Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Ship Ok Destinations were not all great.

Sail Date: February 20, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Wanted to just relax and not do too many offshore activities on this trip. This led to just staying near the ship and walking around for a few hours at each location. I had been to Roatan and Cozumel and knew what to expect. Costa Maya is a total tourist trap. Belize Cit is just plain nasty and does not look safe. Roatan had open sewage, starvings dogs and shopkeekers that tried to rip you off on the excahnge rate.
Like most cruises there are lots of hidden fees. Nine dollars for a weak rum and coke!
Internet access is way too expensive. $90 dollars mandatory tipping of the housekeeping staff per person, etc..
The water slide area is reserved for children. This is a pity since it was virtually abandoned by the kiddies oboard by the third day.

Pros: Freestyle dining and the onboard restaurants.

Cons: Two destinations, Belize City and Roatan are nasty Carribbean slums.

Recommends Norwegian Spirit? Yes!

Ship Quality
Norwegian Spirit is showing her age. Woodwork onboard needs a new coat of varnish. Some rust is evident on the top deck.. The workout area had enough treadmills, but could have used more weight equipment. The library had a nice sitting area, but a very small collection of books. Game room had a small selection of games. Could not find a chessboard.
Food and Dining
The Raffles court Buffet could use some variety. it seemed it was pretty much the same food every day. The selection was good.
Cabin / Stateroom
Interiors are well kept. The staterooms could use new televisions, the 18" CRT tv's were a surprise.
way too much hawking of items for sale on the intercom. It got to be annoying to hear about art auctions and emeralds for sale.
Service and Staff
The crew was very friendly and efficient, but one annoying thing was the constant hawking of alcoholic drinks when outside on the top deck
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
garbage everywhere, open sewage with kids playing in it. Did I mention the starving dogs?
Belize City, Belize
Nasty third world hellhole. There was no reason the ship should have stopped here.
Don't Miss: Don't miss the boat when it leaves.
Cozumel, Mexico
Best of the lot. Diving is awesome.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
Total artificial tourist trap the docking area sells overpriced stuff, locals not allowed on premises. the beach area is a couple of miles away. The beach is nice but constant vendor harrasment makes you want to leave.
Don't Miss: none

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