1980 June (as Berlin)
2006 March 22nd (as Spirit of Adventure)
Spirit of Adventure was once the only ship of the British cruise line Spirit of Adventure which was founded in 2005 as a sister company of Saga Cruises. The ship, originally known as Berlin of Peter Deilmann Reederei, underwent a chop-and-stretch operation in 1986 that added a 20-meter mid-section.
Saga Cruises purchased the ship in 2005 and planned to operate her as Saga Opal, but eventually she sailed under the brand Spirit of Adventure from 2006 to 2012. Now she becomes FTI Berlin owned by the German FTI Cruises.
Whereas Saga Cruises' target passengers are those over 50 who seek for classic cruising experience, Spirit of Adventure operated discovery cruises for travellers over 21. Because of her small size, she can reach many ports that are inaccessible to larger ships, and take passengers to explore some less visited places. Her exotic itineraries included Europe, Asia, South America and Antarctica, with tailor-made excursions.
The ship's interiors are contemporary with elegant European furnishings. Carrying just 348 passengers, the onboard atmosphere is intimate but relaxed. Attentive service is provided by the friendly crew, and it is easy to socialize with new-found friends. Limited entertainment is offered, with only concerts and recitals performed by resident musicians. Instead, lectures are given by expert guest speakers. There is also a choice of enrichment classes. Her major facilities include the main dining room, buffet restaurant, two lounges, a large library, a salon, fitness facilities and two pools.
|Builder||Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kiel (Germany)|
|Gross Tonnage||9570 tons|
|Length x Beam x Draft||139.3 x 17.5 x 4.8 (m), 456.9 x 57.4 x 15.7 (ft)|
Number of Cabins
(Inside / Oceanview / Balcony)
|206 (48, 158, 0)|
(Standard Occupancy /
|348 / 348|
|Total Crew||180, Filipino|
|IMO Number, Call Sign||7904889, 9HA2295|
1980-1982: Berlin (Peter Deilmann
1982-1985: Princess Mahsuri (Blue Funnel Cruises)
1985-2004: Berlin (Peter Deilmann Reederei)
2004-2005: [laid up]
2005-2005: Orange Melody (Metropolis Tur)
2005-2005: Saga Opal (Saga Cruises)
2005-2012: Spirit of Adventure (Spirit of Adventure)
2012- : FTI Berlin (FTI Cruises)
(Unless otherwise specified, information about Spirit of Adventure in this virtual ship tour was correct at the time of publishing after the author visited the ship in February 2012. Cruise Wonderland would like to express our gratitude to Spirit of Adventure in organizing the ship tour for us.)
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Deck 1 / Deck 2 / Deck 3 / Deck 4 / Deck 5 / Deck 6 / Deck 7 / Deck 8
The health spa operated by Decléor, consisting of the fitness centre, an indoor pool, sauna and treatment rooms, is located deep inside the ship on Deck 1, the lowest passenger-accessible deck. These facilities can only be reached by the midship staircase, but not the lift.
Pool and Fitness:
The Pool and Fitness area offers a small selection of fitness and exercise machines, together with a shallow indoor swimming pool. There are also mountain bikes and helmets available free of charge for use at selected ports of call.
Treatment Rooms and Sauna:
Several massage or treatment rooms can be found in the health spa. There are also an unisex sauna and a relaxation room.
|Pool and Fitness||Pool and Fitness||Pool and Fitness|
|Treatment Rooms||Sauna||Relaxation Room|
Deck 2 is crew-only area with no passenger facilities.
|C Deck Hallway|
Deck 3 consists of the Medical Centre, a Launderette, as well as some inside and oceanview cabins at the forward end. The aft area on this deck is crew-only.
Inside Cabins are located on Deck 3, Deck 4, Deck 5 and Deck 6. Each of them has twin beds or a double bed, storage space, fridge, colour television, DVD player, telephone, a pair of binoculars, private shower, water closet, hairdryer and personal toiletry items. All cabins are complimented by the convenience of the included 24-hour room service. There are also some single Inside Cabins.
Outside Cabins can be found on Deck 3, Deck 4, Deck 5 and Deck 6. They have same cabin amenities as Inside Cabins, and with windows (Decks 4 to 6) or portholes (Deck 3) additionally. A number of single Outside Cabins are also available.
|Inside Cabin (Single)||Inside Cabin (Single)|
The Medical Centre is at the starboard side near the aft staircase. The private doctor onboard makes standard charges for his services.
Free self-service laundry and ironing facilities are provided at the Launderette on Deck 3 aft.
The Entrance Hall, front desk and shore excursion desk are situated amidships of Deck 4. Other features on this deck include the aft main restaurant, and inside and oceanview cabins at the forward end.
|Inside Cabin||Inside Cabin||Outside Cabin (Single)|
Positioned at the starboard side of the Entrance Hall, the Reception is open 24 hours a day which handles any queries from passengers. It is also the purser's office for purchasing foreign currency, posting mail, borrowing electrical adaptors and making use of safety deposit boxes.
Tours and Travel:
Passengers can reserve shore excursions onboard at the Tours and Travel office at the port side of the Entrance Hall. A selection of excursions are available at most ports of call.
|Entrance Hall||Reception||Tours and Travel|
The aft, nautically-themed dining room has 280 seats, with tables for four and six. Guests can enjoy waiter-served meals here in an open seating policy. Breakfasts (08:00-10:00), lunches (12:30-14:00) and dinners (19:00-21:00) in international cuisine are offered.
|Dining Room||Dining Room||A Deck Midship Staircase|
Deck 5 also has inside and oceanview cabins at forward, and the main lounge just aft of the Foyer.
|Outside Cabin||Outside Cabin||Main Deck Hallway|
Located aft of Deck 5, the single-level Sirocco Lounge is the showlounge of the ship with a capacity of 250 people. It is designed mainly for musical concerts, cabaret performances and other evening entertainments, but can also be used for lectures and social gathering activities. There is a small bar as well.
|Sirocco Lounge||Sirocco Lounge||Sirocco Lounge|
|Foyer||Main Deck Forward Staircase||Lift|
Deck 6 houses many public rooms. The buffet restaurant and an outdoor pool lie at the aft end, a smaller lounge and the Library are located amidships, whereas the Shop and the salon as well as inside and outside cabins are positioned forward.
Hair & Beauty:
Beauty treatments and hairdressing for both men and women are available at the Hair & Beauty salon, which is at the port side of the forward staircase.
The Shop at the starboard side of the forward staircase sells a range of souvenirs and giftware as well as camera films, toiletries and other essential travel items.
|Hair & Beauty||Shop||Indoor Promenade|
With a capacity of 60 passengers, the midship Library offers over 3000 reading and reference books and is free of charge. It is open 24 hours a day and is staffed during selected times. There are also four computer stations for Internet connection. Complimentary coffee and tea is provided at the library bar.
Nestled at the starboard side of the Library, the Briefing Room is a computer room for small presentations. It can also act as a card and game room, where card tables and board games are available.
The midship Yacht Club is a cocktail lounge which can accommodate 100 people. Backgrounded by live music from the band, it is an evening gathering place for pub-style entertainment and smaller events. The bar also serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The 110-seat, light and airy Verandah is a more informal alternative for dining. It offers self-service buffet-style meals for breakfast (07:00-09:30), lunch (12:00-14:00) and dinner (19:00-21:00) in a relaxed atmosphere. Situated aft, there are both indoor seating area and the outdoor terrace, so guests can choose to dine al-fresco when the weather is fine.
Pool & Deck Bar:
An outdoor Pool can be found at the aft of Deck 6, surrounded by the outdoor seating of the Verandah. Drinks are offered by the small Deck Bar.
|Yacht Club||Yacht Club||Verandah|
Four Junior Suites are located at the most forward position of Deck 6, in which two of them are for single occupancy. They are the second highest grade cabin on Spirit of Adventure. Each of them has separate living and sleeping area, and enjoys views over the ship's bow. Guests in Junior Suites benefit from butler service.
|Junior Suite||Junior Suite (Single)||Outdoor Promenade|
The bridge occupies the forward end of Deck 7, and a couple of suites and oceanview cabins are situated just forward of the midship staircase. It should be noted that the lift does not reach this deck.
Superior Outside Cabins and Deluxe Outside
Having larger size than Outside Cabins, Superior Outside Cabins (Cabins 5-12) and Deluxe Outside Cabins (Cabins 3-4) are located on Deck 7. Guests benefit from butler service as well.
The largest accommodations on Spirit of Adventure are the two Owners' Suites. The one on port side is known as "Rhapsody Suite" (Cabin 1) and the one on starboard side is known as "Sonata Suite" (Cabin 2). Both have a double bed, a separate lounge and seating area with sofa and dining table, a larger bathroom, more closet and drawer space, and butler service.
|Superior Outside Cabin||Superior Outside Cabin||Superior Outside Cabin (Single)|
|Owners' Suite||Owners' Suite||Bridge Deck Promenade|
Deck 8 is the highest passenger deck which is composed of an outdoor cinema and the forward observation area. This deck can only be reached by the outdoor staircase from Deck 7 forward.
Top of the Yacht:
Positioned amidships of the uppermost deck, Top of the Yacht is the perfect area for sunbathing and relaxing. On selected evenings it will be transformed into an open-air cinema screening a series of modern and classic films, when the weather permits. There are also a small bar and area for playing table tennis.
|Top of the Yacht||Top of the Yacht (Bar)||Top of the Yacht (Table Tennis)|
|Forward Observation Area||Forward Observation Area||Forward Observation Area|
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