Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by brothermac1
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
We went with "guaranty" and they put us in a very nice large window cabin on deck 5, EXCEPT that it is directly above the winched-out gangway. The winch probably needs refurbishment. It was so noisy and shook the floor of our cabin because of its vibration. Don't even try to sleep though that!
The modified itinerary took us to Casablanca, Tangier, Malaga, Cartagena, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca and Marseille. Disappointing that we didn't get to the Canary Islands or Madeira, but I trust the Captain's judgment on this.
Our stateroom attendant was probably the best we've had on twelve cruises, and we've had some really good stateroom attendants. We only ate dinner at the main dining rooms twice, and at Shogun three times. In each case, the wait staff was very good. We mostly ate at the buffet. Our take on the previous reviews about the buffet? Some folks just need to complain. We found the buffet to be very good, with variety that we would rate decent to really good, depending on the day.
We thought the Cruise Director was a complete moron. The entertainment was OK, nothing spectacular we thought.
We have a real gripe about the NCL-contracted "shuttle bus" in some of the ports. What a blatant rip-off! In all of the ports that this was present, there was ample alternative transportation, usually by the public transit system. We walked to town in most places; the steps are good for us.
The $13.99/day our account got charged per person seems very fair. Our guess is that cruise lines implemented the "service charge" system because their staff was getting "stiffed" by miserly guests. Not good; pay the people who are serving you, that's how they earn their living, and you know it.
One of the neatest things about this ship is the bridge viewing chamber down the stairs from the Galaxy lounge, deck 12 forward. We've never seen such a feature, and found it fascinating
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AlicanteStill nice, but not as nice as Malaga and Cartagena. A nice promenade along the waterfront.View All 81 Alicante Cruise Port Reviews
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CasablancaThis city may have been immortalized by Bogart and Bergmann, but we're not sure why. It's dirty, unsafe and doesn't have much going on from a tourist standpoint. The Hassan II mosque is huge. So is the entrance fee for what you get. In our opinion, not worth it. However, the Casa Port train station is right outside the port gate. It's very clean, bright, has a McDonalds and free wi-fi. If you're inclined to take a ride on the train for the day, it's a good visit (we hear the trains are quite good in Morocco).View All 64 Casablanca Cruise Port Reviews
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MalagaThis city is lovely!! We so enjoyed our visit here. Beautiful parks, a very efficient transit system, and good directional signage for tourists. An A++View All 461 Malaga Cruise Port Reviews
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MarseilleWe were here fourteen years ago, and not impressed. This time, quite impressed. The city provides a free bus to city center (no need to pay NCL $15). The architecture is to be revered. We shopped in their store (not the tourist trap), found decent prices and good merchandise. McDonalds has wi-fi, but the bathroom requires a code that's printed on the bottom of your PURCHASE receipt. There was artisan's market going on that weekend; liked that very much.The handmade soap came home with us.View All 800 Marseille Cruise Port Reviews
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