Fine transatlantic cruise with a few blips along the way. Spirit is an older smaller ship which suits me fine and has many features fast disappearing on larger newer ships such as a wide teak wraparound promenade deck and a forward observation lounge with large windows. Fine aft decks with plenty of seating for al fresco dining from the buffet. Good connection with the sea and the ship rides the waves well with the exception that at over 20 knots there is noticeable vibration aft which is disturbing in the main dining room.
Compact but well laid out cabins with comfy beds. Good bathroom (for a ship) with excellent shower. My cabin steward kept everything neat and tidy. No complaints there.
Ship full of hard drinking Brits on a package so the bars were full from morning to night. Most folks were good natured though and the staff tried hard to keep up with the incessant demand, The bartenders at Charlies Champagne Bar were standouts with honorable mention to those at the casino bar and the wait staff in the observation lounge. Henrys Pub a letdown with dour disinterested staff and an atmosphere to match.
A little small but well laid out. No noise problems. Excellent bed. Very good shower. Good hanging space in closet.
Good embarkation facility. Quick and painless.
Took a cab to the French side for lunch at the famous Rosemary's, a little creole joint with excellent food and cheap prices. Cabs are plentiful, drivers are friendly, luch for six with two rounds of beers was under $100. Just a great day.
Been to St. Thomas before. No big deal in my opinion. Stayed on the ship this time.