MV Sea Spirit


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MV Sea Spirit Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Sea Spirit

Year built 1991
Flag state Bahamas
Builder Nuovi Cantieri Apuania (Carrara, Italy)
Speed 16 kn / 30 kph / 18 mph
Length (LOA) 90 m / 295 ft
Beam (width) 15 m / 49 ft
Gross Tonnage 4200 gt
Passengers 114 - 116
Crew 72
Passengers-to-space ratio 35
Decks 5
Cabins 57
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2010
Former names Renaissance V, Sun Viva, Megastar Sagittarius, Spirit of Oceanus

Review of MV Sea Spirit

MV Sea Spirit was built in 1991 at Nuovi Cantieri Apunia shipyard in Carrara, Italy as Renaissance V. Subsequently, the cruise ship sailed for Cruise West as Spirit of Oceanus before being modified in 2010 to become more suitable for polar cruises. Since late 2010 the vessel has been operating on expedition sailings to the Arctic and Antarctica.

Providing suites for a total of 114 passengers (with the smallest suite measuring 20 m2 / 215 ft2) the ice-strengthened mv Sea Spirit at the same time provides maneuverability and small ship friendly atmosphere. All suites feature exterior views and private facilities. Some of the accommodations have private balconies for enjoying the fantastic landscapes of Antarcticaand the Arctic.

A fleet of rubber inflatable boats (10 Zodiacs) for landings on wild shores, experienced crew, and retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing make a polar cruise on Sea Spirit enjoyable. All departures include rubber boots on loan and an expedition Jacket to keep. All voyages are Multi-Lingual (typically English and German).  Many of the sailings will also include Chinese and Russian languages.

Spacious common areas on Sea Spirit include a library on the Club Deck with a large collection of polar books and DVDs, a presentation lounge on the Ocean Deck with special equipment for lectures, recaps and briefings, many outdoor deck areas and barbecues, a gym on the Sports Deck including weight-lifting and aerobic equipment, a polar boutique and an infirmary with licensed medical doctor.

An elevator provides access to all passenger decks. On the aft of the Main Deck a zodiac landing platform allows for quick deployment of passenger landing craft.

MV Sea Spirit

MV Sea Spirit features a full-service bar, so guests may expect wine and spirits to flow freely during the cruise. Bottled water, tea, coffee and cocoa are available around the clock. 4-course meals are prepared nightly by top chefs and expert kitchen staff. Special diets are accommodated with advance notice. All meals are served on the Main Deck in a single, leisurely seating.  

Optional excursions including kayaking, birding, snorkeling and hiking are available during the stay on mv Sea Spirit. Daily briefings by naturalists prepare passengers for any activity they may desire and wildlife viewing. The onboard gym on ship's Sports Deck is open daily and provides a good place to unwind. It offers several treadmills, stationary bikes and multi-functional training machines.

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