March 30, 2011
Wonderful March 20-27, 2011 Cruise on NCL Spirit
We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the NCL Spirit. The ship has a quiet elegance about it, and is both comfortable and welcoming. The staff is extremely proud of the ship, and it shows in all respects. What it lacks in water parks, climbing rocks, and bowling alleys, it makes up for in friendly and welcoming service. As guests in a suite, we had a terrific butler (Maurice), concierge (Belle), and cabin steward (Benjamin). All take extreme care to provide the highest level of service and attetiveness and make you feel so welcome and valued.
We only tried one specialty restaurant, Cagney's, which was wonderful and worth the upcharge. Dining in Windows and the Garden Room was lovely, food generally good (desserts are just so so), but wait staff should be encouraged to acknowledge a table promptly on arrival. While service was excellent once you were greeted, it frequently took 10 minutes to be acknowledged. Also dining room beverage service was both slow and infrequent in contrast to excellent bar service in Galaxy of the Stars (Ricardo, Richard, and Lisa) and Atrium (Agus).
Excursions (Belize Aerial Trek and Cozumel Bottom Fishing) were excellent and competively priced, and Belize and Roatan were favorite ports of call.
My teens loved the teen club, but my tweens did not care for the 10-12 club - it was glorified babysitting. My tweens played lots of basketball and shuffleboard and took advantage of the many games and challenges run by the cruise staff instead, and had a great time.
As for the spring breakers on board from the University of Maryland and Missou, they were drunk and obnoxious for 7 days straight with complete disregard for their fellow passengers. NCL needs to do a much better job of controlling this group or risk permanently losing other passengers.
With the exception of the spring breakers, we recommend both the cruise and NCL!
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