Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Sailing Date: March 19th, 2006
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review
Returned from cruise today from New York. My husband and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. I have to admit after reading a lot of negative reviews on the Norwegian Spirit, I wasn't sure what I was in store for...some things I agreed with and some thing I did not, such as, boarding the ship wasn't bad, I arrived at the port at 11:30am, we started boarding the ship at 12:00 or 12:15. By 12:30 we were sitting in Windows enjoying lunch which was very tasty. We were on deck 10 in a balcony room, which was great. Traveled before on RC had inside stateroom, it was even smaller. Enjoyed the option of sitting on balcony basking in the sun and reading. The area where the toilet is, is very tight, (hope you don't have long legs!) I had read that the staff was not friendly, I disagree, I found them to be very friendly and pleasant, all spoke Tnglish maybe not as well as myself but enough to understand. I can see where someone would get the idea that they were not friendly I think because, the crew on the ship are from all different countries, some places where work is the primary goal, their work ethic is very strong, the crew works very hard, sometimes very absorbed in their work, but still pleasant, so I can understand if some people found them not to be friendly, (but they really are a great bunch of people with interesting stories to tell about where they are from.)
The shows were interesting, we didn't expect Broadway anyway, it was entertainment none the less. There was a lot of variety for shows, magic, singing, dancing, a talent show, they pretty much had it covered. There are lots of activity filled days, not much of it interested me, pilates class, the art of making gift boxes, bingo, etc. Had fun in the casino, karaoke lounge, etc.
We talked to some of the teenagers on the ship, we are thinking about bringing our 12, 13, and 15 year old on a cruise next year, they all pretty much said the same thing, that they were having fun but there wasn't much for them to do. I think there were moments of boredom for some children on board, younger ones were running up and down the hall, playing on the stairs or elevators.
We stayed on the ship in Port Canaveral had already visited there, did go on an excursion in Miami, went to South Beach and did some shopping at Bayside Marketplace. Great Stir Up Cay, take the first tender over, your guaranteed to get a lounge chair and umbrella. It rained off and on when we docked in Nassau. I had been to Nassau before and didn't enjoy it too much, didn't enjoy too much this time either, the shops are all the same, the natives are nice but somewhat pushy, they follow you around the store trying to make you buy everything you look at. Only really had about 5 hours to roam Nassau.
My husband and I ate in the main dining room 75% of the time (Windows). The presentation of food was great, some nice selections, prime rib, lobster, a nice variety of things. Just didn't feel the need to eat at the specialty rest. for a fee when there was so much free food. We did eat at the buffet Raffles on deck 12, after a while that got a little boring, same food almost everyday. very predictable, food not hot, things started tasting the same each time we ate there. Had to get there at a decent time or you found yourself walking around and around for a seat if it was too cool outside to sit. Never had to wait for seating longer than a few minutes at main dining room. Coffe on ship was never hot, go figure, so then I started making my own pot of coffee in the room (folgers).
Debarkation went smoothly we opted for express debarkation, you just have to be able to carry your own luggage off the boat. They called us at 10am, we were off the boat in 10mins. max,it was great, I have the freestyle dailies (daily news) I will try to post them to this website, hope this was helpful.