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Carrying a maximum of 114 passengers, the M/V Sea Spirit is an outstanding polar-approved vessel and the perfect home away from home. With luurious amenities paralleling that of a fine hotel, this all-suite vessel is highly maneuverable and capable of navigating the narrow bays and channels of polar waters.
Un-biased Sea Spirit Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Sea Spirit review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our polar experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in the Arctic and Antarctica. Please read our Sea Spirit review below.
Sea Spirit was built at the Nuovi Cantieri Apunia shipyard in Carrara, Italy, in 1991 as the Renaissance V, and subsequently sailed as the Spirit of Oceanus for Cruise West before being modified in 2010 to make her more suitable for polar cruising. The vessel has been operating on expedition voyages to the Arctic and Antarctica since late 2010.
The Sea Spirit is a luxury vessel and certainly one of the most accommodating ships to cruise polar waters. Stabilizers provide the smoothest sailing possible throughout the journey. Her open bridge policy allows guests to interact with the captain and officers while navigating landscapes from a special view angle.
Common Areas Aboard Sea Spirit
Spacious common areas aboard the Sea Spirit include a library offering a large collection of polar books and DVDs on the Club Deck, a presentation lounge with state-of-the-art equipment for briefings, lectures and recaps on the Ocean Deck, numerous outdoor deck areas to enjoy passing scenery and outdoor barbecues, a gym including aerobic and weight-lifting equipment on the Sports Deck, an infirmary with a licensed medical doctor and a polar boutique.
There is elevator access to all passenger decks, and a zodiac landing platform allows for rapid deployment of passenger landing craft on the aft of the Main Deck.
Meals Aboard Sea Spirit
The Sea Spirit has a full-service bar, so expect spirits and wine to flow freely during the voyage. Plus, coffee, tea, cocoa and bottled water are available around the clock. Nightly four-course meals are prepared by top chefs and an expert kitchen staff. Special diets are easily accommodated with advance notice. Meals are served in a single, leisurely seating on the Main Deck.
Activities Aboard Sea Spirit
Optional excursions including hiking, kayaking, birding and snorkeling are available during your stay on the Sea Spirit. Daily briefings by staff naturalists prep you for any activity you may desire, as well as wildlife viewing. An onboard gym on the Sports Deck provides a great place to unwind. The gym is open daily and offers stationary bikes, several treadmills and some multi-functional training machines.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Sea Spirit
All cabins on the Sea Spirit feature an exterior view and spaciousness not commonly found on other expedition ships of this size. All cabins have a flat-screen TV, DVD player, in-room safe, refrigerator, individual temperature control and hair dryers en suite. Satellite phone and internet access is available in every cabin. Private facilities in each cabin include a sink, toilet and shower. Nearly all suites offer either two twin beds or a king size bed, with the exception of the Owner’s Suite, which has a fixed king bed.
Located on Oceanus Deck, averaging 226 square feet, with two twin beds that convert into a king bed if desired, comfortable sofa bed, picture window and two wardrobes.
Main Deck Suite
Located on Main Deck, averaging 248 square feet, with two twin beds that convert into a king bed if desired and a minimum of two portholes for exterior views.
Located on Oceanus Deck, averaging 226 square feet, with two twin beds that convert into a king bed if desired, picture window and two wardrobes.
Located on Club Deck, averaging 215 square feet, with two twin beds that convert into a king bed if desired and picture window overlooking outside walkway.
Located on Sports Deck, averaging 258 square feet, with two twin beds that convert into a king bed if desired, sliding glass door to private balcony and walk-in closet or wardrobe.
Located on Sun Deck, averaging 323 square feet, with two twin beds that convert into a king bed if desired, en suite lounge area and sliding glass door to private balcony.