First launched in 1998, the Norwegian Spirit was originally part of Star Cruises (NCL’s parent company). But, as demand for “Freestyle Cruising” quickly blossomed in the United States, the ship was renovated and re-christened as part of the NCL fleet. However, despite two refurbishments (most recently in 2008), she has still maintained many of the defining characteristics that put the Spirit in a class by herself.
At 75,338 tons, the Norwegian Spirit is the “smallest” ship in the NCL fleet. So, she has a more “intimate feel” than most modern cruise ships. Signs of her rich Asian heritage tastefully accent the décor in several areas of the ship, giving the NCL Spirit a very distinctive look. With a beam (width) of 105 feet (which is “standard” for every ship in the fleet except the NCL Epic), the Spirit is the only NCL ship with a length of 881 feet. So, in many respects, the Norwegian Spirit is truly one-of-a kind.
Although the hull dimensions and décor are somewhat unique on the Norwegian Spirit, the amenities are classic NCL “Freestyle”. There are 14 dining options so guests can enjoy a different culinary experience every day and night. In addition to the Garden Room and Windows main dining room (which provides breathtaking ocean views while guests feast on 5-course meals), all guests can enjoy (at no additional charge) the casual Blue Lagoon Café (which is open 23 hours a day), Raffles Court Terrace (featuring buffet style dining) and the outdoor Bier Garten Grill (German). In addition, there’s an even wider variety of specialty restaurants including Cagney’s Steakhouse, La Trattoria (Italian), Le Bistro (French), Teppanyaki, Shogun (Japanese, Chinese and Thai). And, if you’re still hungry, there’s complimentary 24-hour room service to your stateroom.
With accommodations for 2,018 guests (based on 2 passengers per stateroom), the Norwegian Spirit offers a full range of staterooms and suites. Standard interior staterooms (149 square feet – no window) can accommodate up to 4 guests. Ocean-view staterooms (157 square feet) accommodate up to 3 guests. Moving up to standard balcony staterooms (201 square feet including veranda) which also can accommodate up to 3 guests, the Spirit also offers rear-facing Penthouse Suites (436 square feet) and Owners Suites (605 square feet) which provide unparalleled views from private verandas at the rear of the ship.
Among the 10 different bars and lounges onboard the NCL Spirit is Henry’s English Pub (with big-screen TV allowing patrons to watch the latest sporting events), the appropriately-named Galaxy of the Stars Observation Lounge and Maharajah’s Casino bar where guests can enjoy libations while trying their luck at the gaming tables and machines. Then there’s the Stardust Theater (featuring spirited production shows and other live entertainment). For a relaxing message or an invigorating workout, try the Roman Spa and Fitness Center or, for the children in your life, there’s Buccaneer’s Wet and Wild pool area, Celebrity Teen Disco, a video arcade and a complete childcare center for different age groups.
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