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Cruise Line
Marella Spirit
Destination
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Traveler rating

Excellent

161

Very Good

79

Average

43

Poor

23

Terrible

13

Cruise type

79


Story58 avatar

Story58

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Excellent time

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Have been on marella cruises before and have generally enjoyed them although have never been on spirit before. Chose this cruise as the itinerary was less arduous than others we had been on. The ship yes is a little ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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MalcolmF

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Old ship but great crew

It is an old style ship and quite tired by modern standards. We were on deck 8 front, there is vibration but it was not enough to spoil our holiday. You cannot fault the crew service, friendly, polite and ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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Paul_Manchester

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Old ship but great friendly atmosphere

We’ve been on the spirit quite a few times and we booked this so we could experience it on its last season. We opted for the free all inclusive package which was a bonus. The draught beer was San Miguel which ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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ElTeeCruise

4 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable cruise

I chose this cruise because it fitted in with when my twin sister could take time off work and was a reasonable price (it was a birthday treat for her). I also liked the fact that tips and service charges are ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Thorpster78

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Fantastic relaxing holiday

Seeing some of the negative reviews on this site I was a tad apprehensive. I should not have worried, my first cruise and it was amazing. Yes the ship is a bit old but I felt it added to the character. The ship ...
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Sail Date July 2018


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Hall40

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Not quite 5

Our third time on this old lady,being it's last year of service had to have a final fling on it.It did not disappoint but yes it is a bit shake and noisy in some areas but the staff many who have been on years are ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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Jivedancer56

5 Reviews Written

48 Helpful Votes

Amazing value

We chose this cruise because of the ports visited as most were a first for us. These were to embark at Malaga, then a sea day to Porto, then on to Lisbon, Porta Mao, Cadiz, Gibraltar and back to Malaga. Followed by ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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davefinch

2 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Spirit still delivering

having been on the spirit many times over the years we wanted to have one last cruise before the ship ended its life with tui. flying from east midlands early in the morning with no problems and the transfer to ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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Lov3Cruising

3 Reviews Written

32 Helpful Votes

Lovely Cruise on Spirit – Nov 2017

My wife and I plus our two children (aged 32 and 21) enjoyed an excellent cruise on this old ship in the second week of November. We flew from Bristol to Paphos and then visited Alanya, Marmaris (both Turkey), ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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bjh1414

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Thomson/Marella Spirit Ancient Affairs-November 2017

Hi, We are regular Thomson cruisers, (Marella Cruises) as it is now named, We have been on several of their ships, both past and present. However we had not sailed on the Spirit until November this year, when we ...
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Sail Date November 2017


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Mug Punter

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Good cruise but check your statement on the final morning

This cruise was chosen primarily because of its itinerary which included Venice and Dubrovnik along with the chance to visit Slovenia, Montenegro and Croatia, all of which proved to be beyond expectation. Its true ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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Kim4702

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

1st Time Cruise - Hooked!

As first time cruisers, we didn't know what to expect. Tui/Marbella operated like a well oiled cog. Transfers were smooth and the staff certainly knew how to move passengers along. The food was standard, with a few ...
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Sail Date October 2017


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Cloudy036

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Such lovely, friendly hard working staff

The Spirit may be old, but she has a lovely atmosphere, hard working friendly staff. The food was delicious. Entertainment in the evening was wonderful. Entertainment during the day was cheesy! The cabins were ...
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Sail Date November 2016


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Leroy67

1 Review Written

13 Helpful Votes

Pleasantly surprised

Chose this cruise, Adriatic Affair, because it had the best itinerary of all the cruise ships operating around Croatia. We normally cruise with P&O but their itinerary for Croatia is very poor. Outward journey, from ...
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Sail Date July 2017


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SBofPete

2 Reviews Written

21 Helpful Votes

Our taster cruise

Ok, so we have never been on a cruise. Before deciding to jump in and book a really expensive one for our wedding anniversary, we thought that we would try a 'cheaper' short cruise. This looked just the ticket. We ...
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Sail Date July 2017


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crowlands

1 Review Written

39 Helpful Votes

Stay and Cruise, the perfect marriage.

After not cruising for a few years we decided to do a stay and cruise with Thomson, which included a stay in Croatia which was also a factor. It was also an adults only cruise. I knew that the Spirit was an old ship ...
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Sail Date June 2017


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smaycruise1

1 Review Written

16 Helpful Votes

Taste of the Adriatic

My first ever cruise, chosen because my sister and I had not visited any of the ports of call previously. Dubrovnik Croatia, Valletta Malta, Messina Sicily, Taranto Italy, Igoumenitsa Greece and Kotor Montenegro. ...
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Sail Date May 2017


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sarahlouisemarshall

2 Reviews Written

25 Helpful Votes

Adriatic Cruise

We had a fantastic cruise with Thomson, the ports were great and the staff were even better. Yes, this ship is tired but make the most of the time you have away and dont concentrate on the negatives. The food was ...
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Sail Date May 2017


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Big Tiny

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

You expect to be taken to your destination

my wife is wheelchair bound and we have travelled with various cruise lines in the past including Thomson so when we were offered a package including flights at a reasonable price with adapted transfers from/to ...
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Sail Date May 2017


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Queenie1603

9 Reviews Written

74 Helpful Votes

Aegean Titans - Good disabled access itinerary

My mother in law, a wheel chair user chose this trip as we have travelled on the Spirit before and the cruise had some distinct advantages. The ship is generally wheel chair friendly, the wheel chair user cabins ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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sw16girl

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Friendly and Great Itinerary

It was nice not to have to queue for everything and the ports visited were perfect. The staff could not have been more friendly and the shows were good for cruise ships and did not seem to be skimped due to being a ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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paulandozzie

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Engaging and welcoming ship, lovely staff.

The Thomson Sprit is certainly not in the first flush of youth, but it's well maintained and has a lovely feel to it. Plenty of storage space in the cabins, comfortable bed, serviceable shower room/loo. Good food, ...
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Sail Date March 2017


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t_hornbuckle

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

First cruise - won't be the last

My husband and I were keen to try a cruise, but had limited holiday dates, and this was the only cruise available to us. We had no idea what to expect but the all inclusive deal seemed great value. We were not ...
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Sail Date November 2016


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Lov3Cruising

3 Reviews Written

32 Helpful Votes

Great Value Cruise to the Canaries on Thomson Spirit

SHORT VERSION Thomson Spirit is an old ship but with a fantastic crew, great food and offers very good value – including an “all inclusive” option which includes house wines, some beers and standard ...
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Sail Date November 2016


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bobmaddison

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Cabin misshap

Our eighth Thompson cruise and as usual had a great time. Spirit is "getting on" and a bit worn but we prefer the older style ships and not the floating blocks of flats that are seen around. Unfortunately our chosen ...
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Sail Date October 2016


Marella Spirit Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.9
Dining4.04.1
Entertainment4.04.2
Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.6
Family3.04.3
Enrichment2.03.7
Service4.04.6
Value For Money5.04.1
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