Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Cruise

Sail Date: September 06, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Really enjoyed the cruise.  The itinerary was great.  Enjoyed Venice and the 2 days at sea immediately to rest up and get familiar with the ship.  All the ports were great with Istanbul, Kusadasi, and Mykonos being our favorites.  We did not do any shore excursions since we enjoy exploring on our own and getting a feel for the ports.  Had no problems with transportation and saw all the highlights.  The ship was very nice and a perfect size.  The food was fine.  The only negative was the quality of the nightly entertainment, but the ports were the stars of this cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom
Being on the 11th Level was very convenient. Had issue with hot water on the first day but they corrected quickly
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
A bit of an older ship but well maintained
Destinations and Excursions
All the ports were fantastic
Onboard Activities
Evening entertainment was a bit sub-par. Musical acts were pretty good, magician not so much.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Both the sit down restaurants and the buffet always had something good to offer.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece After 2 days at sea, well rested. Took easy Metro from Piraeus. Went to Acropolis, Changing of the Guard, and the Plaka district. Great day.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Took Dolmus to Epheus. Very easy just required a transfer. Epheus was fantastic! Took taxi to House of the Virgin Mary, and then dolmus back to ship. Another great day.
Istanbul, Turkey
Sail into Istanbul was a little later in the morning so everyone could enjoy the view. Ship docked in a great location. Took tram to historical area. Visited Hagia Sofia, Cisterns, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market and Blue Mosque. Fantastic day. Highlight of the trip!
Mykonos, Greece
Rented an ATV and cruised the island. Took to beach on the other side. Then walked through the town in the late afternoon and early evening watching the sunset. Beautiful day.
Naples, Italy
Took the ferry to Capri. Easy walk off from the ship. Then took a small boat tour around the island. After Capri, walked to get some pizza. Stopped at 2 places and had the best pizza in the world. One was a carryout place, and the other was where Julia Roberts filmed the movie "eat, pray, love"
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Walked to the train station and took the train to the Vatican. The walk to the top of the basilica was an adventure. Visited the Pantheon and Colosseum. Could have used more time in Rome due to the distance from Civitavecchia.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
We rented a car here and it was great since it was available right on the dock getting off the ship. Drove to Lucca and Pisa. Rented bikes in Lucca and had a great day.
Toulon, France
Spent the morning at the outdoor market and walking through the town. Got back early and spent a quiet afternoon at the pool on the boat.
Barcelona, Spain
We didn't have time to tour here since we had a flight to catch.

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