Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2 out of 5

no more cruising for us

Sail Date: March 27, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

If you don't really want to see reality in the locations you visit, maybe cruising is for you. We didn't care for the crowds, we like to meet "real" locals, not the American version of locals. Waht you get in the ports does not represent the country very well. They are salesmen and women, no more, no less. The ship itself seemed dated. It was clean, but the decor seemed like it belonged back in the 80's. The majority of the time we had to repeat ouselves or the crew had to repeat themselves a few times to understand each other. Never will we cruise again. Not a bad experience, just boring and disappointing.

Pros: the food

Cons: the difficulty communicating with the ship staff

Recommends Norwegian Spirit? No.

Service and Staff
There were a few good ones, mostly mediocre, and some who were worthless. Example: When we first got on board, we went to buy the pepsi card. The guy spoke almost no english, but he tried to take care of us. After about 5 minutes he referred us to someone else. I have no idea to whom he recommended us as I couldn't understand him. Then we went to get my wife a glass of water and the waitress refused to get it for her. On the other hand, once a crew member brought food to our room (not room service) so we wouldn't have to wait for it to take ourselves.
Unless you like shopping info, most everything else is adult-type humor/entertainment, a bit more vulger than we choose to view.
Cabin / Stateroom
We were on the bottom deck (4) without a window which made it nice for sleeping... which is what we did mostly on this trip.
Food and Dining
Don't waste your time at the buffet. B'fast was fair, lunch was pretty decent (The Blue Lagoon mostly), and dinner was amazing.
Cozumel, Mexico
Again, Americanized for the Gringos. Not real Mexico. Sad, because Mexico has so much more to offer.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
Again, everything Americanized for the Americans. It was beautiful, but not a very real depiction of the real Honduras.
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
All ports are American oriented. Do yourself a favor - get a taxi and tell them to take you to where the locals go. Things are much cheaper and less crowded.
Belize City, Belize
Very poor country, very run down. We took a tour of the city and were a little saddened by the conditions they live in.

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