Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Third Mate

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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4 out of 5

Happy ship; great itinerary

Sail Date: August 27, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Older than the rest of Norwegian's fleet, and, although lacking all the latest bells and whistles such as outdoor on-deck movies,Spirit is well cared for, and has its charms

The best may very well be that it is a "happy ship" in that the crew always seemed to care about how you were enjoying the trip. Lots of smiles and no cranky staff on this ship!

Dining room food is average at best; the buffet was crowded. That said, we found the specialty restaurants to be worth the premium, especially the French Bistro, which we thought was first rate, and to which we returned several times.

Entertainment was average, which was not a big deal for us.

Besides the wonderful crew , the other reason that this was a very enjoyable cruise was the itinerary, which provided a mix that included three capital cities (Athens, Istanbul, and Rome), a day at the beach (Mykonos), the ruins of two notable ancient sites (Pompeii and Ephesis) and site-seeing in Tuscany. It doesn't get much better than this! The only disappointment was Toulon: the tour to Aix-en-Provence was distinctly underwhelming. I would rather they had substituted a day in Palermo for Toulon.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
French Bistro was great, otherwise food was average
Cabin / Stateroom
Compact but clean and workable once you learn that your bags will fit nicely under the bad
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Destinations and Excursions
Venice, Italy
Venice; what else can you say. Well worth adding a day or two to the cruise.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
The Acropolis! See it!
Izmir, Turkey
Port for Ephesis, otherwise not much to say.
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, what else can you say! Take the "off the beaten track tour" and avoid the crowds
Mykonos, Greece
A day at the beach or perhaps shopping
Naples, Italy
You really must visit Pompeii if you haven't already
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Port City for Rome, otherwise not nuch to say.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Port for Florence and Pisa, otherwise not much to say
Toulon, France
Aix-en-Provence was a disappointment
Barcelona, Spain
Great city. Worth extending a day or two

Tip

Check the times for the evening entertainment, as it varies almost daily.



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