Pay Attention to the Itinerary/Lousy Food

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Spirit

12 Night Grand Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona)

Sail Date: September 06, 2015

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 9616

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

When I read the itinerary for this cruise, it said it started on Sunday in Venice and you could use the ship as a hotel Sunday night as it didn't leave Venice until Monday. Well, what they didn't say was it left Venice Monday at 1 am. Which meant you really had Sunday to see Venice. What a let down. And I wasn't the only one who thought that.

Next, like most ships now, if you want a really decent meal, you have to dine in the 'exclusive' restaurants. Otherwise, you're going to get so-so food, not hot or cold, served by someone who could generally care less. I refused to cave and decided to pretend I was back in college. Come to think of it, dorm food was better.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The cabin was WAY smaller than I expected for the cost. And no light in the shower, although there was a fixture and we asked for a bulb. We were close to the elevators which was a blessing.

Ship Tip

We booked excursions through Shore Excursions as well as the ship. The former were much cheaper and smaller groups, just as well run - easier in one sense in that you just walked off the ship whereas the ones through the ship required meeting in the large hall then waiting to be called like cattle.

Ports Of Call

Venice, Italy

1 out of 5
See, this shows it as 2 days. It isn't. LLPOF

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

5 out of 5
Unless you want to buy a carpet, pass on the rug demonstration. It was interesting but you can see one on You Tube and it will be cheaper.

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

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
It is a hike, and I mean a HIKE from the bus parking to the town of Pisa. Be prepared.

Toulon, France

3 out of 5

Barcelona, Spain

3 out of 5
We booked an all day excursion because our flight out wasn't until 5pm. They took us on a couple of hours through town then dropped us at the airport where we sat for hours. Very disappointing.
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