The longest-serving ship in the Marella Cruises fleet, Marella Spirit cruise ship sails to the Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic all year round.
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Marella Spirit is the longest serving ship in Marella Cruises fleet and being one of the smaller ships there is a homely feel to it. The staff treat you like one of their own which leaving customers booking time and time again because of the outstanding service.
Marella Spirit was originally built for Holland America Line and was inaugurated as Nieuw Amsterdam in 1983. With such a pedigree there’s a lot of teak deck space and wrap-around promenade. Renamed Thomson Spirit in 2003, she is now the longest-serving member of the fleet. This 1,254-passenger ship is as popular now as it’s ever been and part of that appeal is the homely feel. A refurbishment in 2014 saw balconies added to 19 suites and deluxe cabins on Deck 9; as well as new décor in cabins and upgrades to Raffles Bar and Broadway Show Lounge.
There are 10 categories of accommodation. These range from 139 to 172 sq ft Inside and Outside cabins; 204 sq ft Deluxe cabins; 279 to 290 sq ft Suites as well as a 450 sq ft two-room Presidential Suite. All Deluxe cabins on Deck 9 have balconies and Suites on Deck 7 and 9 have an attractive trellis-style room divider. There are also Inside and Outside cabins on Decks 2 and 3; while four cabins, forward on Deck 7, are wheelchair accessible. The colour palette throughout all cabins boasts muted shades of cream, brown and orange combined with blonde wood that gives a sense of space.
The main dining room is the light and airy Compass Rose which offers open-seating breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Sirocco’s is a cosy à la carte option for romantic dinners with an imaginative seven-course menu for a very reasonable supplement. The buffet-style Lido Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and occasionally the chefs lay on themed nights featuring Indian curries and Tex-Mex. Breakfast omelettes, lunchtime barbecues, salads, pizzas and burgers are served on the open deck Lido Terrace Grill. A good value 24-hour room service menu is available that includes English breakfast, pizzas and club sandwiches.
The Broadway Show Lounge stages revues featuring West End musical favourites, as well as guest stars from the small screen and big stage. The sophisticated Horizons Bar, with inlaid wooden dance floor and panoramic windows, features cabaret and live music. The Explorers' Lounge is an airy nautical-themed venue that's used for gentle daytime pursuits such carpet bowls. Around the corner from Raffles piano bar is the small casino. High Spirits is the place to go for bingo or line-dancing classes; after dark this becomes the nightclub and is a magnet for party animals.
We really like the 200-seat cinema with three screenings each day of modern classic and recently released films. There’s an adults-only pool with adjoining whirlpool, a kid’s-only pool as well as the Main Pool for all the family. There’s also the Oceans Spa and Beauty Salon. The Kid’s Club is open about four hours a day, depending on the season, and gives children aged three to 11 the chance to meet new friends.
Lido Restaurant – This informal restaurant is buffet style and occasionally the chef will put on themed nights to cater for all needs.
The Compass Rose Restaurant - A relaxing place for breakfast, lunch and dinner all with waiter service, with open seating you can dine where and when is best for you.
Terrace Grill – This open deck is outside the Lido Restaurant where you will find omelettes at breakfast and later in the day barbecues and pizzas.
Sirocco’s A La Carte Restaurant – This a la carte is for a special evening where you will find dishes like lobster thermidor all served by your waiter in sophisticated surroundings.*
* Chargeable Restaurant
Broadway Show Lounge – Two floor show lounge with a bar on the top level you will be treated to two shows a night, there is plenty to choose from with West End-style shows to guest acts from the UK.
Lido Bar – This outdoor bar next to the Lido Restaurant and pool is the place to be for deck parties, quizzes and cooking demos.
Horizons – The large windows attract people to this bar to take in the fantastic views whilst enjoying a drink and live music.
High Spirits – Right in the heart of the ship guests can enjoy quizzes, bingo and game shows and later in the night it turns in to a late night disco.
Raffles Bar – A great place for pre-dinner drinks accompanied by a pianist.
Explorers Lounge – Laidback lounge area perfect for afternoon tea or coffee and cake.
Other Facilities include...
Oceans Spa and Beauty – Fantastic spa with treatments on offer includes a salon for hair and beauty.
Broad Street Shops – Whilst the ship is at sea the onboard boutiques are open for you to buy a range of duty-free products.
Kids’ Club – Free kids club for ages 3 to 11 gives kids a chance to meet new friends whilst having lots of fun from crafts and games to themed parties and hidden treasure hunts.
Graffiti’s Teen Area – Open in high season and the place for teens to come and hang out.
Pure Portrait studio – you can book in for a photo shoot.
Browsers Corner – Help yourself to books from the library.
Cinema – Showing both classics and recently released movies with 3-daily showings.
Internet Access Lounge
Open-air basketball court
Card and Reading Room
Food and Drink
24-hour Room Service
Lido Casual Restaurant
The Compass Rose Restaurant
Children's Play Area
insideInside cabins have either one queen size bed or two single beds, which are either side by side or in an L-shaped configuration. Four berth cabins have twin beds and two upper berths which fold down. These cabins have additional wardrobe space. All cabins have 2 full length wardrobes, en suite bathroom with shower and WC, colour TV, safe - at a charge, and hairdryer. All are fully air-conditioned. Standard cabin sizes are between 144-177 square feet.
outsideOutside cabins have either one queen size bed or two single beds, which are either side by side or in an L-shaped configuration. Four berth cabins have twin beds and two upper berths which fold down. These cabins have additional wardrobe space. All cabins have 2 full length wardrobes, en suite bathroom with shower and WC, colour TV, safe - at a charge, and hairdryer. All are fully air-conditioned. Standard cabin sizes are between 144-177 square feet. Outside cabins have a porthole.
suiteThese suites were redesigned by TV's interior designer Linda Barker and are modern living areas. All suites have a king size bed, a separate lounge area with sofa (which converts to a bed and can comfortably accomodate a third person), chair & table, 2 full length wardrobes, en suite bathroom with bath, shower & WC, bathrobes, mini bar, hairdryer, safe at a charge, picture window and colour TV. Suite sizes are between 279-294 square feet. Please note: The view from some suites may be obstructed by lifeboats. Prebook your cabin to guarantee an unobstructed view.
Year Entered Service 01/07/1983
Total Passengers 1254
Total Crew 520
Refurbished Date 01/05/2002
Ship Width 28m
Ship Depth 25
Total Decks 10
Total Lifts 7
Cruising Speed 18