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Photo Tour of the Spirit - November 2012

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Photo Tour of the Spirit - November 2012

 

We have just returned from a 9-day cruise on the Norwegian Spirit, out of Barcelona to the Canary Islands. It was an amazing trip that we won't soon forget.

Besides visiting new ports, it was on our favorite NCL ship....the third time on the Spirit for us.

 

I will post my Cruise and Port review on a different thread, but this thread will address the age-old Spirit question.

 

I know there are dozens of past posts asking just what is so special about this ship...any many answers are the same:

"...I just can't explain it, but this ship is beautiful and special."

 

This time, I prepared my answer in pictures. Here is a photo tour showing the classic design and the beautiful appointments of this grand lady.

I hope it gives you a sense of what makes the Spirit unique.

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The root of the Spirit's charm lies in its heritage...originally christened as the Star Leo for tenure in the Far East.

 

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The Asian decor remains intact throughout the ship.

The era when it was constructed was dominated by sheer quality; you can see it everywhere. It may be an NCL 'urban legend,' but they say that the carpet in the public areas cost over a million dollars and it is still the original in place...and it still looks new.

 

Let's begin with the cabin decks and head to the public areas.

 

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Up to Deck 7, walking forward, you can see the style that is consistent throughout the ship.

 

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The Cagney's is on Deck 7 and has a layout unlike any other ship

 

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The Duty Free Shop and the Columbian Emeralds are separate shops in the mezzanine area of Deck 8

 

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...along with Champagne Charlie's Bar

 

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The hallway leading aft, called Sunset Boulevard, brings you to the Shogun Asian Restaurant, which is really three venues in one: the Asian Fusion, the Sushi Bar and Teppanyaki.

 

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If you want Teppanyaki, book early! ...there is only one table.

 

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At the aft end of the hallway on both Deck 8 and Deck 7 are entrances to the Stardust Theater

 

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An unusual layout, the theater is aft on the Spirit, with the stage at the forward end of the venue.

 

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Leaving the theater, we'll hop on an elevator and go up to Deck 12 for Raffles Court, the buffet.

 

Unlike many of the newer ships, the buffet does not have a kitchen on the same deck, so there is seating on both sides of the serving areas...giving it a very open and uncrowded feeling.

 

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After a short break...and we'll go topside.

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I am enjoying your review so far......the Spirit looks like a nice sized ship. Now I want to take a cruise on her.:D

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Outside on Deck 10 is the Kid's Pool and Play area

 

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The aft design of the Spirit, to me, embodies the charm of the ship...

...a three tier open area for lounging, eating, drinking...or just hangin' out.

 

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This area is just behind Raffles...so food is merely a few steps away, and there is a 'convenient' bar as well.

 

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...with a great view to boot.

 

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Sliding down the bannister to Deck 12 and we find the Spa and Fitness Center

 

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There is no Thermal Suite on the Spirit, hence there is no "Spa Pass."

But...be aware that the Steam Room and Sauna (Men's and Ladies) facilities are located within the Spa and are complimentary.

Just go to the desk with your key card and they will give you a locker key. Robes and towels provided.

 

In the same hall as the Spa... the Library and Internet Room and the Game/Card (Lifestyles) Room

 

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