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  1. I'm looking at a cruise from Tokyo on the Norwegian Spirit. I love the ports! However, I'm looking at the Sailaway inside, but on this ship it states that there is only one room assigned as a Sailaway Inside, specifically #4493? I haven't seen this on any of the other Norwegian ships. I can't find a review of this room, but my instinct says there's probably something wrong with the room if it's the only one. Am I missing something? Has anyone stayed in this room?
  2. We have friends who will be on the Spirit in a few weeks. It's their first time on NCL. I've been able to answer most of their questions, but they asked about current entertainment. If you've been on the Spirit in the past month or so, who were the guest entertainers and which shows are currently offered? Elements?
  3. Our cruise: Sat 17-Aug 5 pm SHIP DEPARTS STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN Sun 18-Aug 10 am - 7 pm HELSINKI, FINLAND Mon 19-Aug 7 am Tue 20-Aug 7 pm ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIAN FEDERATION Wed 21-Aug 7 am - 4 pm TALLINN, ESTONIA Thu 22-Aug 9 am - 5 pm RIGA, LATVIA Fri 23-Aug 8 am - 5 pm KLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA Sat 24-Aug 7 am - 3 pm GDYNIA (GDANSK), POLAND Sun 25-Aug 7 am - 9 pm ROSTOCK, GERMANY Mon 26-Aug 11 am - 8 pm COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Tue 27-Aug 12 pm - 11:59 pm OSLO, NORWAY Wed 28-Aug AT SEA Thu 29-Aug 7 am - 7 pm AMSTERDAM (IJMUIDEN), NETHERLANDS Fri 30-Aug 7 am - 6 pm ZEEBRUGGE (BRUSSELS/BRUGGE), BELGIUM Sat 31-Aug 7 am - 7 pm LE HAVRE (PARIS), FRANCE Sun 01-Sep 5 am SHIP ARRIVES AT SOUTHAMPTON (LONDON), GREAT BRITAIN I was travelling with my 22-year-old daughter and my 14-year-old son. We flew out of Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and connected through Heathrow. We were worried about our connection as we had only 1 hr between flights, but our first flight (British Airways) was actually 1/2 hour early and we didn't have to go through immigration in Heathrow. (We did that in Stockholm.) The flights themselves were fine. Average coach flights. At least we had 1 piece of luggage included. In Stockholm, we took the Arlanda Express to the city centre. This was very easy. Really, if you have a central hotel, don't bother with a taxi. We bought the tickets online before we left (since they're discounted if you buy in advance), and they gave me a verification code that I just showed to the ticket-checker on the train. Our hotel was named the Central Hotel and it was pretty much across the street from the Arlanda Express/Central Station. We could walk to Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and take the tram to Djurgarden (where many of the museums we wanted to see are located). Breakfast (a buffet with ample choice) was included. We selected this hotel because it could accommodate 3 people in one room (2 twin beds and a fold out). It was nice and quiet despite its central location and I'd happily stay there again. We arrived mid-afternoon and just strolled into Gamla Stan for the late afternoon/early evening to try to reset our body clocks but we went to bed early and therefore woke up at 5 am. . . . So we went to the Central Station and did a self-guided subway art tour. (Google "Stockholm subway art tour" for recommendations/directions.) Since we'd also bought transit passes for the day, after breakfast, we took the tram to Djurgarden and visited the Vasa Museum (at opening), the ABBA Museum (slightly after opening and it was already quite crowded), and Skansen -- less for the folk museum and more for the Nordic animals zoo. (We especially enjoyed watching their wolverines.) We then went to the ICEBAR at the Hotel C (across from the station) for drinks, followed by dinner in the attached hotel restaurant. The ICEBAR was a lot of fun. (Drinking mixed vodka drinks from a glass made of ice!) The dinner was only okay. At the ICEBAR we actually met up with others from our cruise whom I'd met via the Cruise Critic Roll Call and our cruise Facebook group! The next morning we visited the royal palace, the best part of which was the Armory -- which is actually more clothes and carriages than weapons. Note that we actually paid the admission to all the places we visited individually rather than buying the Stockholm Card since for the short time that we were there, the card would not have paid for itself (especially since my daughter as a student often qualified for discounts). I would highly recommend Stockholm as a place to start or end the cruise. There's a lot to see -- we hardly exhausted the city, and there's even more beyond (like Drottningholm). Also, if your cruise visits Stockholm for the day, you're either in port at Nynashamn (some distance from the city) or your time is cut short by the slow sail in and sail out through the Stockholm archipelago -- which is very pretty (I enjoyed watching it on the sail out), but I didn't feel I needed to see it twice. To get to the cruise port, we simply took one of the many taxis near the Central Station -- not cheap, but very easy. NCL embarkation was very quick. (We were there around 1 pm.) Okay, the ship itself (Norwegian Spirit) is not shiny and new. Occasionally we'd notice minor wear and tear (e.g. a chip on the edge of our sink in the bathroom). But the staff did an excellent job of keeping everything functional and clean. We had no complaints. Okay, one complaint: the walls are pretty thin, and our room, Forward on Deck 5, did vibrate noticeably when the ship was pulling in and out of port, but neither interrupted our sleep. Sometimes communication from NCL and the ship wasn't the best -- for example, they changed our Helsinki port times a week before we left, but only about half of us got the email. The rest found out at embarkation. In Oslo, the dock they'd posted on their information board was not the same as that on the Oslo port website (and the Oslo port website was right). Etc. But since I'm an obsessive researcher and always overly prepped anyway, this didn't bother me. Entertainment was fine. We saw a few of the shows -- magician, juggler, acrobat, violinist, etc. (It was never a problem getting seats in the theatre. Turn up on time because you can't walk in the doors on Deck 7 after the show starts.) We turned up to most of the sunset or pub trivias in the afternoon and evening (and won a few times!). We were rarely out or even out of bed after 9 or 10 pm as we had early mornings and busy days, and most other cruisers we spoke to seemed to be doing the same! The food was fine -- typical cruise line food. We didn't bother the specialty restaurants. Mostly we ate in the more-casual Garden restaurant as they didn't mind my teenage son wearing shorts. We ate in Shogun (the Asian restaurant that's included) twice and the buffet for breakfast and the occasional dinner. Breakfast at the buffet was a bit of a madhouse in the morning -- everybody was eager to disembark ASAP in the mornings -- but we always managed to find seating, if not inside then outside on the terrace. And we could sit out on the terrace because we had amazing weather -- we didn't get rained on once! It was a bit hot (around 27C) the few days we spent in Germany, Denmark, and Norway but most days were around 21C. Even with the occasional hot day, cruising the Baltic in peak summer is definitely more pleasant than cruising the Mediterranean in summer! (We cruised the Med last year and just *melted*). Ports: Since my son and I had been to Helsinki before and visited the usual highlights (Market Square, the Church in the Rock, etc.), we decided to get out of the city and visit the Nuuksio National Park, which is less than an hour from the cruise port. We booked a tour with Feel the Nature, who picked us up outside the cruise terminal and took us on a guided hike. We picked wild berries (blueberries, lingonberries, and bogberries), did some bird spotting (the marsh tits were adorable), and had a snack break consisting of some traditional Finnish savoury and sweet pastries and some coffee or juice. We then went to meet their local reindeer and feed them some lichen. (There was also the Haltia Nature Centre right nearby, which we could have visited if we hadn't wanted to hike or if the weather had been miserable.) My teenage son especially enjoyed this day. (If we hadn't gone to Nuuksio, we probably would have independently taken the ferry to Suomenlinna and then visited the public Loyly sauna for another very Finnish experience.) Note that the cruise port is not convenient to the city center. Our next port was St. Petersburg, which is usually the highlight of any Baltic cruise and definitely needs at least 2 days. The first day, there may be a slight delay with Russian immigration. (This is the only port where we had to go through immigration.) Last time we went to St. Petersburg, on the Regal Princess, it took us about 40 minutes in line at immigration. This year, the authorities were allowing ship's tours off first and independent operators were only allowed into the port at 8:30 am. We were allowed off the ship shortly before 8:30 am and had *no* lines at immigration and were through in minutes. I don't know if this was because they'd staggered the groups or because the Spirit was just a smaller ship, but we appreciated it! Note that you are not allowed off the ship without a ship tour, a Russian visa (which can take months to obtain), OR a tour with one of the many independent tour operators that offer visa-free tours (always the best option). Last time we booked a small-group tour with SPB Tours (max 16 people) and very much enjoyed it. SPB Tours, Alla Tours, and TJ Travel are the 3 biggest tour operators in the region. Ulko Tours is another one you'll see everywhere. They're based out of St. Petersburg but offer flat-rate tours in the other ports too (such as the one we took in Helsinki last time). Their St. Petersburg tours are reliably very good; their tours in other ports are more variable in quality. This time we decided we wanted a private tour since we wanted to have control over our itinerary and switch out some sights for others. I had the best response from Red Sun Tours: since they're a smaller company, the owner Elena emailed me back directly and demonstrated that she'd actually read my email by offering me a couple of different customized sample itineraries. We were able to visit favourites from our last visit like the Peterhof fountains but also trade out the always-crowded Catherine Palace for the Grand Maket Russia (which was so cute), the Peter and Paul Fortress for the Soviet Arcade Games Museum (which gave you 15 kopek coins and let you actually play the games), etc. We were also able to request a lunch at a Georgian restaurant since I'd never tried Georgian food before. If people have the budget, I *strongly* recommend setting up a private tour in St. Petersburg -- or maybe forming a small group with others on their Cruise Critic Roll Call, but the smaller the group, the easier it is to bypass the lines. And the more personal the experience: other people who were on small group tours with the larger companies were given audioguides in the Faberge Museum; our private guide gave us our own tour. Even if doing a small-group tour instead of a private tour, I would recommend going with one of the smaller operators like Red Sun Tours for a more personal experience (their small groups are 8 people instead of 16 people). They may not offer tours in other ports -- but you can still book tours with SPB, Alla, etc., and there are other tour operators in those ports anyway. For example, in Tallin, Estonia, we had an excellent tour with Traveller Tours. Our guide met us at the port and then took us on a walking tour of the Old Town (which is an easy walk from the port), followed by a bike tour of some of the modern Tallinn districts like Kalamaja. I really enjoyed this tour, both the old and modern Tallinn, and would recommend this company. (The tour was also cheap! 105 Euros for a 4-hour tour for 3 people.) One thing that I would recommend to visitors to Tallinn is to get off the ship and into the Old Town ASAP. When we did our walking tour starting at 8 am, the streets were mostly empty. When we hopped on our bikes and pedaled away around 10 am, we were noticing that it was starting to get crowded, and when we came back to drop off the bikes around noon, it was packed! Fortunately, we had an afternoon activity planned that took us outside the Old Town again: about 15 minutes walk from the Town Hall is the Rotermann district and the Kalev shop where we participated in a chocolate truffle making workshop! I'd set this up by emailing the shop directly and recruiting participants on our Cruise Critic Roll Call and Facebook group. The shop also offers marzipan-painting workshops, but I much prefer the taste of chocolate! Estonian chocolate is very good and very reasonably priced. It was only about a 20 minute walk back to the ship from the shop. Next we were in Riga, Latvia. It's a beautiful city, but my son did not want to spent the day looking at Art Nouveau architecture so I booked a tour that included a visit to Gauja National Park and the medieval castles of Turaida and Sigulda (along with Gutman's cave) before finishing in the city with a walk down one of the most beautiful streets for Art Nouveau architecture (my son could tolerate a street of it) and a walking tour of the old town. The castles were okay. I wouldn't say that they were a must-see and they're a bit of a drive, but my son was happy to get away into the green space. We shared this tour with a couple I'd met on Facebook and I booked it with Nordic Experience. They are a tour company that offers tours in ports all around the Baltic *except* for St. Petersburg. Two things I appreciated about them was that (a) I had good communication with them in advance and they were willing to customize our itineraries (modifying the sample itineraries on their website) and (b) they were able to invoice people for credit card payment in advance. (No worrying about collecting money from other members of the group or worries about no-shows.) Their guides were also very good with excellent English, and -- most importantly for cruisers -- they were excellent at keeping the groups on schedule and delivering us back to the port exactly on time. Note that unless you want to go out of the city as we did, you can walk to pretty much everywhere from the port dock. Klaipeda, Lithuania doesn't really have much cruise infrastructure. They weren't letting private tour operators into the port and we had to take a shuttle bus into and from the Old Town -- which was a PITA as we were meeting a private operator as we were heading to the Curonian Spit (accessible by ferry). We'd booked the tour with Ulko Tours (the St. Petersburg company), and it was just okay. If I were to book it again, I probably would have gone with Nordic Experience here too even though they were more expensive. The attractions on the Curonian Spit are the Hill of Witches with its wooden folk sculptures (get there early before all the crowds -- the one plus to our tour was that we were there first), the small Amber Museum and Gallery in Nida, and the dunes of Nida, which were . . . a lot of sand. Wow, it's hard to walk on sand. There were also cormorants and herons and swans and other bird colonies around. We then got a quick overview of Klaipeda's tiny Old Town. Overall, I'd say that this port is okay but hardly a must-do in any cruise itinerary. Gdansk, Poland is a must-do. It's Old Town is beautiful -- rebuilt after the WWII devastation -- and it's got many interesting things to see nearby. We visited Stutthof Concentration Camp (very affecting). Others loved Malbork Castle, et al. Of course everyone also stops at the Solidarity shipyard. We toured with Nordic Experience again here. Since so many people wanted to see Stutthof, we wound up with a group of 13 people! (We had a mini-bus.) Note that this is one port where you want to plan your transportation. Gdynia is a fair distance from Gdansk and the traffic is terrible. We did not go to Berlin from Rostock. Though the cruise lines try to sell this as the port for Berlin, the city is a 2.5-3 hour drive from the port. The ship tours took the train, which was *not* better as the train was not air-conditioned and Berlin was hot that day. Last time we were in port here, we took a tour that went to Warnemunde, Rostock, and Schwerin (look up the Friends of Dave tour). This time, we went to the Rostock Zoo and the Marine Science Center for their Seal Encounter (which was awesome). It was just a fun day. Couple things to note here: Warnemunde and Rostock are different ports. Warnemunde is the convenient port, right by the seaside town and the train station. Rostock is the industrial port that's a PITA to get to and from, especially on a Sunday when the public bus only runs once an hour. The taxis in the port are looking for fares to Berlin. The ship was running shuttles to Rostock, but there was a long line for it. Know the timing of the public buses or be really persuasive with the taxi drivers! Also, although the Marine Science Center is technically in Rostock, it's just across the river from Warnemunde and you can take the cheap (and continuously running, even on a Sunday) public transit ferry across. In Copenhagen, we took the public bus (buy a ticket before you get on) to the Rosenborg Castle, which was way too crowded. You could buy a timed ticket online, but we were really only interested in the Treasury and we'd seen it before anyway, so we bailed and went to Amalienborg instead (no lines whatsoever). We ate hot dogs along the canal in Nyhavn and took a canal cruise, walked past the Gefion fountain and the Little Mermaid, and went back to the ship as it was too hot for us and all the air-conditioned museums are closed on Mondays! (Also, Duncan and I had spent several days there before and we were all feeling a little tired by now.) Heading back to the ship before the all-aboard time was not a bad idea as we were in port at Oceankaj and the buses back -- both the public bus and the Hop On Hop Off -- were packed and turning people away in the last hour before all aboard (some people barely made it back). Oslo has a beautiful sail in along the Oslo fjord. Here, we bought the Oslo Pass that included public transit and walked from the dock to the public ferry to the Bygdoy Museums (air conditioned and not closed!): the Fram, the Kon-Tiki, and the Viking Ship Museums, all very different and very good. If we'd had more time, we probably would have also visited the Open Air Folk Museum, which some of our fellow cruisers really enjoyed, but we wanted to meet up with some friends of ours. We had dinner with them and an evening stroll through the Vigeland Sculpture Park. (Some people were annoyed that our port times were noon to midnight, but we appreciated the evening to meet up with friends!) Amsterdam has a lot to see, and inconveniently we were in port in IJmuiden, which is some distance from the actual city. Public transit into the city would have involved a bus and two trains. We could have booked a private car transfer, but we decided if we were doing that, we might as well book a tour, and again, we booked with Nordic Experience (one of the few companies willing to pick up in IJmuiden). I customized our itinerary to include the Van Gogh Museum (and our guide gave us an excellent guided tour), a canal tour (which was okay), and a visit to Zaanse Schans and its windmills (clog making! cheese! etc.) I will have to go back to Amsterdam sometime to see more of it -- like the Red Light district, which I couldn't visit very well with my 14-year-old son. From Zeebrugge, most cruisers went to Bruges and loved it, but we did a trip to Flanders and WWI sites -- my son's vote, and since I was dragging him to Giverny and Rouen in Normandy instead of the WWII landing beaches, I caved here. It was an enjoyable day. I especially enjoyed the Passchendaele Museum (although maybe "enjoyed" isn't the right word here) and I appreciated the Canadian memorials, but what was most surprising to me is that farmers are still finding debris from WWI in their fields -- unexploded shells, et al. WWI still scars the landscape. So last time from Le Havre, my daughter and I visited the landing beaches and Bayeux with Overlord Tours. This time we visited the gardens at Giverny -- very crowded but very beautiful -- and the city of Rouen. The cathedral, medieval buildings, astronomical clock, etc. make for a scenic walk, but we were also interested in Joan of Arc and ducked into the "Historial" where they tell the story of Joan of Arc in an audiovisual presentation projected on the walls of the rooms of the old palace (the old crypt and kitchens and tower rooms, etc.). We had audioguides translating the French for us, and I noticed we were the only non-French-speakers in there! Disembarkation in Southampton was trivial (we'd been through an immigration check on the sea day on the ship). Smiths for Airports met us at the port and there was no traffic on a Sunday so we were back to Gatwick with time to spare. Many of the planes out of Gatwick were delayed for some reason, so our plane was a little late back, but since we weren't connecting this time, no worries! All in all, it was a fabulous cruise and I'm so happy I booked it. I was a little nervous about sailing on the Spirit as I'd heard some negative reviews of it, but I found everything about it perfectly adequate, especially for such a port-intensive itinerary. And the fellow cruisers we met aboard were wonderful. (If you're reading this review, hi!) If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I'll try to add some photos if I can get CC to show them.
  4. Hello Cruisers! We recently returned from a 12 day NCL cruise to Norway on the Spirit. We had an amazing time in such a beautiful country. I'm going to give you a detailed trip report. I have dozens of pictures, menus, food porn and more. I go into a lot of detail in my reviews. Some people like all the details, while others think I am too nitpicky. I don't consider myself either a cheerleader or a critic of any cruise line. I'm just sharing my observations which may or may not be relevant for you. I hope you'll find some useful information here. This was our seventh cruise. We have cruised with Carnival four times, once with Celebrity, and once in Tahiti on the Paul Gauguin. We looked forward to trying NCL to see how it compared to the other lines, particularly Carnival since that is the one we had the most experience with. I'll make some observations about how I think they compared. We started planning this trip many months in advance. We booked the trip in August 2018. We soon joined our roll call where we had an exceptionally good leader. John created a spreadsheet where he kept track of all the people who joined the roll call along with all the excursions we were planning. This roll call really enhanced our trip so much and we were very grateful to John for all the work he put into making it happen. I am a big planner, so I spent the next months making plans for our time pre and post cruise in London. We booked air travel, hotels, and transfers. We purchased travel insurance. Excursion planning was a big deal. I'll spend a lot of time talking about this here. Our roll call was very helpful with this and we planned a number of excursions with our fellow cruise critic members. At the time we booked our cruise, and for several months after, NCL did not have any excursions listed for our cruise. When they did finally list some excursions, we found the prices to be extremely high. We did not book any excursions through NCL. We had a $50 per port excursion credit included as one of our perks but even with that credit, the NCL excursions were exorbitantly priced and we did better making our own plans.
  5. My cousin is currently stationed in Japan and wants us to join him on the Norwegian Spirit for an 8 Night Asian cruise out of Tokyo in May of next year. My concern is that his only previous experience was on the Bliss out of Alaska and that not only will this cruise not be exactly what we want , but him also. Has anyone been on Spirit since the refurbish in 2017? We it just a soft good refresh. I remember that Norwegian did a huge facelift on Joy before bringing it to North America, swapping out venues that were specifically designed for the Asian market and refitting them with things that were supposed to appeal to North Americans. Any feedback is appreciated.
  6. I'm looking for pictures of cabins 8007 & 8507. I've booked these cabins for April and it looks as if these rooms might be a little larger than other inside cabins.:) Does anyone have any pictures? Has anyone stayed in these cabins?
  7. We just got off the Spirit, and there are a few rumours around about what will be happening when it goes into dry dock in January. I thought I would quickly summarise what I have found out. Firstly, it is openly being stated that they are adding a couple of Teppanyaki tables, to take it up to three. I believe they will be using the room at the back of Shogun. On one occasion when we were told this, they said they were adding 3 tables, but I think this was a misunderstanding. The other changes will apparently be significant, but the senior officer we were talking to wouldn’t tell us anything specific and said that things can still change. There is a lot of speculation that Champagne Charlie’s will be turned into an o’Sheehans type place, which makes sense due to its location. I didn’t hear anything to confirm this, and I assume the shops on that level would need to be moved. It is my guess (and I have no confirmation) that something like this will happen. There were quite a few people onboard in ports who were walking around the ship with what looked like plans. I’d have loved to have seen what was on those plans. Two specific places we saw them were Raffles Terrace and Blue Lagoon/Shanghai. I think that it is agreed by many that something needs doing with Blue Lagoon, and if they add an o’Sheehans then it isn’t necessary. I suspect that the whole block containing Blue Lagoon, Shanghai, Henry’s Pub and maybe Le Bistro and the arcade will be stripped out and started again from scratch. The presence of people looking around the area suggests that this may be correct. Finally, we were told by a staff member about plans for Raffles Terrace. I have no idea if this is correct (and he wasn’t necessarily someone who you would expect to know detailed plans), but he said that the kids pool was going and a big screen being added to create a Spice H2O type area. Also they will be building back from the buffet, at least on one side, to create a better La Trattoria (or other restaurant), rather than it being part of the buffet. Whilst the source of this may not be that reliable, I think it all sounds likely.
  8. I will be on the NCL Spirit out of Stockholm this weekend. Does anyone know if the IPhone internal communicator is available on this ship? It was available on most others, costs about $10.00 for the trip. Much thanks - Steve
  9. Question for those that have taken NCL to Japan. We just cancelled our RCL cruise to Japan for a much better and now more affordable NCL Japan cruise (13 nights to all the places my kiddo really wants to see). A big box travel agent told my friend who is also going with one of her friends) that NCL doesn't let you off the ship until 2 hours after arrival and then you have to be back on the ship 2 hours before departure from ports. I've never heard that before, but granted, I've *only* cruised Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska, and the Med--the more "mainstream" places to go. They didn't say you always lose those four hours, but then they suggested a land tour instead (which I won't do--my kid, as much as I love her, even though she is turning 16 during the cruise will definitely not survive a land tour, too much doing everyday, she would hate it). They also said we'd be spending about 2k in excursions per person, which is insane. Is this all true, or is this a big box travel agency's ploy to get a better commission on a land tour? (I would ask my TA... but she has had a death in the family, and I refuse to bother her right now).
  10. We’re booked on the Nov.21 cruise. Should we bother bringing bathing suits?
  11. Hi. Does anyone have any dailies from the Spirit, recently? Thanks! Gail
  12. Fishing from deck 10 balcony! Face blacked out to meet cruise critic guidelines.
  13. Time for another adventure! This summer we are heading to London for two nights and then on a 14 day cruise. We will be posting here and on our blog, alpacamybagsblog.com For now we are at the airport, waiting to board our flight. See you in London!!
  14. We are booked on our first NCL cruise, sailing to Norway on the Spirit in June 2019. I've been doing some reading about the restaurants. We have the 4 specialty restaurant package. If I'm reading things correctly, there is an Italian restaurant on most NCL ships called La Cucina, but on the Spirit it is La Trattoria. What is the difference? I found one very old post that said La Trattoria only has a pasta bar. Has this changed? Does anyone have a current menu? And as long as we are talking about the Spirit, I'd love to hear any other comments you may have about the ship. What are your favorite restaurants and activities? Anything you don't like about the ship? Any other thoughts? Thanks!
  15. Looking for help and info on shore excursions on ports of call on Spirit cruise around the British Isles. What ports are best for ship excurs. and what ports are fine for local tours or just walking around? Any info from previous passengers on this cruise would be helpful. I have searched on this site for info on this cruise (leaving July 21 - Aug. 2) from Southampton and can not even find this cruise listed anywhere. Can anyone tell me why? I can find reviews of the Spirit....and will take those with a grain of there salt. Has anyone out there done this circle around the UK? Thanks in advance.
  16. I am traveling on the NCL Spirit leaving Stockholm on 8/17/2019. Our favorite restaurant, Teppanyaki, isn’t available to book on line. The NCL website says no reservations available. I called NCL and they say I can book on the boat. Can anyone provide clarification? Thanks. We don’t want to be caught out. Steve
  17. Our family of four (two adults, two teens) have booked adjoining balcony staterooms. Our teens will be staying in one stateroom. Does anyone know if the bed in a balcony stateroom can be configured as two twins instead (to avoid the horror of them having to sleep in the same bed)? Or is it physically one queen bed? thanks!
  18. My husband and I are celebrating our 30th anniversary and are looking at Spirit in mid-December. We are taking our 4 adult kids also, so 3 cabins. We have never cruised with NCL and I am reading the reviews of Spirit and am a little concerned about the condition of the ship. But then I read that NCL has cancelled Spirits cruises in January for an extended dry dock so it looks like this is the last cruise for her for a while. Dates are December 15 to 22nd ... the itinerary looks fun. What are your thoughts? I've read of instances of last cruises before dry dock where the work is started and it is a mess with carpets being taken up, etc. Our other options was MSC Gloriosa, but it's just so big...and those reviews are even worse. We have cruised RCCL extensively, and Princess in Alaska. This cruise is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and we need to celebrate. We've been thru more than most (I'm a 5 time cancer survivor) and really want to do this right. Thank you so much for any help.
  19. We just got back from a European cruise aboard the Spirit, the cruise itself and the crew onboard the ship were wonderful, however our room was a huge disappointment. We have sailed in mostly suites on our prior cruises so we have come to expect a certain quality when it comes to the suites. Our SF suite stateroom 10508 was is severe disrepair, the enamel coating in the tub was peeling off so anytime you took a bath you had chunks of enamel floating in the water with you, the shower had extreme water damage and was unsightly, the mosaic tiles on the walls were missing and falling out, the speakers in the room were falling out of the ceiling etc. We didn’t let any of this ruin our vacation but I was extremely disappointed in the room itself. We paid almost 10k for the cruise and to me the room was not worth half of what we paid, NCL should be extremely embarrassed by the lack of quality in this suite. I have attached a few pictures below.
  20. Hello, I was using iCruise to browse some cruises for January 2020, and I found a really nice 11 night Norwegian Spirit cruise that caught my attention. But, when I went to NCL.com to look at the prices there, it says that no Spirit cruises are available for that month. Was the cruise I found a charter or something? Does NCL have any European offerings in Janaury? Thanks in advance to anyone that can help me!
  21. Just curious if anyone has recent experience with the internet speed on the NCL spirit? I had purchased the social media package in past on the Getaway and had a good experience, however NCL spirit is the oldest ship so not sure if it will be the same in terms of internet speed. Any experiences would be greatly appreciated!
  22. I am getting married in November on the island of Santorini Greece while traveling on the Norweigan Spirit. It's just going to be the two of us on this trip. Does anyone know if the salon on the Spirit does makeup? I want to have both my hair and makeup done for the wedding but I can't seem to get a straight answer regarding the makeup. If they don't then I'm going to need to get "lessons" on bridal makeup which will probably make me nervous and I'll end up looking like a clown. Please help...
  23. I am going on the Spirit in November and woke in port at Santorini Greece we are getting married. It will be just the two of us on the cruise. I want to get my hair and makeup done before the wedding in the salon on the ship. I can’t seem to get a straight answer. Does anyone know if the salon does makeup? If not I will need to get bridal makeup “lessons” before the trip and hope I don’t look like a clown. Please help...
  24. Enjoyed the cruise and will cruise again but have a couple of problems. 1- Very disappointed with the treatment of wheelchair guests in the theater. The only accommodations for wheelchairs are tucked in the corner. Suggested to cruise director that chairs be moved so up to 4 wheel chairs/scooters would have a good view of entertainment. Response was corporate gobbledygook that any changes needed to be done fleet wide. It’s absurd that the cruise director can’t move a chair to accommodate a wheelchair because it is the right thing!! It was sad watching a woman in a wheelchair watching the show all by herself. 2- went to bingo and after giving my payment learned that the $2,000 jackpot was paid ONLY with a coverall in 47 numbers. The odds of a coverall in 50 numbers is 1 in 212,000. That information should be given up front. 3- The staff did nothing to encourage mingling in the dining room 4- Excellent choice of ports
  25. Does anyone know if there are tea/coffee making faciliites and bathrobes in BA balcony cabins please?
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