Norwegian Announces Completed Refurbs On Three Ships
Open Jaw, Bruce Parkinson
Norwegian Cruise Line announced the completed refurbishments of three ships – Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Sunand Norwegian Star.
As part of ‘The Norwegian Edge,’ the company’s investment program to elevate the standard of excellence across its fleet, the revitalized ships now feature new designs and venues including Los Lobos Cantina, an upscale Mexican restaurant; the adults-only enclave, Spice H2O; and Syd Norman’s Pour House – an American rock ‘n’ roll bar and lounge, which makes its debut aboard Breakaway.
“What a year this has been for us at Norwegian Cruise Line,” said President & CEO Andy Stuart. “Not only did we introduce our latest and record-breaking ship, Norwegian Bliss, and announce the redeployment of her sister ship Norwegian Joy, but we are now unveiling our newly revitalized ships, Norwegian Breakaway, Sunand Star. This is a testament to how invested we are in our guests’ experience. Although we are one of the youngest fleets in the industry, we are very committed to The Norwegian Edge program which allows us to remain consistent, relevant and exciting.”
Norwegian Breakaway, which was built in 2013, debuts the new American rock ‘n’ roll bar and lounge Syd Norman’s Pour House as well as upgraded accommodations, public spaces and more, following a two-week dry dock in Brest, France.
Syd Norman’s Pour House aims to offer an authentic and immersive experience inspired by the greatest clubs in American rock ‘n’ roll history. Replacing Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club, Syd Norman’s is a tribute to the grandfather of “Rock of Ages” playwright Chris D’Arenso and modeled after influential rock venues such as CBGBs, The Rainbow and the Fillmore.
Vintage décor, diner-style seating and a playlist of classic rock from the late 1960’s to 1980’s come together at the new venue. Guests can also rock-out to a five-person band playing classics six nights a week.
AdditionalBreakawayupgrades include enhancements to Bliss Ultra Lounge with new, premium furniture; new carpet in all 2,014 staterooms and suites; a full transformation of the gift shop; and new carpet installations in the staircases, elevators and lobbies.
Built in 2001, Norwegian Sununderwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in Victoria, BC. As a result, she now features refreshed staterooms and public spaces, and boasts three new venues including Los Lobos Cantina, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge.
Los Lobos Cantina is a Mexican restaurant offering a modern take on traditional favorites like guacamole prepared tableside, al pastor tacos, enchiladas de mole and handcrafted margaritas. Replacing Las Ramblas Bar and Restaurant, Los Lobos Cantina features leather banquettes, dark wood tables and seating and ranchero-style design accents.
Bliss Ultra Lounge, formerly Dazzles, is the new bar and nightclub where guests can begin or wind up their evenings. Enhancements include an updated look with new plush seating, cocktail tables, bar stools, chandeliers, wall sconces, wall coverings, ornamental ceilings and a wooden dance floor. The Spinnaker Lounge replaces the Observation Lounge and showcases a fresh design.
All 968 staterooms were upgraded with smart televisions and USB ports as well as new carpet, artwork and select furniture. The abstract art within the staterooms and suites is designed to complement the new and modern feel.
During a nearly three-week dry dock in Barcelona, Spain, Norwegian Starunderwent extensive enhancements to its staterooms, public spaces, restaurants, bars and lounges. The ship, built in 2001, also unveiled three new venues: Sky High Bar, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spice H2O.
Sky High Bar showcases a new design complete with an updated bar and seating for close to 120 guests. Replacing Bier Garten, the outdoor bar and lounge offers the best views on board.
Bliss Ultra Lounge replaces Spinnaker Lounge for late-night entertainment.
For the first time, Norwegian Starwill offer the adults-only enclave, Spice H2O. This venue features a private pool, hot tubs, full bar and uninterrupted ocean views. During the day, it makes an ideal spot for sunbathing, and at night, it transforms into an open-air lounge with live entertainment, DJs and themed nights.
All 1,174 staterooms and suites were outfitted with USB ports, enhanced with over 1,500 works of art and upgraded with new carpet, headboards and select furniture. The three-bedroom garden villas which feature private deck areas and can accommodate up to seven people were also remodeled to offer a light and airy design.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.