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  1. Does anyone know if there are tea/coffee making faciliites and bathrobes in BA balcony cabins please?
  2. Recently returned from 2 cruises on the Spirit. Review is posted under ship reviews and it's really long. I did break it into topics (listed below) in case some aspect of the cruise is particularly interesting (so you won't have to sift through the whole thing). I'll check back here in case there are specific questions about our experience. I can certainly repost any of these sections on this board if there's interest... Review topics include: 1. Arrival/Embarkation 2. Cabin 3. Dining 4. UBP 5. Overall Service 6. Casino experience 7. Ports 8. Back to back info 9. Debarkation Hope some of you find this helpful. ~Bob
  3. Hi , Anyone stayed in 10612 port side midships - are there outside maintenance apparatus near the balcony that could cause noise inside the cabin. I seem to recollect something mentioned but not sure if this was the cabin. Thanks for any help
  4. We would love to hear port activity recommendations for the Norwegian Spirit Summer Solstice fjords cruise. If feasible to DIY we would of course like to minimize expenses as we have a group of 4 adults and booking through the cruise line is expensive! Ports will be Geriranger, Flam, Haugesund, Stavanger, Trondheim, Hammerfest and Honningsvaag
  5. How difficult is it to make Specialty Dining Reservations once you are on board the Spirit? Are all of the prime times reserved in advance? I would like to be able to play some dining reservations by ear but don't want to be eating dinner at 9:00 or 10:00 pm. Any advice?
  6. Our family is looking to do the 15 day Greek Isles, Italy, and France cruise on the Spirit in October 2019. We were on the Spirit earlier this year on a Canary Islands cruise and enjoyed the Spirit (and the cruise). My question has to do solely with the itinerary. The ship leaves from London and ends in Venice. It appeals to us as we can see London pre-cruise and it has a 1 day stop in Paris. Those are 2 major cities we want to see. Also, we have always wanted to see Venice so we can stay a few days post cruise there. Has anyone done this itinerary before and what was your opinion of it. Paul
  7. Last time on Spirit was 2006 and I'm sure that a lot has changed. The cabins seemed smaller than other ships. I am cruising next year on cabin 9703. Please let me know if you have been in this cabin. On the deck plan it looks as big as the inside accessible cabins but i can't get any confirmation of that. Any news or pics would be appreciated.
  8. I apologize in advance as I’m sure this has been discussed before, but I couldn’t find it. So does the balcony rooms have the option of either having two twin beds or one queen? if so, I didn’t see a place under our reservation to put our choice in. Thx in advance. Maybe something you do after you board?
  9. Our girls (aged 16, 14) have always enjoyed the Entourage clubs on NCL (Getaway, Epic). This July we're going to be on a 14 night cruise on NCL Spirit. Does anyone know if NCL Spirit has an Entourage club for teens? Thanks!
  10. Just wondering if there is a concierge lounge on the Spirit for suite or upper latitude guests? Thanks!
  11. Months ago we booked the Spriit on the Sept 1 Iceland Ireland and Norway cruise which included 2 days and 2 nights in Reykjavik as the highlight. Come to recently find out our time in Reykjavik has us docking at 6pm on Sunday and then leaving at 6am Tuesday. So it has 1 day and 2 nights. They sent an email re a 1 hour delay in docking in Dublin but didn't have the Reykjavik change highlighted so most missed. I only found out when I tried to book a private tour for early the first morning and was told the dock schedule said 6pm. On the website 6am docking is still listed along with some excursions which would not fit anymore or would have you on a 4x4 at night. I just spoke at length to a woman in Passenger Services about the docking time on the 8th in Reyjkavik. She spoke to three different supervisors, first told me it IS 8am and when I pressed her further re what the port says in Reyjkavik, she talked to MORE supervisors and ended up saying they are docking at 6pm. The Oct 23 email from them intended to inform us of that fact. I did say well then you needed to put some words re that change in it and also highlight the change, then change it on the website, and also change the excursions listed for that day as your are heading for some upset passengers. No one knew why it had a 12 hour change which is huge. I rarely and I mean RARELY complain about anything on a cruise; my husband worked for Marriott for most of his career so we well know how hard the hospitality business is, but this is an error which needs to be corrected all the way through and immediately. Any cancellations or changes need to be made by passengers at the 120 day out point and we are at 185 right now. I did say that they need to then quit selling excursions on the 8th which are 6 hours long or what end up being through the city or countryside in the dark. Customers do tend to accept changes more when they #1 know about it in detail #2 know why it has to be made and #3 there is follow-up all the way through so there is no confusion. Nuff said. This should NOT be sold as a 2 days in Reykjavik cruise. We will still take this cruise but this is a big disappointment....we would feel much better if they can explain it better and send out a more specific email and have correct info on the website. Otherwise they are selling something people won't get. This is our 10th cruise on NCL and the first big screw up like this....we had to miss the Edinburgh port at the last minute on our last cruise due to high wind but that was understandable and explained that day. We've had some small docking time changes emailed to us on previous cruises but not something as big a change as this.
  12. My CC just called to let me know that this cruise has been canceled due to an extended dry dock. He has no idea if it will be rescheduled. There are no other itineraries that come close to this one...so disappointing.
  13. Last year we were on the 2018/2019 Spirit Christmas and New year cruise with all inclusive drinks package,150 dollars OBC /120minutes data/ gratuities/1 litre of water per day per person. Cost £2199 per person (2831 US dollars ) cruise only. This year the 2019/2020 cruise only with the same benefits as above is £3079 pp. (3964 US dollars ) Both in the same type of cabin mid ships balcony deck 10 The 2018/2019 11 day cruise was around the Canaries - the 2019/2020 12 day cruise is from Rome visiting Venice, Kotor. I understand that costs have gone up ………….. but to the tune of £1760 (2265 US dollars) ???? How do the US prices compare? I know UK customers have the service charge on drinks built in to their package .. but it is still one big difference.
  14. We are looking to book a Greek Isles Cruise this May and have a choice between Jade/Star/Spirit. Price/Itineraries and days are same so it’s really only the choice of ship. To give you and idea of what we like we are a young couple in our early 30’s but generally prefer Princess to NCL (although I know this is the NCL board). We have a deposit that is due to expire if we don’t use it hence the reason for booking on NCL. We have only traveled on The Dawn preciously and loved it. While our cruise is port intensive (only 1 sea day in a 12 day cruise) we do like to have a bit of entertainment in the evenings before retiring to bed. Things we like are Bingo, Entertainment in the theatre, dancing to live music etc... So just wanted to know which ship was a better choice to suit our needs and why did you like it? We’ve pretty much decided on the ports just confusion on the ship itself. As far as cabin is concerned we will be going inside this time since it’s so port intensive and won’t be spending much time in the cabin itself. TIA!
  15. Hi all, Basic question that I can't seem to find the answer to - do all inside cabins have a third bed you can pull down? We are a group that will be booking 4 rooms with 2 or 3 in each, but are hoping that all the rooms will have at least three beds, so depending on who wants to do what each evening, the kids can sleep in basically any room with an adult being present and the adult is able to stay in their own cabin. Just wondering if that will work out for us, or if you're only guaranteed a third bed if you book 3 people into the cabin. Thanks!
  16. We are a mid sixty couple, I am retired and my husband is still working. This was our 26th cruise, mostly on Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Holland America. This is our 3rd NCL cruise. We don't normally like cruising Norwegian because we are not a fan of the Freestyle Cruising. This cruise was a smaller ship, which we prefer, and the price and itinerary were what we were looking for. We stayed in a small hotel, Hotel Condel, in the El Gotic area before the cruise for one night. We figured we were going to be spending most of the time in bed so a clean, comfortable bed close to port was all we were looking to pay for, our hotel fit that request. We really enjoyed that location and were very grateful they were able to let us in our room the morning we arrived so we could get some much needed sleep. That evening we enjoyed the Ramblas and the narrow streets of El Gotic. Hearing about the pick pocket problems in Barcelona we took precautions but we never felt in danger. The next morning we had a late breakfast at the hotel and the desk clerk arranged a cab for us. The port was just a short ride away, with tip I don't think we paid more than 20 Euro. Boarding was a breeze, because we had cruised NCL before we went right through the line for returning guests and we were on the ship in no time at all. We were on the ship and in our cabin by noon. The ship was in great shape, I had read on line that it was showing it's age but I never saw that. Our balcony cabin was a little smaller than usual, probably because it is an older ship. We never felt cramped, we had plenty of storage and we were very comfortable. The ship was decorated beautifully for Christmas and as the cruise progressed more Christmas decor was added. We felt very festive! The only thing lacking was Christmas music, except for the last night when they put on a spectacular Christmas show! Something I love about NCL is the fish swimming upstream on the carpet, I always knew where forward was! Aside from a few times we had to wait in line to dine...really a pet peeve of ours, we really enjoyed the Freestyle this time. Our cruise was very port intensive, in fact we were even in port for the last day (packing day) which was a first for us. Because we were so busy it was nice having the flexibility to dine when we wanted. We still think NCL needs to improve the whole waiting in line thing and I REALLY do not like having pagers on a ship. The way I think they could improve this is to offer reservations in the "free" dining venues for those that prefer not to wait in lines. The food was good, not great but good. This cruise was much more casual than we are used to, which worked out better for us this time since we were going to be packing for over three weeks. We spent the week after the cruise in an apartment we rented after the cruise for Christmas with our son from New York City. Since the cruise was more casual my husband left his tux home. He brought a dark blue suit but in hindsight he could have left that at home too and saved room in our luggage. There were not very many men dressing up more than a shirt and tie or polo shirt for the entire cruise. I brought two cocktail dresses I never wore, we only dressed up once. The entertainment on this ship was wonderful! There was plenty of variety in the theater and the venues around the ship. We have noticed other lines are starting to cut corners in the entertainment budget but did not feel NCL had done that at all. Our first port was supposed to be Casablanca, Morocco but we were told as we boarded they were replacing it with Tangiers, Morocco. We were disappointed because Casablanca was one of the reasons we booked this cruise. After talking with people that have been to both ports we were very happy with the change. In Tangiers we booked a ship tour that took us to the ancient Medina (walled city) of Tetouan. It was well worth the trip! Our second port was our favorite, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. We took a ship tour that took us to a small fishing village, a Madeira Wine shop, tasted Madeira wine and the local drink, Poncha, visited another small village, drive through the countryside to see all the farmlands and we went to Cabo Girau and walked on the glass viewing platform high above the cliffs. A new addition to our "bucket list" is to spend New Years in Funchal! Our third port was Santa Cruz, Tenerife and our fourth port Las Palmas, Canary Island, we were on our own and used the Hop on Hop off bus. I had read on line that this is a very good way to see these ports and we were not disappointed. Our fifth port was Malaga, Spain. This is a very walkable city once you are in the city. It is a very long way into the city from the port. We purchased tickets on the "train" to get into town because this is what the visitor center person in the port suggested. It was only around 5 Euro each round trip so we thought, sure, why not? She pointed us in the direction of the train, we ended up walking all the way into town to find the "train" only to find out it was really just a little shuttle car pulling what looked like a toy train. So much for needing a ride into town! We enjoyed the park, visiting the Cathedral and walking around town. If it had been warm, there was a nice beach close to the ship. Our last port was Alicante, Spain. This is a beautiful port with a very nice beach right by the port/ship. We rode the free shuttle into town and we headed straight to the Castell de Santa Barbara to stand in line and purchase the tickets to take the elevator up, well worth it. However, we were told by the elevator operator that you have to walk down...wrong! We ended up walking all the way around the mountain on the road down which was MILES and totally a waste of our time and energy. Buy the ticket and take the elevator DOWN as well. Bring your passport to prove you are 65 and you ride free. I guess we were getting tired because we also got a little lost trying to find our way back to the ship. Alicante is a great port for walking but walking you will do! Over all it was a great cruise! We are looking forward to cruising this ship again on a different itinerary. Our after cruise week in Barcelona was for Christmas. We had a wonderful time in Barcelona and this review is about the cruise so I will leave it there, except...to tell you about our apartment. We rented through Air BnB and the company that provided our apartment was Friendly Rentals. My advice...stay away from Friendly Rentals. The apartment and location in El Born were perfect but they were WORSE than bad to deal with. We were not the only ones to say this, we ran into several other customers of Friendly Rentals while we were in Barcelona and if you use them, I warned you.
  17. Is anyone interested in sharing a tour of the Jewish history of Lisbon?
  18. We are constantly getting messages about Noro virus on board. Staff serving all food in buffet. No condiments on table, whole ship being cleaned from top to bottom.
  19. We will be on the Spirit for the May 8 departure from Rome. We are looking at a tour for Messina to Taormina/Castelmora. If anyone would like to share the taxi for this tour, please contact me. Thanks.
  20. In the past we've displayed computer games on the cabin TV on a HAL cruise. I was wondering if anyone has successfully done that on a Norwegian ship. We'll be in an outside cabin on the Spirit and was wondering if it was worth bringing the HDMI cable to do the same thing on that ship. In the past I've had to use a universal TV remote to bypass the restricted remote that the cruise line provides you. I don't mind doing that again.
  21. Hi, just wondering if anyone has any info for this cruise in particular any idea what actually happens on the day the itinerary says cruise svartisen glacier. Tia x
  22. We are booked on Baltic cruise out of Stockholm August 2019 on the Spirit. Any tips for this 15 day Baltic adventure. We were a little concerned about having from one port and returning to another. We suppose the airfare will be the challenge.
  23. Can anyone tell me which is the best family balcony for room please? TIA
  24. We have been offered an aft stateroom on deck 11 and I was wanting to know if anyone else has stayed here near the Buccaneers Amphitheater and if so is there any noise?
  25. Hi, I am booked on the Norwegian Spirit for a European cruise starting January 13 of 2019. On January 17 we stop at the Port of Arrecife and we found a highly rated excursion with Lanzarote Experience Tours. However, it's only able to operate if enough people have booked the tour. Any other people taking this cruise that would be interested in booking? Here is the link to the tour: (South Excursion of Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park) https://www.lanzaroteexperiencetours.com/crucero/norwegian-cruise-line/norwegian-spirit/13012019-205/https://www.lanzaroteexperiencetours.com/crucero/norwegian-cruise-line/norwegian-spirit/13012019-205/
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