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Norwegian Spirit - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Norwegian Spirit cruising Launched in 1999 as the SuperStar Leo of NCL’s parent company, Star Cruises, the 75,000-ton, 1,996-guest vessel was transferred to Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet in 2004 and renamed Norwegian Spirit. She offers a festive atmoshere, great entertainment, a slew of restaurants, awesome children’s centers and outdoor play spaces, fun decor, and comfortable staterooms, all at a fair price.

From Norwegian Spirit’s bow, festive streamers and dancing dolphins painted on the hull add a playful touch that was designed to say, “Hey! Come aboard. We have fun in here.”

Public Rooms & Entertainment On Norwegian Spirit
Inside, the mood continues from the moment you step into the atrium lobby, with its cityscape vibe. Throughout the public rooms, decor mixes fun, nearly fantastic decor with a dash of contemporary and art deco styling. Top of the fun pyramid is Maharini’s, a lounge/nightclub that combines Indian Bollywood themes with velvety fashion-world curtains and daybeds scattered among mood-lit nooks.

Like all the Norwegian Cruise Line ships, Norwegian Spirit shines when it comes to entertainment. The multi-deck Stardust Theater seats almost 900 guests for some of the best production shows in the cruise world, as well as performances by the great Second City comedy troupe. Up on Deck 12, the Galaxy of the Stars observation lounge hosts late-night music and dancing. Gamblers head to the expansive Maharajah’s Casino on Deck 7, while folks with a taste for sophistication lounge stylishly at Champagne Charlie’s Champagne Bar.

Beer lovers have three great options: Henry’s Pub, a British-themed bar with dart boards, a big-screen TV for sports, and tasty fish and chips; the Shanghai Bar, a sports bar with an Asian twist; and the Bier Garten and Grill outdoors on Deck 13, stocked with German pilsner, hefeweizen, and wheat beers, and serving lunchtime foods like bratwurst and sauerkraut.

Other public rooms include a library, an Internet center, a card room, and a writing room.

Family Cruising On Norwegian Spirit
Kids get the huge, bright Charlie’s Child Care Center in the stern on Deck 10, outfitted with cozy TV rooms, a huge climbing maze, and great crafts, play, and computer areas. Just outside, there’s a fantastic, pirate-themed kids’ pool area with a paddling pool, water slides, and a kid-size Jacuzzi. Teens get their own hangout space called the Celebrity Teen Disco, way up on Deck 13.

Restaurant Maxims' on Norwegian SpiritDining On Norwegian Spirit
At dinnertime, guests can choose among 10 different restaurants:
•The main dining rooms, called Windows and the Garden Room
•Le Bistro, the most formal restaurant onboard, serving French and continental cuisine
•The Shogun Asian restaurant
•The Teppanyaki Room, where chefs prepare your meal at a tableside grill, Japanese style
•A sushi and sashimi bar
•Cagney’s, a classic steakhouse
•La Trattoria, serving casual, family-style Italian meals
•The Raffles Court buffet restaurant
•The casual Blue Lagoon, serving comfort food 24 hours a day
There are also the usual outdoor grills and indoor snack spots during the day, plus room service, and you can even order pizza 24 hours a day for $5 per pie, delivered to you anywhere on the ship.

Pools & Fitness On Norwegian Spirit
Outdoors, Norwegian Spirit’s resort-like Tivoli pool deck has a European look, and is centered around a large pool and five hot tubs. Up in the bow on that same deck is the ship’s spa, with its multiple treatment rooms, steamrooms and saunas, beauty salon, and indoor Aquaswim jet pools for doing laps in place. A fitness center is next door, and there’s a basketball/volleyball court and golf driving net outside. In the stern, beautifully tiered decks look down over the kids’ pool area.

Cabins On Norwegian Spirit
Standard staterooms are comfortable if not plush, decorated in a pleasingly modern style with woody paneling and accents. The rooms are pleasant and livable, with TVs, and somewhat more than a third of them offer private balconies. Outsides range from about 157 to 201 square feet.

At the high end, the ship offers three different categories of suites, including the Aft-Facing Owner’s Suite with its separate bedroom and living/dining room, huge bathroom with whirlpool tub, and large aft-facing balcony.

Balcony cabin on Norwegian SpiritFreestyle Cruising

Norwegian Cruise Line's ships are all about Freestyle Cruising. Freestyle Cruising means individual flexibility and freedom. On a Freestyle cruise you choose what to do on your vacation.

Freestyle Dining
Freestyle Dining: choose between up to 20 different dining venues per ship (20 on the Norwegian Epic). No need to rush, no need to watch the clock. In addition to two Freestyle main dining rooms, Norwegian Cruise Line's ships offer an array of a la carte gourmet and ethnic restaurants and casual eateries. From elegant French bistros and Italian trattorias to sushi and tapas bars, and more, there's a different dining option for every night of your cruise. Dine at a cozy table for two or reserve a table for up to ten friends and family members. When, where, and with whom you dine is your decision.

Freestyle Attire
Freestyle Attire: On your Freestyle cruise the attire is "resort casual"; think collared shirts and pants or designer jeans in the evening for the men, and the equivalent for the ladies. No need to pack gowns, suits, or ties. Should you prefer to dress up a little more, feel free to do so. With Freestyle Cruising the choice is yours.

Ship Information
Norwegian Spirit is an elegant Freestyle cruise ship. In addition to the multitude of Freestyle restaurants we have come to know and to love, the ship features a Broadway Theater, casino, several bars and lounges, more than 370 balcony cabins, and much more.

Owner's Suite on Norwegian SpiritShip Facts
Year Built 1999 ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 75,000 ♦ Length 879 ft - 264 m ♦ Cruising Speed 24 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,996 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) TBA ♦ Passenger Decks 10 ♦ Officers and Crew 920 ♦ Officer's Nationality International ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Cabins
Total 998 ♦ Suites with Balcony 18 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 374 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 223 ♦ Inside 383 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 4 ♦ Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Dining
Freestyle Dining - you decide when, where, and with whom to dine. Dining in the two Main Dining Rooms, in the indoor and outdoor buffets, the around the clock dining venue, and the poolside eateries is included. For the more exclusive specialty restaurants, such as Cagney's Steakhouse or the French Le Bistro, there is a $10 - 25 cover charge. ♦ Traditional Dining - None, there is no traditional, assigned seating dining on Norwegian Cruise Line ships ♦ Formal Nights - for those who wish to dress up (usually about 1/3 of passengers), there is a "formal optional" evening, but don't expect to see any tuxedos or ballgowns ♦ Main Freestyle Dining Rooms: Windows, The Garden Room ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Le Bistro, Cagney's Steakhouse, Teppanyaki, Shogun, La Trattoria, Sushi ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Windows Freestyle Main Restaurant on Norwegian SpiritPublic Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Entertainment
Showlounge - Broadway style shows ♦ Casino ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck - wraps around the ship

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center