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Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Great Spirit Service Team and Renovation Despite Unfortunate Pandemic Impact

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Review by SkyeFlyer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2020
  • Destination: Africa
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside

Overall Summary:

- Despite the extraordinary complication noted below, we would be glad to sail on the NCL Spirit in the future. Although we did not visit all ports, we believe this is a great itinerary.

- Dubai is a great city to explore in advance of embarkation and although we were prevented by local authorities from visiting Cape Town, we had planned five days of exploration and enjoyment.

Extraordinary Circumstances

- Most fortunately, we departed Dubai with healthy passengers and crew and high hopes for a wonderful cruise. We successfully visited Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Muscat. The Covid-19 pandemic precluded entry at all other ports (Seychelles, Reunion, Mauritius and all in S. Africa).

- Resupply of the ship was impacted by rejection at several ports.

Ship Captain & Leadership

- The Captain's poor and insufficient communication was undoubtedly affected by unprecedented pandemic implications impacting the ship's leadership and created excessive and prolonged anxiety amongst passengers during the latter part of the voyage.

Ship Condition

- Overall, the renovation was very nice. The dining venues, theatre, public areas, bars, etc. reflect a modern and attractive design.

- The Promenade deck and upper level are excellent for walking and great views.

- All public areas are spacious and comfortable.

Inside Cabin Review

- Refurbishment is attractive, however storage is limited and the chair/pull-out couch is too big to permit easy movement on one side of the bed.

- Bathroom is well-designed and size of shower is excellent. Could use more towel bars and additional airflow into/out of shower (for air drying clothes).

Dining (Buffet for Breakfast/Local for Lunch/Taste & Silk for Dinner)

- Buffet food selection and quality was quite adequate for breakfast.

- Service staff was fabulous at all venues.

- "The Local" sit-down restaurant was excellent for lunch and snacks.

- "Taste" and "Silk" were very good for dinner.

- Desserts were wonderful at all eating venues!!! Best ever on any of our 30+ cruises.

Entertainment & Activities

- NCL provided top-notch entertainment in the theatre and at bars throughout the ship.

- The destination lecturer was excellent.

- Library is underwhelming, given ship is designed to primarily cater to adults.

- Ship design and features do not cater to children or teens.

- Recommend TV be enhanced to provide on-demand selection of movies.

Service Staff

- Our room attendant, food service throughout the ship, excursion staff and future cruise coordinator were outstanding.

Ports & Shore Excursions

- We undertook ship excursions in Fujairah and Muscat and were fully satisfied with the quality and value of our excursions.


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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside

- Refurbishment is attractive, however storage is limited and the chair/pull-out couch is too big to permit easy movement on one side of the bed.

- Bathroom is well-designed and size of shower is excellent. Could use more towel bars and additional airflow into/out of shower (for air drying clothes).

- Storage limitations would be an extreme problem for more than 2 people in the room.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Dubai

Stayed in Movenpick hotel near the Dubai Mall. Hotel offered a free shuttle to the mall. Room and staff at this hotel were fantastic. Dubai is a great city to walk. Amazing architecture and features. Recommend doing a dune bashing tour.

Abu Dhabi

A great town to tour. Walking the Corniche is a wonderful way to enjoy a day. Previously visited Al Ain via tour, which we highly recommend.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

A good value tour. Enjoyed seeing the historic and grand mosques. Do walk to the top of the fort at the port for a wonderful view. It takes only 20 minutes from the nearby market.

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