Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Great Itinerary!

Sail Date: September 06, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, the cruise was a success.  Service was not the best in comparison to other cruises I have taken.  The food in the buffet, main dining room, and specialty restaurants was good but not great.  Cagney's steakhouse is suppose to serve dry aged beef--the steaks served to us in Cagney's on two different nights was no better than the steak served in the main ding room.  The ship was well maintained and clean, although the daily washy, washy, happy, happy routine at the buffet got a bit annoying.  Nightly entertainment in the theater was better missed, and the band that played many of the clubs/stages was not all that good, just average.  In all fairness I took this cruise for the itinerary and was not disappointed.

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was a bit small for the price. Beds were extremely hard. Had a minor flooding problem with the toilet--wasn't plugged--the water just wouldn't stop flowing. Had to wait to take shower until problem was fixed about 90 minutes. This cabin is very well located, close to most restaurants and very little extraneous noise. Also close to stairs and elevators.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Destinations were awesome--great itinerary!! Only purchased one excursion thru NCL--the Pisa/Florence on your own. Was not at all happy. Spent 3.5 hours of this "on my own" walking to and from the bus with the "guide", waiting on the ship to get on the bus, and then waiting around for everyone to show up in Pisa and Florence, so we could walk back to the bus. Just drop me off tell me when and where to get back on the bus--I'm good. Would have had 3 more hours to spend in Florence.
Onboard Activities
With the exception of one singing group the entertainment was terrible in comparison to the entertainment on my 4 past cruises.
Service and Staff
Staff in main dining rooms really didn't seem to be too interested in customer service/satisfaction. I had to constantly ask for more water, asked the same waiter three times for hot water and tea. Specialty restaurant service was really not much better. Slow to refill water glasses, clean dirty plates, Cagney's steakhouse undercooked my wife's steak and overcooked mine.
Food and Dining
Had the dining package for this cruise--was told by Norwegian staff we wouldn't have to book reservations in advance--just do it once you get onboard. NOT! We were only able to eat in specialty restaurants 6 times--couldn't get reservations!!! Frankly, the food in the main dining room was as well prepared as any we ate in specialty restaurants.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Book a hop on hop off bus thru shore excursions--great way to get around.
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Ephesus was awesome.. Be warned many excursions leave the site early and take you to a carpet factory for a hard sell on really expensive carpets!
Istanbul, Turkey
Very nice--go to the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, and the Bazaar and spice market.
Mykonos, Greece
Very scenic buildings--but not very impressed overall---
Naples, Italy
Go see Pompeii and the Amalfi coast.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Unless you have a magic carpet a good deal of this day is spent getting to and from Rome. Very difficult to get into the Vatican, or any other attraction due to long lines.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Same as Rome--you will lose a lot of time just travelling to and from. Not much time to enter and experience the churches and museums from the inside.
Toulon, France
The French were rude and impolite--gladly took our money for food and drink.
Barcelona, Spain
Spent an extra day here--wonderful city, beaches and people--will go back here for more time.


Use the stairs--the elevator is very, very, very slow. Not much of a gift shop onboard--and couldn't find anywhere other than a vending machine in the gym to buy bottled water.

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