CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Spirit by Bob Z Eastern Caribbean July 12, 2008

I was going to write a day by day travelogue, but after a couple of days it seemed to get repititious, so I gave up that idea.

Linda and I have been on almost a dozen cruises, but this was our first on NCL. Read some nasty stuff by others, but that is the norm.

We arrived at the pier (88 I think, 47th St) at about 12:45. We were onboard in about 20 minutes. Good embarkation. All involved were professional and nice. We stopped at our stateroom (9552), balcony forward, port. We were pleased with what we saw, and met our steward for first time! All I can say is "what a guy!!!" Wonderful.

We dropped our carry-ons off and went to explore the ship. Again, read some nasty stuff about the ship's condition, but we did NOT find her bad at all. Some carpet wear in a couple of places, but otherwise she was in pretty good shape.

We went up to deck 12 where the pool and buffet are and had some lunch. Typical buffet food, not bad! BTW, if you smoke (we both do), you can smoke on the port side on deck 12 (outside), deck 7 (outside), in your stateroom and in the casino (deck 7 forward). We quickly absconded our favorite table on deck 12 next to the pool and pretty much had breakfast and lunch up there every day.

Breakfasts in general were fine (omelets made to order, various fruits, cheeses, meats, etc.). The first morning at sea (Sunday) we had breakfast in the dining room, and the eggs benedict were tasteless, but the view and service more than made up for it. In fact, the dining room service for any meal was impeccable. John from Jamaica had us rolling on the floor laughing! Only once did we have to wait for dinner, and it was a short wait at that (we typically had dinner between 6:30 and 7:30 PM, and mostly ate at the Garden dining room).

I gotta tell you, the food for the first 3 nights or so was horrible, but for some reason it got tremendously better after that! The escargot was amongst the best we've ever had. The prime rib was done to perfection, etc! Cappiccino was well done as were the desserts.

We made it to a couple of shows. They were ok, but nothing special. The Second City comedy show was the best of the group.

The casino was very good to Linda (she won a slot jackpot) and the blackjack tables weren't too bad for me (they have BJ tables up on deck 12 next to the pool during the day). While I didn't win a lot, I didn't lose anything either. And I was playing almost every day.

The itinerary for this cruise left a lot to be desired. Almost 6 days at sea (3 down and 3 back), Puerto Rico, Tortola, and the Dominican Republic.

We went on the Best of Tortola tour and it was terrific. The PR rainforest can't hold a match to the NY botanical gardens and was a waste of money. We got off the ship late in the Dominican Republic so couldn't make it to the beach, and the town is nothing to write home about.

All in all it was an okay cruise, but we would not do it again!! Better to fly to Florida or Puerto Rico and catch a ship with a more varied, interesting itinirary.

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