Great cruise on the Spirit

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Barcelona To Venice)
Sail Date: April 25, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 5526
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We enjoyed our cruise on the Norwegian Spirit because it is a beautiful ship with elegant decor.  We also enjoyed the meals, but were disappointed that passengers were not allowed a lobster meal except with an extra charge.  Of all our cruising, this was a bad first.  Hope that changes!   Staff were excellent and most of the many shore excursions were worth the money.  Exception would be the  Istanbul excursion (4 and 1/2 hr. tour became 7 hrs. due to extreme traffic, monotone, boring leader, and too much rug showing).

This cruise had many positive features such as wonderful entertainment,  good choices for meals, nice dining areas, plus more.  I personally would have preferred a second regular swimming pool rather than a heated giant spa-like pool (really too warm for much swimming).

But we had a very pleasant trip, seeing places we had always wanted to see, which made this cruise highly recommended by us.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
No lobster without extra charge.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Ice carving was hard to see. Would like to see hands on art for adults like making necklaces.


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
no children with us, but swim area in back looked terrific

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Stardust Theater does not have side stairs. Poor for getting to those seats, plus dangerous in case of fire.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
You can't use your extra hairdryer in the cabin. Plan your time wisely. Also, if you have a queen/king bed, there is no night stand on one side.

Ship Tip

If you want a seat closer to the center or the front of the Stardust Theater, arrive early. Otherwise you have to climb up to get to seats. Come late and you also have to walk in front of everyone, then walk up the stairs.

5 out of 5
We saw a traditional flamenco dance performed with opera singers. Wonderful.
5 out of 5
Saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Take umbrellas if it looks like rain.
5 out of 5
We took a golf tour excursion. Terrific.
5 out of 5
We enjoyed the bus tour.
5 out of 5
We did not go ashore
5 out of 5
loved seeing the ruins. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
5 out of 5
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