18 Norwegian Spirit Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Mediterranean

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
I surprised my partner with cruise because it was going to Valletta, Malta and that’s his last name. It turned out to be the best cruise that we have done. The staff was outstanding, friendly, helpful. Our favorite waiter was Richard in ... Read More
I surprised my partner with cruise because it was going to Valletta, Malta and that’s his last name. It turned out to be the best cruise that we have done. The staff was outstanding, friendly, helpful. Our favorite waiter was Richard in the Window restaurant. We loved that this was a small ship. No big lines to wait to get off the ship. Our only issue was not enough alcohol in the drinks for the money that the ship charges for. The entertainment was outstanding, especially Sonata group and P& K. We both listening to the. We met a lot of nice people from different parts of the world. We became friendly with a couple from India and young couple from Germany. The Teppanaki experience was great, the food was so good that it was worth every penny. We had all of breakfast at the buffet as we could our eggs nice and hot and cook to order Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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
We chose our cruise to Canary Islands through Wingbuddy Travel, on line, with free air fare,beverage package & gratuities. Everything went as promised, we didn’t have to pay anything extra! The NCL Spirit is a well run ship, our ... Read More
We chose our cruise to Canary Islands through Wingbuddy Travel, on line, with free air fare,beverage package & gratuities. Everything went as promised, we didn’t have to pay anything extra! The NCL Spirit is a well run ship, our cabin with balcony was clean & Henry, our room Stewart, was friendly & pleasant. He kept our cabin neat & clean and looked after every detail. Complimentary dining at Windows & The Garden was excellent, fine dining, and we never had any problem in getting a table for our group of six people. We did make reservation for the evening dinner, & found we didn’t need one for breakfast/lunch. We only dined at the buffet once or twice, which was also good, but we found the Windows/Garden less crowded & food was served . The buffet is open most anytime. We never ate at any of the specialty restaurants. There was a floor show every evening, no charge, which consisted of professional dancers, singing groups, classical violinist & even a magician. Great entertainment!!. The crew were all very polite, cheerful and always provided prompt friendly service. I would sail with NCL again!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
After hearing so many stories both good and bad about cruising, I'd have to say that cruising is a great way to travel. The staff of the Norwegian Spirit made everything from pre-cruise preparation to disembarkation, an absolutely ... Read More
After hearing so many stories both good and bad about cruising, I'd have to say that cruising is a great way to travel. The staff of the Norwegian Spirit made everything from pre-cruise preparation to disembarkation, an absolutely breeze. Everyone (and I mean everyone!) was super helpful and personable. Whatever Norwegian is doing to create such a great team , they are doing it right and it shows in the level of service given to each person on-board. The ship was super clean and, there was an emphasis on hygiene, which was important given the number of people in such close quarters. You were never far from music, entertainment or a pocket of peace and relaxation. The port calls and ship excursions were well organized. I booked excursions through the ship's tour service and they were well organized and in my opinion, worth the money. All the tour companies were professional, the buses were comfortable and the tours were offered in various languages to accommodate all nationalities. Needless to say, I enjoyed my first cruise. Well done Norwegian! Read Less
Sail Date February 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
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
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
My friend and I hadn`t seen each other in 30 years..and we wanted to knock off some similar things on our bucket list..meaning Italy and Greece!! This was a cruise we`ll never forget!! I was a little leery about the ship..I had ... Read More
My friend and I hadn`t seen each other in 30 years..and we wanted to knock off some similar things on our bucket list..meaning Italy and Greece!! This was a cruise we`ll never forget!! I was a little leery about the ship..I had previously travelled on Royal Carribbean..but when I approached the Spirit I had that feeling in my heart that this was going to be the one!! So organized with the embarking!! In all the cruises I`ve been on this one was the most organized!! From arrival to embarkation I didn`t even have time to finish my cappuccino!! Staff was so friendly and welcoming..Making our way to our cabin was a breeze..Beautiful ship!! We had a balcony which was larger than we thought..the room was spacious..plenty of room for the 2 of us..we never felt cramped!! Our cabin steward Edgar,,the best..made us feel so welcome!!! Bottle of champagne..it was wonderful!!! Dining..I cannot say enough about it..Every restaurant was excellent..food was done to perfection..I was leery about ordering the steak...it melted in my mouth!!! Buffett always different and always top notch..very hard to choose between sit downs and buffett.food was that good!!! Entertainment for everyone!! The staff of the Spirit went above and beyond to make our stay the best ever!! The ports were amazing!! Each one better than the next..so many countries in so little time..Pulling into harbours..breathtaking!!! The casino at night after the fabulous shows was so much fun..my friend won 1300.00 and I won 500.00..be careful though..its downhill after that..but you have so much fun while losing!! Thankyou Marcko and the rest of the casino staff for all the laughs and comraderie!! I`m a very picky person..and when I read some of the reviews..I was alittle worried..but Norweigan Spirit you exceeded all my expectations and more!! You may be the oldest of the fleet..but you`re definately the best!!! I would recommend this ship to the fussiest..critical person..You won`t regret it!! Thanks David for the fabulous activities..Oh ya and did I mention I danced the night away with the Beatles?? If you go make sure you check out the band..young or old..you`ll love it!!! So much fun!!! Thankyou Norweigan for making our reunion so very enjoyable..We will be back!!! Wish we had found you 30 years earlier!! You`re the best!! Thankyou for all the memories!!! By the way...how do the servers keep track of all the names..even before we present our room card??? You guys are the best!! Thankyou!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I always believe you make what you want of any cruise ship, and we enjoyed our ten days. Pros: Relaxed ship. Easy walk off with your luggage when disembarking if you want. Good choice of eating venues. Most entertainment in the ... Read More
I always believe you make what you want of any cruise ship, and we enjoyed our ten days. Pros: Relaxed ship. Easy walk off with your luggage when disembarking if you want. Good choice of eating venues. Most entertainment in the large theatre was of a high standard. Drinks package is well managed and allows two drinks on one card. Comfy beds. Mostly friendly staff. Casino discreetly located. Lots of eating out space on rear decks. Cons: Passenger direction could be better, and shuttle bus info made more available. (Charged for some - eg Casablanca where walk off is long and ill advised - yet 15 euros for shuttle, then 2 euros for a useless photocopied map of the town.) Some staff are glum, and please drop the `happy happy, washy washy` stuff. Daytime activities often poor. Had to queue 1 hour to board through security and check in. Every drink gets 20% tip added, and then in Spanish ports there is 10% VAT added too! Limited quiet drinking/coffee space, and (sometimes mediocre) musicians can be intrusive. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We happen to love NCL ... for this cruise we wanted to visit places we've never seen & the cruise choice was super. We read about the Spirit & understood it was an older & smaller ship. Yes, a bit smaller and perhaps a ... Read More
We happen to love NCL ... for this cruise we wanted to visit places we've never seen & the cruise choice was super. We read about the Spirit & understood it was an older & smaller ship. Yes, a bit smaller and perhaps a few worn spots here and there but it was a grand ship nonetheless. Perhaps the bars were a bit smaller & crowded but we always managed to find a spot to share with others & met several people. Others have complained or commented on the "Chinese restaurant feel" of the Spirit but we didn't mind at all & found it quite appealing. We had a 4 night dining package which worked out nice for us... we enjoyed The Garden Room more than the huge Windows dining area (not as romantic). Carney's is always our favorite but we did enjoy the oriential restaurant a couple times. Our service was always wonderful and if you get a chance ... look for Raymond in Cagney's -- he's the BEST. If you are looking for a large pool - this ship might not be right for you. However, in addition to the main pool & 4 hot tubs ... there is a children's pool with various activities. We easily found a couple of chairs & enjoyed time there - the poolside food was great, as was the service. The entertainment was spectacular ... especially the magic show and Elements (which were both Las Vegas worthy). We enjoyed Bingo several times & walked away a couple of winners - an unexpected surprise & bonus. All & all ... we had a great time meeting new friends, relaxing and enjoyed every moment to the fullest! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I have not been with this cruise line, normally P&O, Royal Carrabian, or Princess cruises. Liverpool cruie clube (now cruise club UK) did FANTASTIC deals including full drinks package for really low price. The buffet is smaller ... Read More
I have not been with this cruise line, normally P&O, Royal Carrabian, or Princess cruises. Liverpool cruie clube (now cruise club UK) did FANTASTIC deals including full drinks package for really low price. The buffet is smaller than other ships and becomes over crowded especially at breakfast, not sure why they do not keep seated breakfast going on until 10am to eleveate this state. Food in buffet a tad limited again when compared to other cruise lines, however seated dinning was exceptional, and the Blue Lagoon was excellent service and food. The venues were a first for me after searching for this combination of Venice and Malta for years, really good venues and quiet close to the town (walking distance) in most cases unlike the med cruises with bigger ships. Cabi was small (inner to save expenses) and didnt have coffee facilities, which meant the wife had to pop and get coffee before I stirred !!! (yes OK but I am a tad disabled) Not sure the cabin lady we had was changing sheets but bed always made and cabin acceptable clean standard. Overall really good value for money, excellent attitude by staff, and a great holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this cruise as had a great deal,on date and itinerary; I really enjoyed the whole experience, the staff were amazing his cruise based on date and itinerary and were certainly not disappointed. Weather was perfect, destinations ... Read More
I chose this cruise as had a great deal,on date and itinerary; I really enjoyed the whole experience, the staff were amazing his cruise based on date and itinerary and were certainly not disappointed. Weather was perfect, destinations great, staff on ship friendly , helpful and wonderful. Our balcony cabin was comfortable I feel the excursions were a little expensive The staff in the dinning room was amazing they made everyone very welcome and the service was fantastic. Enjoyed the whole experience. The staff in the Champagne Bar amazing and service was fantastic Galaxy of the Stars Observation Lounge The entertainment on ship was very good Excellent Trio Royale. The Girl (my mistake did not get her name) has a BEAUTIFUL VOICE. Beautiful- Awesome- Spectacular Thrilling I was amazed at their professional performance. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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
As 1st time cruisers we extremely enjoyed this voyage. Beautiful ship, lovely cabin,with a balcony, very friendly helpful and polite staff Food plenty and enjoyable, liked the freestyle experience although there were plenty of other ... Read More
As 1st time cruisers we extremely enjoyed this voyage. Beautiful ship, lovely cabin,with a balcony, very friendly helpful and polite staff Food plenty and enjoyable, liked the freestyle experience although there were plenty of other eateries to choose from Entertainment shows were brilliant and lots of dancing with the very good band HOTWIRE Embarkation was smooth if you didn't have to wait for a badge/sticker Perhaps next time we may choose not to have too many ports of call all at once , it was nice to visit Marseilles, Cannes, Pisa, Rome and Naples but would've liked a break in between like we did from Naples to Santorini but in all enjoyed the experience. The only downer was the over expensive tours. There was good advise given for Norwegian spirit tours but no other alternatives if you wanted too go on your own. We linked up with American / Canadian friends and shared a taxi cost around Florence/ Rome/ Athens and Croatia for a fraction of the cost Norwegian were charging. We would definitely cruise again with Norwegian and would recommend the company to friends and family See you again .....................SOON Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
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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