for me to eat”. This system only works for the restaurants not the buffet or cafés. I much prefer to ask if the meal contains the specific spice than be locked into a pre-ordered meal. Cabins – we had 9182 allocated to us and it was not the best choice. The cabin was aft and directly above the theatre, below the kids club rooms and opposite the hotel storeroom. So a very noisy cabin at times. We heard all the shows, some louder than others….groan. The kids had active play at night and sounded like elephants playing soccer with lots of thumps, bumps, loud sharp bangs, yelling and general boisterous play. This went on late into the night and we had to have a polite word with the staff in that area about it. They agreed to cease the active play at 9:30pm so we considered that fair and reasonable. However, it took quite a bit of discussion and investigation to resolve the noises coming from there between 1 and 2am every night. Worked out it was the cleaners, not sure if they were playing with the equipment while doing their job or just jolly noisy but either way the noise abated and we were given chocolate-coated strawberries and a bottle of red wine as an apology. Nice touch, but we just wanted to have uninterrupted sleep. The situation was handled well by staff but the problem is the lack of insulation in the floor/ceiling space, so ultimately a design flaw. We had heard that others below the pub had even worse noise issues. Apart from the issues above, the cabins are snug but well laid out and comfortable. Storage space needs a little redesign, much prefer shelves than drawers but that is a preference and my side of the bed did not have a shelf. The cabins are well maintained and if you are able to choose your cabin wisely, all should be fine. Shore Excursions: They range in price and quality but mostly very good, it really is port dependant as some ports are just better explored on foot by yourselves. Naturally the big iconic places like Athens, Venice, Santorini, etc are just amazing. Again, I urge you to do your homework about the ports, google them, look at specific forums and use the features that google maps can provided so you get a better understanding of the place and the logistics for self exploration and scheduled excursions. Ports: Some ports were not much to explore and docking a little far out to walk to the city but mostly good ports and easy access. In 2 ports there was an additional cost to shuttle to the city from the ship if you were not on a book excursion. That is a little disappointing but it is what it is. Several ports were simply stunning in terms of visual appeal (hello Venice, Malta for example) and easy free access to either just walk off, water shuttle service or shuttle bus. Kids Activities: Although we did have children with us, they seem well catered for and security surrounding their care was very well handled. Kids would love this ship. CRUISE WITH NCL AGAIN? That’s the question. We are not adverse to using them again but they are not our first preference. These cruises are designed to capture the party animal and families and we are not that way inclined. So it would depend on the ports, after all that is what cruising internationally is all about, at least for us. Be aware that the cost of the cruise does not include the shore excursions so you could effectively double the cost depending on your choices. Do your homework before you decide as you don’t have to book through them but it is easier to do so and there is a variety of tours for all budgets. For us, we will be cruising on HAL again later next year as part of another land/cruise tour package so we will make a report on that and a better comparison but we are considering another line altogether for a another trip. More on that if and when it becomes a definite trip. Ocean cruising is totally different from river cruises and you need to be aware of that. So our advice is look at the ports and how long each port stay lasts then compare the ships that do the cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We’re frequent cruisers (at least 2 cruises a year) and we decided to sail on the NCL Spirit (European itinerary from Civitavecchia, Italy. The ship was an older ship with Asian inspired decor. We normally sail on newer liners but ... Read More
We’re frequent cruisers (at least 2 cruises a year) and we decided to sail on the NCL Spirit (European itinerary from Civitavecchia, Italy. The ship was an older ship with Asian inspired decor. We normally sail on newer liners but they don’t tend to have this itinerary. However, our experience was fantastic! The staff was extremely friendly and the ship is fairly clean. The only downsize was that they would turn off the ac when docked and the rooms/hallways smelled like sewage at times. The entertainment was great with plenty to do. The “freestyle” experience is by far the best!! Freestyle on this liner literally means Freestyling! Dinning staff and crew were very attentive and extremely nice. We always had our glass of Chardonnay topped when seated. The food was also great tasking. My biggest advice would be to book a cabin with either a balcony or at least a window as we stayed inside and the cabin was pitch black. We never knew what time it was. Overall, this was a great experience and would most definitely sail NCL again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Had a fantastic time on this cruise, the itinerary was excellent as were the excursions that were available. Excursion prices seemed quite reasonable for what was included particularly when compared to arranging things for yourself when ... Read More
Had a fantastic time on this cruise, the itinerary was excellent as were the excursions that were available. Excursion prices seemed quite reasonable for what was included particularly when compared to arranging things for yourself when you arrived into port. The ship itself was good although in parts it lookes 'tired' and dated and lacked attention to detail eg missing light bulbs in public areas. That said the shipwas clean, functional and welcoming. The staff were very friendly and always ready to help across all areas/services. The evening entertainment in the Theatre was okay and we have certainly experienced better in terms of quality. and variety on previous cruises.The absolute star of the entertainment was the on board group Souled Out.....absolutely fabulous, the best cruise poolside entertainment i've experienced and really worked hard to create a party atmosphere! Good range of bars & restaurants. All in all wonderful holiday, would happily recommend. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Looking for a good value all inclusive cruise with a great list of ports to visit and fun for a grown up familly. This cruise didn't disappoint. We we're a group of 12 adults from England and found plenty to do whilst either on ... Read More
Looking for a good value all inclusive cruise with a great list of ports to visit and fun for a grown up familly. This cruise didn't disappoint. We we're a group of 12 adults from England and found plenty to do whilst either on the boat or in port. The Spirit was very clean with lovely housekeeping and dining staff always happy to help with our needs. One of our group was Gluten intolerant and her needs were catered for without inconvience the majority of the time. Our Cabin was an indoor stateroom on deck 10 sleeping 3 adults. The sleeping arrangement was fine, 2 on a double an one on a pull out bed on the floor, all very confortable. This was our first time in an indoor room with no windows and taking the price into consideration, we were all more than happy with this. Food quality in both the buffet area at lunch and the afternoon dining was very good and although we we're a big group of 12, we we accomodated at all times. Pre booking is recommened however just to be sure and to avoid delays. There was plenty of entertainment available throughout the cruise, the pool band 'souled out' were really enjoyable, playing well known hits for all to enjoy. The pool itself was salt water and cold but was never overcrowded due to it being adult only and well supervised. The music, (other times around the pool and in the night club at the end of the day) at times was very hispanic based. A little of this music we were happy with but for times it would be 3 or 4 hours constant around the pool and song after song in the night club. Afternoon entertainment was a bit hit and miss, there was a bit of everything, magic, dancing, singing etc but a few of the acts were a little boring and lacking the 'wow' factor. On a final note for entertainment, we were a group of 12 so found it easy to make our own entertainment most times (a little thanks to the free bar) but think we may of struggled if in small groups. The casino and nightclub ended most nights for us, casino was a little expensive $10 minimum across all tables so we stayed to the machines. The nightclub was a good laugh although the karaoke which was on for an hour or so before the nightclub every night had a very hard to navigate song request system, meaning long queues and many not being able to find the song they were after. Service on the whole was great, the only place where we had a little issue was at some of the bars where a few of our party experienced either an attitude or just unecessary rudeness and unpoliteness when ordering drinks from bar staff. The highlight of the cruise was the ports that we visited hence the 4 out 5 rating. After pre booking a few excursions and researching all locations that we visited before leaving on the cruise, the days out where highly enjoyable. We as a group recommend pre booking both trips and transport pre cruise but not exclusively with the cruise. Multiple times we sorted our own lifts\guides and excursions to great effect. Opinions are split about whether we would travel on the spirit again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We choose cruises based on destination and pricing. We should have paid more attention to NCL Spirit's Greek Isles itinerary; it was busy; only one sea day at the beginning of the cruise. Most shore excursions began around 9 a.m., ... Read More
We choose cruises based on destination and pricing. We should have paid more attention to NCL Spirit's Greek Isles itinerary; it was busy; only one sea day at the beginning of the cruise. Most shore excursions began around 9 a.m., so there wasn't much leisure time onboard. Our cabin was comfortable, roomy enough. In the bathroom, the shower was actually "spacious", if you can say that about a cruise ship's shower! Entertainment aboard ship was outstanding! Specialty dining restaurants overall were great, maybe with the exception of Cagney's Steakhouse which we found disappointing. Le Bistro however, was outstanding. The Blue Lagoon cafe was quite nice. We used it several times. We would have preferred a few more trivia events. The theme, or motif on the Spirit is curious: Chinese! An interesting story about why it's that motif. We're not loyal to any particular cruise line, used 4 others on occasion. Overall, we'd give this NCL ship, and the cruise itself, a "3 star" rating. Read Less
Sail Date July 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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