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Marella Spirit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Old ship but great friendly atmosphere

Marella Spirit Cruise Review by Paul_Manchester

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2018
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean

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 isn’t to my taste so drank canned john smiths. We had as much coke as we wanted. Plus lovely coffee was also included. So pretty good.

The clientele is mainly British so not surprising English breakfast was available every day ( responding to another reviewer) but other options are available. We went to the restaurant for breakfast - waiter served which was good. I had Indian vegetarian breakfast one day which was lovely.

Lunchtimes in the lido was very samey with little variety, so we eat outside next to the pool most days. They had nice chilli and gyros som days. But lunches were quite poor overall.

The evening meals in the restaurant were generally ok. I don’t like being ripped off by being charged £12 for steak. This used to be included. The freestyle dining meant you met different people each night which was good. We had 2 glasses of wine with our meal which was included in our package.

The cruise director Ted was very good. There is always a good friendly atmosphere on board. This is also down to the passengers as well as the staff. Normal not posh people cruise on the Spirit, The sailaway party is like a family wedding.

The shows were not as good as in the past. It was a young show team but the singers were not up to scratch especially when performing solo. The dancers were good though. There is not much to do during the day in terms of entertainment education compared with other cruise lines. But we were happy just chilling and reading.

The itinerary was good

Porto - defo go back

Lisbon - been loads of times - excellent

Portimao - wouldn’t go back to

Cadiz - didn’t get off ship so don’t know

Gibraltar - first time there but found it an odd place - won’t go back.

So all in all a good cruise. However we feel the airline let them down despite travelling on a lovely b787 Dreamliner. Why don’t tui provide proper airline food that can be booked like Thomas cook does. On the way back there was no food available on the plane.

So farewell spirit we have had some good times with you. We like the smaller ships so looking at the celebration next time. I’m not convinced by marella’s strategy of going for larger ship cast offs.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Premium 229

Nice cabin quite a lot of room - nice comfy double bed. We were on deck 6 the promenade deck so we had to close our curtains when dressing. We were also above raffles bar so we could hear the entertainment underneath us. Not too loud but you could hea it. But we were in raffles anyway so it did not disturb us. In fact getting from raffles to our cabin took about a minute so this was a bonus.

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