Number of Cruises: First Cruise
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Sailing Date: February 9th, 2006
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Spirit Cruse Review
Southern Caribbean Cruise
I just returned from my first cruise. The Norwegian Spirit left NYC on Feb. 9th and returned on Feb.19th. NCL offered a great rate for three days in NYC before the cruise left at the Holiday Inn Midtown. That was a fun way to unwind a bit before the cruise even started. The Norwegian Spirit is a twelve story floating luxury hotel. It was immaculate. The food was excellent. The main dining areas, which were almost always open, were filled with delicious food of all kinds. The speciality restaurants, available for an extra $20.00 per person were great and offered an alternative for a dressy night out. The casino was huge and lots of fun. The salt water swimming pool, the spa, all were wonderful. The crew treated us like royalty. The entertainment, games, contests were really fun.
The ports of call were St. Thomas: we excursion to St. John for snorkeling at beautiful Trunk Bay, the next was Antigua, we had lunch and drinks on a beautiful, remote, beach in Paradise, but Antigua is poor, then Barbados, we took a 4x4 excursion through sugar cane fields where men cut the cane with machetes and women carried 40 lb bags of sweet potatoes up the hills. All the people waved and smiled at us. We had a nice visit to Bathsheba, an unbelievable surf break and met some members of the Barbados Surf Team. Then, St. Maarten, we went to the clothing optional Orient Beach and had so much fun. Lots of Beach Tiki Hut Bars and water sports going on, all on a perfect Caribbean Beach. Finally, Tortola, where we lunched at relaxed at beautiful Cane Garden Bay Beach. Rum punch in Paradise to the sounds of the Steel Drum band.
I can't say enough about how good this vacation was. The price? Only $1,300. per person for 10 days. What a good value! The excursions were an extra $50.00 per person but they were well worth it. As on most cruises, alcoholic beverages on board cost you extra so budget for them at $4.00 -$6.50 a pop.
Finally, this was a great time to cruise, because it was the week before school vacation. It was really fun because there were hardly any kids on board. I like kids but not when I'm trying to relax. I Highly recommend this Cruise Line!!