Awesome ports of call, great ship - our cabin steward was awesome!

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Norwegian Spirit

12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona)

Sail Date: June 24, 2015

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: 6582

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

My daughter and I went on this cruise for her graduation/18th Birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise experience once we arrived at our stateroom. Our steward, Tutuk, was awesome. He always greeted us by name and with a smile every time he saw us. His smile and welcome made up for our embarkation experience which was not so great. Just an FYI, no matter what they tell you when you call and ask, do NOT get to the port after about 7:00! We had tours scheduled in Venice and asked about embarkation time. We were told up until 10:00. We got off the people mover at about 7:30, and there was no shuttle or any transportation further, we had to drag our heavy suitcases all the way to the terminal which was quite a hike. Then, by the time we got there the terminal was closed for check in so we had to then drag all of our bags to the Guest Services Desk (these people weren't very knowledgeable about much of anything the entire trip). Needless to say, we were not very happy at that point. As I said, things turned around immediately upon meeting our cabin steward and getting settled in, and we had a great time on this cruise. Our first two days were at sea, and there were plenty of things to do if you didn't want to just lay around on the pool deck. We went to see only one show, but it was fantastic (Elements)! We did buy an internet package that we used with no problems (be aware it is satellite based so somewhat slow). We went to the casino one night, and I was relieved that it was not nearly as smokey as some that I have been in on other cruise lines. The ship itself was very nice. They kept it clean and in good repair. Sanitation was really important to the cruise line, which made me very happy. They had staff at the doors to the buffet and at the check-in station when getting back on board from port days with spray bottle of hand sanitizer, and everyone got their hands sprayed. There were also tons of hand sanitizer stations throughout the ship. The food was excellent, of course. We ate at least once a day at the Blue Lagoon (they had great burgers). All of the staff were friendly. The ports of call were outstanding for the most part, although there was not much to do in Toulon. We went to the beach for a bit (note to families - tops are optional). Rome wore us ragged - the tour we booked had A LOT on the itinerary and it was super hot. We loved getting to see all that we did, but we were tired and sickish from the heat by the end of the day. We should have prioritized that day a little and saved some things for next time. In Mykonos, we wished we would have gone on our own to spend more time at Kalafatis Beach, but our tour was great. We did not go through the shore excursions desk for our tours but booked them through outside companies to save money. Disembarkation was incredibly easy. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who wants an outstanding sample of the Mediterranean! The only snafu we had was embarkation which was partially our own fault for spending more time in Venice. All else was beyond our expectations!

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Blue Lagoon has awesome burgers and friendly staff.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our cabin steward, Tutuk, was awesome! He took excellent care of us (even picking up after my messy daughter - sorry Tutuk).

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was an ocean view and it was roomy enough for the two of us. Our steward was awesome!

Ports Of Call

Venice, Italy

5 out of 5
The second Venice day is really a day at sea - the boat leaves at like 1AM.

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
Be sure to see the Acropolis.

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5
We went to Ephesus - it was super cool. If you want to buy anything you can negotiate usually about 20% off.

Istanbul, Turkey

5 out of 5
Go inside the Hagia Sophia - it is a museum now.

Mykonos, Greece

5 out of 5
Save some time for Kalafatis Beach - it is beautiful!

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
We went to Pompei - it was interesting (hot and lots of walking so bring water)

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Don't try to see everything - we did and I got sick from heat - it is incredibly hot - there is free water available in city fountains but it seems you can't drink enough to keep up with the heat. We saw amazing things, however.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
Enjoyed seeing to Leaning Tower, and we spent just enough time there. Florence is one of my favorite cities we visited!

Toulon, France

3 out of 5
Not much to do here unless you book an excursion through the ship that goes to Marsielle or Aix en Provence. We took the Petit Train to the beach for $10 round trip each, but ended up just coming back to the ship to the pool deck.

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
Don't miss the Sagrada Familia - our guide explained each sculpture on the facade - very interesting. We also went to Park Guell. Again, bring water!

Traveler Photos

suitcases were not unpacked & stored or there would have been more room There was room in the closet to put the suitcases, we just didn't
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