Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Sailing Date: September 3rd, 2005
If you are a fan of traditional cruises with lots of personal attention, formal dinners and wonderful cuisine this boat is NOT for you. Overall it is still great value for money and the boat is clean and safe. We found the stateroom size to be very good and had no problem with cabin service BUT the food and restaurant service let the cruise line down. The basic food in the buffets and the main dining rooms was very ordinary . The main restaurants had an attractive menu but almost always spoiled the dish by poor presentation and or badly cooked food (raw veggies, inedible pancakes, overcooked meat...) You could watch the entrees in the main restaurant slowly filter through the buffet as stew, ragout, etc. It had much of the feeling of the all you can eat buffets common in Florida and Las Vegas. The specialty restaurants were better but still managed to disappoint with poor service and badly cooked side dishes. Restaurant service was mediocre throughout with the staff preferring to talk to each other rather than attend to the diners needs . Formal nights were a joke. You feel very overdressed wearing a tuxedo next to a guy in a fleece windbreaker and sweat pants.