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Marella Spirit Cabins

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
321 reviews
41 Awards
Editor Rating
Very Good
Jeannine Williamson
Cruise Critic Contributor

Spirit has 627 cabins (424 ocean view and 203 inside) in five categories, which are spread across eight decks -- Inside and Outside (which include 21 single cabins), Deluxe, Suites (including 18 with balconies fitted during the 2013/2014 refurbishment) and one Presidential Suite. With the majority of standard cabins being the same size, prices are graded according to the position on the ship.

The colour palette throughout all cabins is easy on the eye, with muted shades of cream, brown and orange combined with light wood that give a sense of space.

The cabins offer a range of flexible accommodation. Four cabins, forward on Deck 7, are wheelchair accessible.

All cabins have lots of storage space, with good-sized cupboards and shelving units in the bathroom, two full-size wardrobes with plenty of hangers, large drawers, a desk/dressing table and room for suitcases beneath the bed. Standard amenities include an electric shaver socket in the bathroom, flat-screen TV with a selection of TV, film, music channels and the webcam fixed on the bow of the ship, air conditioning, hair dryer and a safe (although the security box is chargeable, with rates starting at £6 for a short cruise).

All cabins are made up in the morning and have a nightly turn-down service (which might include the arrival of towel animals!).

It's worth noting that cabins are allocated by the cruise line, though, so if you want the guarantee of a double bed, a room that's close to a lift and other facilities, or one that's next door to friends and family, you can pay to reserve the cabin of your choice at the time of booking. There is no guarantee that a "promise" of a certain room from a travel agent will work.

Another thing to remember is that although Spirit now carries predominantly British passengers, it was originally built in France for the European and American market. Therefore, all cabins are equipped with 110-volt American-style flat pin sockets and 220-volt European-style round pin sockets, so British passengers need to take a three-pin adaptor.

Interior: The inside cabins are located on Decks 1, 2, 3 and 4. They range in size from 140 to 172 square feet and have a walk-shower in the bathroom with fixed dispensers over the wash hand basin and in the shower for soap and shampoo (conditioner is not supplied). The larger cabins sleep up to four, comprising twin beds and two berths that fold down, plus extra wardrobe space. The single insides are situated on Decks 2 and 3. 

Oceanview: The standard outside cabins also measure 140 to 172 square feet and have a porthole. The larger four-berth cabins have the same bed configuration as the insides. They are located on Decks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8. Deluxe cabins, on Decks 6, 7 and 8, are 204 square feet and have a picture window and bathroom with a shower over the bath, plus Elemis shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. They sleep up to three people, with the addition of a folding bed, and some of the cabins are interconnecting. They have a table and two chairs plus a mini-bar and little touches, such as a magazine rack are useful, along with retro-style amenities such as an oceangoing drinks cabinet with bottle holders and a tie rack inside the wardrobe door. The views from some Deluxe cabins are partially obstructed by lifeboats, so check before booking.

Balcony: The Deluxe cabins with balconies are all situated on Deck 9 and measure 204 square feet and have the same furnishings as their ocean-view counterparts, with the addition of a balcony. Passengers benefit from Marella Premier Service Deck 9, which includes priority check-in at the embarkation port, complimentary continental breakfast in bed once a week and a free pressing service for three items per passenger available during the first 24 hours onboard.

Suite: These staterooms measure 279 to 290 square feet and are Decks 7 and 8. They are airy rooms with picture windows. They have king-sized beds and an attractive trellis-style room divider leading to the lounge area with a table, comfortable chairs, a sofa bed and mini-bar. The all have bathtubs, with a shower above and bathrobes are provided. There are obstructed views from some suites.

Situated on Deck 9, the Presidential Suite is the largest stateroom on the ship at 430 square feet -- more than twice the size of two deluxe cabins. It has a private furnished balcony and picture windows. Extras in the Presidential Suite -- which has a real feeling of old-style glamour -- include CD player and DVD players, a whirlpool bath and separate shower, mini-bar, iPod docking station and the same Elemis toiletries as the Deluxe cabins and Suites. All Suite passengers benefit from Premier Service.

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