Norwegian Spirit

3.4 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: M     Refurbished: 5 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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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Not happy

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I had asked for a disabled cabin what I got was a cramped inside cabin

with a chair in the shower to sit on

I was on a merry- go -round between Cruise 118 and NCL staff

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4 out of 5

ship is looking a bit tired

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The crew on board where fantastic I am partly disable and a wheel chair was always available to get me on and of the ship when needed.The food in all the eateries was very good so was the service.

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1 out of 5

Good Luck

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The balcony state room that we received was directly below the kids jamboree. The excessive pounding and vibration was absolutely unbearable. We would get back from tours @ 5:30 or 6 PM and would go to room to try to review the tour and prepare for the next port before we would go to dinner. The pounding and vibration was so annoying that we could not return to the room until after 9:30 PM. We had mentioned this to the hotel director and the first solution was a set of ear plugs. Really!! This is the example of 'Champion of Excellence'?  After repeated concerns we were offered a move from a balcony state room to an interior room 4 levels down. What a joke!! On top of the experience the ala carte charges for things was outrageous. Any other cruise thought will be toward Viking Cruise Line .

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Much to recommend but not all

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We went because of the itinerary and it did not disappoint. Our balcony room fine. Storage space was adequate but not as plentiful as celebrity ships. The room was smaller than others. The settee was a one person chair, not a 2 person. The bathrooms on this particular ship are very dated and certainly showing wear. The sink and toilet need to be replaced. 

The meals were a disappointment. The buffet was less than expected by quite a bit. Meals in the main dining room were adequate but subpar compared to other cruise lines. The emphasis of the line generally is toward speciality dining and additional spending, not to making all the customers happy. The free style idea is what we like but if you did not have reservations the waits were often long.

 

The "ultimate drinks package" is very odd. Drinks were never a problem although I was disappointed that there was no coolers. However, bottled water and cans of soda were not included. This makes no logical sense to me. I could get a drink up to $16 value but not a can of coke. Passengers were not permitted to buy water or drinks of any kind ashore. Staff took cases of water aboard but passengers could not. Water and soda were outlandishly priced. The whole thing was a money gouge and clearly ridiculous. In some instances this policy could be a health risk. The whole thing could well put us off doing another Norwegian cruise.

 

Overall the ship was clean and appeared to be well maintained. The public areas were pleasant in appearance although maybe a bit dated in decor. Some days it seemed there was not enough space so bars were used for presentations and there was often not enough space. The standards of cleanliness need to be improved. Never did I see anyone cleaning stair railings, a huge hazard for spreading germs. Tables in the buffet area and bars were not cleaned and sanitized well. 

 

We did several shore shore excursions through the ship. Would be unlikely to do so again. They were generally overpriced. Most days however they were well organized and getting off the ship went smoothly. Knowing can be a mess I felt it was mostly well handled. Charging for some of the shuttles was in poor taste. Another money grab. 

 

Generally we enjoyed the cruise but Tended to feel nickel and dimed and this was frustrating. 

 

We did not get our onboard credit due from . Customer service tried to get in touch with you but got no response. We are still in Europe and have not been able to contact you. We don't have a phone that works and there appears to be no email address that can be responded to. I will be in touch when we return next week as this needs to be made ri

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3 out of 5

Europe in a nutshell...

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The cruise staffing made the 12 day cruising experience an exceptional one. The port's that were visited summarized the history of Europe in a nutshell. The cabin was always ready-made and clean. The 11106 cabin staffing will be missed.The food menu and preparation was disappointed. Nevertheless, the bartender and snacks kiosks menus saved the day and night needs. The activity director, Jill and her staff made sure everyone had something to be happy for.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Not the best

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Ship was old and dated, staff not as friendly as previous reviews have mentioned. Food was mediocre at best. Ordered drink package, was not informed there were limitations and additional charges would apply. Issue with internet, purchased 250 min package, spotty connection and overcharged, was advised fee would be reversed by Internet manager and front desk staff, my credit card was still charged.  

Ports were amazing and it was nice having a "home base", but not worth it. Hours at each stop didn't make sense, you get off the boat at 8am, but nothing is open, you basically waste the first couple of hours waiting for people to wake up!

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

europe cruise

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

ship was great, food was very good too. Entertainment just so so but the itinerary was wonderful. Weather and seas were a bit rough on a couple of days and there was a medical emergency on board that prevented us from going to Mykonos which was a shame but couldn't be helped

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4 out of 5

Great Itinerary, "Package Deals" Provided Excellent Value

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The offer we received from Norwegian with a deluxe penthouse -- pre-paid gratuities, beverage and dining package -- really made our cruise a great value, plus an exciting itinerary!  NCL Spirit is an older ship in need of decor updating, but the ship was clean and well maintained.  The majority of the staff were very good and provided excellent service.  Our stateroom was very large and well laid out, the steward was superb, but the butler was little seen.  Again, the decor was dated, although the bed / linens were very comfortable.  The bath offered a toilet room, double sinks, a jacuzzi-style tub that I wouldn't use because paint was coming off, and a shower cabin -- all very clean.  Little glitches were frustrating; unable to regulate the water temp (it was too hot) and main light switch wouldn't activate.  Our dining experience was a highlight (DIning Package); Cagney's was Excellent, Windows was Very Good, Le Bistro and La Trattoria were Good, Shogun was O.K with an uninspiring menu.  We didn't do other dining venues.  The real benefit of the penthouse and above is having breakfast & lunch in Cagney's, as well as a dedicated concierge (Karin).  She was a real professional, patient and kind, and got us on/off the ship efficiently, plus provided port info.  Overall, NCL does a lot of up-selling (photographs, tours, next cruises, jewelry, knick-knacks, etc,) which can get bothersome, but it's easy to pass on.  The Captain kept passengers informed of the ship's status, especially during a medical emergency event: two passengers required evacuation which caused the Captain to return to Messina, delaying the onward schedule, and the port call in Mykonos was cancelled giving us another sea day.  Overall, a very good cruise given the price and packages.  We would definitely take another NCL cruise!

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4 out of 5

Entertainment

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On the whole the entertainment was excellent, however during  the daytime when at sea improvements could be made. The majority of guests were of a certain age and would enjoy the quizzes if they were not so short and rushed. Giving guests a more leisurely time to enjoy a drink and mix more with other people. 

 

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4 out of 5

Hard to beat this cruise for value and ports of call

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We like this cruise so much we've now taken it three times!  For anyone wanting to visit the Mediterranean, the lineup of ports of call on this cruise just can't be beat and the per-day cost to see so many ports in such comfort and with so little fuss makes it a real value, too.  We've taken it both ways (Venice to Barcelona and the reverse), and either way, it's a great mix of ports, sea days, and onboard experiences.  Spirit is the oldest ship in the NCL fleet and she's showing her age a bit, but she's still a nicely appointed ship, comfortable, fast, and quiet.  Our cruising experience is always about the ports of call and the dining aboard ship, and our dining experience aboard NCL's Spirit and Jewel has been a cut above the others we've sailed with.  We don't choose a ship or a cruise based on whether the ship has rock climbing walls, art auctions, or golf aboard... only where the ship goes and how we'll be living and dining aboard.  Our experience with crew, staff, and room stewards has always been excellent aboard NCL, and although we mostly explore ports and destinations on our own now, NCL certainly has a good selection of ship's excursions available in each port and they are well run.

 

Our only negatives about the ship have to do with her age.  The cabins have no place to plug electrical appliances and chargers in, you can't use standard hair dryers in the plugs, and the ship's finishes and fit-out are generally showing their age.  Attempting to use internet at sea is a waste of time and money (we go ashore, have a meal at midday, and use the cafe's wi-fi for free while enjoying local cuisine).  Trying to find a quiet place to read and watch the beautiful Mediterranean on sea days can be a challenge sometimes, but patiently waiting for a space in a favorite spot works.  Spirit is still quite decent and serviceable though, and our few negatives are by no means a deal-breaker for sailing aboard this ship.  The evening shows were good to very good, and we went to all of them on this cruise, which is unusual for us.  A good variety, excellent talent.

 

Do your own shopping around, and you'll find that a 12-night cruise in this many great ports, at this price, is difficult to beat.  And by the way, the ports of Kotor (Montenegro) and Dubrovnik (Croatia) are excellent, charming new additions to this itinerary.  We miss the port of Istanbul that used to be on this itinerary, but the new ones are good.

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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

5 yrs ago

Refurbished

1966

Total Passengers

2.07

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1009

Total Cabins

29

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