absludwig

absludwig
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Norwegian Spirit

July 2015 - Norwegian Spirit to Europe - Mediterranean

Trip of a Lifetime realized

As this was a 40th anniversary and wife's 60th birthday present to ourselves, we had very high hopes and we weren't disappointed.

The cruise ship itself was very nice and pretty much what is expected. The food was a bit better than expected and made dinner something to really look forward to. I had a problem with a bad smell in my cabin and was transferred to another similar cabin before my luggage arrived. I can't thank the woman in charge of customer service enough for how the complaint was handled. The cruise line even offered a meal in one of the upscale restaurants with a bottle of wine as an apology. It wasn't needed but was greatly appreciated.

The key to this trip was the ports of call. I allowed me to check off so many cities on my bucket list and to find those cities that I'd like to return to some day. Barcelona is not to be missed. Toulon was a fun day at the beach, Florence and Rome speak for themselves but the train rides were just as memorable. We got to speak to other travelers from around the world. Naples not so nice but Pompei was on the list, Mykonos rode all day on a scooter for only 20 Euro, what a hoot. Istambul/Constantinople was a dream to see since youth, Ephesus was the surprise of the trip. It is not to be missed. Every bit as good and maybe better than the Roman Forum. Athens, one day was enough but there aren't words to describe standing on the Acropolis. Kotor was great, don't miss the 2 hour sail in/sail out and get off the boat early and climb the mountain wall!! Dobrovinik was all I'd hoped it would be. Took a bathing suit and changed in a rest room then swam along the outside of the wall with the locals. Also got some history on the Serbian conflict that was eye opening. And Venice is very nice to walk around.

Thank you Norweigan for my and my wife's trip of a lifetime.

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absludwig's Tips

Kotor, Montenegro - dont miss the sail-in or sail-out and get off the ship early to walk the wall to the top. You'll see what I'm talking about in port. You can't miss it.
Venice, Italy - If you are a spy book reader and you want to go to Harry's Bar, be sure to wear long pants if you're a man. Women it doesn't matter.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece - Take the subway to the acropolis. but the walk is longer than the guide books lead you to believe. It's a good 30-40 minute walk.
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Bring a bathing suit. It's hot on the wall in summer and you can change in a restaurant bathroom then swim on the outside of the wall.
Mykonos, Greece - Rent a scooter for only 20 euro for the day. Shops are all over the place.
Naples, Italy - Look on line for a tour that does Pompeii, Sorrento and Amalfi. They are available thru the sites that ask you to either join or start the tour group.
Norwegian Spirit Norwegian Spirit - When getting off the ship daily no need for a balcony. THe rooms on the sunny side would have been too hot to sit outside when in port.

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - Trip of a Lifetime realized

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - Trip of a Lifetime realized

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - Trip of a Lifetime realized

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - Trip of a Lifetime realized

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - Trip of a Lifetime realized

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - Trip of a Lifetime realized

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - Trip of a Lifetime realized