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Maura

Age: 28

Occupation:Graduate Student-College Instructor

Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

Sailing Date: 2009-07-31

Itinerary: Bermuda

For the price, you can't beat this cruise. That being said, if you are looking for an elegant vacation complete with fine dining and white glove service--this is not the cruise for you. The passengers tend to be younger, 20s-30s, and there are many children aboard as well. The pool area (and many common areas) are noisy and filled with drunken revelry.

However, as I said, you cannot beat the price. The cruise is what you make of it. If you want a cheap trip to Bermuda with decent food and service, a pool and casino and loads of bars --this is your cruise! Despite all of its flaws, I don't think anyone could take this cruise and not have a good time.

Overall the food was pretty good. The food court, Raffles, had a nice selection of breakfast and lunch items. The food was tasty but not gourmet. The main dining room food was decent. I had a few good meals and a few mediocre meals. The service tends to be slow. We ate in the Steakhouse and the food there was excellent! The steaks were superb. We also ate at the asian fusion specialty restaurant and the food was very good there as well.

The stateroom was larger than I expected. It was very clean, cozy, and perfect for our needs. The bathroom was a bit bigger than bathrooms on other ships--especially the shower area. Overall the staterooms were very good.

I prefer to lie by the pool and read than to do the onboard activities on any ship. :) Some of the shows were entertaining and funny. The casino is great fun as well. The pool area is VERY noisy and I wished they had a "quiet" or "adults only" pool area.

We rented mopeds and toured the Island. We snorkeled in many locations, but my favorite was Tobacco Bay. The shopping in Hamilton is fun as well.

I am not a fan of the Freestyle Cruising idea. You must either make a reservation at one of the specialty restaurants (which, by the way, are very good but cost roughly $20-$25 pp) or wait for 45 min to an hour to be seated in the main restaurant. I feel like a snob saying this, but many of the passengers on the cruise appeared to have never dined in a restaurant other than a McDonald's or Wendy's. No one obeyed the "dress in business casual" for dinner. I saw men in wifebeaters and jean cutoffs, sporting huge sleeve tattoos and drinking beer out of giant helmets in the "dining room". I would say about 1/2 of the people on board are middle and upper middle class and the other half is cmprised of some very lowlife individuals who somehow managed to scape up (don't ask me how) the $1000 for the trip. I often heard people loudly swearing at each other in all areas of the ship...and talked with a man who said he asked one man who was dropping F-bombs to tone it down and received a blow to the face. There is no politically correct way to say this--but this cruise is loaded with white trash who do not know how to behave in public.

Despite all of that. I sat with my book, read and drank pina coladas and "did my own thing". We had a good time overall.

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