The Norwegian Spirit is one of the older ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, having been completed and launched in 1998, but she boasts almost as many amenities and activities as her larger sisters. Her relatively advanced age means she lacks some of the ultra-modern recreational amenities, but she’s still packed with plenty of fun, and she’s looking great too, thanks to a 2008 refurbishment that retained her elegant, understated décor and eye-pleasing colour schemes. The ship is popular with families with children, as it has an excellent range of activities and recreation for kids and teens, and since several hundred staterooms have the ability to connect with their neighbours, the accommodation, which includes interior and window-view staterooms, balcony rooms, and suites, is highly flexible.
The Norwegian Spirit travels to several different locations, including summertime cruises in Europe, and winter voyages in the Caribbean, as well as the occasional transatlantic crossing. Caribbean cruises are typically 7 to 14 days, travelling to western Caribbean locations such as Grand Cayman, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, or eastern islands, including the US Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. European cruises include eight to ten days visiting the Canary Islands, Morocco, and Spain, and 12 to 14-day Mediterranean tours with ports of call in Italy, Greece, Turkey, France, and Spain. Norwegian Spirit’s transatlantic cruises provide a home-away-from-home for 16 to 35 days, with extended cruises visiting several ports in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
As with other ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, your dining options are both flexible and highly varied, with two dining rooms, several specialty restaurants, and casual dining venues competing for your attention. The main dining rooms—Windows, and The Garden—serve three meals a day, with plenty of great choices on the menu. When you feel like a special treat, book a table at one of the speciality restaurants—a juicy steak and truffle fries, or a succulent lobster, at Cagney’s Steakhouse, traditional and modern French cuisine at Le Bistro, Italian fare at La Trattoria, or sushi and other Asian dishes at Shogun. There’s also a fabulously fun Teppanyaki bar, where the food is great, and the show is even better.
For casual dining and snacks, head to Raffles Court & Terrace for the buffet menu, available almost 24-7, or check out the Blue Lagoon, the fast food court that never closes, so it’s never too late to grab a burger. Of course, there’s also room service, available 24 hours a day for snacks and light meals, and even a 24-hour pizza delivery service.
With a basketball court, jogging track, and fitness centre on board, there’s plenty to keep fitness enthusiasts busy, and the pools, hot tubs, beauty salon, and spa are the perfect way to kick back and relax and pamper yourself. You’ll also find an internet café, art and photo gallery, and shops on board, as well as a library, card room, and writing room.
Kids and teens have it covered on the Norwegian Spirit, too. Children can enjoy Splash Academy, with kids-only cinema, activity room, playgrounds, and a quiet room, and Buccaneer’s, a kids-only pool. For teens there’s the Celebrity Disco, with a soft bar, games, and jukebox.
Seven bars and lounges, offer plenty of evening entertainment including the chic Maharini Nightclub, the glittering Maharajah Casino and Bar, and Henry’s Pub, a traditional English-style pub with great beer, fish & chips, and dart boards. There’s also the Stardust Theatre, featuring nightly shows that include magic acts, and a variety of great singing and dance performances.