Marella Spirit is the longest-serving member of the Marella fleet and is as popular now as it’s ever been. Part of the appeal is that it’s one of their smaller ships, so it’s got a great homely feel about it.
The crew will treat you like one of the family from the moment you step on board. Not one to stand still, though, it’s recently had a makeover that’s added 19 Balcony Cabins and given the public areas a more contemporary look.
The portfolio here is pure gold – think fine dining, the fantastic Oceans Gym with ocean views, and entertainment that includes everything from Broadway-style shows to live cabaret and a full daytime activity programme.
If you're planning a cruise and have a disability, use a wheelchair, have special dietary needs, a sensory impairment or are undergoing medical treatment, you must let Marella Cruises know when making your booking. Failure in doing this may result in you being refused boarding on arrival at the ship. For more information please contact Marella Cruises' Customer Welfare Team.
If you plan to use a wheelchair onboard and require adapted facilities you must book a specially adapted cabin. All of Marella Cruises shops have four of these cabins. These cabins may only be booked by those who require adapted facilities.If you plan to use your wheelchair onboard but do not require adapted facilities, pleas contact the Customer Welfare Team to make sure an appropriate cabin type can be selected.
If you need your wheelchair - either standard or battery operated - when you're ashore, Marella Cruises will look after it for you at the gangway so it's there when you need it. But you will have to be able to manage the gangway without it. In ports where a tender to shore is necessary, you'll have to stay onboard if you can't manage without your wheelchair. At other times, depending on the port and the tides , it may not be possible for you to leave the ship at all due to gangway access. Some excursions may not be suitable for the less mobile.
If you’ve got any dietary requirements, mention it when you book and let the Maître D’ know once you’re onboard. There are a wide range of restaurants onboard, and each one has at least one vegetarian selection on the menu.
Marella Cruises also provide gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and diabetic-friendly options on request. They don’t cater for kosher diets, but if you bring your own kosher food, they can prepare it for you.
Just because you’ve got a special diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Let the staff know what you can and can’t eat when you book, and they'll’ll make sure the chefs whip up something suitable.
On the Marella Cruise Ships you can smoke on your balcony if you have one and in designated areas on deck.
As for e-cigarettes, you can use these in the casino and adjoining bar areas on each Marella ships, as well as in the designated areas on deck.
Smart casual is the attire for evenings onboard. For men that means full-length trousers and a polo or open-necked shirt. At the captain's cocktail party, the dress code is traditional dinner wear, so tuxedo or suit and tie for men and evening dress for women.
All Marella cruises give you full-board as standard. If you’ve got a budget to stick to when it comes to drinks, why not opt for their All Inclusive drinks package? It’s really good value, and means you don’t run the risk of overspending. Here’s the full list of what’s included:
In fact, if you book before you travel, you’ll get a discount, or it might even be free.
This is Spirit’s finest cabin, sitting proudly on deck 9. It’s 40m2 – more than twice the size of two deluxe cabins – and it comes with a king-size bed. A private furnished balcony and picture windows let the light flood in. A CD player and DVD player offer all the comforts of home in the separate living area, and there’s a minibar for refreshments. The roomy bathroom comes with a whirlpool bath, a shower and a WC.
This cabin comes with Premier Service extras included:
You’ll get queen-size or twin beds when you pick a Deluxe Balcony cabin, which measures 19m². For your comfort, the rooms are equipped with chairs and a table, plus a minibar. Best of all, they have a private furnished balcony for sea views. The en suite bathroom has a shower over a bath and a WC.
Some of the cabins are inter-connecting. Ask your travel agent for more information.
This cabin comes with Premier Service extras included:
Set on decks 6-8, these Deluxe cabins come with queen-size or twin beds. A folding bed sleeps a third person. A picture window keeps the 19m² space light and bright, and it’s furnished with chairs and a table, plus a minibar. The en suite bathroom has a shower over a bath and a WC.
Some of the cabins are inter-connecting. Ask your travel agent for details.
The view from some Deluxe cabins may be partially obstructed by lifeboats. Reserve your cabin for a clear view.
These Outside cabins have a porthole so you get the benefit of sea views. There’s a queen-size bed or 2 single beds, side by side or in an L-shape. For families, 4-berth cabins have twin beds and 2 upper berths that fold down when they’re needed.
There’s extra wardrobe space here, too. Standard cabin sizes are 13-16m², and there’s an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC.
Standard Inside cabin sizes are 13-16m². Your space is accessorised with pale furnishings and fabrics, and there’s a queen-size bed or 2 singles side by side or in a L-shape. The 4-berth cabins have twin beds and 2 upper berths that fold down, plus extra wardrobe space. The en suite bathroom has a shower and WC.
These compact yet comfortable cabins are designed with the single traveller in mind. They come with a porthole for sea views, a single bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC. They’re often booked by solo cruisers or friends who prefer not to share when travelling.
These compact yet comfortable cabins are designed with the single traveller in mind. They come with a single bed and an en suite bathroom with a shower and WC. They’re often booked by solo cruisers or friends who prefer not to share when travelling.
From the opening deck party to the Captain’s Gala Reception, Marella Spirit is really proud of its entertainment. The show lounge serves up a nightly cocktail of show-stopping numbers. Elsewhere on the ship, the lounges are filled with live music and there are plenty of quizzes, games and challenges timetabled throughout the day.
Edge-to-edge windows allow for excellent sea views in this sophisticated bar, which has comfy seating and a dance floor. Live music and cabaret make it an entertaining spot.
Grab some snacks and snuggle down for 3-daily showings of modern classic and recently released movies in this 200-seat cinema.
With its mix of bar stools and bucket chairs, Raffles Bar takes its style from Raffles in Singapore. It’s a welcoming spot for meeting friends for pre-dinner drinks with a pianist soundtracking your conversations.
Deck parties, lively quizzes, cooking demos – this outdoor bar next to the pool and Lido Restaurant is the place to be when you want to let your hair down.
On the top level of the show lounge, this is the place to get your drinks before taking a seat for the nights entertainment.
The 2-storey show lounge is the ships’ biggest space and our professional show team pulls out all the stops to keep you entertained every evening. They fly in comedy acts from the UK while you’re on board, and you can expect West End-style production numbers with big voices and flamboyant dance routines.
Roulette and blackjack tables and fruit machines make this a popular hangout for the after-dinner crowd. Beginners can sign up for casino game lessons.
This traditional lounge is the heart of the ship. It’s the place for light-hearted quizzes, bingo, and game shows during the day. Later on, it turns in to a late-night disco with live music that’ll keep you on your feet long in to the night.
You’ll be relaxed in next to no time once you’ve hunkered down in this quiet lounge. It’s traditionally furnished with comfy bucket chairs and banquettes, and nautical memorabilia dotted around and about.
This is just the ticket if you want to take home a special memento of your time onboard. Choose to have a portrait shoot in the indoor studio, or a more relaxed shoot outside, with the ship and sea in the background.
Stop by the gallery to view photos of your time on board and find out about booking a private portrait session.
This is a quiet place with internet access for keeping in touch with friends and family back home. If you’re short of reading material, it’s also stocked with shelves of books. You’re welcome to borrow whatever takes your fancy.
This parade of boutiques is open when the ship is at sea. You can browse a great range of jewellery, perfume, and designer outfits. And keep checking back, as special offers change on a daily basis.
Curl up with a good book and enjoy an afternoon of reading, or team up with a partner for a game of cards in this quiet room. There are a dozen or so tables and a cupboard stacked with board games – old favourites and new.