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"LIVE" from Norwegian SPIRIT / June 5, 2009

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Hello everyone. . . .

 

It is once again I am sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line. I have sailed 3 times previously with NCL in the past year. (The last was Norwegian Gem in March 2009)

 

This time I am sailing “on a one” of a kind ship for NCL. . . the Norwegian Spirit.

 

This Ship was built by Star Cruises (NCL’s parent Company) in 1998, and transferred over to NCL in 2004. She has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment that upgraded many cabins and public spaces. I am looking forward to be able to experience these upgrades.

 

Those of you who have followed my "LIVE" reports with NCL, RCI, and HAL, and CCL already know that I will provide daily comments and trip reports from this cruise.

 

I will also try to post "LIVE" pics daily (as long as I am able to maintain a valid wireless connection)

 

I have read so many wonderful reviews of Norwegian Spirit, and I can’t wait to board the ship tomorrow. I will be leaving from Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in South Boston. The Spirit is scheduled for a 7 Night Cruise including staying in Bermuda for 3 nights, and will return next Friday. (I was at the Black Falcon Terminal for a port of call in Nov 2007 on Explorer of the Seas)

 

I should be leaving the hotel late tomorrow morning. My hotel is just about 15 min south of the pier, and I hope to be onboard by 1130 or so.

 

Hopefully the weather will be good. . .the forecast is calling for rain next week while we are in Bermuda, but it seems that Bermuda often calls for rain. I am looking forward to staying in the dockyard for 3 nights, and I have read that there have been several improvements since my last trip to Bermuda (2008)

 

 

So sit back, and relax. . .this should be a fun cruise ! (I hope that my internet connection stays active). I will try to post several pics before sail away at 4PM.

 

 

Thanks for tuning in. . . .

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

 

 

 

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Radio it was reported today that the Spirit itinerary from Nov thru April has been changed -- they are now arriving 2 hours later to Costa Maya--can you find out why?? and if the Spirit is still having engine problems???

 

 

Big Green

 

 

PS Spirit is one of my favorite NCL ships next to the Sun

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Looking forward to your reports. Are you traveling solo again or did Mrs Radio decide to join you? Have a great trip!

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Looking forward to your reports. Are you traveling solo again or did Mrs Radio decide to join you? Have a great trip!

 

Hi goldmom ! No Mrs Radio will not be sailing this time. She is sailing with me in November 2009 from Baltimore on CCL Pride !

 

I have to find some Sea Glass for her this time. I heard that some can be found at the beach near the Lighthouse in St Georges.

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Can you tell me which hotel you stayed in as we plan to drive down from Canada and spend a few days.

 

Will be looking forward to your review as it will be our first time on NCL.

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Hi goldmom ! No Mrs Radio will not be sailing this time. She is sailing with me in November 2009 from Baltimore on CCL Pride !

 

I have to find some Sea Glass for her this time. I heard that some can be found at the beach near the Lighthouse in St Georges.

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

 

In St George's the sea glass is found at Alexandra Battery.

It is a 25 minute walk from where the ferry terminal in St G

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There is also sea glass near the dockyard. It is near the naval cemetery. The have a unique walkway with sea glass embedded into it.

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can't wait to read your reports and see the pics. thanks!

 

radio, will you do a "live" on your carnival pride cruise? we're so bummed about NCL not having a ship out of baltimore after majesty. we're curious about the pride but i guess i have been swayed by the party ship gossip. i also don't know how i feel about the itinerary of the pride. either way, please keep up informed.

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In St George's the sea glass is found at Alexandra Battery.

It is a 25 minute walk from where the ferry terminal in St G

 

Nice. . . . Thanks ! It sould be a short ride via Scooter !

 

Radio

;);)

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Nice. . . . Thanks ! It sould be a short ride via Scooter !

 

Radio

;);)

 

Aren't you going to be at the Dockyard or do you want to get away from the cruise crowds?

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can't wait to read your reports and see the pics. thanks!

 

radio, will you do a "live" on your carnival pride cruise? we're so bummed about NCL not having a ship out of baltimore after majesty. we're curious about the pride but i guess i have been swayed by the party ship gossip. i also don't know how i feel about the itinerary of the pride. either way, please keep up informed.

 

Yes . . . Stay tuned, I will be posting "LIVE"

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

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I'll be there with you tomorrow!! Supposed to be rainy in Boston for sailaway:mad: Better bring an umbrella. Gonna be fun anyway:)

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Have a great trip!!!

Thanks for taking us with you!!

 

Enjoy,

jeanne

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Radio,

Thanks so much for taking the time to do these daily live reports for us, I think we all love them.

I was on the Spirit in april, and it was just fantastic, the ship is just beautiful. I hope you find it as wonderful as we did.

 

thanks agian for all your Live reports

 

 

David

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We're excited to be joining you on this cruise. This will be our 3rd time on the Spirit. It's a beautiful ship. So happy she finally came to Boston! We won't miss the drive to NYC. Your Live Reports are great!! Our last cruise was on the Gem in March the week after you. We were psyched to see your Live Report with all the great pictures of the Gem.

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Radio, I was so excited to see your post! We were on the Spirit in March/April 2009 and loved her. But we have never been to Bermuda and so I am looking forward to your posts about Bermuda. We will be there in October on the Majesty. Bon Voyage, Radio!:D

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Good to see you Radio and will be watching all week for your excellent reports and pictures.. will you be doing a video? can't wait to see and experience the new pier area .. smooth sailing...

 

Paul

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Hey Radio!!

 

Be sure to take plenty of pics while in Bermuda!! Remember, our first trip there will be next year ;)

 

As always, looking forward to *Live* post!!

 

Rick

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I have always enjoyed your live reports. Am looking forward to this week with you. Thanks!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am going in August and can't wait. We are in our very first balcony cabin. This is my 6th cruise with NCL. Have a wonderful time!

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Hi Radio,

 

Have a wonderful trip! We will be looking forward to your reports - it is always fun to "Sail" along with you!! We will be boarding her when you return so your reports will just add to our excitement!!

 

Take Care

Beth

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Hello everyone. . This morning in Boston, it is cloudy and cool (61 f), and the forecast is for showers later this afternoon.

 

I had to find a Starbucks while in Braintree today. There is one very close to the hotel. Thank you thank you !

 

I should be leaving for Black Falcon Cruise Pier by around 1130 this morning. There shouldn't much much traffic heading to the pier.

 

I made a video from my trip on Norwegian Majesty last summer to Bermuda. It can be viewed HERE.

 

I seem to have been sailing with NCL alot recently. My last cruise was with Norwegian Gem (March 2009). That video can be viewed HERE .

 

I will post again once onboard ! Thanks for tuning in. . .

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes::rolleyes:

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I am so looking forward to reading your Live reports. We are die hard RCCL trying NCL Spirit in June 2010. Have done a land vacation to Bermuda but never a cruise. Can't wait to read about your trip...

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Good to see you Radio and will be watching all week for your excellent reports and pictures.. will you be doing a video? can't wait to see and experience the new pier area .. smooth sailing...

 

Paul

Paul, the new pier area (Heritage Wharf) is very attractive and the facilities in the entire Dockyard area have been noticeably upgraded over the past year or two. You should notice a tremendous improvement with the replacement of the Majesty with the Spirit, and while it isn't RCI or the Jewel, it is a very enjoyable cruise experience on a very attractive ship. Casino was actually very rewarding towards the end of the week, not that this information would be of much interest to you.LOL

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Can't wait for your Live. Really enjoyed your March Live fronm the Gem so am really looking forward to this one too.

 

Have a great cruise!

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can't wait!

 

when are you on the Pride in November?? We're on the 11/29 sailing! Would be neat if you're on that one too!

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Hello everyone ! I made it onboard. . . . I left the hotel right at 1130AM, and made a short drive (10 mi) up to the Terminal.

 

There wasn’t much traffic. There is a parking garage that is about a block away from the Terminal ($15/Day). There are many police officers to show you where to go and what to do.

 

As previous reviews reported from other CC members, there was a long line to wait in to get your luggage checked in. I am not much for waiting in lines so I decided to just bring my luggage in the terminal and get is x-rayed there. I was able to carry my own luggage on board. I only had 1 bag, and a small roll-on, so it wasn’t any trouble.

 

I was onboard by a little after 1PM. I dropped off my luggage, and grabbed a bite to eat. My first opinion of Norwegian Spirit is “Very Classy”. I can’t wait to tour the whole ship, and will have many photos to share with Cruise Critic.

 

I toured this ship while it was in New York last summer, but it seems that I must have missed a lot. When you are sailing on a ship you get a better “feel” than if you are just getting a 2 hour tour. There is so much to see. This should be a fun week !

 

We will be sailing away at 4PM, and I must get to the Muster Drill by 330PM.

I will try to get some photos from our sail away later tonight.

 

 

Here are a few pics from my arrival! Thanks for tuning in . . .

 

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

Norwegian Spirit and Black Falcon cruise Terminal (From the Garage)

 

 

 

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The Luggage Line was very long. . .

 

 

 

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The Terminal was packed

 

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I am almost onboard. . .

 

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I made it !

 

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Lets get this ship packed up. . .We are ready for Bermuda ! !

 

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I have been looking forward to your cruise as soon as I saw that you were going on another one.

The ship looks very nice. I can't wait to see more of your pictures of her. If you have any looking back at the Boston port, can you post one or two of them?

Thank you so much for allow all of us to cruise "virtually" with you. It's the next best thing to being there.

:)

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Radio,

Glad to see you're live posts from the ship. Am excited to see what else you've got to tell/show us. :)

 

I'm going to Alaska 6/20 on the NCL Star. I won't be able to do live posts from my cruise like you're doing, but on port days when I'm not paying crazy data charges on my phone I might be able to post some things to my blog. I love your idea of "posting live from."

 

Can't wait to see more. :)

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Hi Radio!

We're sailing 7/24/09 on the Spirit to Bermuda and I have been soooo excited! Now I feel like I'm going with you! Enjoy! I will be waiting anxiously for more...more...and more! Sue:o

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