By Tiana Templeman
Cruise Critic Contributor
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Cabins

Norwegian Spirit has 1,008 cabins in four general categories: inside, ocean view, balcony and suites. It does not have The Haven, Norwegian's ship-within-a-ship area, or Studio cabins for solo travelers. More than 300 cabins are interconnecting with a choice of standard insides to suites, a benefit if you are traveling as a family. Most outside cabins have balconies, and these are accessed through floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, meaning you have a great view, even when the doors are closed. Norwegian Spirit has three wheelchair-accessible cabins.

Cabins are decorated in tones of aqua and green with golden wood finishes (a '90s look that has not aged well) and feature flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, mini-bars and hair dryers. Furnishings are fairly basic -- a bed, small desk, couch (that converts to a single bed, but is too small for two people to sit on) and coffee table. There is only one bedside table, which is inconvenient for the person on the "wrong" side of the bed. You'll find a good selection of new release movies showing on rotation but the in-room TV cannot be used to check your account or make dining reservations. Though the ship is old, we found our cabin to be spotless and in excellent repair.

There is ample storage space, provided you store suitcases under the bed, and bathrooms come with large showers, center sink areas (with storage shelves for toiletries) and toilet compartments with a separate door. This is a great feature for those who want additional privacy, but the compact toilet compartment could be a squeeze for larger passengers. Liquid dispensers of hand soap, shampoo and body wash are provided in the bathroom.

Inside: There are 385 inside cabins measuring 149 square feet (14 square meters). These have no natural light, making them a good choice for those who like to sleep in. Some have a pull-down or pull-out beds to accommodate third and fourth passengers.

Oceanview: These 223 cabins have a porthole or picture window and are 157 square feet (15 square meters). Some accommodate third and fourth passengers on a pull-out or pull-down bed.

Balcony: There are 382 balcony cabins that are 172 square feet (16 square meters) with a 29-square-foot (3 square meter) balcony. Some balcony cabins can accommodate third and fourth passengers. While fresh sea air is always welcome, the balcony is just big enough for two chairs and a tiny table. If you're in a three-person room, someone can pull the desk chair toward the balcony and sit inside so everyone can enjoy the view at the same time.

Suite: Norwegian Spirit has seven suites and 11 junior suites that NCL calls Penthouse Suites, luxurious spaces with features that include oval-shaped whirlpools, living room areas with dining tables, walk-in closets, CD/DVD players and refrigerators.

The eight Category AC junior suites are notable not for their size, but for their reasonable price and because they have bathrooms with one-way, floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can look at the sea from your whirlpool tub. They range in size from 414 to 555 square feet (38 to 52 square meters) with 22- to 84-square-foot balconies (2 to 8 square meters). Two Aft-Facing Owner's Suites measure 605 square feet (56 square meters) with 92-square-foot (9 square meter) balconies furnished with two sun loungers plus two chairs and a cafe-style table.

All Penthouse Suites and above come with butler and concierge service and access to Cagney's Steakhouse on an exclusive basis at breakfast and lunch. The concierge can make dinner and shore excursion reservations, set up special requests and airport transfers, and arrange for priority disembarkation. There is no dedicated concierge lounge, but the concierge can be reached by phone or approached in person during breakfast at Cagney's.

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