Thomson Spirit

Thomson Spirit cruise ship
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Cruise line
Marella Cruises

Current cruise:
7 nights / 8 days, round-trip Continental Coasts
15 Jul, 2018 - 22 Jul, 2018

Thomson Spirit Review and Specifications

Specifications of Thomson Spirit

Year built1983  /  Age : 35
Flag state Malta
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
Building costUSD 150 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorMarella Cruises (Thomson UK)
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)215 m / 705 ft
Beam (width)27 m / 89 ft
Gross Tonnage33930 gt
Passengers1254 - 1350
Crew520
Passengers-to-space ratio25
Decks10
Cabins627
Decks with cabins10
Last Refurbishment2016
Former namesMS Nieuw Amsterdam, MS Patriot, MS Spirit

Review of Thomson Spirit

Launched in 1983, Thomson Spirit cruise ship (currently "Marella Spirit") is a leased vessel which current owner is Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation's subsidiary company). The ship was built as "ms Nieuw Amsterdam" and since 2003 is operated under long-therm charter (expired in 2017) by the UK company Marella Cruises (formerly "Thomson Cruises").

NEWS: According to the shipowner Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation), the cruise ship will leave Thomson's fleet in November 2018 to join Celestyal Cruises.

History - construction & ownership

Marella Cruises is a Thomson-operated British cruise line, that offers low-price voyages around Europe with ships from Holland America Line and Louis Cruise Lines. Initially, the company entered cruise market in 1973. Due to the rising fuel costs, in 1976 it was terminated. Thomson Cruises restarted the cruise line in 1995 and nowadays holds 1% market share of worldwide cruise industry. Thomson Cruises has its own unique place in the British cruise market as cruise division of the largest tour operator and travel agency in Britain. After its foundation in 1965, the company soon established dominant position in the British tour market with own airlines and travel agencies.

Thomson Spirit cruise ship

The 33,930-ton, 1,350-passenger Thomson Spirit is stylish, spacious and sociable, with every little detail, from exquisite cuisine to relaxing entertainment. This vessel is a gateway to the world of choice.

Cruise itinerary program

Thomson Spirit itinerary program is based on cruises from Marmaris (Turkey) and Limassol (Cyprus). Interesting fact about the ship is that in 2014 during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, it served as a floating hotel.

Cabins

Most Thomson Spirit staterooms are 145-175-sq.foot Oceanview (424). There are a total of 627 staterooms in 10 categories. Only 4 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Thomson Spirit are the Suites (430 ft2). Thomson Spirit cruise ship offers a wider range of staterooms compared to some of the other vessels in the fleet. Standard inside and outside rooms are spacious for an older vessel and have good storage space (lots of the outside staterooms have portholes rather than windows). Higher-grade outside staterooms are larger and have a good value.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Unlike other Thomson cruise liners, the Compass Rose Dining Room on Thomson Spirit offers open-seating dining for all 3 meals. The other major restaurant is the 24-hour casual Lido Restaurant. There's also the poolside Terrace Grill and Sirocco's, a reservations-required dining venue with a cover charge.

Thomson Spirit cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Thomson Spirit restaurants and food bars.

  • Compass Rose Restaurant (serves breakfast, lunch and 6-course dinner; meals are open seating)
  • Sirocco’s (an intimate à la carte restaurant which offers real dining experience; cover charge is applied, on-board reservation is required)
  • Lido restaurant (with al-fresco dining area and self-service buffet, open 24 hours a day; twice a week international theme nights are held)
  • Terrace Grill (the place for lunchtime BBQs, salads and pizzas served on the open deck; another possibility is the 24 hours a day room service, extra charge applied).

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

The five bars on Thomson Spirit provide stylish atmosphere. Among them is the Horizons - a sophisticated bar with live classical music and spotlight cabarets. The Raffles Bar features a central piano bar and is ideal for pre-dinner drinks. The Lido Bar is next to the pool, outdoors. The lounges on board Thomson Spirit are Explorers’ Lounge, playing relaxing live music, and Broadway Show Lounge, with top comedies and West End-style shows. High Spirits also provides live music plus game shows and a late-night disco.

Thomson Spirit cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Thomson Spirit lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Broadway Show Lounge (600-seat, features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy and games); Mezzanine Lounge & Bar (on top level of Broadway Lounge)
  • Broad Street Shops (duty-free shopping arcade with boutiques selling watches, fine jewelry, Thomson Cruises logo merchandise, luxury perfumes, fashion clothes, liquor, tobaccos, convenience goods); Boutique (luxury Spa cosmetics, beauty products)
  • Photo Gallery & Shop; Card Room; Browsers’ Corner (Library); Cinema
  • Explorers’ Lounge (features live piano music and daily Afternoon Tea; home to The Coffee Port bar for specialty coffees and teas served with complimentary desserts; wi-fi hotspot)
  • Casino (served by its own Bar)
  • Raffles Bar (piano bar for pre-dinner drinks, with panoramic sea views)
  • Lido Bar (open 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; serves the pool deck area)
  • High Spirits (disco nightclub, with its own bar, stage for live performances, dance floor; offers live music, film screenings, game shows and dancing classes during the day)
  • Main Pool area (paddle pool for kids, swimming pool, sunbathing area; served by an alfresco Lido Bar)
  • Thomson Kids’ Club (play area, complimentary; offers supervised age-appropriate activities for kids 3-11 yo); Video Games Arcade; Graffiti’s Teen Area
  • Oceans Spa & Gym (Wellness Centre: Massage Rooms, Saunas, Beauty Salon, Relaxation Area; The Gym has a separate Aerobic Studio)
  • Adults-only pool deck area (swimming pool, whirlpool, sunbathing area)
  • Horizons Lounge & Bar (observation lounge with panoramic sea views; has a dance floor and offers live classic music and jazz performances, as well as cabaret performancesin the evening)
  • Sports deck (tenis tables, combined sport courts for basketball, football, tennis).

Thomson Spirit wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 10
  • Total number of cabins: 627 (of which 21 Suites, 424 Oceanview, 203 Inside, 21 Single, 4 Wheelchair accessible).
  • Dining Rooms: The Compass Rose (722-seat, waiter service, open seating).
  • Restaurants and food bars: Sirocco's (a la carte, cover charge applied, reservations required), Lido (buffet), Terrace Grill (barbecue eatery and Italian pizzeria in the evenings).
  • Lounges & Bars: Broadway Show Lounge, High Spirits (hosting game shows, live music, late-night disco), Explorers' Lounge, Horizons (live music), Raffles (piano bar), Lido Bar, Mezzanine Bar & Lounge, Card room.
  • Oceans Beauty Salon, Spa and Gym, swimming pools (2 -  Adults' and Kids'), jaccuzi, Sports deck, 24-hour Room service (extra charge), casino, cinema, Thomson Kids' Club, Graffiti's Teen Area, Video Arcade, library with Internet access, gift shops, Photo Gallery, self-service laundrettes.
  • MS Thomson Spirit cruise ship is the longest-serving vessel in Thomson UK's fleet. The ship was built as ms Nieuw Amsterdam (link to the Holland America ship). In 2000, the vessel was taken over by United State Lines (now defunct) and renamed "ms Patriot", before chartered by Celestyal Cruises. In 2002, it was sub-chartered by Thomson and in May 2003, following a drydock refit, started operations as "Thomson Spirit".
  • Most of the cruise passengers are from the UK, but much younger than those on other lines popular with British cruising market. Longer itineraries attract mid-40s and upwards couples,. During school holidays, there are many families too.
  • Fun fact is, that during the 2014 Winter Olympics (Russia), the ship was used as floating hotel - together with Celestyal Olympia and Grand Holiday (now MS Magellan for CMV).
  • In July 2017 Thomson Cruises announced that it extended the time of Thomson Spirit with the fleet, sailing the ship until the end of summer 2018 due to overwhelming customer demand. Thomson Spirit, which was due to cruise for the final time in November 2017, was based in Palma in April 2018, before moving to Malaga in May. Clients had the opportunity to see the best that Western Mediterranean has to offer - big city favourites like BarcelonaLisbon and Rome, as well as lesser-known Spanish gems like Mahon, Roses and Tarragona. The last cruise of Thomson Spirit (themed "Continental Coasts" was scheduled for October 21, 2018. Then, the ship joins Celestyal Cruises.

The following table shows the ship's last cruise for Thomson UK. The 7 nights / 8 days itinerary (themed
"Ancient Affair") was roundtrip from Cyprus. Prices started from USD 770 pp (double occupancy).

15 Nov      Departing from Limassol, Cyprus   
16 Nov 10:00 - 18:00     Alanya, Turkey   
17 Nov 09:00 - 17:00     Marmaris, Turkey   
18 Nov 08:00 - 17:00     Heraklion, Crete, Greece   
20 Nov - 21 Nov     Ashdod, Jerusalem, Israel   
22 Nov      Arriving in Limassol, Cyprus   

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Thomson Spirit Itineraries 2018

The below listed Thomson Spirit cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Marella Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Malaga cruise port

24 June 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Continental Coasts
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24 Jun      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
26 Jun 08:00 - 16:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
27 Jun 08:00 - 17:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
28 Jun 09:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
29 Jun 08:00 - 18:00     Valencia, Spain   
30 Jun 08:00 - 16:00     Cartagena, Spain   
01 Jul      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

01 July 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spirit of Iberia
Prices starting
from $643
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01 Jul      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
03 Jul 10:00 - 18:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
04 Jul 09:00 - 18:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
05 Jul 09:00 - 19:00     Portimao, Portugal   
06 Jul 08:00 - 19:00     Cadiz, Spain   
07 Jul 08:00 - 20:00     Gibraltar, UK   
08 Jul      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

08 July 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Undiscovered Spain
Prices starting
from $764
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08 Jul      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
10 Jul 08:00 - 19:00     Roses, Costa Brava, Spain   
11 Jul 08:00 - 18:00     Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain   
12 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Ibiza, Ibiza Island, Spain   
13 Jul 09:00 - 18:00     Almeria, Spain   
14 Jul 08:00 - 18:00     Ceuta, Spanish Morocco   
15 Jul      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

15 July 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Continental Coasts
Prices starting
from $639
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15 Jul      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
17 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
18 Jul 08:00 - 17:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
19 Jul 09:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
20 Jul 08:00 - 18:00     Valencia, Spain   
21 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Cartagena, Spain   
22 Jul      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

22 July 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spirit of Iberia
Prices starting
from $724
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22 Jul      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
24 Jul 10:00 - 18:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
25 Jul 09:00 - 18:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
26 Jul 09:00 - 19:00     Portimao, Portugal   
27 Jul 08:00 - 19:00     Cadiz, Spain   
28 Jul 08:00 - 20:00     Gibraltar, UK   
29 Jul      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

29 July 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Continental Coasts
Prices starting
from $706
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29 Jul      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
31 Jul 08:00 - 16:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
01 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
02 Aug 09:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
03 Aug 08:00 - 18:00     Valencia, Spain   
04 Aug 08:00 - 16:00     Cartagena, Spain   
05 Aug      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

05 August 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spirit of Iberia
Prices starting
from $805
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05 Aug      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
07 Aug 10:00 - 18:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
08 Aug 09:00 - 18:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
09 Aug 09:00 - 19:00     Portimao, Portugal   
10 Aug 08:00 - 19:00     Cadiz, Spain   
11 Aug 08:00 - 20:00     Gibraltar, UK   
12 Aug      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

12 August 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Undiscovered Spain
Prices starting
from $769
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12 Aug      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
14 Aug 08:00 - 19:00     Roses, Costa Brava, Spain   
15 Aug 08:00 - 18:00     Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain   
16 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Ibiza, Ibiza Island, Spain   
17 Aug 09:00 - 18:00     Almeria, Spain   
18 Aug 08:00 - 18:00     Ceuta, Spanish Morocco   
19 Aug      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

19 August 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spirit of Iberia
Prices starting
from $785
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19 Aug      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
21 Aug 10:00 - 18:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
22 Aug 09:00 - 18:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
23 Aug 09:00 - 19:00     Portimao, Portugal   
24 Aug 08:00 - 19:00     Cadiz, Spain   
25 Aug 08:00 - 20:00     Gibraltar, UK   
26 Aug      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

26 August 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Continental Coasts
Prices starting
from $712
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26 Aug      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
28 Aug 08:00 - 16:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
29 Aug 08:00 - 17:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
30 Aug 09:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
31 Aug 08:00 - 18:00     Valencia, Spain   
01 Sep 08:00 - 16:00     Cartagena, Spain   
02 Sep      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

02 September 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spirit of Iberia
Prices starting
from $808
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02 Sep      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
04 Sep 10:00 - 18:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
05 Sep 09:00 - 18:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
06 Sep 09:00 - 19:00     Portimao, Portugal   
07 Sep 08:00 - 19:00     Cadiz, Spain   
08 Sep 08:00 - 20:00     Gibraltar, UK   
09 Sep      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

09 September 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Undiscovered Spain
Prices starting
from $783
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09 Sep      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
11 Sep 08:00 - 19:00     Roses, Costa Brava, Spain   
12 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Spain   
13 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Ibiza, Ibiza Island, Spain   
14 Sep 09:00 - 18:00     Almeria, Spain   
15 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Ceuta, Spanish Morocco   
16 Sep      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

16 September 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spirit of Iberia
Prices starting
from $765
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16 Sep      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
18 Sep 10:00 - 18:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
19 Sep 09:00 - 18:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
20 Sep 09:00 - 19:00     Portimao, Portugal   
21 Sep 08:00 - 19:00     Cadiz, Spain   
22 Sep 08:00 - 20:00     Gibraltar, UK   
23 Sep      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

23 September 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Continental Coasts
Prices starting
from $745
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23 Sep      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
25 Sep 08:00 - 16:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
26 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
27 Sep 09:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
28 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Valencia, Spain   
29 Sep 08:00 - 16:00     Cartagena, Spain   
30 Sep      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

30 September 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spirit of Iberia
Prices starting
from $712
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30 Sep      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
02 Oct 10:00 - 18:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
03 Oct 09:00 - 18:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
04 Oct 09:00 - 19:00     Portimao, Portugal   
05 Oct 08:00 - 19:00     Cadiz, Spain   
06 Oct 08:00 - 20:00     Gibraltar, UK   
07 Oct      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

07 October 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Continental Coasts
Prices starting
from $639
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07 Oct      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
09 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
10 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
11 Oct 09:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
12 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Valencia, Spain   
13 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Cartagena, Spain   
14 Oct      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

14 October 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Spirit of Iberia
Prices starting
from $594
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14 Oct      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
16 Oct 10:00 - 18:00     Porto, Leixoes, Portugal   
17 Oct 09:00 - 18:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
18 Oct 09:00 - 19:00     Portimao, Portugal   
19 Oct 08:00 - 19:00     Cadiz, Spain   
20 Oct 08:00 - 20:00     Gibraltar, UK   
21 Oct      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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Malaga cruise port

21 October 20187 nights / 8 days, round-trip Continental Coasts
Prices starting
from $711
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21 Oct      Departing from Malaga, Spain   
23 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Port Mahon, Menorca Island, Spain   
24 Oct 08:00 - 17:00     Toulon, France Riviera   
25 Oct 09:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
26 Oct 08:00 - 18:00     Valencia, Spain   
27 Oct 08:00 - 16:00     Cartagena, Spain   
28 Oct      Arriving in Malaga, Spain   

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