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Old November 16th, 2005, 11:43 AM
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Default Anyone been on the Spirit lately?

I am curious to see if the ship has gotten in better shaoe, etc.?

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Old November 23rd, 2005, 07:25 PM
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Default July 6, 2005

was our sail date and the Spirit was fine. Cabin, hallways etc were all clean. Lido tables were kept clear of dishes. We had a wonderful time in Alaksa.

I do know that one of the table lights in the small lounge is smashed thanks to some unsupervised children jumping over the couches and acting like animals.

Sadly the shape of the ship depends on the scum that is sailing her and not the fault of the crew.
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I jsut returned from a cruise on the Norwegian Spirit to St. Thomas, St. Maarten & Bermuda. This was my very first cruise & I was deeply disappointed in the ship itself as well as the service. The food was nothing to write home about, basically on board, I was pretty bored, the Ports were great!
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If you were bored either you didn't read the freestyle daily to find activities for the following day or cruising may not be for you. About 90 plus percent of those who cruise will want to cruise again, the other 10% are not cut out for it. You could fall into that catagory. With trivia games, constant entertainment, ports, the pool area, demos, art auctions, nightly shows, casino, daily tournaments, etc there is always something to do. Or if you can't find anything that interests you just reading a good book can keep you busy. NMNita
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Actually the events they had every day were pretty boring to me, I did a few that I liked, but there wasn't many to choose from. Also i have a son who is 1 week shy of 2 yrs old, they would not allow him in the children's area, so there is not much for a mother to do. They should have some activities that you can include your children in. Sitting & reading would have been wonderful, but a 2 yr old will never allow that! The pool was barely open, so there was no fun there, my son was even bored with the kiddy pool after a while. I am going to try another cruise someday, I will never use Norwegian Crusie Lines again.
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Hmmm....a mother on a ship with a two-year old who is not old enough for the Kids Club...seems to me that you were probably bored because of your situation with your child and not because there was nothing to do.

If I was "stuck" on ship with a two year old, I think I would be bored too. And I promise I am not one of those people who think kids don't belong on cruise ships. I have sailed many times with my children, starting at whatever age they were eligible for the children's program and neither they or I have ever been bored on a cruise. Boredom is more a state of mind than anything else. Try again when your child is older and I think you will both have a much better time. Happy cruising!
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Like I originally said, this was my first cruise. It was not what people were telling me cruises were like. The food was not outrageous, and again, I guess I just expected to have some activities that I could include my child in. Obviously I was wrong. I am in no way bad mouthing cruises, I plan to try another cruise in the future. What I am saying is that i will never use Nowegian Cruise Lines again. They didn't have any clue what they they were doing, the crew was ok, but if you didnt buy something extra at dinner that they could charge to your card, then the service was much slower. We were on the ship with a group of about 35 friends & family, overall we had a great time. I just thought that napkin folding & rose ribbons was more of an old age home activity than a vacation activity. My bad for thinking that!
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You might want to give Princess a try next time, it's probably more to your lifestyle.
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I jsut returned from a cruise on the Norwegian Spirit to St. Thomas, St. Maarten & Bermuda. This was my very first cruise & I was deeply disappointed in the ship itself as well as the service. The food was nothing to write home about, basically on board, I was pretty bored, the Ports were great!
you went to St Thomas and Bermuda? NMNita
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I jsut returned from a cruise on the Norwegian Spirit to St. Thomas, St. Maarten & Bermuda. This was my very first cruise & I was deeply disappointed in the ship itself as well as the service. The food was nothing to write home about, basically on board, I was pretty bored, the Ports were great!
you went to St Thomas and Bermuda? NMNita
Yes we went to St. Thomas, Bermuda and St. Maarten. The ports were great!
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You might want to give Princess a try next time, it's probably more to your lifestyle.
Is the Princess also Norwegian Cruise Lines???
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No Princess is a cruise line. Remember the show "Love Boat" they used Princess cruise ships.
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You might want to give Princess a try next time, it's probably more to your lifestyle.
Is the Princess also Norwegian Cruise Lines???
Bar answered your question: Princess is a cruise line with many ships, some old, some new, some small and some large. It generally has a very good reputation, but again, you will be responsible for your toddler until he is 3. there are a couple of lines that will allow 2 year olds in the program if they are completely potty trained. If not trained you will need to wear a beeper and have change them immediately when notified. I really am not sure any cruise would be to your liking. Princess has less activities than NCL, Carnival more. RCI has quite a few things to do for the older children. Today, on one of the sites the professionals rated lines and ships for families: Young children: Carnival and Disney: older ones: RCI and multi generations; NCL. As I said on one before cruising is just not for everyone. Maybe an all inclusive vacation would suit you better. The too, have childrens programs, again probably not for anyone under about 3, they have drinks included as well as all tips and usually have a choice of dining places. The entertainment would not be as good in my opinion and the food not quite as good unless you are willing to spend more money than you spent on a cruise. NMnita
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Any other comments about the Spirit?
Just got off the Dawn and am thinking of doing the Spirit same time
next year to southern Caribbean.

How will they compare?
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Any other comments about the Spirit?
Just got off the Dawn and am thinking of doing the Spirit same time
next year to southern Caribbean.

How will they compare?
Hi sue99,

We have done both. We were on the Spirit Thanksgiving sail. Although the decor of the Spirit is nicer we all agreed that we liked the Dawn better.
There are differences that make the Dawn better fit for us and we will be booking Dawn for next year.
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Any other comments about the Spirit?
Just got off the Dawn and am thinking of doing the Spirit same time
next year to southern Caribbean.

How will they compare?
WE have just returned from a 10 day cruise on the Spirit: Dec 8-18: The only bad part of the cruise was missing the ship out of New York: ( Not NCL's Fault) US Air was entirely to blame: We caught up or rather they caught up with us in St. Thomas and once we boarded we were treated Royaly! The staff was excellant! We were invited to the Captain's party and actually had conversation with him for a while. We were in a select group invited to take photos at the chocolate buffet prior to those who came to "pig out". We was given choice dining at one of the specialty restaurants: Oh and I forgot to mention our fruit basket and lovely wine waiting in our room when we boarded! Every afternoon a sweet young lady knocked on our door with a variety of specialty "goodies:".. Need I say more?
We enjoy sharing a table with other guests! We used both Windows and Garden restaurants and once the staff realized that we liked meeting others.. they could usually honor this request! The one meal I found to my dislike was quickly wisked away and replaced within minutes!
We enjoyed the shows we went to! We listened to great groups playing our kind of music.. we chose two things to do ashore ( but that isn't our purpose of cruising).. We are in our 60s.. This was our 40th Wedding Anniversary and considering the rough start of missing the boat we could have let our entire trip be spoiled... instead we have great stories to tell and will always be thankful to the staff on the NCL Spirit for their service and making our cruise a special time.. Thank YOu NCL
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Hi folks - Those of you planning to sail on the Spirit should know that
back in early 2004 she was plowing between Hong Kong, Singapore
and Malaysia as the Super Star Leo. A new ship had been planned
to join Norwegian's fleet, but due to shipyard problems there was
a delay and Leo became the Spirit. Needless to say it was geared
to Oriental tastes, thus the decor as it presently stands. The Spirit
begain doing the Alaska cruises and crews had to be brought in and
trained and that just takes time. We sailed on her second or third
voygage on May 29, 2004 and found everything delightful. The
free style dining was great for four of us because we are a bit on
the shy side and don't particularly enjoy dining at a table with half
a dozen strangers. The food was great, we had three lobster tails
on our plate one nigh. The Lido (12th-pool) deck cafeteria had much
better food than a cruise line that will remain unnamed. The cabins
were comfortable - we even had coffee service in our balcony cabin.
The entertainment was good though they only had one show per
night. The observation lounge was a particular highlight, especially
when we cruised up the fiord to Sawyer Glacier. We also became
close friends with an assistant cruise director who is now on the
New York-Bahamas run, and she brought more joy to our week's
adventure. If you have any other questions send me an e-mail.

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We went on the Spirit in May '05 for the Alaska run. The trip was quite pleasant. The decor did seem a little out of place as the previous post mentioned the ship used to be the "Leo". There was a strong Asian theme to the decor and the rooms were bright, and tropical. All in all, a good trip. I hear many of the newer ships are even nicer.
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