good ship with good food, but shared dining needs work

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Spirit

11 Night Grand Mediterranean (Venice To Barcelona)

Sail date: April 23, 2017

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 10555

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We have been on RC, Princess, Holland America, Carnival, and MSC before,

and the NCL Spirit had the biggest shower.  The food quality on this ship was excellent, too.  We really liked the real lemonade offered gratis in all the eating venues.


The only real negative was the refusal by staff in the main restaurant to offer shared dining at tables of 4, 6, or more diners.  The assumption was that diners did not want to share tables (not true!), and staff only reluctantly sat you with others if you insisted.  One staffer told us that NCL's position was that "only 15% of diners want to share", so why offer it.  That is so far from the truth that we will likely go with RC again next time.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
biggest shower we have seen on any cruise.

Ship tip

Tell the host/hostess if you want to share a table. They will not offer you that option.

Ports of call

Venice, Italy

5 out of 5

Dubrovnik, Croatia

5 out of 5

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5

Santorini, 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

Marseille (Provence), France

5 out of 5

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
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