Sail Date: June 01, 2010 Ship: Norwegian Spirit Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship is of good quality and is well built I did the Boston to Bermuda and at the port it is very busy because people are getting off the ship as you are boarding the boat so the best time to get on the boat is about 2 hours after the earliest boarding time to avoid the hectic, hustle and bustle of the port. Another good tip is parking is a pain and it is very busy and it costs $$$$ to park so I would highly suggest getting dropped off by a friend ,family memeber, or transportation service. The boat has a lot of asian decor and is very vibrant and is a well decorated ship. The pool's decorating decor stone structures and such do show their age because they are exposed to all elements year around but is understandable and doesn't take away from the experience.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
The buffet (raffles) is basically dog food pizza, fried chicken, french fries, hot dogs, hamburgers.It's low quality and is typically deep fried food which is quick and easy to prepare, with the exception to the roast they make which was excellent and very filling, The blue Lagoon which serves as a 24 hour food place you can go there any time and get food but it is like chicken fingers and fries, hot dog,hamburger,or other quick and easy deep fried food but you can go there anytime its basically a drunk hangout at 3am. The portions are very small at the blue lagoon but you can order as much as you want and deserts at every place are small and not filling. If you decide to go to premium resturant and pay $15-$25 each it is over priced and portions are average but you are getting steak,filet mignon,chicken,salads,ribs,or great italian food I would highly recommend the italian premium restuaruant and is great tasting food but the portions are small. *wait to get to Bermuda to eat good.
3 out of 5
Here is a very interesting part of the review so lets look at some things here , you have probably paid about $1,000 per person to go on the cruise, you have signed up for a onboard credit when you board the boat and they tell you it's going to be $12 a day per person per cabin for tipping it works out to be $72 to tips automatically per person for the cruise so you have paid $1100 per person just to get on the boat. Entertainment on the ship comes at a price the casino is a major money maker for the ship (DO NOT GO TO THE CASINO YOU WILL LOOSE YOU MONEY) I played 3 card poker and let it ride and lost $200 in 30 minutes betting only the minimum the games have a high house advantage you will loose. The shows that are offered are well performed/written but only last about 30 minutes.Drinks are horribly over priced mixed alcohol beverages will cost $10+ $2 for the tip per drink even though you have already payed $12 a day per person wait to Bermuda to booze it up!!
3 out of 5
Every day the loud speaker comes on at about 9am sharp letting parents know they can dump their kids off at various activities so I would say they have plenty of programs for children but not after 11pm and it seems like all the kids were having fun but I don't have kids so I don't have first hand knowledge.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Whether your are in the cheapest stateroom or the balcony state room which is the second to most expensive the staff are very friendly but may or may not have a problem understanding english because they come from aroun the world to work which is cool because you can learn about their cultures and other things and they are very friendly, and do an excellent job of changing the bed and cleaning the state room I left them a $50 tip because they did such a good job and they do make towel animals for you it's very entertaining. They are definitely not afraid to go above and beyond to make things happen.
3 out of 5
Ship size is average for a ship you would expect to go on a cruise it's like a small floating town. A majority of the boat is state rooms which is expected, the boat does flow nicely from area to area and overall is easy to navigate after exploring for a few hours. The doors are somewhat difficult to open you will need to put some elbow grease into it to open, even though a majority of the doors do automatically open when you walk up to them mostly in high traffic areas.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
State room quality is good as far as appliances, bedding, furniture, it's similiar to hotel quality furniture it's meant to last. The bed was ok you will get a decent night sleep on it for a week, but you will hear your next door neighbor doing EVERYTHING the walls are some how easy to hear through even though it's steel must be thin or something. State rooms are small I had a balcony state room and was very small for me and my girlfriend and couldn't imagine being in a interior state room, but the plus is you dont spend much time in your room so it might be an easy way to save some money by getting the smaller room depending on the size of your party if you have 4 or more people staying in one room go for the balcony or suite but if it's 2 people maybe an interior state room might be a cost effective alternative. added bonus the balcony state rooms are on the outside of the boat and you will become more succeptible to sea sickness try to get a room mid ship, to avoid sea sickness.
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