Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Spirit Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Spirit

Year built1998  /  Age : 21
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassLeo
Building costUSD 350 million
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)268 m / 879 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage75904 gt
Passengers2012 - 2414
Crew1125
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks13
Cabins1006
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017-2020
Sister-shipsSuperStar Virgo (Explorer Dream)
Former namesSuperStar Leo

Current itinerary of Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Spirit current cruise is 12 days, round-trip Norway & the Arctic: Summer Solstice from London (Southampton). The itinerary starts on 14 Jun, 2019 and ends on 26 Jun, 2019.

Date / TimePort
14 Jun 17:00    Departing from Southampton, England hotels
16 Jun 08:00 - 16:00    Stavanger, Norway
17 Jun 14:00 - 22:00    Trondheim, Norway
19 Jun 12:00 - 20:00    Hammerfest, Norway
20 Jun 08:00 - 16:00    Honningsvag, Mageroya Island, Norway
22 Jun 10:00 - 19:00    Geiranger, Norway
23 Jun 12:00 - 21:00    Flam, Norway
24 Jun 09:00 - 18:00    Haugesund, Norway
26 Jun 05:00    Arriving in Southampton, England hotels

Review of Norwegian Spirit

Launched in 1998 as SuperStar Leo, Norwegian Spirit cruise ship is NCL's unique Leo-class liner with sistership SuperStar Virgo (Explorer Dream) operated since April 2019 by Dream Cruises (GHK).

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had a worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC (Regent).

NCL Norwegian Spirit cruise ship

The 75,904-ton, 2,018-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Spirit was initially sailing as the Malaysia-based Star Cruises' SuperStar Leo. Taken by NCL in 2004, Norwegian Spirit still boasts a pleasing, Asian-designed decor with artefacts on display. Ship's staircases have wood and iron railings, the atrium boasts glass elevators and waterfalls, and the colour palette is more mellow than over-the-top. The Stardust Theater is renovated with new red-velvet seats, and nearly all the upholstery and carpeting on the vessel was changed due to the regular refurbishments that make the ship look new and fresh.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Spirit itinerary program is based on year-round European voyages in the Mediterranean Sea from Malaga, Barcelona and Venice. The ship also sails to the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco (North Africa).

Cabins

Norwegian Spirit has a total of 1006 cabins (of which 382 Balcony, 387 Inside) in 27 grades. Most staterooms are 150-ft2 sized Inside cabins. The largest are Owners Suites (sized 530 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Norwegian Spirit has two main dining rooms, the Garden Room and Windows, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both are at no additional cost. Windows is the more elegant of the two, located aft with Palladian-style windows overlooking the stern's wake. The venue is downright romantic, featuring classic ocean liner decor with dark woods and cushy chairs. The Garden Room is U-shaped and has a more modern, casual look. The cuisine in both dining rooms is a bit pedestrian, so foodies will prefer to check out the alternative dining venues, and there are many to choose from.NCL Norwegian Spirit cruise ship

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

  • The Garden Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • Le Bistro (French speciality dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • Windows Restaurant (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)
  • Blue Lagoon Cafe (24-hour fast food restaurant)
  • Henry’s Pub (English pub/bar & grill)
  • Shogun (Asian restaurant, complimentary since 2015)
  • Teppanyaki Room (Japanese Hibachi speciality restaurant inside the Shogun restaurant)
  • Sushi Bar; Sake Bar (inside the Shogun dining complex)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (speciality dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialities; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • Raffles Court & Terrace (complimentary lido buffet restaurant)
  • La Trattoria (Italian speciality restaurant, cover charge US$15 pp)
  • Bier Garten (Bavarian-themed snack and beer bar).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Norwegian Spirit boasts an impressive number of lounges, bars and entertainment venues. The Maharini's Lounge & Nightclub is accessed only through the casino. It features an Indian-influenced decor with velvet curtains, plush daybeds with pillows and fancy chandeliers. Another fun space is English-style Henry's Pub. Henry's is a better spot to watch sporting events than the Shanghai sports bar. At night, choose Henry's for folk music. Shanghai Bar's main attractions are the 7 private karaoke rooms for those who want to sing along without a crowd. Champagne Charlie's offers live music in the evenings, and the sound drifts throughout the atrium. Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. Norwegian Spirit tipping/gratuities (US$12 pp per day). NCL Spirit cruise ship weddings are performed in some of the meeting rooms (no chapel on board).NCL Norwegian Spirit cruise ship

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

  • Stardust Theatre (800-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Cafe 49; The Cafe; Shanghai Bar (sports bar); Champagne Charlie’s Bar
  • Maharini’s Lounge & Nightclub; Galaxy of the Stars Lounge & Disco; Celebrity Disco
  • Maharajah’s Casino
  • Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop
  • The Writing Room; The Card Room; Lifestyle Room & Internet Cafe; Library & Internet Cafe
  • Galleria Shops & Boutiques (tax and duty-free shops)
  • Roman Spa & Fitness Centre (gym with Aerobics Studio; Mandara Spa, treatment rooms, Steam and Sauna, Oscar’s Hair & Beauty Salon, relaxation area); Tivoli Pool, 5 Whirlpools, tennis tables
  • Video Games Arcade; Buccaneer’s Wet & Wild (AquaPark, kids' pool); Charlie’s Child Care Centre; Splash Academy (complimentary kids programme venue)
  • Walking Promenade; Basketball Court; Jogging Track; Golf Nets.

Norwegian Spirit wiki

The vessel was launched as "SuperStar Leo" for Star Cruises (Asian brand owned by GHK-Genting Hong Kong). It belongs to the unique Leo-Class - with sistership SuperStar Virgo (now Explorer Dream). Initially, SuperStar Leo was operating Southeast Asia cruises from homeport Singapore to ports in Malaysia and Thailand (2- to 5-day roundtrips). In 1999, the liner was relocated and homeported in Hong Kong for 1- to 5-day itineraries to ports in China and Vietnam. In 2003, it was deployed in Australia, then joined NCL (in 2004) following a 2-week drydock.

NCL Spirit refurbishment 2017 review

During ship's drydock 2017 refurbishment (January, in Freeport Bahamas) were made general maintenance updates to public areas, restaurants and top-tier staterooms (suites) Updates were also made in crew-only areas (to improve onboard services) and to some equipment (to increase onboard power efficiency). Additional upgrades and full technical enhancements will be made during the next scheduled drydock (2020).

Both drydocks (2017 and 2020) were part of NCL's "Norwegian Edge" program for fleetwide upgrades (2-year project budgeted USD 400 million). Each drydock costs around USD 35-40 million.

NCL Spirit refurbishment 2011 review

The list of deckplan changes after ship's 2011 drydock refurbishment included:

  • Wi-Fi Internet coverage was upgraded to shipwide.
  • Crew and passenger cabins were upgraded with new flat TVs.
  • All accessible staterooms were renovated.
  • New carpeting and tiling received all cabins and public areas.
  • Stardust Theater received audio/video enhancements (new equipment was installed).
  • New aerobics room was added in the Spa complex.
  • Raffles Court buffet restaurant was renovated.

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Norwegian Spirit Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Spirit cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 May 31 14 days, round-trip Iceland, Ireland & Norway: Mystical Fjords from London (Southampton) Southampton
2019 Jun 14 12 days, round-trip Norway & the Arctic: Summer Solstice from London (Southampton) Southampton
2019 Jun 26 11 days, round-trip Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton) Southampton $999
2019 Jul 07 14 days, round-trip Norway, Iceland & UK: Mystical Fjords from London (Southampton) Southampton $1549
2019 Jul 21 12 days, round-trip Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton) Southampton $1129
2019 Aug 02 15 days, one-way from Southampton to Stockholm Southampton $1899
2019 Aug 17 15 days, one-way from Stockholm to Southampton Stockholm $1649
2019 Sep 01 14 days, round-trip Iceland, Ireland & Norway: Mystical Fjords from London (Southampton) Southampton $1399
2019 Sep 15 12 days, round-trip Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton) Southampton $1049
2019 Sep 27 14 days, round-trip Iceland, Ireland & Norway: Mystical Fjords from London (Southampton) Southampton $1699
2019 Oct 11 15 days, one-way from Southampton to Venice Southampton $1049
2019 Oct 26 12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia Venice $1049
2019 Nov 07 14 days, round-trip Greek Isles, Italy & Croatia: Mediterranean Delights from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia $1099
2019 Nov 21 11 days, round-trip Greek Isles, Italy & Monaco: Mediterranean Enchantment from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia $1099
2019 Dec 02 13 days, round-trip Italy, Greece & Israel: Mediterranean Wonders from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia $1099
2019 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Italy & Croatia: Mediterranean Getaway from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia $799
2019 Dec 22 12 days, round-trip Holiday Celebration: Venice, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, And Dubrovnik from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia $1649
2020 Jan 03 13 days, round-trip Greece, Israel & Italy: Mediterranean Wonders from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia
2020 Feb 10 21 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai Civitavecchia $2049
2020 Mar 02 20 days, one-way from Dubai to Cape Town Dubai $6349
2020 Mar 22 24 days, one-way from Cape Town to Singapore Cape Town $6449
2020 Apr 15 16 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama Singapore $2029
2020 May 09 15 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $2199
2020 May 24 15 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $2199
2020 Jun 08 15 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $2199
2020 Jun 23 13 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $1799
2020 Jul 06 9 days, round-trip Asia from Tokyo (Yokohama) Yokohama $1399
2020 Jul 15 13 days, round-trip Asia from Tokyo (Yokohama) Yokohama $2299
2020 Jul 28 14 days, round-trip Asia from Tokyo (Yokohama) Yokohama $2299
2020 Aug 11 14 days, round-trip Asia from Tokyo Yokohama $2299
2020 Aug 25 16 days, round-trip Asia from Tokyo Yokohama $2399
2020 Sep 10 15 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $2299
2020 Oct 11 12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama Hong Kong $1499
2020 Oct 23 13 days, round-trip Asia from Tokyo Yokohama $1599
2020 Nov 05 9 days, round-trip Asia from Tokyo Yokohama $999
2020 Nov 14 9 days, round-trip Asia from Tokyo Yokohama $999
2020 Nov 23 14 days, round-trip East Asia from Tokyo Yokohama $1799
2020 Dec 07 14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong Yokohama $1499

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