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Marella Spirit Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Spirit of Iberia

Marella Spirit Cruise Review by Karenemm

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

My daughter and I chose this cruise because we had such an amazing adventure last year on Spirit, that was our first ever cruise and it left us wanting more. As soon as we returned home having discovered the beautiful older lady was staying for one more year we went straight to Tui and booked for this year.

Embarkation went smoothly as Tui have it down to an art form. As we had been delayed over two hours on Luton Airport tarmac because of a baggage issue (somebody pressed the computer button too soon to print off the baggage list!) it made us late getting to the ship. This meant that our luggage was outside our door within minutes of arrival at our cabin.

Yes she is an older lady that does shudder, but that only adds to her charm, in fact we find it quite soothing. It is such a friendly environment small and compact in a good way.

Food in The Compass Rose restaurant was second to none every evening, Ludi and James our waiters from last year remembered us and took good care of us. The Lido was excellent for breakfast and lunch times.

The shows were amazing all week especially Moulin Rouge the show team work so hard and it shows fabulous everyone.

We pre-booked three excursions Tuk Tuk in Lisbon (Pedro was our guide), City Tour in Cadiz and Dolphin Watching in Gibraltar all were great value for money and we learnt so much.

Wish we could have stayed a few more days. Spirit will be missed a true lady.

People love to complaint but we feel the holiday is what you make it. We have met some amazing people and cruising is the only holiday for us now. If you want more upmarket cruises there are plenty of companies to choose from, do your homework first and do not always listen the negative comments or you will never leave your home.

Will we cruise again? actually we have already booked our week away for 2019 and the count down has started again.

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Cabin outside 0459

Being an outside cabin it was light and airy, very spacious and clean, comfortable beds, all the linen and towels looked new. Lots of wardrobe and drawer space. Could not fault anything.

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