Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

A Great Cruise, Fair Waitstaff Service

Sail Date: April 12, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

The ship was nice but is their oldest of the fleet and is showing some signs of wear and tear. The ship staff were great with the exception of the waitstaff. The freestyle environment is great in terms of flexibility however it creates an environment that allows lackluster peformance. The waitstaff are not working for your tip but rather receive a prorata share of the gratuities that are automatically posted to your room account. This allows for lackluster service. That being said, we did have some excellent servers in the main dinning room on three of the nights and as it turns out they had worked in an "assigned seating" configuration prior in their careers.

Pros: Pirate pool with 2 slides for my kids

Cons: Majority of waitstaff is fair at best

Recommends Norwegian Spirit? No.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
The ship staff were great with the exception of the waitstaff. The freestyle environment is great in terms of flexibility however it creates an environment that allows lackluster peformance. The waitstaff are not working for your tip but rather receive a prorata share of the gratuities that are automatically posted to your room account. This allows for lackluster service. That being said, we did have some excellent servers in the main dinning room on three of the nights and as it turns out they had worked in an "assigned seating" configuration prior in their careers.
Entertainment
Magic shows were great!
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
We went to the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben and it was great. It is a short 50 min. bus ride each way compared to other tours that were 2 hrs each way. It was perfect for our family with 2 children.
Belize City, Belize
We tendered to this port which has a fairly nice shopping section right at the pier. We did a Landrover Safari excursion which left from the pier via speedboat then 7 miles down river (past the Survivor Belize camp) to a farm where we drove Landrovers to a cave. Explored the cave, had lunch and swam in the river. It was a fun excusrion.
Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala
Industrial port with no down-town tourist section. There is a handycrafts building at the end of the pier where locals sell their crafts and tour guides sell their tours. There is a band playing there which was nice to sit and watch. You should book an excursion here since there is not much else to do. We went to Los Escabos waterfalls where you hike through rain forest and swim in natural pools at the base of waterfalls. This excursion was just OK.
Cozumel, Mexico
Lots of shopping at pier. We tried a Catamaran - snorkling - beach break excursion which was quite nice.


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