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  1. I have cruised on NCL a few times, but its been a few years and of course, everything changes. Due to the right for us Japan itinerary in 2022, my son and I would like to book this cruise. Under the current promotion, it says up to 1400.00 for drinks. Will they apply this to a drink package if you want to just get a package? Also, I wasn't used to the ala carte dining, it used to be a set price, so it seems like you just get monetary credits now. Also, can you reserve several specialty restaurants before you go, or is there a limit? We are looking at a penthouse suite, but wasn't sure if the bed could be separated? It just says queen bed, although it does have a pull out couch, and he's willing to use that if needed. Thank you, can't wait til we get to cruise again!
  2. You have been warned! This is a four part saga so if you have a cat to cuddle or plants to mind I won't be offended, if you wander off at any point. But if you have nothing else to do please come along on our 20 day cruise on the refurbished Spirit. The Norwegian Spirit Dubai to Cape Town 2nd March - 22nd March 2020 or "All at Sea" Background This cruise was not on the calendar. We had just completed a Christmas cruise out of Singapore on the Jade, visiting all the places which were the among the first to shut down over Covid 19 we were not in the market for another long-hall three week holiday but the price and itinerary were too good to miss. We always set ourselves a strict annual vacation budget and as this was a last minute trip we took an inside guarantee with the dining and drinks perks (booking under UK T&Cs). The total price for the cruise was less than $100 per person per night. Cabin We were immediately allocated cabin 9193 a great location and very quiet. The only issue was it was a four person room so we had to work around the bunk bed but by day two we hardly noticed it, well it was on DH’s side so I didn’t notice it at all!). If we had had the beds separate it would have been easier but we didn’t get married (15 years last week) to sleep apart. Storage was fine for 20 nights for two people but if four people shared the room they would have to be light packers and well synchronised - it is NOT a big space. The lighting was especially good much better than in our last ocean view room and the the inside cabin became absolutely the right choice for us, as sleep turned out to be a major pass-time for this itinerary. The bathroom was great with a big shower which kept the steam in well, though leaked buckets though the bottom of the door - extra towels please! The steam retention properties of the shower were a mixed blessing; great that I could do my make up in a fog free mirror, whilst DH was showering not so great in that a mildew smell started to develop - we used a face towel to tie the door open during the day which helped a lot. The ship was recently out of dry dock and there were certainly things which were not completed / done badly. Thankfully our loo worked the whole time which was not the case for every one. Shampoo and Shower gel dispensers appeared on day two and were filled on day three. When I unplugged my camera charger (responsible cruiser is me) the whole strip of sockets started to come away from the wall. The TV cable had no end on it just some wire. Our door became increasing hard to open and close and the maintenance guy took one look at it and said wrong hinges. Apparently the wrong sized hinges were used on lots of door - so he tracked down the right size and we had no more problems with rattling and stuck doors. Apologies to our neighbours as the fix took most of the day with much drilling and hammering. The roof on the outside eating area on deck 12 had to be reaffixed during the voyage and according one of the crew who normally worked in the spinnaker lounge the ceiling came down there - the lounge was closed for 2 or 3 days. Pictures of the new hull paint job and Spice H2O.
  3. Just boarded the new Spirit in Civitavecchia for the cruise to Dubai. Note: Henry’s Pub is like before but new floor and furniture.
  4. Anyone have information on balcony cabin 10686, it is a larger room, but its close to the new Spice H2O. Wondered how noisy it is for this cabin? Also want to make sure there is NOT a smoking area nearby? Anyone know the hours of operation for Spice H2O?
  5. We are considering a cruise on the NCL Spirit for next February. We have sailed on her twice before. I understand that she just went through a refurbishment this February. Does anyone have any pictures of the ship after the refurbishment they can pose? I am particularly interested in the Atruim area, Champagne Charlie, the Spinnaker lounge and the other lounge that was at the back of the casino. (I think it's called Bliss?) In essence, all the public areas that have music and a dance floor. Any other information are welcome on this ship. Thank you. Stay safe!
  6. Good day. Hope everyone is well. We live on St. Croix, USVI and can see the Norweigan Spirit between us and St. Thomas heading to Port Canaveral, FL according to MarineTraffic.com. Any ideas why this ship is sailing? Is there a shipyard in Barbados where ships are getting repairs? RCI Freedom of the Seas is near Barbados and it appears Serenade of the Seas is heading there now. Any ideas?
  7. As you may know the NCL Spirit was in Dry Dock France. A lot of workers got ill by Pneumococcal. https://crew-center.com/4000-workers-get-pneumococcal-vaccine-norwegian-spirit-dry-dock-marseilles Therefore the first cruise after dry Dock was delayed, while workers where ill or refused to work on the Spirit. The Spirit made her first voyage and still a lot of workers where onboard to finish dry dock work. I will just inform you that a lot of guest got to cough and had to visit the doctor onboard. They made no test, to prove if they have a pneumococcal desease. But a lot people got to cough. Normally this is not such a big think, but in time of corona virus it will be really bad, if you get pneumococcal and corona virus at the same time. Right now there is no proof, that Spirit has pneumococcal but I have to go to the doctor to make some tests. Maybe you can share additional information, if you where on the Spirit or get same kind of illness. Best Regards Dave
  8. We were on the Spirit, Dubai to Cape Town, sail date 3/3/20. Due to the escalating threat of Coronavirus, we were not allowed to dock anywhere after Muscat, and spent 16 days at sea before disembarking at Cape Town and being transported directly to the airport. We received a letter in our cabin to say we would be entitled to a 50% refund and 75% discount on a future cruise. Since returning home we have received no further conformation of this. There is a refund form on their website, but this is only for cruises that were cancelled after 13 March. Does anyone know how we can apply for the refund?
  9. For those who have decided to select FCC for their cancelled cruises, the 2021 itineraries are out for some ships, and they look pretty darned attractive. Prices are a bit steep but I reckon you should be able to cancel/rebook as the prices drop. Spirit is doing 9-, 10-, 11-day cruises in Europe in 2021 (7-day cruises this year) and will end the 2021 Med season by going to Dubai and then Singapore and then Sydney!! The Jade will take current Spirit's 2020 place to go to Dubai, then South Africa. We were on the Spirit last month from Rome to Dubai and we had a great cruise - it sits in our top 3 cruises. The ports of call were fantastic, and our fave was Jordan.
  10. I've been in contact with a friend who is currently on the Norwegian Spirit. They have had at least 19 sea days so far with many cancelled ports. They are currently heading to Capetown , South Africa where they were to disembark on March 22. The South African government has declared a state of disaster and has declared a ban on travel from 8 countries including the United States as well as closed most ports. Needless to say , neither she or anyone on board, knows what is to happen next. She had mentioned yesterday that they had run out of fresh vegetables and were being served canned ham as supplies were low. Nobody on the ship is sick but obviously worried.
  11. Hello, We had booked a Japan cruise on the NCL Spirit for Nov. 2020. A few weeks ago, NCL cancelled the cruise and pulled the Spirit out of the Pacific and sent it to Greece. NCL sent us an email where they explained the reasoning behind the cancellation. In this email, NCL stated they would fully reimburse the cost of the cruise and cover up to $300 per person for changes/cancellations to the airfare that we booked to fly to Japan. When I tried to submit a claim for reimbursement, NCL replied with an email (attached) that stated that in addition to copies of the original airline tickets, they want a LETTER issued by DELTA AIRLINES on COMPANY LETTERHEAD that confirms that we are required to pay a change fee of $300 per ticket! How in the world am I supposed to get a letter from Delta on letterhead? This is a completely unreasonable expectation! Has anyone else had this issue with NCL? If so, what have you done? Thanks!
  12. Just received notification from Katty Byrd of NCL that our two b2b Asian cruises on the Spirit - Jan 30-Feb 11, 2021 SIN to HKK and Feb 11-16, 2021 out of HKK have been cancelled. Here is the email:
  13. With sailings to Asia having been cancelled NCL have introduced a new itinerary for Spirit. Departing Athens and calling at Rhodes, Kusadasi,Patmos, Mykonos, Argostoli, Kefalonia, Corfu, Santorini and back to Athens. Just booked a balcony cabin at a great price considering I am a solo traveller. Sailing on 31st May. Have started a roll call so if anyone else has booked this cruise come and join. Suron (in Bristol, UK)
  14. When we sailed on the Spirit a few years ago, we stayed in 10502. The 5 suites across the front of the ship each had unique decor (think different colored wood paneling and doors) and were named for Asian cities. Has anyone seen them since the drydock? Did they retain any of the uniqueness or are they now the same generic neutral tones? NCL's website shows the same floorplan and photos for all suite categories despite differences in layout.
  15. Cabins 10114 and 10614 are not on the deck plans for the Spirit. Can anyone explain why ???? thanks
  16. I was booked onto one of the Norwegian Spirit Asian cruise that has now been cancelled. I purchased airfare separately. In the letter from them they talk about the 10% off future cruise and then it states "Furthermore, we will cover up to $300 per person for any airfare change fees.". Does anyone know if this is only if you book a future cruise (so they are covering changes to fares to change to a new cruise) or is it for everyone? If it is for everyone, does it also include a refund of cancellation fees, or only fees it you reschedule your flight? I have tried contacting NCL but they just keep sending me the same letter back to me (and wish me an enjoyable cruise...….). Thank you
  17. Hi i am wondering if there is anyway to find out if the room has enough room in it for the beds to be set up as twins, rather than a double. i am sailing with my mum.
  18. When NCL informed me that my Spirit cruise in November was cancelled, they offered a 10% credit towards a future cruise. It has to be used within 45 days and originally they said sail within one year. I just received an email from a PCC that I was assigned but have never used, reminding me to use the credit. I responded and asked if I could get an extension on the booking date, as I had seen others received up to one year to book. The response was that I had to book by March 30, 2020 but I could sail until 12/31/2022. That's all well and good I guess, except that the 2021 schedule isn't even complete yet. How can I book into the end of 2022? I think I'll just give up the 10% this time. They make no sense.
  19. My husband and I were scheduled to sail on the Spirit cruise (Feb 11-Mar 2). Because of delays caused by a disruption in its refurbishment by strikes at the port where it was dry docked, just days before it was scheduled to sail (Feb 5), we were notified by NCL that the cruise itinerary would be cut by three days (new embarkation date - Feb 14) and 4 ports would be cancelled. NCL offered all passengers the option of a full refund if we chose to cancel or a partial refund (25%) on the cruise as well as a discount (25%) on future cruises if we chose to continue with the cruise. The deadline for cancellations was Feb 13. After much discussion, my husband and I decided to cancel. Our travel agent notified NCL of our decision on Feb 10. We are still waiting to receive our refund as NCL has not provided us with a timeline. Does anyone in our situation have anymore information about the refund? Many thanks.
  20. I just got this in my email. We are bummed. We were going to sail late August: IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION CANCELLATION Reservation: xxxxxx Date: 02/07/2020 Dear Valued Guests and Travel Partners: On behalf of Norwegian Cruise Line, thank you very much for your loyalty and for making us your vacation of choice. Due to growing concerns regarding Coronavirus in Asia, all Norwegian Spirit sailings from April 15, 2020 through December 7, 2020 operating in Asia have been canceled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Please be advised that a full refund will be processed automatically to the form of payment provided at the time of booking. As a goodwill gesture, we have arranged for a future cruise credit, worth 10% toward your future cruise, to be issued. This credit will be available within 7 days and can be applied towards any of our currently published sailings if you book a new cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line in the next 45 days. Furthermore, we will cover up to $300 per person for any airfare change fees. Please submit your receipts at www.ncl.com/case-submission. When you are interested in choosing another sailing, please contact Norwegian Cruise Line at 1-866-234-7350 or your travel professional. For any guests booked outside of the U.S. and Canada, please visit www.ncl.com for local contact information. We greatly appreciate your understanding and thank you for choosing Norwegian Cruise Line for your upcoming vacation at sea. We look forward to welcoming you aboard. Sincerely, Katty Byrd Vice President, Guest Services
  21. Just waiting to get off the Spirit after the final cruise before dry dock. After 6 cruises, and 68 nights, this will likely be our last Spirit cruise for a few years, and obviously it will be a very different ship if and when we do get back. Some great memories and great friends.
  22. As the saying goes, "Shall we live in interesting times" We are booked on the Spirit for a 21 day mid east cruise departing Rome on Tuesday... Like most passangers we know, we are departing FOR Rome tomorrow. TODAY we get an email from NCL. Opps, sorry but the ship will not be out of the shipyard until next FRIDAY, so we are shortening your cruise by 4 days, and eliminating 4 of 9 ports. Your choices are to take a 25% refund, or cancel your cruise. On the surface this does not sound bad... Until you consider that most of us are on non-refundable airline flights, and now we have to pay for 3 more days hotel and food in Rome, AND we are loosing non refundable shore excursions from the 4 canceled stops. Reaction from NCL? "Sorry, but not our problem" Way to go guys!
  23. I will be on Spirit in December. I got an email today about the dry dock renovations. At the bottom it says they're expanding the spa, adding dining options, and they will be eliminating the space for Guppies, Splash Academy, and Entourage to make way for these. It says they don't expect many children as they plan to take it to more exotic destinations after the renovation. I don't cruise with kids so no problem for me. but it seemed like others might need to know.
  24. When do you think NCL will update the itinerary and the excursion offerings for this cruise on their website? The cruise is just around the corner and I want to get things scheduled and paid for in advance. I have the $50 off per port excursion perk.
  25. Hi folks Just looked at the deck plans of the newly refurbished NCL Spirit. Can't find any kids facilities there anymore. Is there still an area, were the teens can meet and hang out? Or are all the kids facilities gone? Cheers! DJ
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