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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:30 PM
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I am looking to sail Boston to Bermuda in September 2009. I have sailed on the Star, Wind, Pearl and Dream. Anything posotive/negative about the Spirit? How is the gym? The Dream's was a joke, while the Pearl's was amazing. Really loved Bermuda last year and can't beat no airfare or hotel cost when sailing from the east coast.

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I am looking to sail Boston to Bermuda in September 2009. I have sailed on the Star, Wind, Pearl and Dream. Anything posotive/negative about the Spirit? How is the gym? The Dream's was a joke, while the Pearl's was amazing. Really loved Bermuda last year and can't beat no airfare or hotel cost when sailing from the east coast.

Thanks for any input!
We were on the Spirit last month and had a fantastic time. Of the ships you have sailed I would say it is closest to the Star. The ship is a similar size and a similar age. It is not as glitzy and exciting as the Pearl because it isn't part of the Jewel class but has so much to offer. They have all the usual dining options including Blue Lagoon, the crew is a typical NCL crew and the cabins are similar size to the Star, a little smaller than some ships but adequate..

One of the things we really enjoyed was the buffet. We have cruised over 20 times and the lunch was the best we ever experienced, especailly the salad bar. Overall we found the food to be really good, we only had a couple of things we wished we had not tried, one was the crab dip at lunch one day in the dining room...Another was a chocolate dessert Pat got for lunch. it was fine, but was actually too rich and too much chocolate. The other drew back, the casino...Had to be the worst we have experienced in many years, of course the Star had a pretty tight one as well.

The bathrooms on the Spirit are decorated in bright colors with fish and seashell tiles every so often and the beds as well as the bedding are new, fresh and awesome. I can't imagine you will not be happy with the ship.

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Thank you! I loved the Star, I think this was my favorite ship. Maybe this was because this was my first cruise and the "awe" factor!
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Thank you! I loved the Star, I think this was my favorite ship. Maybe this was because this was my first cruise and the "awe" factor!
yes, the awe factor plays a part. The awe in anything 1st time, the first kiss, first trip to Vegas, first born. I am a strong believer that it does make a difference. Our first cruise was on a line that is long gone. We took it as it was the only thing with a special discount available. (a discount not everyone could get) anyway we never had so much fun in our lives. I can't think of one thing wrong and our next 2 cruises were a little of a let down. I look back now and laugh at that first ship, but will always remember the fun we had, and we shared a cabin with my mother in law!!!
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We are looking forward to a cruise on the Spirit to Bermuda also.. have not done the Spirit but NCLs..Majesty...Pearl and Jewel and the Dream..
Hoping to go in Mid May or June.. have been to Bermuda 14 times..
Hoping the Spirit will not disappoint us.. A cruise is the best way to go to Bermuda..
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We are looking forward to a cruise on the Spirit to Bermuda also.. have not done the Spirit but NCLs..Majesty...Pearl and Jewel and the Dream..
Hoping to go in Mid May or June.. have been to Bermuda 14 times..
Hoping the Spirit will not disappoint us.. A cruise is the best way to go to Bermuda..
If you have liked your other NCL ships I can guarantee you the Spirit will suit you just fine...

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Of the 14 cruises I've taken, the Spirt was the only ship that we disliked. Unfortunately, this was a 13 day cruise which visited awesome ports in the deep southern Caribbean out of NYC. I thought the ship was too small for such a long trip. Everything seemed much smaller. The ship was retro fitted into the NCL fleet from a company in Singapore. It wasn't built for NCL and I didn't feel it measured up to the other ships.

But, having said that, everything is subjective and changes from cruise to cruise and crew to crew. I wouldn't let much stop me from trying any ship once. Have a wonderful time! Remember, a bad day on vacation is still better than a good day in work!!!
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Of the 14 cruises I've taken, the Spirt was the only ship that we disliked. Unfortunately, this was a 13 day cruise which visited awesome ports in the deep southern Caribbean out of NYC. I thought the ship was too small for such a long trip. Everything seemed much smaller. The ship was retro fitted into the NCL fleet from a company in Singapore. It wasn't built for NCL and I didn't feel it measured up to the other ships.

But, having said that, everything is subjective and changes from cruise to cruise and crew to crew. I wouldn't let much stop me from trying any ship once. Have a wonderful time! Remember, a bad day on vacation is still better than a good day in work!!!
It is slightly different but are you referring to its size as in tonage or the size of the cabins etc? I only ask s we did a 12 day Panama cruise on HAL. It only held 1400 passengers, the size never bothered us in the least. You are right, everything is subjective. I did think the cabins on the Spirit were a little small as the ship was build for Asians...Again, this didn't really bother us too much.


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Nita:
I was referring to the tonnage and the cabins. I personally thought the ship was too small for the length of itinerary, but that is because I didn't care for the ship. If I were on the Dawn, Sun or Gem for 13 days I'd be in Heaven. Just a personal preference. Live and learn. But, like I said, it was still a wonderful vacation!

Looking forward to the GEM in 9 weeks.
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Thanks for all the info. We are hoping to go again this Spetember!
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I have been on the Majesty, Dream, Spirit, and Dawn. I think that the Spirit is closest to the Dawn which is a sister ship to the Star.

We especially loved the Atruim, the back deck areas overlooing the kids pool, and the open deck space on the upper decks. I did not feel crowded on this ship but we did not try to sit in the pool area which was crowded.

We loved our suite on the Dawn, an AB, but liked the Spirit's public areas and lounges more than the Dawn.

We will be on the Spirit again in August.
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I have been on the Majesty, Dream, Spirit, and Dawn. I think that the Spirit is closest to the Dawn which is a sister ship to the Star.

We especially loved the Atruim, the back deck areas overlooing the kids pool, and the open deck space on the upper decks. I did not feel crowded on this ship but we did not try to sit in the pool area which was crowded.

We loved our suite on the Dawn, an AB, but liked the Spirit's public areas and lounges more than the Dawn.

We will be on the Spirit again in August.
Jim, I could be wrong, but I don't think the Dawn is the sister to the Star.

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Jim the Star acording to the NCL broucher(sp) is the sister ship of the Dawn.



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I just returned from a cruise on the Spirit - and the only complaint I had was that my hairdryer had too many watts to plug in to the wall outlet. The max wattage allowed was 500, and my dryer was 1000. It took 2 days to get someone to come with an adapter. I've cruised on some of the older ships and never had a problem before.

The ship's decor is beautiful and I loved Cagneys Steak House. I also thought the buffet was great - better than the dining room. Comfy beds and larger bath than expected.

I think more than 7 days on a ship like this would be too much. The pool area was smaller than I would have liked - but great bar service!!!
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Jim the Star acording to the NCL broucher(sp) is the sister ship of the Dawn.



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this really surprises me, but obviously I am wrong and Jim is right..

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Jim the Star acording to the NCL broucher(sp) is the sister ship of the Dawn.



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this really surprises me, but obviously I am wrong and Jim is right..

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I believe that the Star came out first in 2001 and then the Dawn in 2002. I did not check this with website. They were the 2 that were designed similar at about 91,000 tons and then the Jewel class came out.
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Jim the Star acording to the NCL broucher(sp) is the sister ship of the Dawn.



Henry
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I believe that the Star came out first in 2001 and then the Dawn in 2002. I did not check this with website. They were the 2 that were designed similar at about 91,000 tons and then the Jewel class came out.
Jim you are right about the timing, Both the Star and the Sun came out within days of each other in Oct of 2001. You are also right about the Jewel class ships, I just wasn't aware the Dawn and Star were related...
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Jim the Star acording to the NCL broucher(sp) is the sister ship of the Dawn.



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this really surprises me, but obviously I am wrong and Jim is right..

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I believe that the Star came out first in 2001 and then the Dawn in 2002. I did not check this with website. They were the 2 that were designed similar at about 91,000 tons and then the Jewel class came out.
Jim you are right about the timing, Both the Star and the Sun came out within days of each other in Oct of 2001. You are also right about the Jewel class ships, I just wasn't aware the Dawn and Star were related...
I have been on the Dawn twice but never the Star. I think I remember that you have been on the Star. If you have been on both and do not see the resemblance than I will go with your judgement on this even though they are listed as sister ships !
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We sailed out of New York on the spirit for an 8 day cruise to St.Thomas, Tortola and Samana. We had two balcony suites with a connecting door one for me and my wife and one for my 12 year old twin daughters. The rooms had more then enough space for 2 and may have been a little small for 4 people so I'm glad we got two rooms. The room steward Dave was great everyday he had fashioned a different animal out of our towels and turned down our beds. The room was cleaned and straightened twice a day. Anything we asked Dave for was in our room when we returned. We gave Dave an extra gratuity at the end of the cruise for the service he gave us and we felt he deserved a little extra for doing such a great job.
The food we ate Cagney's because we heard from a few people how great the food was. To be honest we did not like the steaks we had they were both way over cooked and tough. They put us at a table that we had to move in or out to sit. They just threw a table where it was more then obvious a table was not meant to be just so they could seat us. Even though we had reservations. The appetizers were very good we order all of them and we were glad we did because as I said the steaks were not good. We also ate at The Garden room, Windows, La Trattoria and Raffle's Court. The food at Windows and The Garden Room (which both it seemed had the identical menu everyday) which was fine the food at both was great one night we had filet mignon and lamb another night we had Beef Wellington and lobster which was out of this world. My girls would only eat at Raffle's Court which contrary to what we heard from a lot of people was very good in its own right. We thought it was like most of the buffets we have been to in New Jersey. The food was always hot and very tasty and they had more then enough of an assortment that you could always find something to eat. The service was very good at all the restaurants we went to. It got to the point that my girls didn't have to tell the cook at the stir fry station what they wanted the knew already. Our cruise director was Julie ( Yes we had a cruise director named Julie and those of you who are old enough to remember the love boat will know what I'm talking about) She was a lot of fun and made sure you were having a good time. The shows on board were incredible they had acrobats one night then a comic magician then a 70's 80's music review which was fabulous for anyone going or planning on going on the spirit GO TO ALL THE SHOWS you will not be disappointed. The ship had a LOT of kids on it and just as you can imagine you could not get in the pools without some effort my wife and girls went in I chose to go eat (Better to be fat then be driven insane) The arcade was nice my girls had fun and spent a lot of time and money there. Over all we had a great time on the spirit and look forward to sailing her again in the near future. Hope this answers some of the questions you may have about the spirit.Have a great time on her.
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We just got home a few day's ago from the Spirit and our family really enjoyed the freestyle experience. I enjoyed not having to hurry back from the ports to get ready for dinner. We ate all of our breakfasts in the buffet, and most of our dinners in the Garden room, one night in Cagney's. I was very pleased with all, the buffet has a waffle station, made to order egg stations and a yorgurt station that we really thought were good. We never experienced a wait for dinner no matter what time we ate. This was probably the first cruise we have been on that we could get lounge chairs without having to get up before 8:00 a.m., the workout area was kind of small, but adequate. I will mention the bedding was very comfortable, much better then Princess and comparable to HAL, but the cabins are a little small. I felt like the service was about the same as Carnival or RCI. I would book another cruise with NCL after this experience in a heartbeat.
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