The ship itself is old and tired but everyone knows this in advance with a bit of research.
What is harder to find out is that the ship is actually leased by Marella from a Greek company (Celestyal Cruises). Consequently the Captain and senior officers are Greek, which is perfectly fine. The problem is that they are in charge of the food and drinks too and the food is simply no where near as good as on Marella controlled ships. We experienced the best fish ever on Marella Discovery in Feb 2018 and the worst fish ever on Marella Spirit in May/June 2018.
The swimming pool has a capacity of 9 people, which again is not exactly in line with expectations. Good luck finding a sunbed as there simply weren’t enough of them!
We were lucky to have a cabin midship so we had no sea sickness at all, but the whole ship did have a type of “heartbeat” which made it vibrate slowly.
Even though Marella Spirit is soon going out of the fleet, there is no excuse to not sort things out for the people who have spent there hard earned money on a cruise.
On the plus side, the entertainment team and their shows were amazing, as was the kids club.
Large enough cabin but the WC was 35 years old. Say no more.