15 Norwegian Spirit Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Europe - All

Saw an add, took a chance. Did not regret it! Yes, there is probably more luxurious etc., but this was absolutely wonderful for my husband and I. The Freestyle model is great. The staff detail on cleanliness was very appreciated. ... Read More
Saw an add, took a chance. Did not regret it! Yes, there is probably more luxurious etc., but this was absolutely wonderful for my husband and I. The Freestyle model is great. The staff detail on cleanliness was very appreciated. They watched, just like they should, over patrons and ensured that everything met expectations. I would probably ask for a Wi-Fi package next time but it is really expensive. I would recommend that soft drinks be available at the Raffles buffet. Having to visit the bar for a Pepsi or Ginger Ale is not necessary. We were disappointed by the lack of recycling facilities for plastic, paper. Nowadays, it should be standard. It probably is hard onboard a ship, but still, a little effort would go a long ways. Perhaps public places where people could drop the recycling. The ship is not new but has a warm, inviting atmosphere. Again, the cleanliness is worth mentioning. It is not one of the larger cruise ships but I liked it that way, not too intimidating for a first time cruiser. We went to a couple of entertainment shows, quite enjoyable, very professional looking. We went to the Japanese restaurant, and the Windows restaurant. Very good food, no complaint there. The service was very good in these restaurants, and exceptional throughout the rest of the ship. We had three excursions with Norwegian: Belfast, Liverpool, Dublin. Extremely knowledgeable guides and nice buses. In Kirkwall, we disembarked through the use of tenders (small covered boats housing about 100 persons). This is an interesting experience even though one of the tenders (ours) experienced a technical problem. We were brought to the boat safely, though. We had a great time, we fully intend to use Norwegian Cruises again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We wanted to visit the Canarys and Funchal without packing and unpacking several times. We are three in the cabin - parents and a college student. I could not be more disappointed. We thought being aboard ship for Christmas and New ... Read More
We wanted to visit the Canarys and Funchal without packing and unpacking several times. We are three in the cabin - parents and a college student. I could not be more disappointed. We thought being aboard ship for Christmas and New Years would be festive and fun and it was nothing like that. I understand you must appeal to the older folks who take this cruise but from food to music and port call timeframes, everything that could go wrong went wrong. Port Calls: This captain wanted to save as much as possible when it comes to time in port - leaving us with little to none to really see the islands. We pulled in early enough - when nothing was open on the island, not even a coffee shop - and we'd leave often at 3:30 p.m.! With no shipboard entertainment to keep you busy, why would you want people on board? Just to buy expensive drinks I guess. All of the islands were nice enough - Maderia being teh best but Casablanca??? Don't even get off the ship. The ship is bad - Casablanca is worse! Entertainment: The band "Souled Out" was not bad. Their chemistry though is not there. Seems the lead guy can't stand the lead gal from where we were sitting. They do one hour sets then leave for an hour. There is NOTHING going on for that hour. A DJ doesn't spin any music to dance. The staff don't come and do something fun. Nothing. So let's say you are enjoying the music - then there's a huge break with nothing to do!! I really was stunned by this. I've cruised before and a lot can be forgiven when you have entertainment you enjoy. This was the most board I've ever been on a ship. The music was appealing to ballroom dancers and they danced. Taking the entire dance floor so none of us non professionals could get a spot. Fun to watch but maybe at 10 p.m. you'd switch to something people under 80 would enjoy as well. PS the older folks enjoyed the popular tunes as much as the old stuff so why not appeal to everyone?? Entertainment 2: The teenagers (under 18) get the nice front of the ship spot for a disco but I think there were maybe 20 of them total on the ship. Prime real estate for kids with nothing for any of the paying passengers between 18 and 75 years old. There is a second "disco" but they let karaoke have that spot until 11 p.m. every night then spin dance tunes after that. You have to pass through the smoke gauntlet from hell to get to this disco (the casino) to get there. On New Years Eve this was the only place that had any entertainment after 12:30 p.m. YES, they closed the Galaxy that seats a few hundred at 12:30 p.m. on NEW YEARS EVE!!! It was unbelievable. Entertainment 3: The shows were fine. The dance crew is great and the lead singers are very good. They had a British lady for a couple nights that was great as well. (Michele) The magician is awful and the music so loud during his performances that I'm sure the old folks just removed their hearing aids. They should let the singers and dancers own that place and get rid of all the rest of the glitz and glam. Everyone likes quality singing - show tunes etc. Entertainment Staff: Jacky and Eliose were great and you can see they are working hard against all odds (and their apparent boss Dave the Cruise Director) to help build an environment where people can have some fun. But they must figure a way to bring the entertainment to the people. This group needs an overhaul. $50 to play Bingo is just not reasonable when you only win $150 and you're nickled and died on every thing else. Ship Excursions: Don't do it!! Waste of money and they don't know what goes on on their own excursions. Whale watching we did with them and we asked if their was swimming off the boat (we'd read that in a review) but it's December so we asked. "NO, it's way too cold they won't do that." We sat for 45 minutes while everyone from the other cruise boats donned their suits and jumped into the waters of the Canary Islands. Not fun. Advice: get off the boat, walk a bit up the pier and get a cab driver who will take you all over the islands for about $100 and get you back on time. Totally worth it!! Food: The sushi was great but you were paying for it. The buffet, yuck except for breakfast. Hard to ruin breakfast I guess. Too salty, too mushy, again, food for 80 years olds I guess. Drinks: I get it, we need to pay for drinks and the inclusive plan was not worth it for us - we don't drink enough - so I pay $16.00 for a drink once you had the gratuity, ok, but at least learn how to make a drink!! Every bartender in that place needs retraining. The amount of sour mix used in every drink will give you indigestion. They can't even get a gin and tonic right. Awful. Rooms: It's an old ship so I was not expecting anything grand, and it was fine. Beds are a bit hard but service staff were a bright light in a ship that seemed like no one else enjoyed their jobs. Our cabin girl, Nina, was so nice and polite. We loved her and appreciated how hard she worked. Leading up to the cabins though, it smells - and bad. Also deck 6 is below the casino where people apparently move furniture all night long. Sleep was impossible on many nights. Smoking: This ship is in Europe where there are many smokers and this ship is all theirs. They own the outdoor areas beside the pools - seems like that would be ok but the glass windows keeps the smoke from dissipating and each day we much walk through the cloud of smoke from hell to get to dinner. The casino doors are left propped open so all the smoke from there pours into the hallways and the elevators where everyone must go to get to the bedroom floors is so smokey that people were fanning the smokey smell away. My allergies were going crazy and by the time we left the ship I swear I second hand smoked a pack a day. There needs to be a limit. They have every right to smoke, but the rest of us should have an area we can breathe fresh air and not on the top of the ship in 30 mile hour winds. You can see from this that the ship totally lacks everything you'd expect from a cruise. It's a very sad situation and we spent $5,000 to have one of the worst vacations we've ever had. My advice - choose a different cruise line because Norwegian has gone down hill and fast. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was a last minute booking due to family circumstances which in truth limited our choice of cruise. However, we have now cruised with NCL five times and since our first cruise with NCL 24 years ago we have noted a marked decline in ... Read More
This was a last minute booking due to family circumstances which in truth limited our choice of cruise. However, we have now cruised with NCL five times and since our first cruise with NCL 24 years ago we have noted a marked decline in standards and quality. This time my wife and I cruised with my brother and sister-in-law and both of them reflect our views on standards and quality. The reason we chose this cruise was it covered the Christmas and New Year periods and my brother and his wife had never been to the Canary Islands. Christmas was disappointing in that it was not marked in any special way, the Christmas dinner was two slices of turkey with few trimmings served as usual on a cold plate. More effort was made for the New Year festivities. Despite a recent refit parts of the ship were drab and dated. Particular in this respect was the scruffy Henry`s bar and Blue Lagoon cafe. The Raffles restaurant offered repetitively burgers, hot dogs plus other dishes and the general scrummage for food was only tolerated when there was no alternative options. The main windows restaurant was acceptable and a calm recluse when not full up but there was constant repetition of some of the meals on offer, though counterbalanced by an extensive choice of dishes. The service was generally good but was spoilt by a lack of understanding of our requirements by both waiting staff and Matre `D.The waiting staff were falling over themselves to help but due to lack of training they would not always fulfill their function correctly. As a party of 4 we were always prepared to share with others on tables of six plus, but however hard we tried to convey this concept the idea was never executed. There were often long queues for tables at Windows and Garden restaurants and sharing would have gone some way to alleviating the waiting time. We noticed a tremendous wastage of food when waiters failed to served the requested portions. One egg at breakfast time was always interpreted as two resulting in wastage. Portions of fruit plate were excessive but despite pleas to reduce the portion size this again went unheeded. The evening entertainment whilst generally good was of poor standard in some cases being typical of a budget cruise line. The daytime activity programme whilst plentiful were in most cases designed specifically to raise revenue for NCL and not necessarily for the enjoyment of passengers. The talks given on ports of call were short, normally less than 15 minutes and did not convey the extent of information most passengers required. Information regarding shuttle bus service were not always relayed and resulted in confusion on the dockside when attempting to find transport. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Very poor food; especially Le Bistro specialty restaurant. It was very bland as was most of the activities and entertainment. Very little going on most of the time We are able to amuse ourselves, good thing. However, we can amuse ... Read More
Very poor food; especially Le Bistro specialty restaurant. It was very bland as was most of the activities and entertainment. Very little going on most of the time We are able to amuse ourselves, good thing. However, we can amuse ourselves at home and the food is better. This is our second time on the Spirit. The first time it was much better. So things seemed to have changed on board The places visited were OK. Enjoyed Funchal the most. Weather was OK. 360 degree wrap around promenade for walkers and we did like the size of the ship. It make it easier to meet people. Their anytime dinning worked well, they seem to have it down well. The ship was clean and the service was good. Our stateroom attendant was very good. I think we need to try another ship next time ( we are locked in to going with NCL again due to the credit/future cruise scheme). Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We wanted to see more Western Mediterranean Islands and Ports ... so many including Malta, Sicily, Sadinia.Maliga, Velencia, Cartigena and it's alway good to return to Barcelonia. The smaller cruise ship was nice and our cabin was ... Read More
We wanted to see more Western Mediterranean Islands and Ports ... so many including Malta, Sicily, Sadinia.Maliga, Velencia, Cartigena and it's alway good to return to Barcelonia. The smaller cruise ship was nice and our cabin was close to every thing. We had a balcony cabin and enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets. The cabin was very efficient and the roomserice was very good. Adrian brought us breakfast every morning which we enjoyed. The staff of the Spirit were great and privided good service. The entertainment in the Stardust Theater was pretty good and the dancers and singers were very good. We enjoyed meals in three specialty restaurants and the dining was great. The Buffet was a buffet and always available. The staff from the Cruise Next were knowedgeable and accommodating. Also we stayed 3 nights in Rome before our cruise and was great as well. We stayed at the Hotel California and really enjoyed our room and free breakfast there. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Our cruise was a short cruise of just 3 nights. We had to sail on Thursday and arrive at the port of Sunday. Thursday night we should have boarded the ship at 4.00pm but due to some problems that the cruise had which we understand that ... Read More
Our cruise was a short cruise of just 3 nights. We had to sail on Thursday and arrive at the port of Sunday. Thursday night we should have boarded the ship at 4.00pm but due to some problems that the cruise had which we understand that problems do occur we boarded the ship at 10.00pm. I would have pretended to have a kind of compensation for missing 6 hours on a short stay holiday. Even if it was a voucher for one of the paying restaurants or just a kind note but nothing of this was done. Another issue that we didn't like is that everything goes dead at midnight no music accept at the disco. I was travelling with my mum who is 60 year old and disco is not an ideal place for her, I would have loved to hear piano music or some kind of music with her after midnight, than ending up at the casino. Even during the day there should be some stations where nice music can be played or for example at the evening dinning. The shows at the theater are lovely and have nothing to say about this. Be careful though on the bills at the end of your stay. I was charged for a coffee that I didn't take and sign for, when I went to the customer care I was left waiting there and gave up. Also when I purchased a gift from the gift area I asked the salesgirl how much will it cost in Euros for the third time she answered Eur33.00 when I was charged Euro 40.00 she didn't mention that there was another charge. At the casino it was quite fair when I paid they told me that there is going to be a charge of 3% but its better to be informed than finding extra amount on your bill. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Chose this cruise as it tied in with celebrating our Ruby wedding anniversary and my birthday. Mentioned this when booking and received two cakes during the cruise. Overall we really enjoyed this cruise. This may be the oldest ship in ... Read More
Chose this cruise as it tied in with celebrating our Ruby wedding anniversary and my birthday. Mentioned this when booking and received two cakes during the cruise. Overall we really enjoyed this cruise. This may be the oldest ship in the fleet but the service was excellent and it had a nice feel about it. We met many people on the cruise and found them excellent company. The ports of call were 4 Greek islands, Athens, Sicily, Malta and Naples. The cruise finished in Rome and we then had two more days in the city. On balance we were glad that we did this after the cruise but an extra day would have been good. We flew out to Rome on an NCL arranged flight from Gatwick. This went very well and it was easy to connect at the other end with the coach transfer. Embarcation was very fast. Likewise disembarcation was very slick, we were off the ship by 0730. We used Raffles buffet for breakfast. There was a good range but it was often busy. We found it best to eat out on the deck as the weather was good. Usually off the ship around lunch but if not we also ate in Raffles again. Dinner we had in the Garden Restaurant. We always asked for a shared table as it’s a great way to meet other people. The food was reasonably good with plenty of choice. One night one of the desk staff approached us in the restaurant to enquire about our views on the cruise. We responded positively and explained about our celebrations. She made a note of this. On the day of our anniversary we went into Athens. On returning to our cabin we found the cabin was decorated along with champagne and chocolates. We also had an invite to eat in a specialty restaurant free of charge including wine. A very nice touch. Only used one ships tour to get to Pompeii. We prefer to book our own tours from a value point of view. This worked very well, a combination of doing our own thing and linking with others on the Cruise Critic roll call. Had to use tenders twice, a new experience for us. Issuing of tickets for this very poor, given out 30 minutes before the advertised time on the first one. Recommend anyone to go up early and queue as it can play havoc with privately arranged tours. Entertainment was good. Full of praise for the song and dance crew, best I have ever seen. Two other good music acts. However I really do not enjoy illusionists and jugglers, though I acknowledge they were very skilled. Afternoon quiz sessions were very good, though at least issue some prizes. Only real negative was that the ship broke down in Crete for 8 hours. As a result we arrived in Malta after dark and just wandered the streets of Valetta for a couple of hours rather than our planned tour. These things happen but the communication of the impact of this was very poor. Overall, great ship, great crew, and left us with great memories Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Overall rating was hurt by a ship problem and lost the opportunity to tour Malta. Otherwise, it would have been a 4.5. We did the cruise as transportation to the destinations more than as a "cruise." We were refunded our shore ... Read More
Overall rating was hurt by a ship problem and lost the opportunity to tour Malta. Otherwise, it would have been a 4.5. We did the cruise as transportation to the destinations more than as a "cruise." We were refunded our shore excursion cost. We chose this tour because it covered a lot of historical ground and islands we are not likely to visit on our own. As everyone might say, places such as Athens, Sicily, and Naples/Pompeii should be done in more than a single day, but there is still much to accomplish. We could have skipped Mykonos for nearby Delos but got scared off because you take a smallish boat to that island and1/2 of us gets sea sick easily. :) In Athens, we just went to the Acropolis and the Plaka area as it was Sunday. Warning - The climb to the top is a very tough climb and somewhat dangerous with slippery steps, gravel, rocks, and virtually no handrails anywhere. We heard someone fall. The tour guide said she had fallen once. Rhodes was very cool. Santorini was magnificent!! Everyone, as in past reviews, disliked where we stopped in Crete. We should have stopped on the eastern side near Heraklion so we could have seen archaeological sites. Malta was a buiust. On Sicily, we wanted to tour Mt.Etna and we did and then walked around a bit of Messina, though we wish we had the time to tour a lot more. We toured the Amalfi coast and visited Pompeii. What a trip! The drive and Amalfi itself - so incredibly beautiful! Got stopped by sheep herb on mountain crossing, neat, and then the long-awaited tour of Pompeii, simply fantastic! From a ship perspective, the ship is a bit older and a water leak in a cabin down the hall led to some mildew smell which was eventually taken care of. Service was typical and no real complaints there. The tomato soup at every restaurant (the same) was one of the best we have ever had. Nothing over the top and no real problems. We had a mid-ship balcony and slept every night with the sliding glass door open. Bought thewater package and glad we did. Norwegian did a good job. The only real issue of the journey was final disembarkation where we were told that everyone would be gone early. Not true! I think everyone was told that, too, and there was a mad dash for the terminal building a the last moment. Horrible crowding and confusion on board and in terminal, but it eventually got worked out. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We have been on this ship three times and again we were not disappointed. Granted it is in need of refurbishment but this didn't stop our enjoyment. We sailed from Barcelona where we have been many times and know the city well. ... Read More
We have been on this ship three times and again we were not disappointed. Granted it is in need of refurbishment but this didn't stop our enjoyment. We sailed from Barcelona where we have been many times and know the city well. Embarkation was very smooth and we were allowed into our cabin to leave bags etc before we went for our lunch. We dined at Windows mdr. It was nice and quiet compared to the chaos in Raffles. (first day only).Waiters were very welcoming and seemed genuinely leased to see you. All crew I have to say were friendly always smiling. Food for the first five days was repetitive and then varied for the rest of the cruise. We always found something to suit us. We did not go on any shore excursions as we found them too expensive. Entertainment was ok. Some acts better than others but not awful. We have sailed with NCL many times and look forward to our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Winter Break great Price and Deal, Ship was nice Size, had an OV Stateroom on D6 Fwd Port Side, with an AI package which worked very Well. Embarkation was very quick and Smooth with the Staterooms available from 12noon which was really ... Read More
Winter Break great Price and Deal, Ship was nice Size, had an OV Stateroom on D6 Fwd Port Side, with an AI package which worked very Well. Embarkation was very quick and Smooth with the Staterooms available from 12noon which was really good. Stateroom was a great surprise Roomy with lots of Hanging Space and Drawers, it was Clean Tidy and Bright with a Great Stateroom Attendant in Aldrin. Dining was Great we had a 4 specialty package which worked well with the Windows Dining Room which we preferred over the Garden Dining Room, of the Speciality Dining we Preferred Cagney's and Le Bistro. Entertainment was Excellent and the Singers and Dancers were the Best we have seen in quite a while, they produced Great High Energy Shows our Favourite being World Beat. Cruise Director was Good and her Staff really put themselves about with Lots of Activities and Action. Other Guest Artists where some Good and some just so depending on your Entertainment likes or did-likes. Service in ALL Areas was fantastic with the Staff always Smiling and Ready to Chat with Great Service Included. Ports of call were varied and the usual Canary Island mix with great Weather. Having been before we mostly stayed on the Ship, We will Cruise with Spirit again and with other NCL Ships Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We cruised on NCL’s Norwegian Spirit from February 2 through 13, 2017. This was our 58th cruise. Main-dining-room menu offerings were very good, as was the ship’s entertainment. Our Balcony Cabin 9192 was very small and ... Read More
We cruised on NCL’s Norwegian Spirit from February 2 through 13, 2017. This was our 58th cruise. Main-dining-room menu offerings were very good, as was the ship’s entertainment. Our Balcony Cabin 9192 was very small and uncomfortable. We experienced the same issue on NCL’s Breakaway in 2016. We have only experienced such small cabins on NCL – not on any other ocean-going cruise line. Internet system and connectivity was bad and the worst I have ever experienced while on a ship. I paid $125.00 for a 250 + 20 = 270-minute package. Could only send and receive basic e-mails. I could not upload basic MSWord files when attached to e-mails. Received various error messages. Internet manager was unable to help. Also, could not easily look at news stories because of the Internet issues. Once off the ship at a hotel, the emails and attachments went quickly, and my laptop again worked normally. Customer Service was unusually helpful. Sadly, I had my wallet lost or stolen while riding a train from Nice back to Monaco where the ship was docked. Could not find a police station to file a police report, and the ship was scheduled to sail in 90 minutes. Customer Service arranged for Port Agent Helene Lippolis of Intercruises Shoreside and Port Services to drive us to the nearest police station. No one there spoke English, and Helene was very helpful in getting the report filed, getting us a copy, and returning us to the ship. Customer Service was also very helpful in letting me notify the several banks about our lost or stolen cards. All of the NCL staff members were great!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We wanted to see what it would be like being on a cruise over Christmas. The food in Buffet restaurant was good. Main dining very average and Christmas Turkey meal was terrible, compressed, dark meat, no roast potatoes and veg hard as ... Read More
We wanted to see what it would be like being on a cruise over Christmas. The food in Buffet restaurant was good. Main dining very average and Christmas Turkey meal was terrible, compressed, dark meat, no roast potatoes and veg hard as rock. Also felt very rushed, no gap between courses. Had to ask server for 2nd glass of wine. Christmas day, stayed on ship, nothing going on, no music, no fun at all.Everything centred around evenings. The cruise director is useless, she should have been around and about the ship checking if people were happy.Her voice is grating, she shouts through the mic. on stage. No personality at all. One of the main reasons we cruise is for the entertainment. The waiters around the ship we lovely. The ship was decorated for Christmas and the displays in the restaurants were very clever but Christmas day felt very flat, though the Elements show was very good Sorry to say that we had already booked another cruise on same ship for my birthday in February. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Ship is a bit old but it's serviceable. Service staff is very friendly. Food ranges from "Just OK" to "Good", but skip the Sushi restaurant as they are all their own unique "rolls" and not very good. ... Read More
Ship is a bit old but it's serviceable. Service staff is very friendly. Food ranges from "Just OK" to "Good", but skip the Sushi restaurant as they are all their own unique "rolls" and not very good. French ports are a bit of a waste (there isn't much to see) and there isn't much to see / do in Athens beyond the Parthenon. All stops in Italy are fantastic. Midway thru our trip we were diverted to assist in the rescue of a fishing boat full of migrants. The Captain had to circle the boat for most of our sea day, and actually turn around at one point so a helicopter flying in from Italy could make a pickup and a later drop off. This consumed so much time that we had to miss the port day at Mykonos. I fully understand why the port was missed, and I appreciate the fact that the ship & Captain did the right thing. Actually, they did what they are legally required to do! Great! Fantastic! Super! I'm glad everyone "did their jobs", even if all of the passengers spent most of the day feeling very confused due to the lack of information on what was going on during the rescue... and the nervous / crying staff that was scared during the rescue (Pick One: Pirates. Ebola. Mob Riot) However, this trip cost thousands & thousands of dollars. And believe it or not, it's hard to take 2 weeks of vacation. So, being that this was the 3rd "missed port" (which includes the ports canceled in Turkey) I am not getting full value for my ticket. Now did NCL compensate me? Did they give me a free upgrade the next time I sail with them? A future rebate? A credit on my room? A day of free drinks? A t-shirt? Maybe a free hat? How about nothing. Nada. Zip. Instead I get to watch the Captain & Cruise Director say multiple times "Thank You for understanding!" and “Didn’t we do a great job!” I’d pat you guys on the back to if you weren’t so busy doing it yourself. I needed some kind of show of appreciation. What happened wasn’t anyone’s fault, but it would of cost NCL very little to nothing to placate me as a customer. Instead the official response was “Stuff Happens”. And due to this, I will likely not sail with NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Amazing cruise... 14 days ONE way Barcelona to Venice. You can not beat the itinerary - it is very cool and a very good value for how many stops. Not many cruise ships go to France, Italy, 2 stops in Greece, 2 stops in Turkey, Croatia ... Read More
Amazing cruise... 14 days ONE way Barcelona to Venice. You can not beat the itinerary - it is very cool and a very good value for how many stops. Not many cruise ships go to France, Italy, 2 stops in Greece, 2 stops in Turkey, Croatia and Montenegro and end in Venice! Is this ship or NCL perfect? Of course not - but I knew this going into the cruise. You really need to look at what you paid vs. how many days and how many stops and factor this into consideration. My cabin was two interior rooms on deck 6... Nice rooms although as an older ship the bathrooms smelled like sewer really bad, particularly in the morning. My room steward tried his best, but after a while I sensed he just gave up - gotta love mandatory tips these days, service only goes so far. Dining is hit or miss. The buffet had some very good moments. The Indian food was superb as the main chef is Indian. The seafood was good - really had no issues with the buffet at all. The Italian restaurant is not great, most items on the buffet are better although the manager was a great guy. The french restaurant was pretty bad as well - not terrible, but not great. Cagneys steak house, again not memorable - really needs work. Hibachi was VERY good however YOU MUST reserve BEFORE the cruise as they only have ONE table - I repeat YOU MUST reserve ONLINE before the cruise or you will NOT do Hibachi unless someone cancels. A few dining tips... Children can eat off of the kids menu at ANY specialty restaurant for FREE. This is common, so do not worry about taking the kids to Cagneys steak house it is not a problem. Entertainment is pretty poor on the ship except CRIPTON the illusionist - this guy is amazing and a real treat to have on board the ship. Very nice guy ass well! The theater is way too small and you must arrive A MINIMUM of 30 minutes prior or you will NOT see any shows, we were turned away 4 times - finally gave up on the shows, the theater is just ridiculous. Casino like all NCL is the BEST at sea - live poker (if you can get at least 4 players), black jack , slot and poker tournaments - great casino staff, good people. If you like gaming NCL is better than ANY ship at sea - I stand by this statement! No issues embarking / debarking is easy and fast. Shore excursions are very organized no and pricing is fair except in Rome it is inflated a bit... Shopping on the ship is almost non existent, the ship store is depressing... Photos are good, you can save at least 50% by pre paying ONLINE and buying photo packages. Internet on the ship is pretty good but like all ships at times and some locations it is spotty. NCL has an UNLIMITED package you can buy online and you should. It is well worth the money considering the length of the cruise. Kids camp is just OK typical NCL - staff was sufficient. Spa was ok, nothing spectacular small and they provide NO disposable shoes - so bring slippers unless you want to catch a foot fungus. Watch your spa bill it is usually wrong as they do give discounts on your first, second and third visit but only on select services - be sure to inquire in advance never assume a discount applies. Overall the ship is older, but never too crowded which is nice. Could use a few more amenities but like I said you have to factor in the cost paid as well. I think I will return on this same cruise next year again because the value of price paid to what I received was really good. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
A return visit to the Norwegian Spirit Washy washy happy happy. A bit holiday camp but if you want posh and dicky bows choose another cruise line. If you want good service, good food and a relaxed atmosphere Norwegian is the one to go ... Read More
A return visit to the Norwegian Spirit Washy washy happy happy. A bit holiday camp but if you want posh and dicky bows choose another cruise line. If you want good service, good food and a relaxed atmosphere Norwegian is the one to go for. Ports Barcelona Very easy embarkation with no queues. On board 12.30 and cabin was ready. Quick lunch in the buffet and back into town for a couple of hours on the port shuttle bus. €4.00 return. Back on the ship for boat drill. Casablanca Free shuttle bus into town. Plenty of hawkers around bus stop so we went to an ATM a block away in a quieter area to get some local cash. The old Medina well worth a look. Hawkers at the main gate but once you go in 20 yards they stop and you are transported back 1000 years. Be discreet with your camera, many don't like their photos taken. No credit cards dollars or euro accepted. Don't use a map, you will get lost anyway!!!! If you are offended by chickens in cages clucking (fresh meat) or goats heads (not so fresh) take the ships tour to Rick's Cafe instead Funchal Shuttle bus €8.00 into town The cable car to Monte is spectacular €10.00 single. The tropical gardens at Monte Palace €10.00 well worth a visit. Had a look at the toboggan run but didn't go. Tenerife Free shuttle into town Arrcife We had a tour to Timafaya national park booked with an internet company (€30.00 +€6.00 for camel ride) Ships similar tour €84.00 Malaga Port shuttle bus €4.00 return Nice town for a stroll around. The ship seems in good condition considering she is the oldest in the fleet. Norwegian have kept mainly far eastern staff who always seem to have a smile, although I think the cabin stewards now have more cabins to look after than previously. We attended trivia sessions and the cruise staff were fun. Customers Spanish, British (quite a few ex pats living in Spain) USA and German Entertainment Evening shows were good. 3 main productions. 1 show aimed at the Spanish and 1 for the Germans not really to our taste. Music about the ship. We are over 60 and we enjoyed it. !!!! Dining The general menu is much improved with more choice then before and good portions. We found the service in the Garden Room excellent. Specialty Dining Many on the cruise had a specialty dining package included in their fare, and the specialty restaurants couldn't cope with the numbers. In the past if we didn't fancy the main menu we could always get a place at Cagneys. Now all the peak times were fully booked well in advance. We went to Cagneys one night but the service was so bad, soup delivered before the starter, missing side order, over cooked steak and black coffee being brought instead of latte (Twice) that we complained and were given a complimentary return visit. Even then they had run out of the steaks we planned to have. Also please note 18% service charge is added to the $30.00 cover charge so now it is $70.80 for two. In future we will stick to the main dining rooms Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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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