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Norwegian Spirit

September 2015 - Norwegian Spirit to Europe - Mediterranean

Great Itinerary!

Overall, the cruise was a success.  Service was not the best in comparison to other cruises I have taken.  The food in the buffet, main dining room, and specialty restaurants was good but not great.  Cagney's steakhouse is suppose to serve dry aged beef--the steaks served to us in Cagney's on two different nights was no better than the steak served in the main ding room.  The ship was well maintained and clean, although the daily washy, washy, happy, happy routine at the buffet got a bit annoying.  Nightly entertainment in the theater was better missed, and the band that played many of the clubs/stages was not all that good, just average.  In all fairness I took this cruise for the itinerary and was not disappointed.

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Carnival Legend

June 2014 - Carnival Legend to Caribbean - Western

Western Caribbean--good time!

The ship having been just redone--is in pretty poor repair--giant wall murel torn and wrinkled!  The quality of the shows in main showroom was very poor and repititious.  The food in the main dining room for the most part was bland--but not bad.  The food in the steakhouse was well worth the $35 per person--the service and food there was outstanding!  Buffet food--well it's buffet food some good, some not so good.  Pizza was awesome!  Ice machines were constantly out of ice, available juice drinks were very sweet, and again were sometimes hard to get.

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btviking56's Tips

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Unless you have a magic carpet a good deal of this day is spent getting to and from Rome. Very difficult to get into the Vatican, or any other attraction due to long lines.
Barcelona, Spain - Spent an extra day here--wonderful city, beaches and people--will go back here for more time.
Mykonos, Greece - Very scenic buildings--but not very impressed overall---
Istanbul, Turkey - Very nice--go to the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, and the Bazaar and spice market.
Toulon, France - The French were rude and impolite--gladly took our money for food and drink.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - Same as Rome--you will lose a lot of time just travelling to and from. Not much time to enter and experience the churches and museums from the inside.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey - Ephesus was awesome.. Be warned many excursions leave the site early and take you to a carpet factory for a hard sell on really expensive carpets!
Norwegian Spirit Norwegian Spirit - Use the stairs--the elevator is very, very, very slow. Not much of a gift shop onboard--and couldn't find anywhere other than a vending machine in the gym to buy bottled water.
Cozumel, Mexico - OK but not great--drove around island, saw ruins, went to beach and did some snorkeling.
Belize City, Belize - Not a great port--to get anywhere with activities have to spend alot of time and money--without much time for actual fun

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reviewed their Europe - Mediterranean cruise on Norwegian Spirit and gave it 3 stars!

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Spirit"Use the stairs--the elevator is very, very, very slow. Not much of a gift shop onboard--and couldn't find anywhere other than a vending machine in the gym to buy bottled water. "

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Legend cruise review - Western Caribbean--good time!

shared a quick tip for Carnival Legend"Do the anytime dining! Lido deck always crowded"

reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Carnival Legend and gave it 3 stars!

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