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Norwegian Spirit overview

By - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Perfect for retirees, couples, and destination-focused cruisers, Norwegian Spirit sails on port-intensive itineraries between Europe and Asia. This midsize ship offers a classic cruise experience that's more about understated elegance and less about flashy theme park amenities. Built in 1998 and most recently refurbished in 2017, Norwegian Spirit will receive additional Norwegian Edge upgrades in 2020 before sailing to China.

During the day, Spirit's Tivoli pool is the relaxation hotspot. The main pool features Roman decor, quadruple whirlpools and plenty of comfortable loungers where you can stretch out. In the evening, the Promenade becomes the heart of the ship. This open-air boardwalk features an assortment of bars and restaurants, including Henry's Pub and Cagney's Steakhouse where you can relax and refuel before catching a show in the Stardust Theatre. Spirit has two signature stage shows; grab a seat for the acrobatic earth-inspired extravaganza ELEMENTS! or the musical revue Soul Rockin' Nights, which features sizzling renditions of your favorite hits.

Norwegian Spirit has plenty of other onboard activities, whether you're interested in trying your luck at the Maharajah's Casino or sampling a luxurious treatment at the Mandara Spa. If sitting still isn't part of your vacation plans, you can work off your excess energy on the basketball court or jogging track, which has stunning ocean views. There's even a driving range where you can practice your golf swing while you enjoy the best parts of Freestyle cruising.

For the upcoming seasons, Norwegian Spirit travels on exciting international itineraries between Europe and Asia. The ship offers an excellent selection of longer cruises in the 14-day range. Mediterranean itineraries depart from Rome's regional Civitavecchia port, and Scandinavian/Northern European cruises depart from Southampton, England. A select number of one-off departures leave from Venice, Stockholm, Cape Town, and Singapore. Starting in the summer of 2020, Spirit will transition to a seasonal homeport in China.

Norwegian Spirit ship highlights

  • Tivoli pool with four whirlpools
  • Buccaneer's Wet & Wild kids pool
  • Splash Academy
  • Celebrity Teen Disco
  • Video arcade
  • Table tennis
  • Sports court
  • Golf driving nets
  • Bars and pubs with live music
  • International and American dining
  • Galaxy of the Stars observation lounge
  • Stage shows, including ELEMENTS!
  • Soul Rockin' Nights musical revue
  • Open-air promenade
  • Roman Fitness Centre
  • Mandara Spa & Salon
  • Maharajah's Casino

Before you book

Why sail on Norwegian Spirit: Norwegian Spirit caters to couples, retirees, and destination-focused cruisers seeking a relaxing, low-key vacation. As a midsize ship, passengers enjoy a more intimate experience along with personalized service and easy disembarkation.

You should know: The cruise experience on Spirit is more classic rather than cutting edge. Some travelers may miss the flashy waterslides, robust kids' activities, and nonstop nightlife common on newer Norwegian ships like Joy, Encore, and Bliss.

Norwegian Spirit ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 3.8
  • Children's Programs 3.6
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.3
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.3
  • Entertainment 3.8
  • Food and Dining 3.7
  • Onboard Activities 3.6
  • Service and Staff 4.2
  • Ship Quality 4.0

Norwegian Spirit cabins

1009 cabins and 29 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(108 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 164 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $127/night
Oceanview Cabin


(65 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 173 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $170/night
Balcony Cabin


(165 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 194 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $311/night
Suite Cabin


(12 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 532 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $678/night

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Norwegian Spirit dining

Le Bistro

Le Bistro

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Bier Garten

Bier Garten

(1 Review)
Cagney's Steakhouse

Cagney's Steakhouse

(7 Reviews)


(7 Reviews)

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Norwegian Spirit onboard activities

Shanghai Bar

Shanghai Bar

(2 Reviews)
Hot Tubs

Hot Tubs

(2 Reviews)

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1718 Norwegian Spirit Reviews

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Wonderful cruise experience by andresgamboa

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Spirit / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

I always like cruise with Norwegian. The ships and service onboard is excellent.

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Could have been great by ces03k

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Norwegian Spirit / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

We've always preferred Norwegian as our favorite cruise line. But after this cruise I'm so sad to say that's no longer the case. What could have been an incredible experience with our entire family, they cancelled our final port, and they not only offered no compensation or help changing our plans, but they couldn't be bothered to offer their regrets. Instead they acted like we should be happy they docked in Civitavecchia rather than doing donuts in the water for a day.

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NCL has taken cruising to a new level; unfortunately that level is the basement by WizardPDX

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Spirit / Destination: Europe - Mediterranean

This was our 2nd and will be our last cruise with NCL. We did not enjoy our Alaska Cruise with them but thought we should give them another shot; that was a mistake. NCL has managed to take the joy out of cruising and make it entirely about squeezing every penny from its customers while spending the bare minimum on food and entertainment.

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May 12, 2015

Cabins are very small so upgrade whenever you see a price drop on Orbitz. Get midship to save yourself from extra walking. You will be walking miles every days on excursions so it will really be a life saver.

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Oct 03, 2014

Try to get a window in Windows dining room. Cabins are small, a balcony is a must. I always tip cabin steward on the very first day; results are amazing. Ask to share table with others; you are bound to meet at least 2 interesting passengers. Don't purchase pictures from Photo Gallery until last day

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