NCL Spirit Public Space Review - Asian Flare on the High Seas.
Sailing on NCL’s Spirit is a trip in itself. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll feel like you are visiting Asia while on-board. From bow to stern – The Spirit is decorated and designed with elements from the Far East.
The designs are magical and have tons of character. Statues – Carpeting – Paneling: most of it was imported from China. That’s because this ship used to be part of a cruise line that departs from Hong Kong (Star Cruises) and was designed for the Asian market.
I sailed on the Spirit recently (in Europe). Here’s my review of her public spaces:
(I have other posts on her Lounges and Dining Rooms as well)
My jaw dropped when I first boarded. The lobby is magnificent.
Glamorous gliding glass elevators, spiraling staircases, bubbling fountains, a grand piano, and a $2-million hand woven Versace carpet! Yes - they claim the rug costs that much. I was scared to walk by it with a glass of red wine.
The stylish Tivoli Pool is an ode to Roman Baths – decorated with columns and busts of ancient illuminati. The pool and its four hot tubs were ever popular with the sun worshippers on my sailing. I can understand why as the setting was so captivating.
Hadrian would have felt at home in this space!
The Spirit is not quite as ‘sporty' as other NCL ships. But I didn't have a problem finding finding ways to burn calories.
My first stop: the gym. There was a huge bank of cardio equipment with seascape views. Goodbye calories (or at least until dinner!)
It was a perfect place to workout as the ship slipped out of port with the sites gliding by. There were also lots of weight machines but not that many people seemed interested in building muscles.
Other facilities included: shuffle board, basketball, golf, ping-pong, and running on the track. With all these options – I could have started training for the Olympics!
There were plenty of zones to grab some rays, sip cocktails, and marvel at the sites on shore. My favorite glam locale to do all this was the cascading terrace at the back of the ship.
There was a show (or two) every night in the ship’s Stardust Theater. I never had a problem getting a seat, as there were plenty of them – all with great site lines.
The productions were super-diverse. Everything from traditional cruise variety shows to violin players, Italian pop stars, and aerial artists. I thought I was at the auditions for Britain’s Got Talent!
There aren’t a lot of books in the library – but it was a pleasant space to curl up and catch up on reading - or to surf the net. The best seats were those overlooking the ocean - amazing views (which actually made it hard to read!).
The Card (or games room) was extremely popular on my sailing. In fact- they had two of them on the Spirit (side by side).
Bridge, chess, Clue, Monopoly, and Scrabble aficionados were out in full force throughout the cruise! I am not sure where they all came from – but they were competitive and fierce.
This room had great views as well – but most of the players were more interested in amassing hotel empires on Boardwalk than looking out the window.
The Spirit is stellar!
While it’s the smallest in the NCL fleet – it’s packed with things to do, places to eat, and bars to party! I was on it for 11 nights and was active non-stop!
On some of the mega liners it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Not so on the Spirit – it was easy to connect with fellow cruisers and staff members!
I am told the NCL crew love working on this particular ship – and it shows. The Spirit has a lot of character and charm.
I would not hesitate to sail on her again!
Other Posts on NCL's Spirit
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