Norwegian Spirit

Former name: SuperStar Leo

Norwegian Spirit current position

Norwegian Spirit current location is at East Australia (coordinates -41.51740 S / 152.41475 E) cruising at speed of 17.6 kn (33 km/h | 20 mph) en route to MELBOURNE, AUS. The AIS position was reported 16 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Spirit current cruise is 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney. Prices start from USD 649 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 21 Feb, 2024 and ends on 04 Mar, 2024.

Date / TimePort
21 Feb 18:00    Departing from Auckland, New Zealand hotels
22 Feb 07:15 - 18:00    Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand
23 Feb 11:00 - 19:00    Napier, New Zealand
24 Feb 09:00 - 17:00    Wellington, New Zealand
25 Feb 07:00 - 17:00    Lyttelton-Christchurch, New Zealand
26 Feb 08:00 - 18:00    Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand
27 Feb    Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
01 Mar 08:00 - 17:00    Melbourne, Victoria Australia
02 Mar 07:00 - 14:00    Burnie, Tasmania Australia
03 Mar 11:00 - 16:30    Eden, NSW Australia
04 Mar 06:00    Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia hotels

Specifications of Norwegian Spirit

Year of build1998  /  Age: 26
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
Building costUSD 350 million (USD 100 million drydock in 2020)
Speed24 kn / 44 km/h / 28 mph
Length (LOA)268 m / 879 ft
Beam (width)37 m / 121 ft
Gross Tonnage75904 gt
Passengers2018 - 2414
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2020
Sister-shipsSuperStar Virgo (Explorer Dream)
Former namesSuperStar Leo
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Spirit Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Jan 28 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $649
2024 Feb 09 12 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $729
2024 Feb 21 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $649
2024 Mar 04 12 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $649
2024 Mar 16 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $649
2024 Mar 28 13 days, one-way from Sydney to Papeete Sydney
2024 Apr 10 12 days, one-way from Papeete to Honolulu Papeete $1099
2024 Apr 22 16 days, one-way from Honolulu to Vancouver Honolulu $949
2024 May 08 18 days, one-way from Vancouver to Tokyo Vancouver $699
2024 May 26 10 days, one-way from Tokyo to Keelung Tokyo $1099
2024 Sep 22 9 days, one-way from Keelung to Yokohama Keelung $1099
2024 Oct 01 11 days, one-way from Yokohama to Incheon Yokohama $1549
2024 Oct 12 11 days, one-way from Incheon to Tokyo Incheon $1599
2024 Oct 23 12 days, round-trip Asia Osaka, Sapporo, Busan Mt. Fuji Tokyo $2199
2024 Nov 04 11 days, one-way from Tokyo to Incheon Tokyo $1599
2024 Nov 15 11 days, one-way from Incheon to Tokyo Incheon $1449
2024 Nov 26 14 days, one-way from Tokyo to Manila Tokyo $1849
2024 Dec 10 12 days, one-way from Manila to Keelung Manila $1649
2024 Dec 22 14 days, one-way from Keelung to Singapore Keelung $2549
2025 Jan 21 4 days, one-way from Singapore to Keelung Singapore $199
2025 Mar 02 11 days, one-way from Keelung to Incheon Keelung $1449
2025 Mar 13 10 days, one-way from Incheon to Yokohama Incheon $1699
2025 Mar 23 10 days, one-way from Yokohama to Incheon Yokohama $1949
2025 Apr 02 12 days, one-way from Incheon to Yokohama Incheon $1829
2025 Dec 21 14 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $2249
2026 Jan 04 13 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1949
2026 Jan 17 11 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1699
2026 Jan 28 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1849
2026 Feb 09 12 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1849
2026 Feb 21 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1849
2026 Mar 05 12 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney $1899
2026 Mar 17 12 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland $1899

Norwegian Spirit Review

Review of Norwegian Spirit

The 1998-built (as "SuperStar Leo") Norwegian Spirit cruise ship is NCL's unique Leo-class liner, with sistership SuperStar Virgo (Resorts World One) operated since 2022 by Resorts World Cruises (Genting).

The vessel (IMO number 9141065) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311746000) and registered in Nassau.

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 2000-passenger 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 artifacts on display. The ship's staircases have wood and iron railings, the atrium boasts glass elevators and waterfalls, and the color 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.

Decks and Cabins

Norwegian Spirit staterooms (1006 total, in 27 grades) include 18x Suites, 382 Balcony, 222 Oceanview and 384 Inside cabins. Most cabins are sized 150-170 ft2 (14-16 m2). The largest accommodations are the Owners Suite (530 ft2 / 49 m2, with terrace sized 75 ft2 / 7 m2).

The boat has 13 decks, of which 10 are passenger-accessible and 7 with cabins.

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 specialty 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 specialty restaurant inside the Shogun restaurant)
  • Sushi Bar; Sake Bar (inside the Shogun dining complex)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood; 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 program venue)
  • Walking Promenade; Basketball Court; Jogging Track; Golf Nets.


Norwegian Spirit itinerary program is based on Alaskan voyages (7-day roundtrips from homeport Seattle WA) during summer and Australia-New Zealand voyages leaving from homeports Sydney NSW to Auckland NZ. The liner operates Transpacific voyages on seasonal relocations ( between Australia and Alaska via Hawaii.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the NCL Spirit ship was paused for 2+ years (March 2020 thru May 2022), restarting on May 7th out of Papeete (Tahiti, French Polynesia). Followed an Alaskan deployment with 7-day roundtrips from Seattle.

In June 2023 NCL canceled the ship's Alaska 2024 and Australia 2024-2025 winter programs and replaced them with an Asian seasonal charter with homeporting in Taiwan China. The roundtrips (from Kaohsiung and Keelung/Taipei) visit popular destinations in Japan and Korea.

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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 Resorts World One). 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 refurbishments review

The ship's drydock refurbishment in 2020 (January 2 - February 10) was done in Marseille France (at Chantier Naval de Marseille shipyard). The USD 100 million, 40-days long renovation project resulted in adding 14 new venues (dining, bars, lounges), new staterooms, enlarged and redesigned wellness complex (Mandara Spa and Pulse Fitness). The hull was repainted and its hull art changed.

The list of new dining venues includes Taste (3rd Main Dining Room / complimentary restaurant), The Local Bar and Grill (24-hour complimentary food bar), Garden Cafe (all-day complimentary restaurant), the Great Outdoors Bar and Grill (complimentary), Waves Pool Bar (poolside complimentary fast-food venue), Onda by Scarpetta (Italian specialty restaurant / at fee).

The three new bar lounges added on the liner are Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge (part of which is the Humidor Cigar Lounge). The kids outdoor playground Splash Academy (waterpark) was replaced with Spice H2O - adults-only outdoor relaxation complex with two large whirlpools (outdoor hot tubs) and poolside bar. In the evenings, Spice H2O transforms into a disco nightclub.

Mandara Spa was expanded - doubled in size to ~650 m2 (7000 ft2). To the ship's wellness complex were added Relaxation Lounge (with heated loungers), Jacuzzi Room, Sauna Room, Steam Room, Thalassotherapy Pool. The Fitness Center was enlarged and upgraded with new gym equipment.

NCL Spirit refurbishment 2017 review

During ship's drydock in January 2017 (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 were made during 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 drydock 2011 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).
  • A new aerobics room was added in Mandara Spa.
  • Raffles Court (buffet restaurant) was renovated.