“All New” Norwegian Spirit Shines After US$100 Million Renovation
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Norwegian Cruise Line is showing off an “all-new”Norwegian Spiritfollowing an over US$100 million renovation as part of ‘The Norwegian Edge’ program.
The ship emerged from a 43-day dry dock in Marseille, France with 14 new venues, additional and updated staterooms, enhanced public areas and new hull art. She first travel to Civitavecchia before departing on Valentine’s Day on a 17-day journey to Dubai. That will be followed by 20- and 28-day trips from Dubai on 2MAR and Cape Town 22MAR, before homeporting in Athens (Piraeus), Greece for the first time on 19APR.
Once there,Norwegian Spiritwill offer a season of seven-day voyages to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Israel through 8NOV. Now open for sale, these destination-rich itineraries will explore seven or eight ports in seven days, including Rhodes, Mykonos; Santorini and Corfu, Greece; Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey; Ashdod and Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus as well as two new ports of call for the brand, Patmos and Volos, Greece.
As the most extensive bow-to-stern revitalization of any ship in the line’s history,Norwegian Spirit’s enhancements include:
A doubled-in-size Mandara Spa, complete with a new thermal suite and relaxation area
An expanded Pulse Fitness Center;
The second Onda by Scarpetta restaurant at sea
New complimentary dining venues 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.
Making their debut are Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge, which features the Humidor Cigar Lounge, as well as the adults-only retreat Spice H2O, a daytime lounge featuring two new hot tubs and a dedicated bar, which transforms into an after-hours entertainment venue.
There will be no more plastic beverage bottles aboardNorwegian Spirit, part of an effort towards providing guests with more sustainable options at sea. As of 1JAN, Norwegian Cruise Line became the first major cruise line to eliminate single-use plastic beverage bottles across its entire fleet.
“It is truly exciting to celebrateNorwegian Spirit’s sail out of dry dock to incredible destinations following her significant renovation,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“Europe is the number one destination for international arrivals, and we are very proud to position Norwegian Spirit for her first post-dry-dock season in this high-demand region. Our brand has been recognized 12 times in a row by the World Travel Awards as ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Line’ and we are thrilled to offer our guests even more great itineraries in the region, allowing them to explore multiple destinations while unpacking only once.
Norwegian will position a total of seven ships in Europe in 2020:Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Jade.
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.