Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Spirit Review and Specifications
Specifications of Norwegian Spirit
|Year built||1998 / Age : 22|
|Builder||Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)|
|Building cost||USD 350 million (USD 100 million drydock in 2020)|
|Owner||(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd|
|Operator||(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line|
|Speed||24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph|
|Length (LOA)||268 m / 879 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||75904 gt|
|Passengers||2012 - 2414|
|Decks with cabins||7|
|Sister-ships||SuperStar Virgo (Explorer Dream)|
|Former names||SuperStar Leo|
Review of Norwegian Spirit
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).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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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 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 2020 review
The ship's planned for 2020 drydock refurbishment (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 2017 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 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 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).
- A new aerobics room was added in Mandara Spa.
- Raffles Court (buffet restaurant) was renovated.
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Dec 22||11 days, round-trip Holiday Celebration: Venice, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, And Dubrovnik from Rome (Civitavecchia)||Civitavecchia||$949|
|2020 Feb 11||20 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Dubai||Civitavecchia||$2039|
|2020 Mar 02||20 days, one-way from Dubai to Cape Town||Dubai||$1639|
|2020 Mar 22||24 days, one-way from Cape Town to Singapore||Cape Town||$2399|
|2020 Apr 15||16 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama||Singapore||$1929|
|2020 May 01||8 days, round-trip Asia Holiday from Yokohama||Yokohama||$1909|
|2020 May 09||15 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong||Yokohama||$1209|
|2020 May 24||15 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama||Hong Kong||$1119|
|2020 Jun 08||15 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong||Yokohama||$1109|
|2020 Jun 23||13 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Yokohama||Hong Kong||$1209|
|2020 Jul 06||9 days, round-trip Asia: Highlights of Japan from Tokyo (Yokohama)||Yokohama||$1469|
|2020 Jul 15||13 days, round-trip Asia: Immersive Japan from Tokyo (Yokohama)||Yokohama||$1639|
|2020 Jul 28||14 days, one-way from Yokohama to Tokyo||Yokohama||$1639|
|2020 Aug 11||14 days, round-trip Asia: Immersive Japan from Tokyo||Tokyo||$1639|
|2020 Aug 25||16 days, one-way from Tokyo to Yokohama||Tokyo||$1199|
|2020 Sep 10||15 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong||Yokohama||$1359|
|2020 Sep 25||5 days, round-trip Asia Holiday from Hong Kong||Hong Kong||$729|
|2020 Sep 30||5 days, round-trip Asia Holiday from Hong Kong||Hong Kong||$729|
|2020 Oct 05||6 days, round-trip Asia Holiday from Hong Kong||Hong Kong||$889|
|2020 Oct 11||12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo||Hong Kong||$1359|
|2020 Oct 23||13 days, round-trip Asia: Immersive Japan in Autumn from Tokyo||Tokyo||$1509|
|2020 Nov 05||9 days, round-trip Asia: Highlights of Japan in Autumn from Tokyo (Yokohama)||Tokyo||$1389|
|2020 Nov 14||9 days, round-trip Asia: Highlights of Japan in Autumn from Tokyo||Tokyo||$1339|
|2020 Nov 23||14 days, round-trip Asia: Immersive Japan from Tokyo||Tokyo||$1279|
|2020 Dec 07||14 days, one-way from Tokyo to Hong Kong||Tokyo||$1279|
|2020 Dec 21||14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore||Hong Kong||$1639|
|2021 Jan 04||11 days, round-trip Thailand, Myanmar & Malaysia from Singapore||Singapore||$1029|
|2021 Jan 15||15 days, round-trip Thailand, Indonesia, Phuket & Penang from Singapore||Singapore||$1599|
|2021 Jan 30||12 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$1179|
|2021 Feb 11||5 days, round-trip Asia from Hong Kong||Hong Kong||$749|
|2021 Feb 16||12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore||Hong Kong||$1239|
|2021 Feb 28||12 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$1239|
|2021 Mar 12||15 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo||Hong Kong||$1629|
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