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Spot the difference by Lesley Bellew

So many people are asking me if Spirit of Adventure and sister ship Spirit of Discovery are the same.

The answer is YES and NO.

Yes, they are the same shape and size with a navy hull and yellow funnel – but inside Spirit of Adventure has bolder décor, furniture and soft furnishings with a surprise round every corner.

The only big structural difference is a ceiling! Spirit of Adventure does not have a galleried dining room. Instead, there’s a main dining room and on the deck above is a 100-seater dining and cabaret venue, The Supper Club, which feels like an expanded version of Spirit of Discovery’s popular ‘Club by Jools Holland’ which has a jazz club vibe.

The Supper Club spans the width of the ship, with a dance floor and art deco-style styling from low-light table lamps, bar stools and booth seating plus a mix of four and six-seater tables. Guests can book a meal and listen to a variety of live music or just have a drink near The Supper Club’s bar.

Both ships have three specialty restaurants where there is no extra charge. On Spirit of Adventure, Khukuri House is the first Nepalese restaurant at sea, and Amalfi, a really smart Italian venue where artist Minty Sainsbury’s pencil drawings of Italian buildings add to the sophisticated setting with black, white, grey marble flooring and red leather seating. The menu includes a ‘sharing steak’ , a 32oz tomahawk, as well as swordfish and traditional dishes such as lasagne.

Colour schemes on Spirit of Adventure are lively with cheeky touches from baby pink seats in The Living Room, purple velour seats in the theatre, green and pink velvet chairs with leaf motifs in reception and botanicals on the walls to the gleaming white marble-clad three-deck Atrium with bright underlit stairs.

Acid yellow seats are dotted among the blues and greys in the Britannia Lounge, adding some attitude to this popular spot for dancing to Soul and Motown music in the evenings.

Everywhere you look there are commissioned artworks by British-based artists including landscapes, sculpture and textiles with my favourite design studio, Timorous Beasties, creating a giant flora trail of thistles, birds and butterflies on the stair landings. I never want to take the lift.

Lesley Bellew

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