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NCL Spirit Bars Review - Martinis in the Med!

NCL Spirit Bars Review - Martinis in the Med!

The Norwegian Spirit is a slightly older ship – but it has a slew of lounges full of character and personality.  With distinct themes and design, there’s everything from a local pub to an international jet-set disco!

I recently sailed on the Spirit in the Mediterranean for 11 nights.  Here’s my review of her bars.

Galaxy of the Stars

Nautical Lookout

Galaxy of the Stars Bar  - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Galaxy of the Stars Bar  - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Galaxy of the Stars is a complete showstopper.  One of my favorite bars on the NCL line!

Located on Deck 12, it has massive floor to ceiling windows that command views of the absolutely stunning scenery and seascapes below.  Each night I slid into the comfortable seats to take in the sunsets.

Besides great vistas, seating and nautical design – this lounge has a glam bar in the center with a fierce team of bartenders mixing up every imaginable concoction.  The number of bottles of hand was simply overwhelming.

Galaxy of the Stars Bar - NCL Spirit   PhotoL Calvin Wood

Galaxy of the Stars Bar - NCL Spirit   PhotoL Calvin Wood

Every libation distilled under the sun! Galaxy Bar - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Every libation distilled under the sun! Galaxy Bar - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Bier Garten

Outdoor Celebrations

Bier Garten Bar - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Bier Garten Bar - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Bier Garten is the main outdoor bar and is located at the top of the ship on Deck 13.   It was the perfect place to grab a cocktail as the Norwegian Spirit sailed out of port each day: Great views and outdoor fun!

With big barrels, wood paneling and picnic tables, I felt like I was at a mini Oktoberfest.  It’s too bad my lederhosen were at the dry cleaners!

Raffles Terrace

Relaxing Vistas

Raffles Terrace - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Raffles Terrace - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Raffles Terrace was a grate place to grab a cocktail while the sailed the Adriatic. 

Located in the back of the ship (aft) it had dramatic cascading seating over three decks that had fantastic views.  I actually loved this bar any time of day as it was never that crowded and had lots of open space. 

Cocktails on NCL's Spirit  Photo: Calvin Wood

Cocktails on NCL's Spirit  Photo: Calvin Wood

The Café

Java Bar

The Café - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Café - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

I could get coffee all over the ship, but if I was searching for a caffeine fix of monumental proportions – The Café was my venue of choice.

The baristas were humming constantly, pumping out everything from traditional double espressos to “latté-frappé-mountains of crème masterpieces.”

Located in the lobby – this place was always hopping with mocha-addicts!

Maharajahs

Late Night Partying

Maharajahs - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Maharajahs - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Maharajahs was the official dance club on the ship - but it never seemed to reach a level of high energy.

The space was fabolous for a nightclub and I loved the seating options. However, the passengers on my sailing were not really into late night dancing,which tended to start at about 11PM.  This venue was also hard to find (behind the casino in the front of the ship) - so I don't think few people knew it existed.  

A cool club - but not enough people.  Hopefully it's not like that on all sailings.

Maharajahs Seating  - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Maharajahs Seating  - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Shanghai Bar

Asian Outpost

The Shanghai Bar - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Shanghai Bar - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Shanhgai bar is right out of a 1940’s adventure movie. Decorated with cargo boxes and 1920’s Chinese posters, I half expected to see Indian Jones at any moment.

The bar had potential – but it wasn’t quite my cup of tea. The lighting was a little too high to relax.

It was extremely popular at night serving as overflow while people waited for tables in either the Windows or the Garden dining rooms. It was also next to the Blue Lagoon Café, which was popular with the teenage hordes escaping their parents – so kids were always barreling through it.

Not exactly a place to "lounge..."

Henry’s Pub

Neighborhood Watering Hole

Henry's Pub - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Henry's Pub - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

For those of you used to O’Sheanahan’s Pubs on other Norwegian Caribbean ships, this is not quite the same.  Henry’s is strictly a bar and does not serve food.  

At the same time, this is a charming hot spot if you like neighborhood Irish Bars. The characters in this establishment all seemed to know each other – or were in the process of becoming evening-long friends.  

It was a fun place to grab a pint before dinner or after a day of sightseeing.

Champagne Charlie’s

Musical Interludes

Champagne Charlies - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Champagne Charlies - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

Are you tinkering for a tinkling?  Champagne Charlie’s was the main piano bar on the Spirit.

Located on the second level of the atrium, you could sip champagne while watching the elegant glass elevators glide up and down. For some reason they looked exactly like the ones in Towering Inferno – but I tried to ignore that as I downed my Dom. Thankfully none of them came crashing down into the lobby!

View from Champagne Charlie's - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

View from Champagne Charlie's - NCL Spirit   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

Cocktail Masterpieces - NCL Spiriti   Photo: Calvin Wood

Cocktail Masterpieces - NCL Spiriti   Photo: Calvin Wood

I loved the lounges on the Spirit. The ship had something for every mood and mode!

My favorite was the Galaxy with its sleek design and spectacular views.  

With wine and Ouzo temptations throughout the Mediterranean – the Spirit has plenty of venues to continue the celebrations once you are back on board!

Στην υγειά μας 

(Cheers!)

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