Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Spirit
Sailing Date: March 10th, 2007
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review
A group of 14 people joined myself and my new husband aboard the Spirit for a post wedding celebration. Upon arriving at the NYC port, we were greeted by baggage handlers who were laughing at the tips that were given by our guests. I found this to be a bad start of our vacation. As we entered the terminal, we were herded like cattle, to rush to sit in chairs and wait to be called to board the vessel.
Once we made it through the very long line, ( there is a separate line for Latitudes members, which I am a member), but I didn't want to leave those who weren't behind, everything seemed to go much smoother.
*ROOMS* We were able to go right to our rooms, which were a mix of 10th floor balcony rooms, and a couple of 5th floor inside state rooms. The rooms were adequate. There isn't much room for storing your luggage, or your clothing.
*FOOD* The buffet in Raffles is good for a quick bite, but after a few days the selection didn't seem to change. I would recommend the stir-fry station. I only ate in one specialty restaurant, Cagney's Steakhouse, and it was fantastic! All of the other nights we ate in Windows, which was very nice as well.
*CASINO* Didn't spend much time in here because of how smokey it was, go in the morning if you don't like the smell of cigarettes.
*POOL/HOT TUBS* Couldn't even get near them as the college spring breakers took them over. Why the staff lets people bring drinks into the hot tubs to float the empties around in when they are done is beyond me.
*PORTS OF CALL* St Thomas/Tortola/Samana Bay
We enjoyed all of them. We only did one excursion, Castaway Girl catamaran sail and snorkel in St Thomas. Very nice. Others in our group went horseback riding in Samana. They had a good time. If you are adventurous and aren't set on doing shore excursions, wait until you get to the islands and get a tour from the locals. We did this in Tortola and Samana and we saw sights that I don't think every tourist sees. All three islands has beautiful beaches. FYI Magen's Bay beach closes at 5pm!!
*ENTERTAINMENT* The shows were great. My husband was hypnotized by Tim Triplett. The last night of there was a compilation of all shows. That was nice.
*DISEMBARKATION* Smoothest sailing of the whole trip.