Norwegian Spirit set for US$100m renovation

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Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed new details of the upcoming US$100m (€90.1m) renovation of Norwegian Spirit, which will be the most extensive bow-to-stern project in the company’s history extending to all dining venues, staterooms and public areas. This project is part of the company’s ongoing fleet revitalisation programme: The Norwegian Edge.

The ship will enter dry dock in Marseille, France, on 2 January 2020 to begin the 40-day revitalisation project, which includes the addition of 14 new venues, new staterooms and an expanded Mandara Spa. The ship will also debut contemporary hull art.

New complimentary dining venues will include an additional main dining room, Taste; the 24-hour eatery, The Local Bar and Grill; the all-day dining outlet, Garden Café; the Great Outdoors Bar; and Waves Pool Bar.

Onda by Scarpetta will also be introduced on board Norwegian Spirit, joining the portfolio of Scarpetta restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons, New York; Miami, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Newport, Rhode Island; London, UK; and aboard Norwegian Encore debuting in November 2019. The restaurant will offer modern Italian fare, including a selection of seafood.

Two new lounges will be introduced – Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge, which features the Humidor Cigar Lounge.

The children’s waterpark, Splash Academy, will be replaced with the adults-only retreat Spice H2O, a daytime lounge with two hot tubs and a dedicated bar, which will also serve as an after-hours entertainment venue.

The Mandara Spa will be doubled in size to nearly 7,000ft² (650m²) and include a relaxation area with heated loungers, a new jacuzzi room, a sauna, steam room and water therapy experience. The Pulse Fitness Center will also be expanded.

“As we continue to introduce new innovative ships to our fleet, with Norwegian Encore making her debut next month, we are committed to ensuring that the experiences our guests have come to enjoy are available on even our most storied ships,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are excited to reinvigorate Norwegian Spirit so that she continues to provide lasting memories for guests as they sail to some of the most exotic destinations around the world.”

Norwegian Spirit is due to sail out of dry dock in February 2020, and will offer extended itineraries of eight to 24 days calling to destinations across Asia, Africa and Europe – including 10 new ports of call.

Image: NCL

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Marisa has been writing about transport design and the passenger experience since 2013 and is also a contributor to sister titles Aircraft Interiors International and Business Jet Interiors International. She has travelled the world extensively by car, plane, train and cruise liner.

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