Thomson Spirit Review and Specifications
Specifications of Thomson Spirit
|Year built||1983 / Age : 36|
|Builder||Chantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)|
|Building cost||USD 150 million|
|Owner||Louis Group Plc|
|Speed||21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph|
|Length (LOA)||215 m / 705 ft|
|Beam (width)||27 m / 89 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||33930 gt|
|Passengers||1254 - 1350|
|Decks with cabins||10|
|Last Refurbishment||2016 (scrapped in 2018)|
|Former names||MS Nieuw Amsterdam, MS Patriot, MS Spirit, Thomson Spirit (Marella)|
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, the ship left Marella's fleet on October 28, 2018, to join Celestyal Cruises renamed as "Celestyal Spirit". Sadly, on October 29, the vessel (renamed "Mare S") left port Piraeus-Athens to Alang (India, shipbreaking yard), being sold for scrap.
History - construction and 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.
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 for Thomson Cruises was based on roundtrips from homeports Marmaris (Turkey) and Limassol (Cyprus). For Marella Cruises, Thomson Spirit operated 7-day roundtrips from homeport Malaga (Spain), visiting ports in Portugal (Leixoes, Lisbon, Portimao), Spain (Cadiz, Port Mahon Menorca, Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena), France (Toulon), also Gibraltar (UK).
Thomson Spirit has a total of 627 cabins (of which 21 Suites, 424 Oceanview, 203 Inside, 21 Single) in 10 grades. Most Thomson Spirit staterooms are 145-175-sq.foot Oceanview. 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.
Shipboard dining options - Food and 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.
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).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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.
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
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.
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 Barcelona, Lisbon 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.
Next table shows liner's last cruise for Marrela - 7-day roundtrip from Malaga (themed "Continental Coasts")
|21 Oct 21:00||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 06:00||Arriving in Malaga, Spain|
The following table shows ship's last pre-scheduled cruise for Thomson UK. The 7-day itinerary (themed "Ancient Affair") was supposed to be a 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|