Norwegian Spirit

3.4 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: M     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    
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Norwegian Spirit is a medium ship, carrying 1966 passengers and 948 crew, and sails from Barcelona, Spain and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

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Great First Time Mediterranean Cruise

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

A Dream Vacation

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This trip allowed me to visit some of the most beautiful ports in the world in a comfortable, safe, fun and exciting atmosphere.  The Norwegian Spirit provided excellent entertainment and very helpful staff all along the way.

i would highly recommend this ship and this itinerary to everyone!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very Nice Cruise

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Liked:  The room and layout of bath area.  We had a wonderful Steward who looked after our every want/need.  Once during the cruise, they offered laundry for 19.99, all the clothes you could fit into the bag provided.  Really liked the Freestyle dining...eat when you want to, where you want to.  Dress up if you want to...don't if you don't.  The restaurants for complimentary dining offered great food and the waitstaff were excellent.  We used the Card Room on "At Sea Days" to play games with our friends.  Liked the smaller ship.

 

Improvements:  We had dining vouchers for the Specialty dining, but the dining rooms for the 4 restaurants were small and options for dining times were limited.  NOTE:  Book first thing when you get on the ship.  The balconies are small;  but still glad we had one.  Older ship that showed some wear.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Awesome experience

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We received top rated service from our cruise including the meals, excursions and staff. Loved the cruise. just wasn't long enough. We loved the south of France excursions and Rome. There were no bad locations just these were preferred.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Wonderful Cruise.

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Incredible ports of call.  NCL provided excellent service, food and entertainment.  Love the small size of the ship.  Never felt crowded and easy to get on and off.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Great First Time Mediterranean Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Barcelona is the perfect start for your trip. A beautiful, friendly city with lots to see and do. We did Barcelona in March (low season) and the weather was in the 60's. Word to the wise.... summers in Barcelona.... in fact for all the cities in this cruise are very muggy and hot in summer (high season).  Embarkation and debarkation are as smooth as glass. I do not think it took more than 20 minutes each time.

 

All the cities are beautiful and they all have open air hop on/hop off buses at considerably less expense than the cruise excursions. Finding people at shops and restaurants that speak English is not hard and most of the menus are illustrated so that you can see what you are ordering. That is not to say that the shore excursions are a waste of money. The Rome tour that we took was expensive, but worth every penny.

 

The Spirit is well maintained and the staff is cheerful and thorough, but a small old ship is a small old ship. If you take this cruise, think of the boat as a floating hotel, with entertainment. Some of the shows were ridiculous as usual, but some were surprisingly good. If it matters to you, other than a few honeymoon couples, this is an older crowd taking this cruise. Not much of a party boat.

 

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Excellent itinerary

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If you have traveled on other cruise ships, my suggestion is minimize your expectations.  Let me explain:  The itinerary itself was absolutely amazing and I could not have asked for a better itinerary, even when we had to re-route and miss Marseille, the alternative was event better - Monte Carlo. As far as the ship itself, there was much to be left desired since it was quite old.  My cabin stunk like sewage on most port days.  Even though I complained, they assured me  that it was not the cabin but me being sensitive to smells.  I have been on at least 10 cruises and I know when a room stinks! If you are used to traveling on other ships with great entertainment, you will be sorely disappointed.  There were nights were I just had to walk out because it was not worth sitting through it.  Surprisingly, the food was better than expected, although there was one or two nights when I had to send the food back.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

7 Night Western Mediterranean

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Ship was beautiful with very friendly staff and lots of things to do. It was clean, small, and very easy to navigate.

 

We were surprised by changed of itinerary that happened at the last minute as we were about to depart Barcelona. The captain informed us we will be reversing the order of our destinations to avoid bad weather. This caused shocked and concern for many as shore excursions were dependent of the schedule. Luckily, booking through helped us as they were able to maintain the original excursions even though they were on Christmas when many others were cancelled. 

 

Overall, we will cruise again NCL and will use to book it! 

 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Acceptable

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overall experience : average and acceptable.

started with unplanned 2 N stay at Venice due to fog, but we were confined to ship due to uncertainty and lack of communication and guidance from officers and crews. One port had to be ditched. Needed better management capability. 

Had better experience with earlier NCL cruise. Deck Staff were friendly but not very informative or knowledgeable. 

Dining was good. Amenities were limited. Embarkation took long time and was confusing. Disembarkation was however smooth and timely.

Not really much to talk highly or brag about.

 

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
1 out of 5

The Walmat of the Sea.

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I was very disappointed with our cruise vacation. My wife and I have cruised several times with a variety of lines, and maybe because of that, I have come to expect certain things from a cruise that NCL did not live up to. I don't think I'm being a snob either because I am normally very pleased and have a lot of good things to say.  NCL might advertise "Freestyle Cruising", but it should be called "Nickel & Dime Cruising". Everything comes with an extra fee, a confusing answer from someone who can't communicate, and a non-stop barrage of overselling silly products, raffle tickets, trip excursions, etc. You can't even get away from it in your room because our steward told us we HAD to have our room serviced EVERY day so they could check our mini-bar. Even the dining room had items for a fee in the menu. The little tough steak was inclusive, but the rib-eye was $20. We were even charged to leave the ship at one of our ports! (A first EVER!) For our Rome stop, NCL provided a free shuttle to the opposite side of the port from the train station, in a place where there was nothing but taxis to take us back to the other side of town by the port again by the train. (A total shake-down!)  I have never actually been happy to get off a ship before this cruise but I was this time, and I hope that NCL chokes on every penny they extorted from me on the cruise... cause I'll never use them again!

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

Mishandling of emergency

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Everything was ok until we had an emergency situation, the vessel couldn't go to the port due to weather conditions, the ship management didn't handle the situation to avoid more damage to the passenger's airline flies. They should take care of the passengers who had early flies, instead of giving numbers to make calls and restricted Intener access. We ended spending around $1100 to fly back to hour home in Florida

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DECK 7

Deck 7 features the Stardust Theatre, Cagney's Steakhouse, Le Bistro, the Cafe, Grand Centrum, Maharajah's Casino, Maharini's Lounge, Henry's Pub, Blue...

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DECK 12

Deck 12 features Galaxy of the Stars, Raffles Court, Raffles Terrace, La Trattoria, Roman Spa & Fitness Centre, Tivoli Pool, the Observatory, library,...

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DECK 8

Deck 8 features staterooms in categories O3, OA, and ID, as well as the Stardust Theatre, Shogun Japanese Restaurant, Champagne Charlie's, Sunset Boulevard,...

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DECK 13

Deck 13 features the Bier Garten, Celebrity Disco, Star Track, basketball, volleyball, a golf driving net, an observatory deck, and a helipad.

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KirkG
Contributor Level: Second Mate

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

NJCruisin
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Bring a good pair of binoculars for the great views you will see.

lizmouzakis
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Eat at one of two main dining rooms as much as possible for exceptional steak, seafood, etc. If you do that most of the time (rather than the buffet), no need to pay for premium dining. Also, a great 24 hour diner on board has amazing chicken wings and fish n' chips... beats the buffet!

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Price

M

Size

Jan 1998

Built

6 yrs ago

Refurbished

1966

Total Passengers

2.07

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1009

Total Cabins

29

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