September 2014 - Norwegian Spirit to Europe - Mediterranean
Great crew...loved 'Gio' ...our Cruise Director, and all his staff....loved Ryan, our stateroom Steward,,,,couldn't be nicer....just a good person. All crew on this ship were outstanding. Very happy with them. Stateroom kept very clean, same with ship. We were impressed with and appreciated the commitment to keeping risk of infection low---'washy-washy' crew with hand sanitizer spray at entrances to all restaurants.
Food on the cruise, was, so-so....have had better on Carnaval....balcony stateroom was smaller too, than Carnaval...both comfortable, but cramped. Very little storage space for clothing...basically, the majority of our clothes went on hangers or the small shelves both in the closet.
Two things we were unhappy about...we arrived on Sept 3rd, boarded the ship in Venice...also listed to be in Venice on Thursday, the 4th, but confusing departure time of 0100 also listed for Thursday, when we awoke on the 4th, we were at sea....we had looked forward to walking around Venice on that day, so missed Venice. The 2nd issue was our shore excursion to 'walk Vesuvius and Pompeii'...program listed a 9am time for start of tour; ticket said, 0830, we arrived at the meeting place at 0845, tour had left! Very unhappy about that. So, we missed that one...the crew did offer a replacement excursion, lessor priced, and refund for the missed tour...we were ok with that, but had really looked forward to the climb up Vesuvius as hubby's family had emigrated to the US from San Guiseppe Vesuviano/Ottaviano area which are on the back side of the volcano, and we hoped to see those towns.