February 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Spirit
A good to very good experience.
As frequent cruisers with 4 cruise lines under our belt now, We are very thankful for this opportunity to give witness to our cruise experience. The boarding was good, but could have been expedited more efficiently. With one of us on a cane the standing in lines was not favorable at all. The reception as we boarded was somewhat flat, yielding a bit of confusion. The stateroom was the expected size (an interior), but we were pleasantly surprised withe the bathroom. The commode was chair height (very good), and the shower was 2 1/2 X 4 1/2 in size ( much better than we were expecting). The temperature of the room was very adjustable, a big plus. The disembarking was fraught with the same problems.
There was the usual abundance of food. Our taste buds were not all that pleased with the flavors nor the temperature of the supposed "hot" foods. The presentation was good but not excellent. Cleanliness was constantly being sought by the crew (a big plus). We ate in the specialized dining rooms as well as at the buffet. Found the food noticeably better in the specialized areas. Unfortunately the added costs were a bit on the high side. Those special dining areas had the tables cramped, which made conversation difficult.
The daily activities were abundant to say the least. The same can be said for the shore options, although options for the older crowd did seem to be lacking. For this particular cruise we did seem to be in the younger half (we are 68 + 70) of the population.
The weather was very good overall. Temperatures were in the low to mid 70s all except one day. Seas were mostly calm.
The entertainment was an outstanding demonstration of skill and outstanding talent on the part of all concerned. an A- at the least. Could have been a solid A or better if it were not for the over volume on the part of the sound people.
So, overall this was a good to very good experience. Value for the dollar that we spent was good not great. The concept of tipping needs to be back in the hands of the customer, Would we return to this line or ship again? The answer is yes!