Just completed a 3 hour dinner cruise on Spirit. First lets begin by saying that the ship itself is quite old and rather dingy. Not the elegant "special occasion" event that the company advertises. On this particular cruise both the second and top levels were reserved for private parties, so all the general public got seated in the lowest level where through much of the tedious three hours we were treated to DJ music so loud that no one could carry one a conversation. The very worst aspect of this event is the food -- which I would challenge any employee of this company to eat! If you think buffets are bad, this one proves to go the distance. Unlike other cruises I've been on, where a salad bar is presented first, on the Spirit the entire buffet is already out when you board and there it sits for the next 2.5 hours. The "salad bar" consists solely of chopped lettuce and two kinds of dressing.
The rolls were so stale they crumbled in your hand. The pasta tasted as if it were from a can, the steamed vegetables were mush, the chicken patties were seasoned so heavily with pepper and so overcooked they were inedible. The worst was the "beef." This was thin slices of shoe leather smothered in some strange awful sauce. My money would have been better spent had I simply taken it to the end of Navy Pier and thrown it into the water. Even the people we were seated with made snide comments about how truly terrible the food was. I used to make fun of Old Country Buffet restaurants -- but it is gourmet by comparison to what is being served here.
While I noticed that several people commented on the beauty of the skyline of Chicago, I want to add that on this ship you don't have very many comfortable places to enjoy it. If you take the fireworks cruise and it rains, you will have no where to go on the ship to watch them. This ship should sail no more!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.