Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

European Honeymoon

Sail Date: September 03, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

I really enjoyed this cruise. Since it is small compared to the other bigger ships out there, I liked it a lot. It gave us a chance to get to know other guests and the crew. I've been on cruises with a lot more people, and the pool is always packed and it feels like your at a hotel, not a cruise. The experience is better with a smaller group of people.  The staff was incredibly nice, the captain was hilarious, and the ports of call were incredible. The only issue I had was the bathroom smelled a bit like humidity or something had gotten in there, but it wasn't overwhelming. Also, at the end, when going over my bill I saw they charged $12 a day per person for gratuities and stuff, which I wish I had known ahead of time. I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat, the staff was incredible, I can't emphasize it enough

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The bathroom smelled a bit, but paying extra for the balcony is totally worth it. Seeing the cities as you come into port in the mornings, the clouds over the Mediterranean and the sunrise/sunsets were amazing.
Venice, Italy
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
The taxi drivers at the port can be hired for the day to take you to all the ruins. The city is kind of dirty, and you can see everything by lunch time. All the ruins are practically next to each other
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
When you get off the ship, there is a tour agency that can set up a great tour for much cheaper than the ship
Istanbul, Turkey
Haggle haggle haggle at the Grand Bazaar! Also, women need to cover their hair and shoulders before entering the Mosques, so bring a scarf or whatever or buy one there
Mykonos, Greece
I recommend renting a scooter or ATV to cruise around the island.
Naples, Italy
The worst driving I've ever seen in my life. There are no rules in Naples. Not much to see there, do a tour that takes you to Pompeii. Positano, Sorrento, and Amalfi are all doable (we did it), but there is not much to see in the first two places, and very little in Amalfi. The views are phenomenal though
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Rome is about an 1 hour to an hour and a half from the port. You can see everything with a tour, but you will not have time to go into the Coliseum or the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel), but if you are lucky the line won't be long for the basilica. Watch out for gypsies
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
This port was kind of a hassle. Take the bus to the train station and get a train ticket to Florence. The first stop on the way there is Pisa, so you can get off and see the tower, then go to Florence, or catch it on your way back. The line for the David is usually 2 hours, but you can make a rez online and skip the line. Pay attention to the time, Florence is about 1 1/2 hours from Livorno, and the tower in Pisa is a 30 minute walk from the train station.
Toulon, France
Not much to see here. A relaxing day that is well needed after all the Italian ports.
Barcelona, Spain
You can see everything in a day here if you take the city tour. Super beautiful city, great food and sangria. If you are young, you will love Barcelona


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