jp2001 Posted October 3, 2006 #1 Share Posted October 3, 2006 REVIEW - NORWEGIAN SPIRIT 6-NIGHT BAHAMAS CRUISE (NY ROUND TRIP) First, let me say that I had a wonderful time. Each section of this review will include an overview paragraph and the details will be after. So if you don’t want to read the full review, the first paragraph of the sections that interest you will give you a good idea. BACKGROUND INFORMATION My name is Julie and this was my second cruise. The first cruise was on the Norwegian Dawn in December 2003 with a friend of mine. A week and a half before sailing date, I saw this great deal on Internet for a 6-night Bahamas cruise out of New York.I went solo because my boyfriend couldn’t get the time off work. EMBARKATION The process seems unorganized at first but when things got rolling, it was very fast and efficient. I was onboard in less than half an hour after moving to the check-in desk. I live near Quebec City, Canada and decided to take the overnight bus from Montreal to New York City to keep the cost low (airplane was expensive at last minute and train schedule didn’t work well). The bus arrived around 7:15 am and I had breakfast at the bus station. Then, I refreshed a little in the bus station restrooms and also found a great evening wrap for only 10$ (I was happy because I had no wraps for my evening dresses). It was about 9:00 when I headed for the Port (I thought better to wait there, ship in sight, than in a bus station). The taxi cab left me on the other side of the street as I instructed him (people were leaving the ship already and I didn’t want to stay stuck in the traffic). I crossed the street and was in the terminal in less than 5 minutes. I was asked 3 times if I were from the crew or if I was looking for the person in charge of the crew. It’s probably because I was travelling alone, I’m somewhat young (27) and I arrived there very early. Inside the building, on top level, there was a NCL representative to help people. Since I was there early, I waited in the ‘’restaurant’’ area, drinking a glass of juice. There, I met a very nice couple that I saw and spent time with many other times during the week (I’m terrible with names but if I remember well, their names were John and his wife Pat, very nice people). Around 10 am, we were able to go wait in the waiting area. All US residents were able to do a pre check-in but since I am Canadian, I couldn’t (they said they didn’t want to loose my passport at this pre check-in, to wait for the real check-in). Then, they sent all US citizens who were Lattitudes in the Lattitudes waiting area but told me to wait in the main waiting area. Then, I asked another lady who looked like a supervisor of some sort. She wasn’t sure and asked me to wait a minute. I waited and she got back to me within a few minutes, telling me to go in the Lattitudes area, it’s what I did. Around 11, they set up a table with coffee, orange juice, cookies and sandwiches, which were good. They called the Lattitudes members first and then I was first in line for the non US residents check-in. Then, I proceeded to get my key card and then embarkation picture. I was on the ship in about 20 minutes I think. The rooms would be ready at 2 pm but they allowed me to drop-off my carry-on luggage in my cabin since I had many (I decided to carry on all luggage instead of giving them to the porters. I had 1 small suitcase, 1 large carry-on and my big travel purse). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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