7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Sail Date: March 08, 2009 Ship: Norwegian Spirit Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Family (young children) Reviewed: 9 years ago
This small quaint ship was full of fun and had a wonderful itinerary.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The food in the regular dining rooms was of lower quality than that in the specialty restaurants. While the specialty restaurants had better, fresher, it seemed, food, it did not seem worth the extra expense. We went to four of the restaurants and enjoyed Le Bistro the best and did not mind paying a little extra for it. Also, we love the freestyle idea of dining, but you should know that they say it is freestyle dress codes too, but it isn't exactly. You can only wear shorts to dinner in the buffet and the small bar type restaurant.
3 out of 5
We loved the NCL dancers and singers, and the Second City troupe. We even attended their workshop which was informative and fun.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Our stateroom attendants were always friendly and helpful. The waitstaff in the specialty restaurants were especially attentive. I actually thought the buffet line staff in the mornings was outstanding. There always seemed to be someone around to help my kids (without being asked).
3 out of 5
The ship was clean, and easy to get around. Since it is small though, sometimes you had to go up or down steps in order to get to the other end of a floor. It got easier once we figured out the layout.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
The rooms were fine, with comfortable beds. We had adjoining balcony rooms which easily accommodated our family of five for the week. I just think any ship bathroom I have seen has been kind of yucky...I wish they could fix that.
This very poor area was really hard hit by Hurricane Dean and it was little depressing to see the devastation. However, the people were great and the shopping area off the pier was filled with a huge selection of Mexican style dresses. We went snorkeling and it would have been perfect if the waves were not so rough that day. I would not have eaten any of the food in the restaurants near the beach area, though. There is a chain restaurant (can't remember what) at the pier with a shallow pool and swim up bar and it would a fine place to hang out at if you didn't want to pay for an excursion there.
Don't Miss: The market at the pier
We scheduled our kids for a dolphin encounter at Dolphinaris and it was an amazing experience for them. We were able to purchase an observer ticket and watch everything. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the facility and how much the staff cared for the dolphins...making sure people did not wear jewelry or sun screen which could harm the dolphins. The rest of what we saw of Cozumel was commercial and filled with souvenir shops
Don't Miss: Dolphins
This was our surprise favorite port. It was amazing to see the lush vegetation and mountains as we pulled into the port. We took the excursion to Quirigua Archaelogical site and our guide was so informative and passionate about Guatemalan history. We got to see some of the most well preserved monuments of the entire Mayan world. Amazing! The sendoff the people gave us at the end of the day was very special too.
Don't Miss: Whatever excursion you take, make sure it involves some way to see some of the countryside near the port...beautiful
We did not go to Belize city but went to the beach which has been created for Cruise ship vacationers. The beach area was great and we took and optional snorkeling trip to the reef which was teaming with schools of colorful fish.
Don't Miss: The water!
Pros: Freestyle cruising, leaving from New Orleans and the Ports
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