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Chris

Age: 39

Occupation:CUSTOMER SERVICE REP

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

Sailing Date: March 19th, 2006

Itinerary: Bahamas

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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review
Bahamas

Chris Hoevel

WE LOVED OUR CRUISE AND THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT GOING ON A CRUISE WITH YOUR FAMILY THIS IS THE CRUISE FOR YOU. WE HAD A TERRIFIC TIME ON OUR NY TO BAHAMAS 7 NIGHT CRUISE. WE HAVE TWO CHILDREN AGES 9 AND 10 THE ONLY COMPLAINT I WOULD HAVE ABOUT CRUISING WITH THEM WAS THAT THE KIDS WOULD HAVE HAD TO BE SEPARATED IF WE PUT THEM IN THE KIDS CLUB. THE KIDS DID GET UNLIMITED POP FOR $16.00 EACH WHICH IF YOU HAVE KIDS YOU KNOW IT'S A SMALL FEE TO PAY TO KEEP THEM HAPPY. THE FOOD ON THIS TRIP WAS VERY GOOD ALL OF THE NO CHARGE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS WERE VERY GOOD, IT JUST DEPENDS ON WHAT KIND OF DINING EXPERIENCE YOU WANT. RAFFEL'S IS GREAT FOR KIDS BECAUSE IT KEEPS THEM HAPPY AS THEY CAN GET THEIR OWN FOOD AND PICK AS THEY GO. MY HUSBAND AND I REALLY LIKED THE GARDEN ROOM. AFTER 5:30 EVERY DAY YOU MUST FOLLOW THE CASUAL DRESS CODE, SIMILAR TO CASUAL FRIDAYS AT MOST COMPANY'S, NO SHORTS, T-SHIRTS ECT. THEY DID SEEM TO LET KIDS SLIDE ON THIS A BIT (NOT THAT I LET MY KIDS DRESS DOWN) WE DID DINE AT CAGNEY'S WHICH IS A WONDERFUL PLACE FOR STEAKS (THE BEST STRIP I EVER HAD).

WE HAD AN INSIDE CABIN WHICH WAS FINE FOR US SINCE WE HAVE A CAMPER AND ARE USED TO TIGHT PLACES. WE HAD OUR PORTER PUT THE TWO TWIN BEDS TOGETHER, THIS WAS FINE FOR US, MY HUSBAND IS NOT A SMALL PERSON AND THE BED WAS FINE FOR US THE PILLOWS WERE NICE AND SOFT AND THE DUVET WAS VERY SOFT AND JUST WARM ENOUGH. THE BEDS WERE SLIGHTLY FIRMER THAN WE WOULD HAVE HOPED BUT, FINE NONE THE LESS. THE SHOWER HAS PLENTY OF ROOM AND THE COMMODE HAS PLENTY OF ROOM EVEN FOR A LARGE PERSON. THE WATER PRESSURE IN THE SHOWER WAS GOOD AND THE WATER WAS NICE AND HOT. DON'T FORGET YOUR SHAMPOO, SOAP OR LOTION, THEY DO HAVE A LIQUID SOAP DISPENSER FOR SHAMPOO AND SOAP, BUT, IF YOU ARE INTO SPECIALTY SHAMPOO THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. THE ROOM DOES NOT HAVE A LOT OF ROOM BUT, THE CLOSET HAS MORE SPACE THAN YOU FIRST THINK. 4 DRAWERS FOR UNDIES AND SOCKS 1 FOR EACH IN OUR FAMILY. ALL OF OUR LUGGAGE FIT UNDER THE BED, SO YOU WILL NEED TO UNPACK EVERYTHING, BELIEVE IT OR NOT 4 SUITCASES OF CLOTHES FIT IN THE CLOSET AND DRAWERS.

THE SHOWS AND ENTERTAINMENT WERE VERY NICE. THE ONLY 2 THINGS YOU NEED TO KEEP IN CHECK ARE DAILY CHARGES, SO GET A PRINT OUT OF ALL PURCHASES EVERY COUPLE OF DAYS. WE DID NOT HAVE GOOD LUCK WITH THE NCL'S AIRPORT TRANSFERS AND NO ONE EVER SHOWED UP TO PICK US UP AT THE AIRPORT BUT, THE PEOPLE AT THE AIRPORT ARRANGED A SHUTTLE TO GET US TO THE SHIP, THEY EVEN ACCEPTED OUR VOUCHERS, (THANK GOD)! WE WENT FROM NY TO PORT CANAVRAL THEN TO MIAMI (DON'T MISS THE DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER IT'S WORTH THE $175 PER PERSON MY DAUGHTER AND I ENJOYED IT) MY SON AND HUSBAND DID THE AIRBOAT RIDE AND LOVED IT (VERY INFORMATIVE) NEXT ON TO STIRRUP CAY WE LIKE THIS BEST (WISH WE COULD HAVE HAD 2 DAYS HERE. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR OWN SNORKEL AND MASK. AND DECENT SHOES TO GO EXPLORING THE ISLAND IN. BEAUTIFUL!!! LAST TO SEE WAS NASSAU WE ONLY HAD A HALF DAY BUT IT WAS FUN TO WALK AND SHOP A LITTLE, THEY WILL BARGAIN WITH YOU JUST DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR THEIR BEST PRICE.

THE SHIP WAS SPOTLESS, VERY CLEAN! THE KIDS COULDN'T WAIT EACH DAY TO SEE THE TOWEL ANIMALS, (THESE GUYS DESERVE AN EXTRA TIP THEY WORK REALLY HARD). THE TIPPING IS AUTOMATIC AND YOU NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT IT, UNLESS YOU WANT TO GIVE MORE TO THE ROOM PORTERS AS WE DID, THEY AUTOMATICALLY CHARGE A TIP FOR EACH DRINK, AND THE 20 CHARGE PER PERSON IS FOR ALL THE OTHER TIPS EACH DAY. (10 FOR KIDS) WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND WOULD DO IT AGAIN. OH YEA- YOU CAN ONLY GET JUICE IN THE MORNING, ICE TEA MILK COFFEE TEA AND WATER ALL OTHER TIMES UNLESS YOU WANT TO PAY 1.75PER NO REFILLS ON POP. DRINKS ARE EXPENSIVE AND NOT INCLUDED, YOU CANNOT BRING ALCOHOL ON BOARD BUT, WE KNOW OF PEOPLE WHO PUT IT IN POP BOTTLES, AND IF YOU BUY IT THERE THEY HOLD IT UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK. REMEMBER TO KEEP TABS ON YOUR CHARGES, OR YOU WILL NOT REMEMBER. I RECOMMEND THIS SHIP I ALSO RECOMMEND EXPRESS DEBARK ITS FAST AND EASY WE WERE AT THE AIRPORT IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. DONT WORRY ABOUT GETTING TO AND FROM THE SHIP THERE ARE PLENTY OF SHUTTLES AVAILABLE FOR 60-80 EACH WAY. WE WILL GO AGAIN NEXT TIME WE WILL LEAVE FROM A WARMER PORT.
 

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