LisaP: the best indication of how I feel about the Spirit is the fact that I was on her the exact same week last year and I am neither a) retired or b) a millionaire. GREAT ship, IMHO. Very understated in terms of decor, very easy to get around, the Freestyle Cruising thing is low key and almost... anonymous. The cliche about cruises being places where you can do as little or as much as you like is so true on the Spirit.
It is a quirky ship. The staff is very helpful and friendly but you don't get the sense that they are in constant fear for their jobs the way I did on Carnival last summer. The officers hang out drinking in the Galaxy of the Stars at night. They are kind of an odd bunch- Finns and Norwegians.
I can't describe this ship. I have tried http://www.cruisereviews.com/Norwegi...anSpirit14.htm
but I hope that one day Nancy or Karen or Tom or Dave will give it a whack and confirm whether or not this is the SS Twin Peaks or if it is just me.