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  1. I’m looking to book the NCL Spirit out of Barcelona to the Canary Islands December 2-13. Has anyone done this itinerary before and have any feedback? Any feedback on this ship for those of you have recent sailed on it? I’ve heard it is the oldest and smallest, we don’t normally go for the ship but more for the ports. Has anyone gone to the Canary Islands in December? What type of weather can we expect? Is there a thread on here giving the menus for this ship? Specifically the Blue Lagoon? Thank you!!
  2. Hi, I am booked in the owners suite on the Spirit. I see that there is a TV in the living area, but is there a TV in the bedroom? Thanks! Lisa
  3. July 11th, & September 5th visits of Norwegian Spirit to Lerwick have been scrubbed for next year.
  4. Our trip includes the UBP. does this option include coffee and water? do I have to buy cases of water ??? confused.
  5. Sitting on the terrace outside our hotel room in Barcelona with a bottle of wine after a very nice meal. I thought I would just make a few observations from the Spirit cruise that finished today. Over the past few years I have done live reports, but I didn't bother this time as a lot of it would be going over the same old ground. However, I thought I would just make a few comments. Firstly, the itinerary. I have to say that the Canaries are very nice, but a long way from my favourite of cruise itineraries. Other than Casablanca, we just walked around. All the ports are very nice. The highlight for us outside Casablanca was the Palmetum in Tenerife, a botanical garden which specialises in Palm Trees. A really nice place to wander round. In Casablanca, we took an NCL tour to Rabat. In all of our cruises, we have only ever taken 5 NCL tours, two of which have been in Casablanca, as it isn't an easy place to DIY. Rabat was a nice place to visit, again without being spectacular. Our tour guise was good, but maybe didn't give the amount of background information that takes a tour to the next level. We were pleased enough with it. I would happily do more Canary Islands cruises, but it isn't somewhere I feel particularly drawn to. Our Easter cruises tend to be more an opportunity to see the sun after a long winter rather than getting out seeing things, so it is a pretty good itinerary for us at this time of year. Barcelona is fantastic, as always. We have had a quiet day today, but there is lots to do here. We visited Casa Mila today, which is fantastic, but not as good in my opinion than the other big Gaudi attractions in the city. I could walk round his buildings all day, but would recommend Sagrada Familia, Casablanca Batllo or Parc Guell for a first time visitor in preference. As for the Spirit, we still love it. Raffles Terrace is a great place for breakfast or lunch and Henrys Pub is a superb venue for the evening. We were lucky to have Pablo onboard, who plays guitar in Henrys Pub every evening, as well as elsewhere during the day. Probably my favourite entertainer on any NCL ship, and a great guy as well. We originally met him on the Spirit a few years ago and it was great to see him again. Unfortunately for those boarding soon, his contract is almost up, so is only onboard for a few more days. The other staff are also great. Some excellent bar staff and waiters. A particular mention for Mangesh in Henrys Pub, one of the very best. I also have to say that Armando Da Silva is the best Hotel Director, in my opinion. I rarely notice who is the HD, but Armando has been on the Spirit for many years and it really is his ship. He runs a great team. One of the great things about a ship the size of the Spirit is that you rarely leave your room without bumping into someone, staff or passenger, who you can stop and talk to. It is a very friendly place and the size makes it much more of a personal experience than the mega ships (which I also really enjoy). We ate mostly at the speciality restaurants, as we had the 4 meal SDP included with booking and two platinum meals. All very good, as usual. I also really like Shogun and went there a few times. The buffet is smaller than on other ships, but adequate for us. Given recent conversations, I have to mention that at Cagneys our server encouraged us to order multiple dishes when using the SDP. I personally only very rarely order multiple dishes, and have never previously been told about any restrictions in advance (as I believe others have experienced), but this was the first time that we have been actively encouraged to order more. Teppenyaki can't be booked in advance of the cruise on the Spirit, and we make our reservations immediately on boarding. I did notice that there were spaces showing as available on the day even late in the cruise, so it may be possible even if you aren't quick to book. Teppenyaki was also operating at lunchtime on some days. One final observation. There were quite a few people on the ship who were first time NCL cruisers, or having not sailed many times with them beforehand. Quite a few were British and, based mainly on the comments on this board, I was expecting them to be fairly negative. However, I was struck by the number of people who were very complementary about NCL and the Spirit. I don't think I led the conversations where they said that, but obviously can't rule that out. I wonder whether the Spirit may be more attractive to the traditional UK cruiser than other NCL ships. If it ever gets to Southampton next year then maybe it will be a good match. As usual, any questions, feel free to ask. I'll try my best.
  6. I was positive in all aspects, food, service, activities doing the Star TA last November, disappointed with the food, service, crew on th Jewel's Japan to Vancouver cruise in May. What might I expect from a Spirit 10 day cruise in January from anyone who has sailed the Spirit recently ??
  7. What are your thoughts on these two similar cruises other than Nov. 2019 or Feb. 10 2020? Thanks
  8. We just got off the Spirit on 7/19, third cruise for us (have also sailed on the Pearl and the Escape), hubby, me and our 14 year old daughter. We flew all the way from Oregon to London a little over a week before the cruise. Spent some time touring London, Paris, Naples and Rome and finally took the train from Rome to Civitavecchia the morning of embarkation. The train was very easy, but many people were stressed out and on edge. The train we were on went from Rome to Ostiense to Civitavecchia, and onward to Milan. The sign just said Milan. You have to watch the train number and time, and ask if you are confused. Much easier then stressing out that you are on the wrong train. On disembarkation we walked back to the station, walked in and bought our tickets back to Rome and were on the train in 5 more minutes... for 5 euros each. Super easy and no reservations needed (we had reservations pre-cruise.) The room: We had 11512, a regular balcony, just forward of the forward elevators. This room has the small couch by the slider. Our steward made the couch up each night for DD. Note, when it is set up as a bed, you have to walk on the bed to get to the slider and go out on the balcony. No big deal for us, but there is not even a spare inch between the bottom of the bed and the desk (or between the sofa bed and the regular bed for that matter). The regular NCL sized balcony had 2 chairs and a small table. We brought boca clips (towel clips) and used those frequently to hold down drying swimsuits and towels to the chairs when we were enjoying the balcony. The bathroom has a shower with adjustable wand and glass door, and a small cubby for the toilet with its own sliding door within the bathroom. I knew that storage was minimal in the room and we used packing cubes on the shelves for undergarments and I also brought a hanging cube style organizer that folds flat for additional items. DD used the drawers under the fridge and we had plenty of room for our things. We kept our luggage under the bed. We rarely used the “make up room” or “do not disturb” cards you put in the key card slot on the door. But our steward figured out our schedule and the room was always kept up. Entourage: DD had enjoyed splash academy on the Pearl and entourage on the Escape, and was looking forward to entourage again this trip. We put the I-concierge app on my phone and her iPod and paid the $9.99 per device to be able to text between them. Our rules were: text on arrival, if you change venues, and when you are headed to the room and no going into other people's rooms. If we had an early port day the next day she had a 11:15 pm curfew (to allow time after the activity ended to get back to the room), sea days the next day she got to stay out till the 1 am kid’s curfew. This was more lenient than we were on the Escape. The reason was the hours for entourage were not consistent in the evening. Splash academy had their normal ship-wide closure times (for lunch and dinner), but entourage was shut from 7-9 or 8-10 or 8:30 to 11... for no apparent rhyme nor reason. So each day we really needed to pay attention to the hours. Frankly, with the late closures, most nights by the time entourage opened, DD was too tired to make the effort to leave the room (we had a very port intensive itinerary.) She did have a pack of friends and they did some of the organized activities together, others they skipped and just hung out with each other. We were told there were about 250 teens on board for our cruise. Food and drinks: We had the UBP and the 4 meal dining package. If I ordered a drink for me and a virgin drink for my daughter they did not charge me for my daughter's drink. You were allowed to buy two drinks at a time and we found the rules to be the same on the Spirit as they were on our Escape cruise. Both cruises I had intended to buy my daughter's drinks, but never was asked to pay for one. Galaxy of the Stars was directly above our room, and was our go-to bar at night. We ate at Le Bistro, La Trattoria, Cagney's and Teppanyaki for our specialty dinners. All were very good and dinner lasted between 90 minutes and 2 hours. I would eat at all of them again. We also ate at Cagney’s for one breakfast and one lunch by special invitation. On the Spirit, Cagney’s serves as the Haven restaurant. Both lunch and dinner were lovely, but not much more impressive than the MDR. We did Garden and Windows for a couple lunches and a few dinners each. Enjoyed everything we got. Service was good, and we were nearly always done in an hour. 3 dinners we ate at Shogun (which is a free Chinese food venue that is open for dinner). DD loves Chinese food, and we always ordered a variety and told them we were eating family style and they were very accommodating. Now we do not eat late, all our dinners were between 5:30 and 6 and we only had reservations for the specialty restaurants. The only time we ate later was after Olympia we went to Garden around 7. Every time we were seated with no wait. Breakfasts were in the buffet (except for our one Cagney’s breakfast). Seating was tricky during "prime time", if you wanted to stay inside. Outside on the terrace there always seemed to be a place to sit. Mart who is one of the omelette chefs was great, seek him out. Crepe station at night... they ran out of Nutella for half the cruise, this was very sad. They did manage to get single serve packs near the end, which was great. And they would not cut up a banana, if it wasn’t out it wasn’t an option. We still had a couple crepes during the cruise, and that was lovely. We had lunch and snacks occasionally in Blue Lagoon, easy choice with the same menu as far as I could tell as O’Sheehans. Straws: I brought my own paper straws. Worked great for slushy drinks. The waiters got a kick out of my bright colored straws. Entertainment: DD and I went to the aerial duo show (DD has been doing aerial arts for 6 years), called Sounds of Love or something. The show was good, if you don’t do aerial arts, it looked technically impressive. However, nearly every trick my 14 year old can do. We also went to Elements, which was entertaining. And the encore performance of Tre Amici, three male singers, who were very good. Seating was easy, we showed up 10 minutes before the 7:30 shows for two of them and found great seats. Walked in right at 9:30 for Elements, and found seats, but was definitely harder! We didn’t really hang out in the public spaces at night. Port days were tiring, even with half-day excursions, we were ready for bed by 9:30 or 10 usually. We did not go in the pool or hot tubs, and if we went looking for a lounge chair, our favorite areas were under the lifeboats on the boardwalk, or in the aft tiered area by the kiddos pool. I spent a small fortune on a massage in the spa (first and last time I will do that.) Did not appreciate the auto-gratuity of 20% for a massage that was already priced too high. In the states I would not have tipped so much, I thought it was a fine massage but not even in the top 5 I have ever had. I left the gratuity alone. But will comment on my survey. Ship in general: Mid-way thru the cruise they replaced the dumb floral carpet in our hallway to the NCL fish carpet (yay fish!) No smell or noise, it was done while we were in port. We were excited to walk on the plush new carpet that night! The ship appears to be well kept. Has funky little touches like fish tiling in the cabin bathrooms. The washy-washy team seemed very diminished. We had one washy-washy girl in the mornings (Maria) that would play... we would say washy-washy and she would sing happy-happy. I missed the antics of the washy teams of old. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Join your roll call, go to the meet and greet! I managed the meet and greet, we had 45 people RSVP and only about 25 showed up (even though I delivered reminder cards to nearly everyone the night before.) But it was a great start to the cruise and we met some great people. Also, if you have a complaint mention it while you are on board, they will do what they can to fix it right then. If you wait till after the cruise is over, complaints tend to grow to unreasonable sizes and then there is nothing to be done. Excursions: We did more NCL excursions than we have in the past. Sea kayaking in Dubrovnik was our favorite! Slovenia Postojna Caves was amazing, and so nice to be cold for once on a summer day. Olympia and the Beach was fine. Olympia was very hot, but our guide was good. The beach part was nice, except the pushy peddlers bugging you every two minutes. 4x4 jeeps in Malta was a great way to see the island. The commentary was over the radio and hard to hear in an open topped jeep. Overall, if I cruised the Spirit again, I wouldn't really change a thing—except to carry more euros and kuna (for Croatia), we were forever stuck without enough cash on hand and having to find an atm. The European society is not nearly as dependent on plastic as we are in the states, and were were often wandering into shops that took cash only (gelato... daily.) We had never been abroad before and saw so much, we had a great time. It is a vacation after all... what is there to complain about really?
  9. We Will be on our first cruise!! Me, husband and my 2 years old. Ncl spirit. Are there many hangers for our clothes in the wardrobe ? We have a inside cabine. I am bringing a park for my son to sleep. Enough place in the room? From Rome to Croatie, Slovénie, Grèce, méditerranéen, wich excursion or activies would be the best with my 2 years old? Any other advice are welcome.
  10. Has anyone recently on the Norwegian Spirit checked the TVs for an HDMI port? My son in law wants to bring his X box.
  11. A couple of questions: 1 - Social Media package: does the package allows you to directly open the Facebook & Instagram Apps or they have to be open thru their websites (facebook.com, etc.)? The phone apps are so much easier to open, view, post, etc. than their www websites. 2. Norwegian Spirit WIFI: any one can report back from Norwegian Spirit WIFI, is it available through the ship with no problem? Wanting to know if the Wi-Fi on Spirit is accessible from anywhere in the ship or just on certain specific areas/decks only.
  12. What do I do for breakfast without O'Sheehan's Pub on the Spirit ? Just found out there is not one on the Spirit. Being handicapped it has been my quick and easy sit down breakfast stop on both the Star and Jewel every morning. Yes, I know there is the MDR, yuk, too slow and too stuffy !
  13. Does the Spirit have self service laundry rooms? Our cruise is 10 days and I don't want to have to over pack. We had a bad experience on a cruise ships laundry and would rather do it ourselves.
  14. Its my first cruise!!! Going on ncl spirit. I heard they charge for tips in the reservation price. Can I cancel the tip change and leave tip along the services we will be using?
  15. We just booked this cruise today. Got an email from our PCC about this yet unlisted cruise on the Spirit including Greece, Turkey, Cypress, Israel, Egypt. The Suez Canal, Jordan, Oman and UAE. We thought about it for about 2 Minutes and booked it! And we snagged one of those fabulous aft cabins. Now I just have 539 days until we leave! 🤪
  16. Hi everyone, My family and I will be cruising on Norwegian Spirit in November of 2018. We booked an ocean view room on deck 9 in November 2017 and were assigned to the last available outside cabin, #9003. I am concerned since the NCL website indicates that this room can accommodate only 3 occupants. My children are 14 and 17, so I need to ensure that any "cot" can accommodate an older child. I also read something about a "pole" in this room that prevents the beds from being pushed together, but I could not confirm anywhere on the NCL website. If anyone has any additional information or pictures of cabin 9003, I would really appreciate it. There are no other outside or balcony rooms available for this sailing, so I am unable to change the room assignment. Thanks for your help. Shannon
  17. A true confession. Lost my interest in NCL when they ditched the traditional dining option almost 20 years ago. I read a news story the other day stating the Norwegian Spirit will go to China next year. Looked at some pictures of Norwegian Spirit today and they are really impressive to me. No over the top colors, but just a very refined look with dark tones. Anyone else appreciate the decor of Spirit? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  18. Hi All! My husband and I booked our first ever cruise on the Spirit in 48 days!! We are super excited since this will be our first vacation alone together in 8 years! We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary. I picked this cruise primarily on the itinerary of the Greek Isles and Italy, but to be honest, I'm starting to get nervous with the less than stellar reviews I'm reading about the ships condition. We are staying in an Aft balcony cabin - its supposed to be a larger than normal cabin. I very recently found a video walk through of the cabin from 2013 and let's just say.. I'm REALLY hoping the ship has had some sort of refurb since then. When we booked this ship we were told it was going to be dry docked and refurbished this past Jan, but from the posts I've been ready that hasn't happend. Has anyone sailed the Spirit recently that can give me some insight? I don't mind an older decor, I just need it to be CLEAN. Thanks!!!
  19. Help...Does anyone have the dailies for this cruise? cannot find them anywhere. TIA
  20. We have booked a large Family Inside cabin on the Spirit for our upcoming cruise in September, #9551, and it is supposed to be one of just a few on board of this cabin type that are very spacious - 281 sq. ft. And that is even larger than a balcony cabin on the Spirit including the balcony... I booked this cabin category because of the size, but other than that I have no idea what I have booked. I have tried to do various searches - both here on CruiseCritic and elsewhere, but haven't found any photos. Hopefully some of you can help??? Since the Spirit is very different in design than the rest of the NCL ships, it will not help much with photos of large Family Inside cabins from other ships, and also not from the regular sized family insides on the Spirit. It seems to me like 281 sq. ft. for an inside cabin is a pretty good size on a cruise ship.... Thank you in advance!!!
  21. Hi guys! Just got off the Norwegian Spirit last Sunday. I will say it was probably the best itinerary I've done, although a lot of that comes with experience. With 13 years experience cruising I know what traps to avoid, and the last time I cruised in Europe was 11 years ago. So possibly having more experience made the Mediterranean seem better than the Baltic. Crew was also very good overall, save for a few mentioned later in this posting. Anyhow as to the ship itself, thing is showing its age. Had balcony staterooms on 10 port forward with interconnecting door. Cabin certainly seemed cursed, but apparently I'm not alone with these "curses". Furniture was definitely dated and a bit worn, as was the decor, especially the 90's fish tiles in the bathroom. Door handle to balcony broke and was replaced by carpenter after leaving a note for our steward. Some things just seemed more like neglect than age. One of my large group talked with a fellow passenger who had booked three straight cruises on the Spirit. That passenger said that in the more than a month they had been on the ship, the middle glass elevator was broken the entire time. It was annoying that the midship elevators, which get the most passenger flow, had a unit down with a "maintenance" sign up despite zero maintenance being performed whatsoever. This is completely unacceptable by all standards. Other issues dealt with things that clearly weren't part of the ship when it was inaugurated in 1998. One of those is wi-fi. A total joke. Cabin was supposed to get 250 minutes complementary, but aside from about 10 minutes after redeeming name and room number for activation, it did not work at all during the entire cruise. Room service was another issue. The first port of call was Livorno in the Tuscany region, and I had a very early tour. Ordered room service the night before, and absolutely nothing came the morning of or the time it was scheduled. Had to scramble, run to the buffet, and eat fast as a horse (or just skimp on food) in order to get to the tour on time. Mind you, the day before I had arrived from the East Coast of the US so I was still jetlagged. This was grave human error. But the real kicker came the night before and the morning of Barcelona. During the day we learned that there was a pipe replacement that night. But whatever really happened, it was gross. So I get up in the middle of the night and look in the bathroom. It looked like someone had forgotten to flush the toilet so I flushed it again. However, the water was still yellow. I turn on the sink and yellow water was coming out. From there gets even crazier. Soon after, my cabin gets hit with a giant stench of sulphur. So we have to open up the balcony doors to air the place out. But it gets worse. This is Barcelona on a Monday morning. Their port is enormous and extremely loud. So the air starts flowing in and I get hit with one of the biggest diesel exhaust stenches ever. And only to mention the banging of the containers and obnoxious loud beeping, so loud it woke up others who had their cabin doors closed that morning. It was insane. Had I been a person with asthma, I may have had to get rushed into an emergency room. I had a hard time breathing myself and the stenches made me a bit dizzy. This stench is dangerous for people with certain illnesses, only to mention contaminated water. Anyhow gripes aside it was a good cruise, with a great itinerary, and many excellent service staff from a very diverse array of nations. Air conditioning was probably the best of all seven cruises I've been on. But the cruise line really needs to step up their game with maintenance and upkeep. Several of the things I experienced were simply unacceptable. And this all happened after its so called 2017 renovation. Just because the ship is older, doesn't mean that it should be neglected or that passengers' experience should suffer.
  22. my wife and I took a port-intensive 11 night Adriatic July cruise along with son, DiL and grandson. We’ve done 35 or so cruises primarily on celebrity. We picked this cruise because of the stops, but were somewhat apprehensive due to the spirit’s age and the many negatives we read here..... age, wear, rust, leaks, smell, cabin problems, food, staff, service, et al. We were more than happy with our experience. The ship was fine; little (or none) of any of he expected “problems”; attentive staff/bartenders, tasty variety of food in both the buffet and dining rooms, comfortable bedding, good water pressure with plenty of hot water, numerous well stocked bars with good pours..... Negatives?....rooms were small....that’s about it; everything else We found to be the equal of celebrity. Would not hesitate to recommend the ship and this itinerary; we enjoyed it all.
  23. Paying it forward. I hope this review will assist others cruising this itinerary. Once again, thanks to my fellow Cruise Critic posters whose valuable information assisted us in another dream vacation. Background info …. We are mid and early 50’s. This is our third cruise in Europe and our third cruise on the Spirit. We cruised the 12 day Grand med on the Spirit in 2015 and the 9 day Baltic cruise on the Getaway in 2017. Our two boys travelled with us on both cruises. This time it was just the two of us as the boys had other commitments. We downgraded to an inside room from balconies on our previous two European cruises. For those interested we bid $285 USD each for a balcony upgrade but is was not in the cards. The ship was sold out, unlike the Getaway last year when the boys were upgraded from inside to balcony for $70 USD apiece. Next post our pre-cruise stay in La Spezia, Italy.
  24. I know that the new itineraries were available for the Joy and Pearl about a week before they went on sale. The new itineraries are set to go on sale next Monday the 6th for the Jade and Spirit. Has anyone seen them? We leave on holiday on the 6th and was hoping I could have a preview in case we want to book something. :)
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