Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Spirit Review and Specifications
Specifications of Norwegian Spirit
|Year built||1998 / Age : 21|
|Builder||Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)|
|Building cost||USD 350 million|
|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|
Current itinerary of Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit current cruise is 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles & Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia), themed as "Easter". The itinerary starts on 18 Apr, 2019 and ends on 28 Apr, 2019.
|Date / Time||Port|
|18 Apr 17:00||Departing from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy|
|20 Apr 12:00 - 22:00||Santorini Island, Greece|
|21 Apr 07:00 - 19:00||Piraeus, Athens, Greece|
|22 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Mykonos Island, Greece|
|23 Apr 07:00 - 13:00||Souda-Chania, Crete, Greece|
|24 Apr 14:00 - 21:00||Valletta, Malta|
|25 Apr 08:00 - 18:00||Messina, Sicily, Italy|
|26 Apr 07:00 - 17:00||Naples, Italy|
|27 Apr 09:00 - 20:00||Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy|
|28 Apr 06:00||Arriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy|
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.
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.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Mar 28||10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia||Barcelona||$899|
|2019 Apr 07||11 days, round-trip Greek Isles & Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia)||Civitavecchia|
|2019 Apr 18||10 days, round-trip Greek Isles & Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia)||Civitavecchia|
|2019 Apr 28||10 days, round-trip Greek Isles & Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia)||Civitavecchia||$599|
|2019 May 08||10 days, round-trip Greek Isles & Italy from Rome (Civitavecchia)||Civitavecchia||$999|
|2019 May 18||13 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Southampton||Civitavecchia||$699|
|2019 May 31||14 days, round-trip Iceland, Ireland & Norway: Mystical Fjords from London (Southampton)||Southampton||$1299|
|2019 Jun 14||12 days, round-trip Norway & the Arctic: Summer Solstice from London (Southampton)||Southampton||$999|
|2019 Jun 26||11 days, round-trip Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton)||Southampton||$799|
|2019 Jul 07||14 days, round-trip Norway, Iceland & UK: Mystical Fjords from London (Southampton)||Southampton||$1449|
|2019 Jul 21||12 days, round-trip Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton)||Southampton||$1149|
|2019 Aug 02||15 days, one-way from Southampton to Stockholm||Southampton||$1499|
|2019 Aug 17||15 days, one-way from Stockholm to Southampton||Stockholm||$1399|
|2019 Sep 01||14 days, round-trip Iceland, Ireland & Norway: Mystical Fjords from London (Southampton)||Southampton||$1499|
|2019 Sep 15||12 days, round-trip Scotland, England & Ireland: British Isles Heritage from London (Southampton)||Southampton||$1349|
|2019 Sep 27||14 days, round-trip Iceland, Ireland & Norway: Mystical Fjords from London (Southampton)||Southampton||$1499|
|2019 Oct 11||15 days, one-way from Southampton to Venice||Southampton||$1099|
|2019 Oct 26||12 days, one-way from Venice to Civitavecchia||Venice||$1299|
|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||$799|
|2019 Dec 02||13 days, round-trip Italy, Greece & Israel: Mediterranean Wonders from Rome (Civitavecchia)||Civitavecchia||$1199|
|2019 Dec 15||7 days, round-trip Italy & Croatia: Mediterranean Getaway from Rome (Civitavecchia)||Civitavecchia||$449|
|2019 Dec 22||12 days, round-trip Holiday Celebration: Venice, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, And Dubrovnik from Rome (Civitavecchia)||Civitavecchia||$1249|
|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||$1699|
|2020 Mar 02||20 days, one-way from Dubai to Cape Town||Dubai|
|2020 Mar 22||24 days, one-way from Cape Town to Singapore||Cape Town||$6049|
|2020 Apr 15||16 days, one-way from Singapore to Yokohama||Singapore||$1999|