Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

First European Experience

Sail Date: May 19, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

We chose this cruise upon the request of our daughter to see Europe as a graduation gift. She wasn't sure where she wanted to go so we decided to visit multiple countries with the idea that after this trip she would better know where she would like to return in the future for another visit.  Her goal was accomplished. We had an awesome overview of each port and close cities and now anxious to return to several for another visit.  

As always we found Norwegian's freestyle cruising perfect for us. We were able to plan our itinerary ourselves or allow them to do it for us.  There was plenty of entertainment provided, but also lots of quiet zones.   Having a daily choice of eating times and venues is awesome compared to being assigned a time to eat as we have experienced with other cruise lines.

We found the crew to be extremely helpful and personal. Our cabin steward knew our first names the first day. Great job Conrad!

For us, twelve days proved to be a little to long. We would probably chose a shorter cruise if we did it again. Possibly staying in the embarcation and debarcation ports extra days.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
we were very tired after longs port days so we rested while on the ship
Destinations and Excursions
We found most excursions for this cruise two expensive for our budget. However we were able to book reasonable ones for Ephesus and Athens . We found advice from Rick Steves very helpful Norwegian was playing his videos on the ship.
Barcelona, Spain
Beautiful city . excellent public transportation .
Toulon, France
not much to do here.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Be careful of pickpockets they work in teams and are very good at what they do . Beware of anyone offering you something as a gift. It may be a distraction while someone else gets in your bag. Enjoyed eating at an outside cafe in Pisa.
Naples, Italy
Pizza was great!
Mykonos, Greece
Beautifil views. if you take a taxi I would make a deal in advance to not pay until they pick you up and return you to the port . Their public transportation can not handle the masses that arrive.
Istanbul, Turkey
We are not big city people and this is a huge city with lots of people and poor signage. I would book an excursion here if i returned.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Very good knowledgable guide on Norwegians Ephesus and terrace houses tour. Expect a carpet demonstration at the end . it was informatve and not pushy.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
We chose corinth canal excursion 5.5 hours thinking we could catch some of athens when we returned . This was not possible . They are in different directions and there is not enough time. Corinth was good. Our guide had lots of knowledge and liked to talk. Being were the apostle Paul had been was exciting.
Venice, Italy
If you are on your own consider 48 hr pass for actv transportation . This made using public transportation easy and non stressful .

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