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Norwegian Spirit
Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

As the smallest and oldest ship in Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet, 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit is in a class by itself, literally – it's the only ship in the Spirit class. Although it was built in 1998, Norwegian Spirit recently underwent a massive $100 million refurbishment that gave it the gloss of a brand-new ship. Technical parts were updated in 2017 and a bow-to-stern interior transformation in 2020 has made it a haven for cruisers seeking a grown-up onboard ambience. While Norwegian Spirit doesn't have the amusement park-style attractions of the line's newer vessels, its modernized staterooms, redesigned bars and lounges, fresh dining concepts and expanded Mandara Spa deliver a solid mid-size ship experience without the megaship crowds.

What We Love

Updated Staterooms: From the budget-friendly Family Oceanview and Family Inside staterooms (sleeping three or four) to the Penthouse Suites and Owner’s Suites that feature whirlpool tubs and can join with other suites and staterooms to accommodate multi-generational families or groups of friends, all accommodations on Norwegian Spirit have been refreshed with contemporary decor in a sophisticated neutral palette.

Compelling Itineraries: Travelers seeking an easy way to explore the Greek Isles, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia can with Norwegian Spirit’s 2021 and 2022 itineraries.

Six New Restaurants: Guests aboard Norwegian Spirit can now dine at six new restaurants –  including Onda by Scarpetta for elevated Italian cuisine and The Local for 24-hour comfort food – among the ship’s 13 dining venues. 

Best Known For

The White Hot Party: The cruise director gets everyone involved in Norwegian’s once-per-sailing signature event. And while you can plan ahead and pack white outfits, who doesn't enjoy seeing bed sheets magically transformed into togas for the night?

Freestyle Dining: With its array of restaurant options and eat-when-you-want “Freestyle Dining” concept, Norwegian Spirit makes it easy to mix it up cuisine-wise night after night. Besides the two main dining rooms, Taste and Windows, there are five other complimentary options, such as Silk (for Chinese cuisine) and The Bier Garten (for Bavarian-style specialties like knackwurst), plus six specialty restaurants offering French, Japanese, Italian and American steakhouse specialties. 

Bars and Lounges: There's no shortage of nightlife venues on this ship (there are 10, in fact) where you can kick back with a cocktail – whether you prefer sipping an icy Mojito, a frothy pint or a freshly poured glass of bubbly. Favorites include Magnum’s Champagne & Wine Bar; Henry’s, a traditional English pub; and Spinnaker Lounge, where panoramic views and dancing are on the menu, too.

Who It's Best For

Couples & Friends: This ship’s refurbishment definitely made it most appropriate for adults, whether you’re a couple, a group of friends, or adult siblings traveling together. 

First-Time CruisersNorwegian Spirit’s manageable size and renewed polish also make it feel less overwhelming for cruise newbies looking to see if this vacation style is for them.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

There Are No Bells or Whistles: Don't expect to find twisting waterslides, a race track, a ropes course or a laser-tag maze. There are sports courts, but this is an updated vessel without the family-friendly action or adventure of the line's newest ships.