ILovToCruise

ILovToCruise
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Norwegian Spirit

December 2015 - Norwegian Spirit to Caribbean - Western

Nice Cruise

For those of us living in central Florida, the Port Canaveral port is very convenient.  We used Park N Cruise which I would highly recommend for parking.  Go to their web site to see recommendations and experiences of others.

 

The ship is nice, but starting to show its age.  In fact, it is to be replaced by the Epic next fall.  The deck plan is a little awkward, but after a day or so, you easily adjust. 

 

The food is good to very good.  We ate in the buffet a few times, but most of the time ate in the Windows, a more formal dinning room.  The food was very good and staff as throughout the ship is excellent.  We had one of the best steaks ever in this dinning room.  We did not eat in the specialty restaurants, but comments from others were very favorable.  The food in the buffet was of a great variety and also very good for the most part.. 

 

There is plenty to do on board and on the tours.  We did not take any tours as this is our 27th cruise and have seen the sights in most of the locations.  We had not been to their private island before and it is very, very nice.  They have several beaches, beach chairs and many covered areas.  If you want to get a group together for lunch, they can accommodate you  either in small covered  private area overlooking the ocean or in larger common area shelter.  I am sure their is a fee involved, but unsure.  Also, they have ATV riding, parachute rides, walking trails and all kinds of water sports for a fee.   The liquor package is honored on the island although you will pay an additional 7.5% Bahamas tax. You tender to the island, but it is well organized and only a very short ride of maybe 5 minutes back and forth.  They also has some small shops where locals sell items, a band, many ship supported activities and a nice lunch on the island.  

 

Entertainment was good to very good, especially for a smaller ship.  I believe from the size and responses of those attending, they had similar feelings. 

 

The rooms are nice and in keeping with most cruise ships and lines.  Again, the cabin steward was very good and promptly kept the room very clean etc.  Again, everyone was very polite and friendly, not to mention efficient.  

 

Boarding and disembarking the ship was well organized and almost effortless.  We normally have carried our bags off, but this time decided to hand carry only what we needed after packing and leaving our bags to be taken to shore.  We went down for a leisurely breakfast and after a few minutes waiting and chatting with other travelers, walked off without having to deal with the suit cases.  You can select a time frame which to disembark the night before.  The suit cases were waiting for us in one area upon departure and within a minute at most, were walking through customs and out of the building. 

 

This is a little long, but our experience with the ship and the cruise.  Would I recommend the cruise?  Yes, as most cruisers would find this a nice cruise.

 

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Norwegian Dawn

February 2013 - Norwegian Dawn to Caribbean - Western

Norwegian Dawn - Great Crusing

This was our 16th cruise, so we have taken a few. In comparison, the employees, without exception, provided the best service with the best attitude of any cruises. And, we have cruised on all the major lines. They went out of their way to say hello, assist you and be friendly. The ship is now 11 years old, but refurbished about 2 years ago. It is showing its age in a few places, but still in very good shape and very comfortable. The dining rooms were very clean, comfortable and food was generally very good. They have several specially dining rooms which provide more up scale fare and also very good. For those who like the buffet, they have that also with a very good assortment of different types of food. At the pool, burgers and hot dogs etc. were provided. Most people would find the food very good. Rooms were very nice and quickly made up in the mornings and evenings. Perhaps not as fast as some other lines, but certainly within reason. Again, personnel were very friendly and efficient. Entertainment was good to very good. It was a cross section that should please most people. The theater was very nice, however, for tall or large people, greater legroom would be desirable. The main aisle with more legroom always was the first to fill and generally by 25 minutes before the shows. All other areas were very nice and believe pleasing to most people. Activities throughout the ship were well attended and something seemed to be going on at all times. Typically, they had many tours at each port. And I heard of no complaints and those I spoke with enjoyed the tours. Pretty much typical tours you will find on all ships. Upon our return to Tampa, the ship encountered heavy fog just before entering Tampa Bay. The Port Authority refused access which delayed our getting off the ship from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and finally to 4 p.m. The ship's staff promptly announced the problem, kept everyone up to date on the progress during the entire delay. Furthermore, they called arranging for flights and even overnight accommodations and picked up any additional costs. In addition, they opened the stores, casino and provided a very nice lunch and rum punches. When we did leave the ship, we were off and out of Customs by 4:30. Again, the staff was excellent and I heard or observed no one that was upset by the ship's actions. Yes, people were concerned about missing connections, but none was directed towards the ship. They get an "A" for their actions. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise. In fact, we just booked our next cruise yesterday on NCL. This was our first cruise with NCL and look forward to many more. And, no we are not in any way affiliated with NCL.

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Norwegian Spirit Norwegian Spirit - We had cabin 9666 and normally stay in mid ship, especially on a smaller ship. However, this area was very convenient to the theater, pool, buffet and windows dinning room. It was a short walk to mid ship. We are not gamblers which is located forward and may be a longer walk for others.
Norwegian Dawn Norwegian Dawn - Participate in the programs and you will have a great time.

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Spirit"We had cabin 9666 and normally stay in mid ship, especially on a smaller ship. However, this area was very convenient to the theater, pool, buffet and windows dinning room. It was a short walk to mid ship. We are not gamblers which is located forward and may be a longer walk for others. "

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