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Thomson Spirit

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Thomson Spirit

Formerly Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam, this elegant, classic cruiseliner brings you 21st century cruising pleasure. It has all the modern facilities you could wish for - from a two storey show lounge to the fantastic health club overlooking the ocean. Hungry? You'll find everything from 24-hour dining to a sophisticated à la carte restaurant for that romantic occasion.

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Thomson Spirit

Facilities | Amenities | Dining | Tipping


  • Sirocco's a la carte Restaurant
  • Compass Rose Restaurant
  • Whirlpools
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Wading Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Card/Reading Room
  • Cinema
  • Boutiques
  • Kidzone
  • Teen Area & Video Arcade
  • Gymnasium
  • Sports Deck
  • Sauna & Massage
  • Library
  • Medical Centre
  • Internet Lounge
  • Self Service Laundrette
  • Lido Restaurant
  • Terrace Grill
  • Buffet Magnifique
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Broadway Show Lounge
  • High Spirits Lounge
  • Raffles Casino
  • Horizons Bar
  • Raffles Bar
  • Lido Bar
  • Explorers' Lounge
  • Oceans Health Club


  • Safety Deposit Box
  • 110 volt A/C current, with American-style 2-pin outlets.
  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer


From al fresco to a la carte, sumptuous buffets to savoury snacks, they offer service as special as the food.

Sit down for a meal aboard a Thomson cruise and you're in for a treat. Just as they've taken care to ensure wines are perfect for the climate and the occasion, so the food is planned to entice and satisfy you. One of the pleasures of cruising, after all, is enjoying fabulous food whenever you feel like it. So whether you'd like to try a Mexican buffet or a roast beef dinner, morning coffee or afternoon tea, a slice of cake or a slice of pizza, you can. And the choice of dining venues is just as varied. There's full waiter or self-service restaurants, al fresco and a la carte dining options and, of course, 24 hour room service. But wherever you choose to dine, you'll find the service is the same: attentive and courteous, helpful and friendly. While the impeccable standards do not differ across the fleet, the exact range of dining options depends on your chosen ship.

Dining - waiter service

Restaurant L'Orchidee: full waiter service for breakfast, lunch or dinner in attractive surroundings. Open seating for breakfast and lunch but the cruising tradition of fixed sittings applies for dinner. Please request an early or late sitting at the time of booking or on arrival.
Gala night: weekly Captain's Cocktail Party and Gala Dinner

Dining - flexible options

Bistro: self-service buffet, offering a wide selection of dishes. As well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, morning coffee, afternoon tea and late night snacks are also served. In addition, tea and coffee is available here 24 hours a day.
Room service: available 24 hours a day (extra charge applies)
Buffet Magnifique: weekly showcase event for the Executive Chef's team featuring wonderful food carvings, ice sculptures and their finest culinary creations

The stylish Thomson Celebration is the perfect place to enjoy mouth-watering cuisine 24 hours a day in elegant, relaxing surroundings.

The Meridian Restaurant offers attentive waiter service for a memorable and relaxing dinner. You can choose when you would like to dine, apart from Captains Cocktail night when early or late set dining times apply. Look out too for the weekly Buffet Magnifique.

The Lido Restaurant is more casual but just as appealing. Self-service buffets are available 24 hours a day and the menu is as varied as it is appetising. International theme nights twice a week and magnificent midnight buffets also make a welcome change.

Mistral's is the one place on Thomson Celebration where you'll need to reserve a table. This sophisticated a la Carte restaurant is worth the effort because the cuisine is superb, as is the wine list. Room service is also available 24 hours a day, an extra charge applies.

From the pleasures of being waited upon at your table to serving yourself whenever you like, Thomson Destiny lets you dine in style throughout your cruise.

The Seven Seas Restaurant offers waiter service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a superb selection of dishes served at your table. The attentive service means you can relax and enjoy the sea views while we take care of every detail. For dinner, we've retained the cruising tradition of allocated tables and fixed sittings. You can request an early or late sitting at the time of booking or upon arrival.

The Lido Cafe is great for those times when you prefer our huge selection of hot and cold dishes, specially prepared throughout the day and night. Open 24 hours, its self-service buffet is always open - and always tempting.

Please note that for the comfort of our guests, all restaurants are non-smoking.

The Chanterelle Dining Room is our main restaurant and offers a warm ambience and relaxing surroundings for self-service breakfast, waiter service lunch or dinner. For dinner, we've retained the cruising tradition of allocated tables and fixed sittings. You can request an early or late sitting at the time of your booking or upon arrival.

Le Bistro is more relaxed, offering a diverse range of self-service buffets in a stylish, casual setting. Open for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, and the late night buffet, it also plays its part with themed buffets when we have deck parties.

On board Thomson Spirit, there's a fabulous range of dining options to suit your moods and tastes throughout your voyage.

The Compass Rose Restaurant offers full waiter service in warm, spacious surroundings. Six course meals are served with open seating so you can dine when and where you please. The only exception is the Captain's Cocktail Night when early or late set dining times apply. Look out too for the weekly Buffet Magnifique.

The Lido Restaurant provides self-service buffets in a casual setting 24 hours a day and features an al fresco dining area. Its diverse range of hot and cold dishes including freshly made pizzas is complemented by international theme nights twice a week and magnificent midnight buffets.

Sirocco's is the stylish, intimate, a la carte restaurant where the finest ingredients are faultlessly prepared. A cover charge applies and onboard reservations are required.

Room service is also available 24 hours a day, an extra charge applies.

Please note that for the comfort of all guests, all restaurants on all our ships are non-smoking.


At Thomson Cruises they have taken the confusion out of tipping. Your holiday price includes tips to cabin stewards, dining rooms and bar waiters. Of course, if you have received exceptional service, you are welcome to give something extra.

Please note, while cruise details and inclusions are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to changes in cruise line practices and policies. Please check details and inclusions at time of booking.