Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Second Mate

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Great ports of call

Sail Date: September 27, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Good ports of call and did have time to use public transportation to get into Athens, Lucca and Rome. Took cruise ship tour to Aix au Provence, then went off on own and not with the guide. This worked out well, but could have used a couple of more hours in the town and eliminated a 30 minute toilet stop on the way in to town. The drive from Toulon to Aux au Provence takes only one hour but public transport is not really an option.  Food in main dining rooms was not creative and showed no imagination in presentation. We have cruised in Europe with other cruise lines and the food on all was far superior. Rate food on level of Applebee's or mid level restaurants. We did pick this cruise because of itinerary and all ports met expectations. Did have to miss Mykonos due to high winds and unable to tender in, ship docked in town or all other ports.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Not imaginative in preparation or presentation in both main dining rooms
Service and Staff
Onboard Activities
Great gym
Destinations and Excursions
Great ports which was main reason for choosing this cruise line
Cabin / Stateroom
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Mykonos, Greece skipped this port as wind was too high to allow tendering from ship
Naples, Italy
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Easy to get to Rome by train
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Took train to Lucca which is a great walled Tuscany town, We had been to Florence on 3 other ocassions, but also an easy train ride a way.
Toulon, France
Barcelona, Spain
Check out market off the Rambler, best seen early in morning when not crowded


Used excursion to Aix au Provence for transportation only, spent 3 hours travel with only 2 hours in town, 30 minutes wasted at rest stop on way there. Time would have been better used in the town enjoying a nice lunch and the facilities at a café.

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