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Price: $     Size: M     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"...the ship in the ports but they were not as strict in the dining room ." in 55 reviews.

"The Italian specialty restaurant was great, the French was good and the steak was..." in 6 reviews.

"The 2nd issue was our shore excursion to 'walk Vesuvius and Pompeii '... program listed..." in 10 reviews.




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Fantastic vacation with a very friendly staff.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

We had a great time. When I told one of the dinning room staff we were vegeterian they went out of their way to accommodate to us. 

Let's not forget about the cleanliness. They are very concerned about this and make it fun to keep your hands clean ( happy happy washy washy) at the entrance of the dinning room. Also they cleaned up our room twice every day. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

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Living a dream

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the ship was.  Decorated very nice and the balcony stateroom was very good.  We had the beverage package and the dining package.  The specialty dining was very nice but took a little too long sometimes to get out dinner.  The Italian restaurant was not good at all.  We ate there once and agreed not to go back so changed our reservations.  The ports were excellent with my favorite Naples with a trip to Pompeii and Sorrento.  We missed our excursion in Rome to visit the Vatican so all we seen was the outside walls with three hour lines.  The biggest problem on the entire cruise was the crew being rude.  Our cabin steward was great and the casino staff were very good.  The wait staff in the specialty dinning were very good.  Bartenders were very rude, staff in buffet were very bad with attitudes.  Need help with customer service throughout the ship. 

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12 Night Mediterranean Cruse (Barcelona To Venice)

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: Apr 25, 2015

This was the most Magnificent trip we have ever been on. We "Walked Through History"! We truly enjoyed all of our Excursions, the food, the staff and the convenience of the smaller ship. We chose a balcony room and it was well worth the view. 

 

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Venice We had a mouse in our room.

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Awesome itinerary and great value

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: Apr 25, 2015

This itinerary cannot be beat and the price was great on Orbitz.  The ship is not fancy and new but it had what we needed.  Great food with lots of choices of venue and type.  The Italian specialty restaurant was great, the French was good and the steak house was probably not worth the extra money as we had a really good steak in the main dining room the next night.  Drinks are extremely expensive but you can take on both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in Barcelona.  Our room steward, Arnel, was amazing.  Felt like staying in a five star hotel.  We did excursions through the ship which I recommend if it is your first time to these locations even if it is a little expensive.  Getting around could be tricky in the short amount of time that you have in each port so knowing the ship will wait for you if you are late getting back is priceless.  The ship left three or four ports late because tour buses were late getting back.  If it had been private excursions, I doubt the ship would have waited long.  The ship's excursions will get you into the top attractions so it was worth it to us as it was our first time visiting these ports.  I recommend taking snacks as the day trips are very long.  I recommend making advance reservations for dinner for the first couple of nights on the cruise line's website as everyone will be getting on the ship at the same time and will all want to go to dinner at once.  After that, you don't need reservations for main dining rooms unless you eat at peak dinner hour.  Buffet had best deserts ever plus ice cream!!!  If you get off ship early in Venice, you must arrange for taxi in advance.  The ship will tell you to just walk out but you will not get a taxi if you have not made advance arrangements.  NCL will tell you that you can get off the ship at any time in Venice but to disembark before 8 a.m., you must prove you have an early flight, make advance arrangments with ship to leave at specific time and you will have to carry your luggage off by yourself down the gangway.  If you need more than one plug in, you will need to take a converter.  Get Euros in advance because the ship charges $10 per transaction to convert cash.  Get at least a balcony cabin because the cabins are small.  Take movies on your tablet or something as there will only be one television station for each language showing anything other than news or sports.   They do not have a movie theater or movie screen.  Normally not a big deal but this cruise was so strenuous and port intensive that we did not want to do anything more active than watch movies on the sea days or days where we got into port late. Wifi is slow and expensive as with other cruise lines but it worked.  Be prepared to dress for any weather as this cruise covers different climates and you will be exposed to the elements a lot.  That means take jackets, hats, sun screen and umbrellas along with a good bag for carrying such stuff around all day.

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An uneven but overall good experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: Apr 25, 2015

The port locations were great and our favorite was Naples, where we took a private taxi tour to Pompeii and up the Amalfi coast. Our taxi driver took us to a seafood restaurant in Sorrento on the beach and suggested a few highlights to see in Naples before we went back to the ship.  We had planned to do this on our own but wound up with one of the hoards of taxi drivers looking for tour passengers.  Our least favorite was Istanbul.  If your tour operator asks if you want to look at some carpets and see a weaving demo, just say no!  we wasted 2 hours trying to get away from the used car tactics.  There are no bargains.  The line to the blue mosque (for people who already had tickets) was  1/2 mile long. No exaggeration. It was just not doable, so we went to another mosque.  The crowds were unbelievable as was the traffic-about 90 minutes stuck in traffic.  Take the tram and do your own tour.  Make sure you eat some baklava-it was the highlight of Istanbul. The NCL tour to Aix en Provence was ok, but skip the tour guide and wander around this lovely city on your own-have a beautiful, leisurely lunch.  Le 2 Freres was wonderful. As long as you know the meeting place for the bus, you're ok.  Athens was a disappointment, again due to the crowds.  Venice was actually magical but many of the gondola tours put you unexpectedly with 4 other strangers.  The private ride is over $200 plus tip.

We would do this cruise again but after spending $1500 (and we thought we were careful) just on the ship (after applying a $400) on board credit, we would go ahead and purchase the specialty dining package, the wine package and the internet package. I think that in the long run we would have saved money.  The food outside of the specialty restaurants is mediocre at best, and we had a few inedible dinners.  The internet starts the clock as soon as you sign on and rounds up to the next minute when you sign off.  A brief email cost $10.  If you plan on using the internet daily, it would be cheaper to buy the package.  Using the internet on land is not a bad plan, but the time is really too precious to spend it looking for a cafe that has wifi.  We were told that you can't buy the packages once you are on board. Budget for a significant amount over the basic ticket price so not to be surprised.

The crew is great, but the ship is very old and the beds unbearably uncomfortable.  Our room steward brought us a piece of foam (literally) which helped. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9, mid ship which was a good location.  We liked the smaller size of the ship which made it easier to get around compared with larger ships we had sailed on in the past.  

Go into it with your eyes open and you'll have more fun!  

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Not a relaxing journey

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: Apr 25, 2015

Good:

Itinerary is good that calls many cities of many countries; Housekeeping, dining staffs are very nice.

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- Almost each port disembarkation delayed, we were told with many various reasons.  The most heard excuse was "Customs Clearance".  And there was problem on disembark processing, it took long time to get out of the ship after the "clearance". So we had less time for sightseeing. I felt bad to see so many unhappy faces of our cruise fellows and crew members on the waiting line each morning.

- Many group tours on this boat. They yelled, they shouted, they didn't respect your vacation.

- Food was disappointed. We had very bad experience at Shogun, salt is its major ingredient, too too salty.

 

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Our first cruise...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: Apr 25, 2015

The ship was very nice (kept immaculately clean!), and the staff was incredible! The food was exceptionally good. And the spa was heavenly. (Get your nails and hair done on board. They know what they are doing!!!) There was always something fun to do on board. And there was always great entertainment - the talent on board was amazing.  We can't believe how many places we visited....it was an incredible itinerary! 

Our only suggestion is to move the sports court.  There is a space right next to it that is protected from the wind, exhaust wind, and the natural gas fumes...and could become a  great caged pickleball court.  (Pickleball is quite the rage now and EXCELLENT exercise!)  If nothing else - perhaps you could add a solid wall on the current sport court on the right hand side as you face the court to block all the wind and fumes.  Have a movable net available.  We brought our own paddles and balls and faked it.

All in all - it was a terrific first cruise!  Bravo Norwegian Spirit!  Thank you!!!

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Totally Surprise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: Apr 15, 2015

My husband and I had not taken a cruise in over 15 years. Everything was excellent

Shows,staff, food, cleanliness,service.  The days at sea were very refreshing.

We have nothing negative to say about this cruise.

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Morocco & canary Island

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: Apr 15, 2015

Great cruise. Ship was small, but clean and nice. Great ports Room & balcony small. Food was not as good as other cruises. Not much choice. Food on buffet was cold, veges were all mixed or with meat dishes. Except potatoes . Mac & cheese was more like pasta with cream sauce. Hamburgers and battered fish were good, but not served hot.

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Enjoyed the cruise and the ports

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Spirit | Sail Date: Apr 15, 2015

Ship has a very smart layout and the separation of restaurants bars and other entertainment venues is very well done, so that you don't feel the crowd except at the pool and at the buffet breakfast.  Food in the specialty restaurants was truly exceptional.  Food in the main dining room was OK.

Crew was friendly and helpful if a bit overzealous in distributing disinfectant spray: ,Washy Washy Happy Happy still rings in my ears

Ports were great even if the weather wasn't as warm as we hoped.

Entertainment in the main theater was hit or miss, more misses than hits but the talent in the smaller venues was very good and the settings intimate.

 

 

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Cabins are very small so upgrade whenever you see a price drop on Orbitz. Get midship to save yourself from extra walking. You will be walking miles every days on excursions so it will really be a life saver.

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Hit the Windows restaurant right when they open at 5:30pm and you can get a seat right by the windows.

Did not like the Windows Restaurant as it was too noisy from the engines. We wished the Main Dining Rooms were open earlier in the morning so we could go before our excursions. The morning buffet was absolutely awful with no where to sit except outside in the cold and the guests were rude & pushy.

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