Eastern and Western Mediterranean
Sail Date: April 29, 2013
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago
We flew into Venice a little early in order to have a little more time to explore that historic city. We had planned an extra day to be there. Unfortunately one of our flights was cancelled and so we got into London (for the connection) a day later. Anyhow, it turned out ok as we did have all of one afternoon to explore Venice and all of the next day.
Compared to our other cruises and particularly with Norwegian Cruse Lines, the Norwegian Spirit is on the level of the other ships we have been on. No problems with any of the accommodations. The ship is a bit smaller than some of the others we have been on but all features and facilities were what we have come to expect from our cruising experiences.
Interestingly the majority of the electrical outlets on the ship were of the European style. Not North American style. We had the proper adapters with us to mate the two styles so the outlet differences did not create a problem.
We have learned to carry extension cords and a small multi-outlet power strip. Even with the correct power outlets for our use in the cabins, there never seems to be enough outlets. Between my laptop, camera battery chargers, e-readers my wife's curling iron and whatever else we might need we do need the extra outlets.
I won't take the time to review all of the shore excursions we enjoyed on that trip. We visited spots in Italy, Greece, Turkey, France and finally ended at Barcelona. For some reason the excursion to Rome and the Vatican was a bit on the chaotic side. I don't know if it was a one time problem or not. Though the tour guide was friendly and attempted to be helpful and informative but there were several problems experienced with the tour. The end result was that there were sufficient complaints which resulted in all participants of the tour getting back a very large portion of our payment price for the tour. The tour was not a wash, by any means. We still enjoyed it in spite of the problems.
One sea day they set up a German food theme spread on the aft deck. It is the extra fun things like that which do add to the enjoyment of cruises.
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