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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 76

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Spirit

11 Night Mediterranean & Adriatic (Rome Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 18, 2017

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 8005

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

First I have to state that the cruise met just about every expectation I had based on prior experience and reviews. The ship was not huge. I thought that would pose an issue with me but in retrospect was a distinct advantage. The CROWD SCEENS were minimal at the restaurants, by the pool and most importantly at the gangways. Given that these cruises visit so many ports, it was wonderful that we never waited more then a few minutes to get off the ship. The process was professional and very organized. The itinerary was perfect and the 2 days in Venice were the best. The food on board was great too. Probably too good. We didn't book a specialty restaurant and as it turned out we didn't need to. Windows and The Gardens were the go to places along with Shogun for a change in pace. The main Buffet on the 12th deck was pretty good too. I will advise that this is not a great ship for Kids and should never be confused with a Carnival ship. Especially in Europe. No rock walls, flo riders or skating rinks. For us, we don't use them so they were not missed. The shows were pretty good, especially on the last couple nights. The pool side entertainment was NOT great. The DJ knew and played the same 5 songs every day. He could have and should have played a mix tape and gone for a swim. They had a band one day that was plain BAD and a guitar player that also played the same 4 songs each day he played. Not a good guitar player at all.  Bottom line, I would cruise with NCL and on Spirit again. If I could have given a 4.5 stars I would.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
For us, there was more then enough to do.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Shows were solid and fun, especially the last couple nights. Pool side was not great at all.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
David took care of us in 8005. He was amazing. Knew our names first time and never appeared with out a smile. Also the Washie Washie team were wonderful too.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The cabin was OK but the beds were not. The foundation was a steel RACK that had no give. I didn't expect a TemperPedic but hoped for something better. The bathroom was bigger than most I've experiences with a real shower with sliding door. The TV was small and although you don't go on a cruise to watch TV, I still like to catch up on the news of the day while getting ready for whatever. The room was good and met my over all expectations.

Ship tip

Freestyle dining..............Its the only way to go. Show up when ever and get seated pretty fast. The longest wait was 20 minutes (ONCE)

Ports of call

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2 out of 5

Dubrovnik, Croatia

3 out of 5

Koper, Slovenia

3 out of 5
See the cave. Amazing to go more than 350 feet below ground. Really cool.

Split, Croatia

3 out of 5

Corfu, Greece

3 out of 5

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

3 out of 5
See the ruins. They found a mosaic tile floor intact that dates back to 250 BC. Cant describe......Its a must see.

Valletta, Malta

3 out of 5
Took a boat ride here. Nice port with great history.
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