One of the smallest ships in Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet, the 2,018-passenger Norwegian Spirit is in a class by itself, literally — it's the only ship in the Spirit class. Norwegian Spirit is also one of the older ships and doesn't have the wild amusement park attractions of the line's newer vessels. The cruises are a good value, though, and the ship never feels crowded. The staterooms have been nicely updated as well.
What We Love
Family Inside Staterooms: These rooms easily accommodate parents and kids together, and there’s more than enough space to stow everyone’s essentials (there's even a spot for that second bottle of shampoo in the shower). It's an affordable way to cruise with a family of four — or more, if you connect with adjoining rooms.
24-Hour-a-Day Munchies: The Blue Lagoon Cafe on Deck 7 has all the favorites, all the time. You’ll find lots of kid-friendly choices like burgers, fries, hot dogs, and cheese sticks.
Best Known For
The White Hot Party: Wear anything white to this event that happens once every cruise. The cruise director gets everyone involved — and who doesn't want to see a bed sheet magically turn into a toga for one night?
Freestyle Dining: With more than a dozen dining options, there's a wide variety to choose from. Besides the two main dining rooms, there are specialty and international venues, including French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and even a Bavarian-style lunch spot: The Bier Garten Grill.
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Who It's Best For
Families With Teenagers: Probably hardest to please on family vacations, teens will find Norwegian has gone the extra mile. Basketball, golf, a video arcade, air hockey, and the teens-only disco will keep them busy and happy.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
There Are No Bells or Whistles: This is a simple, comfortable ship without the glitz of modern-day electronics that are sometimes addictive.
Nancy Dunn is a Vancouver-based travel writer and a contributor to ShermansCruise.com.
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Norwegian Spirit at a Glance
- Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
- Class: Spirit
- Number of Passengers: 2018
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 1998
- Refurbish Date: 2011