7 Norwegian Spirit Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Europe - All

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
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
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
The ports and the Beautiful places in our itinerary, excellent service on board, the people in that ship are amazing, the restaurants, great activities, spectacular shows at the theater, cool músic everywhere......we enjoied so much ... Read More
The ports and the Beautiful places in our itinerary, excellent service on board, the people in that ship are amazing, the restaurants, great activities, spectacular shows at the theater, cool músic everywhere......we enjoied so much this cruise for second time. Our best choice. Today and always. The crew the best. Elegant ship. Port and shore excursions great, but very expensive Embarcation and disembarkation very good and on time, and many options of trasportations to the airports, and hotels. Fitness center and spa pretty small but has excelent service and classes The diferent restaurants options were very nice and we had great food Experiencies, and rafles breakfast buffet always fresh and good tasting. The photos.... lovely, The best packages, I always keep all, the best memories. The ship and the social áreas at the best conditions, and very confortables. Our best experiencie at the Mediterráneo, I would like moré days at sea to enjoy the beautiful ship and the activities in board, aré so many , to all ages. Wonderful vacations. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I've cruised on another Norwegian ship as I love Italy and the Mediterranean and this cruise took me to places I hadn't visited. The price was right too. We landed in Rome the day before and spent some time on the hop on hop off ... Read More
I've cruised on another Norwegian ship as I love Italy and the Mediterranean and this cruise took me to places I hadn't visited. The price was right too. We landed in Rome the day before and spent some time on the hop on hop off buses. It's a great way to get an overview of a place.the hotel we stayed at was close to the train station so all was well. the embarkation process was simple and my room with a balcony was nice and bright and very quiet. I can't say enough about the crew, they work hard and are amazingly polite and helpful. I thought the food was fine and some entrees were positively fabulous . Generally we had breakfast at the buffet and dinner at a restaurant as the buffet can be a bit of a cattle call.i was a little underwhelmed at the entertainment tho some of it just wasn't my cup of tea.You also have the choice to not go. We did excursions in all ports and the were all really informative and spoke good English,however one tour guide was outstanding and that was a tour we took in Sicily - FABULOUS. Sicily by Mario it is not a tour off the boat (www. sicily by mario.com) we did "The Godfather Tour" we were picked up at the dock and whisked away to our destination .Our guide was Ignazio Astone and he was great, spoke really good English was charming and knew his stuff as he had been born in Messina and still lives there. our tour was altered because of the G7 Summit so we could not go to Taormina after Savoca and Forza da Agro but Ignazio gave us an in-depth look at Messina. Great time I highly recommend tours by Mario,(reasonable too) Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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
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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