The ports were great

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona)
Sail Date: May 06, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 9577
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Having done two other cruises before on different cruise lines, this cruise stands out due to the ports visited. Although it was nice to try out the "Freestyle Dining", I found that I missed the consistency of having our own table every night (with a party of 8, this actually may have helped to have had the servers know what to expect from us every night instead of constantly moving from table to table with such a large group). Additionally, although the ship was nice, compared to the two others I had cruised on, this one showed some age and wear. The rooms were nice and large though, so that was a nice perk. 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
I didn't know how much we appreciated having the same table and time every day until we got to try the "freestyle dining". Although having the flexibility was nice, we only ate at one of the speciality restaurants and otherwise ate at the two dining rooms.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
It was nice, but just a little dated and didn't have as many things to do as some of the newer ships.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Nice sized room! Bathroom was a little old and TV got weird channels, but otherwise just fine for what we needed.

Ship Tip

Don't do any excursions through the boat. We booked on our own, had incredible excursions for half the price and only with our traveling group (not one of hundreds!). Save you time, money and you get to see so much more!

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Didn't know Ephesus was just an ancient city of ruins (not an active, current city). Schedule time accordingly.
5 out of 5
totally doable on your own. transportation is soo easy. be sure to get lira though - euros don't go too far.
5 out of 5
omg. favorite stop. ignore all excursions. simply go into town, rent a crappy looking scooter and take off. You can ride all around the island in an afternoon and still have time to get delicious gyros before heading back to the ship. Just be careful of the on-coming traffic :)
5 out of 5
be sure to go outside and do a tour of the Amalfi coast! Get a small car with a knowledgable driver and be SURE to eat off the beaten path. Hands down the best food of the whole trip was just outside the city of Amalfi.
3 out of 5
It's SO busy. be sure to get advanced tickets to things you really want to do (really - it's THAT busy that this is totally worth it).
5 out of 5
I love Florence. Climb to the top of the Duomo. It's not that bad (I know 436 steps sounds intimidating) but it's an easy walk up and the view is so worth it.
1 out of 5
5 out of 5
better than Paris.
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