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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 44

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Norwegian Spirit

12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona)

Sail date: June 24, 2015

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 11003

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

Don't pay attention to any of the bad reviews; we had an amazing cruise and would have missed out on an unbelievable experience had we been frightened off by bad reviews.  The destinations alone make this experience worth the price of admission.  You visit 6 countries (Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain, France, Vatican City) in 12 days, and the excursions offered by the cruise line are phenomenal.  The entertainment on the boat was a wonderful surprise as well -- some very high quality performances and impressive acrobatic acts!  The food on the boat ranged from fine to very good, and there are plenty of spaces to lay out on the deck if you wish.  Our room was directly underneath a night lounge so we did hear some dancing/noise nearly every night, but that's a small price to pay for such an incredible experience.  We highly recommend this cruise for anyone who wants to explore the best of Mediterranean Europe!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It was a small cabin that served its purpose (great size bathroom for the the room though!). It was directly underneath a night lounge so we did hear noise nightly starting at around 10pm.

Ship tip

Arrive on time to the theater when the call excursions. They are unbelievably efficient. If it says your excursion will leave at 7am, you will leave at 7am.

Ports of call

Venice, Italy

5 out of 5
Don't be fooled - you are not in Venice for 2 days. You are in Venice the day you embark and then leave at 1am THAT NIGHT! They make you think you leave at 1am the following evening, but that is incorrect. Arrive to Venice a day or so before your trip so you can explore it on your own. It's an incredible city - no need to book an excursion with the cruise ship.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5
The site of the ruins is really the only reason to get off the boat here. The terrace houses are worth it. Incredible ancient city.

Istanbul, Turkey

5 out of 5

Mykonos, Greece

5 out of 5

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Rome is about an hour bus ride away from the port.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
Florence and Pisa are each about an hour bus ride away from the port.

Toulon, France

3 out of 5
Might have been an awesome town, but we arrived on a Sunday. Everything is closed.

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Explore this city -- don't leave for home until you've seen Sagrada Familia or Casa Batllo. Easy to do on your own with taxis -- no need for a cruise excursion.
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