Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

4 out of 5

Great Trip

Sail Date: March 19, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

The Spirit is an older, smaller ship with a lively, engaged crew and a decent itinerary. Even with weather issues, we had a great time. The entertainment crew are lively and genuinely interested in helping you have a good time.

Cabin / Stateroom We had an inside but our steward, Joseph treated us like with had a luxury suite. The room itself is surprisingly spacious and the two of us had no problems navigating around the room and storing all our stuff. Not so sure how well everything would work out if there were three of us.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Never thought of embarkation and debarkation as anything other than a chore but this last trip was almost a pleasure. You reserve your arrival time and get on board in less than 30 minutes. Debarkation was equally timely and pleasant. Be prepared to do a LOT of walking.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Stingray swim and turtle farm are great.
Onboard Activities
Bingo is outrageously expensive and the payout is extremely low. Cannot imagine why you would want to pay $50 for a playing card that has a payout of $200.
Trivia is often scheduled in Henry's Pub which is too small to fit the crowd...the room becomes noisy and uncomfortable.
Children's Programs
Didn't have young kids but when I saw the kids on the boat in the programs, everyone seemed to be having fun.
Worst magician ever..... the rest of the shows were entertaining and worth your time.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
The food in the main dining room is the same as the additional charge options except that you get additional steak choices in Cagney's and French food choices in Le Bistro, etc. If you order French onion soup, it is EXACTLY the same soup in Le Bistro as it is in the buffet. Avoid La Trattoria... it is no luxury dining experience. You have a partition between you and the kitchen.... the food options are not especially interesting and the service is really poor. Cagney's and Le Bistro were worth the upcharge, though.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Arrive a day early and have dinner at Cerviche's - a great tapas bar
Key West, Florida
George Town, Grand Cayman
On Grand Cayman - do not go to Hell. It is a tourist trap and there is no real reason to visit it
Ocho Rios, Jamaica Bamboo Beach is a good time.
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
Take an early tender - so much to enjoy!


For a quiet spot to sit and read, try Deck 7 Starboard side. You are in the shade and Henry's Pub and the coffee bar are steps away when you need your drink replenished. Oh, and buy the beverage package. There are very few drinks that are not covered in the package, including wine at dinner.

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