Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
7

3 out of 5

The ports were great

Sail Date: May 06, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

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. 

Ship Quality
It was nice, but just a little dated and didn't have as many things to do as some of the newer ships.
Food and Dining
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.
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Mostly great. Toulon at the end was everyone's least favorite and would have preferred to skip entirely.
Cabin / Stateroom
Nice sized room! Bathroom was a little old and TV got weird channels, but otherwise just fine for what we needed.
Venice, Italy
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Didn't know Ephesus was just an ancient city of ruins (not an active, current city). Schedule time accordingly.
Istanbul, Turkey
totally doable on your own. transportation is soo easy. be sure to get lira though - euros don't go too far.
Mykonos, Greece
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 :)
Naples, Italy
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.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
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).
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
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.
Toulon, France
pass
Barcelona, Spain
better than Paris.

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!



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