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Shore Excursions

Age: 71


Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

Sailing Date: 2009-06-23


My wift Patty and I have taken 9 cruises on NCL (8 were most enjoyable). Prior to our cruise on the NCL SPIRIT (New Orleans to Boston, April 19, 2009) every meal in the general dining rooms started off with the 'Freestyle' question: 'Will you share'? In this manner, we met many interesting people, some that we are still corresponding with and visiting.

On the SPIRIT, the question was not used; every couple, instead, being sent directly to a table for two. Once the tables for two were filled, then they were seated at larger tables, but still by themselves. Extensive badgering of various NCL personnel has revealed that this is, indeed, a new policy from Miami because someone in Miami thought that asking if one wanted to share was too conforming.

The new definition from NCL would seem to be: 'FREESTYLE Dining, where you can Eat Alone and Like IT'! This is another example of marketing planning coming from headquarters without the benefit of asking any customers what they thought of it.

The food was excellent; the service very good. Portions were well thought out.

The room was completely as expected. Compact but comfortable. There are two general music channels on the system that reaches the staterooms. It would be nice if one of them had some classical music at least once in a while. Obviously, the music is programmed by very young people.

This cruise did not have the same quality of lecturers; but was adequate.

An excursion every other day was reasonable; we prefer days at sea.

All aspects of the trip were most enjoyable with the exception of the 'Eat Alone and Like It' new dining policy.

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