Thomson Spirit Review

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Why Go?
  • Inspired by ocean liners of 50's and 60's
  • Open-seating dining for all three meals
  • Extensive open space including two pool decks
  • Reservations-required poolside restaurant
  • Wider range of cabins than other ships in fleet
  • Thomson sells pre- and post-cruise land packages
  • Geared toward British guests

Thomson Spirit Overview

Thomson Spirit was built in 1983 as Holland America Line's Nieuw Amsterdam. After a brief charter to the now-defunct United States Lines as Patriot from 2000 to 2002, the ship was chartered to Louis Cruise Lines in 2003; Louis has in turn chartered the ship to Thomson ever since.

Holland America was a deeply traditional company in 1984 and as a result, this ship's design is strongly inspired by the ocean liners of the 1950's and 1960's. The result is a ship that looks and feels like a ship, not a floating resort. There is an unusually wide range of public rooms for a ship of this size; there's a two-deck-high show lounge that's really a lounge, not a theater; a dedicated cinema; several bars; a nightclub; a casino; a library; a card and reading room; an Internet cafe; a spa, beauty salon and gym; and a shopping area. There's also a dedicated area for kids aged 3 to 12.

Thomson Spirit offers a wider range of cabins than some of the other ships in the fleet. Standard inside and outside cabins are spacious for an older ship and have good storage space (many outside cabins have portholes rather than windows). Higher-grade outside cabins are larger and a good value. There are a number of suites, albeit without balconies, and one penthouse suite (added by United States Lines, and thus not present on Thomson Celebration), again without a balcony.

The Compass Rose Dining Room on Thomson Spirit and Thomson Celebration offers open-seating dining for all three meals. The other main dining venue is the 24-hour casual Lido Restaurant. There's also the poolside Terrace Grill and Sirocco's, a reservations-required restaurant with a cover charge.

The open decks are unusually extensive for a ship of this size and include two pool decks (both situated at the stern with excellent views), a sports deck and a full teak-decked wraparound promenade.

Thomson Spirit Member Reviews 128 Reviews
   Promised Land Cruise
April 2014

Never been on a sea cruise before, but wanted to go to Jerusalem and this cruise sailed from Cyprus so I didn't have to fly and was cheaper than an airfare. On the good side the crew were excellent on the whole and very friendly. This is though ...continue

   Tired ship
December 2013

Went on a weeks cruise pre-Christmas round the Canaries and sorry to say this ship is old and outdated it needs taking out of service.

Fixtures and fittings are old our cabin had no air-conditioning had to get it repaired shower wouldn't ...continue

   Excellent cruise
December 2013

Flew from Cardiff to Tenerife.Coach to port where everything was explained to use about boarding ship as this was our first cruise. Boarded ship and taken to our cabin by a nice Phillipino lady, shown where all the necessary switches etc., were. ...continue

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Ship Stats
Crew: 520
Launched: 1983
Decks: 9
Tonnage: 33,930
Passengers: 1,254
Registry: Cyprus
CDC Score: Not yet inspected
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