Norwegian Spirit Overview

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Perfect for retirees, couples, and destination-focused cruisers, Norwegian Spirit sails on port-intensive itineraries between Europe and Asia. This midsize ship offers a classic cruise experience that's more about understated elegance and less about flashy theme park amenities. Built in 1998 and most recently refurbished in 2017, Norwegian Spirit will receive additional Norwegian Edge upgrades in 2020 before sailing to China.

During the day, Spirit's Tivoli pool is the relaxation hotspot. The main pool features Roman decor, quadruple whirlpools and plenty of comfortable loungers where you can stretch out. In the evening, the Promenade becomes the heart of the ship. This open-air boardwalk features an assortment of bars and restaurants, including Henry's Pub and Cagney's Steakhouse where you can relax and refuel before catching a show in the Stardust Theatre. Spirit has two signature stage shows; grab a seat for the acrobatic earth-inspired extravaganza ELEMENTS! or the musical revue Soul Rockin' Nights, which features sizzling renditions of your favorite hits.

Norwegian Spirit has plenty of other onboard activities, whether you're interested in trying your luck at the Maharajah's Casino or sampling a luxurious treatment at the Mandara Spa. If sitting still isn't part of your vacation plans, you can work off your excess energy on the basketball court or jogging track, which has stunning ocean views. There's even a driving range where you can practice your golf swing while you enjoy the best parts of Freestyle cruising.

For the upcoming seasons, Norwegian Spirit travels on exciting international itineraries between Europe and Asia. The ship offers an excellent selection of longer cruises in the 14-day range. Mediterranean itineraries depart from Rome's regional Civitavecchia port, and Scandinavian/Northern European cruises depart from Southampton, England. A select number of one-off departures leave from Venice, Stockholm, Cape Town, and Singapore. Starting in the summer of 2020, Spirit will transition to a seasonal homeport in China.

Ship Highlights

  • Tivoli pool with four whirlpools
  • Buccaneer's Wet & Wild kids pool
  • Splash Academy
  • Celebrity Teen Disco
  • Video arcade
  • Table tennis
  • Sports court
  • Golf driving nets
  • Bars and pubs with live music
  • International and American dining
  • Galaxy of the Stars observation lounge
  • Stage shows, including ELEMENTS!
  • Soul Rockin' Nights musical revue
  • Open-air promenade
  • Roman Fitness Centre
  • Mandara Spa & Salon
  • Maharajah's Casino

Before You Book

Why Sail on Norwegian Spirit: Norwegian Spirit caters to couples, retirees, and destination-focused cruisers seeking a relaxing, low-key vacation. As a midsize ship, passengers enjoy a more intimate experience along with personalized service and easy disembarkation.

You Should Know: The cruise experience on Spirit is more classic rather than cutting edge. Some travelers may miss the flashy waterslides, robust kids' activities, and nonstop nightlife common on newer Norwegian ships like Joy, Encore, and Bliss.

Norwegian Spirit Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: M
  • Total Passengers: 1,966
  • Total Crew: 948
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.07
  • Built: Sep 1998
  • Refurbished: Sep 2011
  • Number of Decks: 10
  • Total Cabins: 1,009
  • Cabin Categories: 29
  • Gross Tonnage: 75,338
  • Length: 879
  • Beam: 105

Norwegian Spirit Cabins

1009 cabins and 29 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
3.4
(101 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 164 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $111/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
3.7
(65 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 173 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $140/night
Balcony Balcony
3.7
(162 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 194 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $194/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.7
(9 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 532 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $522/night

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Norwegian Spirit Dining

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Le Bistro Le Bistro
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Bier Garten Grill Bier Garten Grill
5.0
(1 Review)
Cagney''s Steakhouse Cagney''s Steakhouse
4.8
(5 Reviews)
Teppanyaki Teppanyaki
4.7
(6 Reviews)

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Norwegian Spirit Onboard Activities

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Hot Tubs Hot Tubs
4.0
(1 Review)
Tivoli Pool Tivoli Pool
4.0
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Great literary but older/dated ship by t5825db

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Would have like a newer/better ship but ports were awesome! Hit every country on the Baltic Sea and more. Great bucket list checking :)

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terrific staff by perribrandon

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Most of the tours spent a lot of time on a bus. I needed to be older and less mobile for this cruise. I'm glad I did it and do not need to do it again. I like a more active cruise that has more exertion in the ports. As always NCL personnel is terrific. The Spirit is a small ship and has less to do than most other ships. That matters on a 12 day cruise.

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Disappointing Cruise Experience due to Ship/Port by drano21

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We had many issues on this cruise, listed below: 1) The ship itself is in need of serious repair. The decor is seriously outdated, many times dirty around tile (such as in restrooms) and needs to be cleaned up. We also experienced issues where the fountains were vibrating so loudly in the lobby that we had to leave the Champagne bar as it was so annoying. The boards on the 7th deck as we walked were bowing upwards and caused water pooling on the right side forward. It was serious, no one looked at it...they simply repainted the railing. There were numerous restrooms closed throughout the trip in public areas and we were told the piping was having issues. We also encountered major water on floor next to broken toilets in restrooms. The pool area is nice, but there was never a time to have BBQ outside (some due to weather) when there were days it would have worked. As far as destinations, we are seriously disappointed in NCL for not preparing us for the Amsterdam stop. This was the first time they made port in this area which was a long way from Amsterdam. This isn't an issue as long as you can get there. We went out and bought bus tickets at terminal to head to Amsterdam. From time we left boat until we got there...it was almost THREE hours. This cost us major time and we had no clue of the serious issue that was going to occur. Once back on board, I asked what happened and told the gentleman that I was thinking the cruise port said Amsterdam on our cruise documents which I printed way back in May. The gentleman was extremely rude to me and my wife (and we took down 3 emails to corroborate the scene that ensued). We said we "thought" it said Amsterdam and we've been to that port before. He told us "No, it didn't". I told him, I don't have it in front of me...he said "Well, I'm telling you, it didn't". I asked him if I understood him correctly that he was telling me what I had on my documents which were not in front of me...and he said "Yes, it does not say that". I wasn't saying it did, I was saying I thought it did. The number of people watching this were AMAZED at this customer service interaction. We were mildly upset when we walked up, and when we walked away, we were DISGUSTED. This stop was a nightmare, and it should have been better organized and discussed by NCL on the front end. With regards to the staff, wonderful as always. Gracia the waitstaff in Galaxy really stood out...so did Manu and Maya in Champagne Charlie's. The staff (gentleman we encountered was manager) at Customer Service and the ship made us really not like this cruise much at all. Has us considering other options for next year for sure.

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KirkG
Apr 11, 2013

Hit the Windows restaurant right when they open at 5:30pm and you can get a seat right by the windows.

sunloveratlanta
May 12, 2015

Cabins are very small so upgrade whenever you see a price drop on Orbitz. Get midship to save yourself from extra walking. You will be walking miles every days on excursions so it will really be a life saver.

johnormarilyn
Oct 03, 2014

Try to get a window in Windows dining room. Cabins are small, a balcony is a must. I always tip cabin steward on the very first day; results are amazing. Ask to share table with others; you are bound to meet at least 2 interesting passengers. Don't purchase pictures from Photo Gallery until last day

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