European Honeymoon

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona)
Sail Date: September 03, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 11050
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

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

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

Don't have kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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.

Ship Tip

Check out Champagne Charlie's

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
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
5 out of 5
When you get off the ship, there is a tour agency that can set up a great tour for much cheaper than the ship
5 out of 5
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
5 out of 5
I recommend renting a scooter or ATV to cruise around the island.
3 out of 5
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
3 out of 5
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
3 out of 5
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.
3 out of 5
Not much to see here. A relaxing day that is well needed after all the Italian ports.
5 out of 5
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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