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  Thomson Spirit (Thomson Cruises)

Thomson Spirit | Thomson Cruises
MS Thomson Spirit in harbour in the Canary Islands in April 2005
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Thomson Spirit | Thomson Cruises
Thomson Spirit, cruise ship in Bahrein
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Thomson Spirit | Thomson Cruises
Thomson Spirit, cruise ship in Bahrein
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The Thomson Spirit joined the Thomson fleet in 2005. Passengers can watch Broadway shows, take part in games, try their luck in the Casino, workout, or simply relax in the ship’s two-storey spa. This is a family-friendly cruise ship with amenities built for kids. The restaurants onboard are also impressive.

The Thomson Spirit cruises to Scandinavia, the Baltic Regions, Middle East and the Mediterranean. During the winter season, it visits the Red Sea. Its Mediterranean cruises are concentrated during the summer months. For the rest of the year, it makes trips from the UK to the Baltic regions and Scandinavia.

The Thomson Spirit wasn’t called the Thomson Spirit until 2005 when it was acquired by Thomson Cruises. It has a long history behind it. Built in 1983, it was initially owned by MS Niuew Amsterdam. It was built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Finland for Holland America Line. In 2000, it was sold to America Classic Cruises and renamed MS Patriot. Holland America Line bought it again in 2003, giving it its old name. It was chartered for Thomson Cruises, though, and renamed Thomson Spirit in the same year.

There are four restaurants onboard the Thomson Spirit, two of them offering casual dining, while the other two, a more formal set-up. The Compass Rose Restaurant has a waiter service and is open only for dinner. Passengers can sit wherever they please. Sirocco’s requires reservation and has cover charges, but it’s one of the quainter dining places in the Thomson Spirit. If you want a more casual dining experience, go to the Lido Restaurant or the Terrace Grill. You can also call for room service which is available round-the-clock.

Once you’re onboard the Thomson Spirit, you’ll never run out of things to do. Those who love Broadway shows can watch to their hearts’ content at the Broadway Show Lounge. The High Spirits Lounge offers disco and live music. There’s also Raffles, a casino facility, and the ship’s main Cinema. For those who would like keep fit, the Sports Deck is always open. After a tiring workout, you can also visit the Oceans Health Club. Are your kids getting a little restless? You can entertain them too by bringing them to the Kidzone or the internet lounge.

The Thomson Spirit has four cabin types. The simplest ones are the Standard Inside, and the Standard Outside cabins. These have all the basic amenities but their space is limited. The inside cabins have no view, and the outside cabins only have a porthole. The deluxe cabins are more comfortable with a queen sized bed, or two single beds and a roll-away. Instead of just portholes, deluxe cabins have picture windows. suites are available for those who want more space and luxury. These are bigger and have private bathrooms. The Presidential Suite is the most impressive with two bathrooms and floor area that’s equivalent to two deluxe cabins. All cabins in this ship are air conditioned.

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Ship Summary
Operator:Thomson Cruises
Built by:Chantiers de l’Antlantique, St. Nazaire, France
Date Completed:1983
Gross Tonnage:33930
Length:214.66 m
Width:27.26 m