Norwegian Spirit

3.4 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: M     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    
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About Norwegian Spirit

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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spookyp223 says ...

Very nice cruise, really enjoyed it!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very nice cruise, really enjoyed it!

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

We are a family with two kids and we loved it! There some things you should know about the cruise. First, there are free shuttle in most of the cities, no matter what the cruise line says. We paid $50,- (4 Persons) to take the NCL shuttle into Marseille, an we asked before about free transportation...the answer was "no". However, a couple of 100ft away there is a free shuttle we found out later from passengers from another cruise ship. This was a bit "anoying". If you like to save money, check the ports, most of the rental car stations deliver to the port. So do your own shore excursion...super easy in Europe and safe!

We took the cruise in June, be aware that it can be really hot outside this time of the year (90F/35C+), means: If you like to visit historical sides like Pompeji-there is no shade! The destinations are great, Europe light but plenty to see.

Overall, we cruised a lot before with NCL and other cruise lines. If you´re used to it, you know what to expect!

NCL: The cabins are overhauledHappy and the food was excellent. By the way, you´re visiting Italy, France and Spain- go local!!! Great restaurants and bars-use this opportunityYummyWink

Overall I can recommend this cruise, no matter if you´re with a family, single or with friends.

One more: There is a train going to Civitaveccia from Rome City for 15 Euros p.P. (taxi and cruise line ask 50 Euros p.P.). Easy travel, if you plan to stay in Rome before/after the cruise. If you travel direkt to/from the airport Rome (FCO) to Civitaveccia, you have to take an additional train for 10 euros and swith trains at Roma Triento (central station) which is easy.

Have a wonderful cruise and enjoy western Europe!

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Greek Isles and Mediterranean

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Excellent cruise, fun ports!  Buffet food is a little above average, specialty restaurants were excellent.  Entertainment was better than we expected.  This was our 3rd Norwegian Cruise Line cruise and we would not hesitate to go on another

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
1 out of 5

Horrible ship and staff

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The food was very bad in the free restaurants, which seems to be the norm on NCL, which forces you to eat at the specialty restaurants.  Everything is a NO when you ask for it, including doneness of steak and believe it or not mayonnaise.  My particular cabin had black mold in the bathroom and shower.  Carpets very dirty, automatic doors worked when they wanted, lack of upkeep and very little amount of overworked crew members for the amount of passengers onboard.  You get what you pay for and for a little more money I'd rather go on a real cruise next time that doesn't cater to a mass market like Oceania.  I'll never sail on NCL ever again.  This was my third and final cruise.  I've tried to like them but it all feels so cheap.  The nickel and dime game is horrible.  $10 for an after dinner coffee.  Drinks are expensive, etc.  Drink package alcohol is cheap stuff and bad food quality.  Shore Excursions are way over priced, sometimes double.  Meatballs and lasagna are the same food served at the buffet on Italian night so don't pay extra for the Italian Restaurant.  It's not a fine dining authentic Italian restaurant but more of an American-Stye Italian in the buffet area with a rope to block it off from the rest of the buffet line.  Tacky.  You end up paying overinflated prices for so much onboard that you end up paying more than if you were to have gone on Celebrity which is much better quality.  Spend your money wisely and do not purchase a cruise based on price alone.  You'll end up with a ship full of cheap people and a lackluster experience and will ultimately spend more money.  I wish I could get my money back and I've never said that about a cruise ever.  Don't do it!  Ports were fabulous, again they would take off early so they could open the casino and shops and bars to make money.  Oceania would have stayed over night, I'm just saying again - you get what you pay for.  Buyer beware.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Never again with Norwegian.....

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

The only nice thing I have to say about this cruise is the staff were friendly. The room was like every other boat which was not bad. I have sailed on 12 cruises and this line is horrible. I thought the activities were blah and the food was not good. Hardly a good selection of food in Buffet. 

I found their excursions to be very expensive for what you get. 

Never again will I cruise a Norwegian Line!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Itinerary is great- ship and food and Norwegian staff was not great

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The food was mediocre at best- edible but tasteless.  The Norwegian team was clearly not well trained or experienced in their positions in the buffet area.  Dirty dishes stayed on tables on the pool and bar decks for half of the day before the tables were cleaned.  Three times I saw employees be scolded harshly and rudely in front of passengers in the buffet area.  Drink machines were broken frequently.  Desserts were least impressive and lacked any creativity or flavor.

Our room was clean and daily service in our room was prompt and adequate.  The chair in our room was so old the leather had cracked open.  The exterior Plexiglass half-wall on our deck stayed filthy the entire cruise. 

The activities on board were outdated and stale.

The Excursions team was very professional, well trained and knowledgeable.

I won't cruise with Norwegian again- my previous experiences with Royal Carribbean and Celebrity were both much better.

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Hats off to the crew of the Noorwegian Spirit!

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We felt the itinerary had wonderful ports of call and the length of time at the ports allowed travelers to enjoy visiting them

 

The NORWEGIAN SPIRIT was very well maintained and very very clean.

It was very quiet and stable.  It was quite a relaxing and pleasant experience.

 

The shows were very good.  It would be nice if there was a movie theater, as good movies were offered but it was not a comfortable setting.

 

We thought the quality of the food and the choices in the menu were  not as good as when we traveled on the JEWEL about 8 years ago.  Also the names of some dishes were misleading, i.e. an entry called cassoulet of escargots, was not a cassoulet and the escargots were not escargots but mushrooms.

The desserts were not well prepared.  We were better off ordering fruit, cheese or ice cream.  

 

However, the attention we received from the Norwegian staff and employees was excellent!  Everyone, from the customer desk, the cruise desk, the hostesses and servers in the dining rooms, the cabin attendant,  was very friendly, helpful, professional and welcoming.  I believe the crew gave us the best attention we have experienced in our more than 20 cruises.  

 

Our thanks to everyone for their wonderful and kind attention!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Maybe a Cruise Ins't the Best to See Europe

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We did our first cruise to the Mediterranean. While it was nice to not have to unpack in every city, we felt the whole thing was very rushed. We had about 6-10 hours in each port and when you factor in dis/re-embarkation and getting around the city, it's really not enough time. Also, some of the biggest cities, we were at port with half a dozen other cruise ships. That meant that the biggest sites (the Acropolis, the Vatican, etc) were PACKED. You really have so little time to see each place. This would be good if you want to see a little of everything but if you want a more in depth experience, this is not the trip for you. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

good ship with good food, but shared dining needs work

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We have been on RC, Princess, Holland America, Carnival, and MSC before,

and the NCL Spirit had the biggest shower.  The food quality on this ship was excellent, too.  We really liked the real lemonade offered gratis in all the eating venues.

 

The only real negative was the refusal by staff in the main restaurant to offer shared dining at tables of 4, 6, or more diners.  The assumption was that diners did not want to share tables (not true!), and staff only reluctantly sat you with others if you insisted.  One staffer told us that NCL's position was that "only 15% of diners want to share", so why offer it.  That is so far from the truth that we will likely go with RC again next time.

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1 out of 5

bad. just bad. all bad.

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the best part was the last day when we finally left the ship. no more bad food, no more bad service, no more bad maintenance issues. this was absolutely the worst cruise I have ever been on in my 60-plus years.

I assure you all I will never make this mistake again and book this cruiseline

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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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