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Old 04-27-2006, 04:08 PM
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Ola! Been on all lines, I am liking NCL due to NYC departures. I am looking for any info you have on the spirit, I will be on her Jan 07 for an 11 day. How are any shore excursions, good times to miss the main dining room, etc. Any recs on good balcony floors? No disco or chair shifting noises would be appreciated.Any info would be great, I am a relaxed cruiser, like fun excursions and good friends. Thanx!!
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Old 04-28-2006, 01:30 PM
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You're going to enjoy your cruise aboard the Norwegian Spirit.

I recommend dinning early or late to avoid lines.
All the balcony decks are good. The teen disco is on the top deck away from cabins, and the adult disco is forward on deck 7. You shouldn't hear too much noise from them.
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:22 AM
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Thanx Ron. Did you happen to go during the winter? When I was on the Dawn in January she had been hit yet again by a rouge wave -the spirit. I had dinner one night with the hotel director, and he said she seems to be a random target for these waves. The water flooded the main restaurant. This doesn't bother me as much as the fact she is smaller and cannot move out of the way of bad weather as fast as a larger ship may. As I am going in the winter, this is a concern. Did you have any recommendations on excursions? Thank you kindly for your time.
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Old 04-30-2006, 08:51 AM
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No, I had an Alaskan cruise during the summer of 2004 aboard the Spirit.

The Spirit is not a small ship. At the time the Spirit entered service in early 1999, only a few cruise ships had a larger tonnage than the Spirit's 76,800 GRT. They were:
Voyager of the Seas (1999) 142,000
Carnival Triumph (1999) 101,509
Carnival Destiny (1996) 101,353
Enchantment of the Seas (1997) 80,700
Vision of the Seas (1998) 78,500
Rhapsody of the Seas (1997) 78,500
Norwegian Sky (1999) 77,104
Sea Princess (1998) 77,000
Dawn Princess (1997) 77,000
Sun Princess (1995) 77,000

All but three were approximately the same size as the Norwegian Spirit. Only three were significantly larger. So the Norwegian Spirit wasn't considered a small ship when it was built. It was actually considered large at that time.

Of course, during the last half decade, many larger cruise ships have been built, and even larger ships are being built than the largest ships in service today. So size is relative as time goes by.

As for speed, the Norwegian Spirit's engines have the same horsepower as the larger Norwegian Star. The Norwegian Spirit maximum speed is 24 knots, while the Norwegian Star maximum speed is 25 knots. It's not significantly slower and should be able to avoid storms as well as the Norwegian Star.

Your worries about the Norwegian Spirit are unfounded.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:04 AM
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Whoops, you missed a few ships.

Grand Princess (1998) 109,000
Disney Magic (1998) 83,000
Disney Wonder (1999) 83,000
Century (1995) 77,713
Galaxy (1996) 77,713
Mercury (1997) 77,713
Also in 1999 the Enchantment of The Seas was only 74,140. It wasn't until 2005 it was stretched to it's present size.
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:20 PM
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Thank you kindly for all of your information. I am looking forward to boarding, but I have 7 months to wait. Joyful sailing, Lin
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Old 04-30-2006, 05:24 PM
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I stand corrected. So we end up with four significantly larger cruise ships by 1999.
Those four significantly larger ships have started the massive construction trends to build ever larger Post Panamax sized cruise ships. The three Carnival Destiny class ships led to the five larger Carnival Conquest class, the five Voyager of the Seas will lead to the three larger Freedom of the Seas class, and the five Grand Princess class has led to two larger Caribbean Princess class, and I'm sure more large cruise ships will continue to be built in these classes or in larger future classes.
Never-the-less, at the time the Spirit was built and completed, 76,77,78 thousand tons was the common size for a large cruise ship.

The Spirit (Leo) was the first new build cruise ship for Star cruises, with the Virgo following a year later. The Star (Libra) and Dawn (Scorpio) were larger follow on ships ordered for Star Cruises, which eventually never entered service for Star Cruises, going to NCL instead. Four more ships will be eventually built on the Star class design, the Jewel, Pride of Hawaii, Pearl and Gem.
NCL has officially suggested that their next cruise ship order will be of a significantly larger size. When they do order it, the Spirit will get even smaller in comparison as well will the six Star class ships.

After all, size of ships is relative with time.
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Old 05-01-2006, 02:03 PM
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you are a wealth of information! As I have been 0n the Mariner recently, I realize how huge some ships can be. I needed a map to find dinner each night. And 2 tylenol. Thanx Ron. lin
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