jcarter29

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Norwegian Spirit

March 2015 - 10 Night Canary Islands & Morocco (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Spirit

A luxury cruise on an aging ship.

We were so surprised about this ship.  The crew was exceptional and kept it up so well.  Our cabin attendant, Jun, was always about working and waiting for our needs to be met.  Rey in ShoGun and Jonathan in the Trattoria were 2 of the nicest men and always attentive.  We made friends quickly.  The entertainment was always top notch.  Food in the specialty restaurants was diversified and gourmet and always served perfectly.  We enjoyed each meal.  Overall, the staff was friendly and eager to please.  No complaints anywhere, except possibly shore excursions.  I told them that to walk in the lava rock, they should have told us to wear closed toe shoes.  Their reply was, you should wear comfortable shoes.  Mine were comfy, but not safe in the sandy-like terrain.  This is a safety issue and I was trying to prevent falls.  My friend almost went down!  Otherwise, well done!

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Oranjestad, Aruba - One of my favorite places in the Caribbean. Our included excursion was on an open air school bus that was really a party bus. The driver/guide, Jahn, was really good. We listened to oldies music and his commentary as we went around the island. It has been about 10 years since we were in Aruba. The amount of development around the resort areas surprising.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - We didn't know we didn't have an excursion booked until after the fact. We actually did not intend to take an excursion since we've previously visited San Juan
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Walking area was rough cobblestones, broken up concrete, and uphill. Guide was hard to understand and not particularly good. Not a lot to see other than the governor's palace which wasn't particularly well presented. We had to do standby to get a morning excursion.
Willemstad, Curacao - My favorite Caribbean island! Tour with was excellent. We opted to skip the last part because we didn't want to walk back to the ship from town. Curacao still has an open, wild feel to it.
Basseterre, St. Kitts - Captain Scotty, our guide, was delightful. He gave us a really good appreciation of the area and its development, culture, and government. I expected it to be like a lot of other underdeveloped Caribbean islands and was pleasantly surprised. I would have liked to have seen more of the island.
Cartagena, Colombia - Only available excursion was afternoon. My wife chose to not go because temperature was 90+ F & scheduled for 3 hours. I went, and it was actually good. Only about 1 hour was walking on mostly level areas. Guide was very considerate stopping only in shady areas. The guide did a commentary from the bus which showed us a lot of the town and history while we traveled. Guide was outstanding. I would have rated this higher except for the problem with availability. Actual excursion was 4 1/2 star.
Santa Marta, Colombia - Guide, Lee, mostly wanted to talk. He wasn't very informative. He drug the tour out. I don't think there was a lot to see there.
Viking Sea Viking Sea - Don't assume anything is booked on board. Included excursions were only included if you specifically book them. They were free if you managed to get them booked. Our prior Viking experience was on a river cruise where these things just happened automatically. Not so on the ocean cruise. Included/free excursions would have been fine if you were tied up along a river in the central city as on most river itineraries. Caribbean ports weren't that accessible.
Malaga, Spain - Went to Gibraltor. Should have been able to take a bus to see the monkeys. It was so late, we had to go off and eat.
Casablanca, Morocco - Favorite thing was getting out of there. Dirty, smelly and I felt unsafe.
Norwegian Spirit Norwegian Spirit - Champagne Charlie's had good drinks and ambiance. They also had several fun games.

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received a helpful vote on their Viking Sea cruise review - Overall delightful but with a few glitches.

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shared a quick tip for Viking Sea"Don't assume anything is booked on board. Included excursions were only included if you specifically book them. They were free if you managed to get them booked. Our prior Viking experience was on a river cruise where these things just happened automatically. Not so on the ocean cruise. Included/free excursions would have been fine if you were tied up along a river in the central city as on most river itineraries. Caribbean ports weren't that accessible."

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - A luxury cruise on an aging ship.

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - A luxury cruise on an aging ship.

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - A luxury cruise on an aging ship.

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Spirit cruise review - A luxury cruise on an aging ship.

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