Norwegian To Invest USD 400 Million In Fleetwide Improvements

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Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a project titled ‘The Norwegian Edge’, which it says will introduce a new standard of excellence encompassing the entire guest experience. The USD 400 million initiative will impact everything from ship hardware to culinary enhancements and private destination developments. 


“Norwegian has a long history of investing in its fleet to offer guests the latest and greatest innovations, but the investment to raise our ships to ‘The Norwegian Edge’ standard of excellence takes it to new levels,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line President & Chief Operating Officer. “The new standards of The Norwegian Edge program will entice our guests to return again and again to ships that will look and feel as if they were just delivered, with all new menus and new dining experiences, visiting incredible exclusive destinations that reflect the quality finishes, amenities and outstanding service found across the Norwegian fleet.” 


The ship revitalization program promises to transform many spaces on board 9 of the fleet’s ships to reflect the premium look and feel of the line’s newest vessels. Norwegian says the enhancement program “will offer much more than the traditional soft goods décor updates and serve to make the line’s ships into essentially new vessels.”


The refurbishment program actually kicked off last October with a refresh of Norwegian Epic that included the debut of new venues such as The Cavern Club, several restaurant makeovers and refreshed décor, furniture and flooring in many public spaces.


Norwegian Gem followed in November, with changes including a complete makeover of Bliss Lounge; extensive interior refurbishments; refreshing of décor; new pool deck furniture; interactive digital signage and wayfinding technology; new teak flooring throughout outdoor spaces and corridors of upper decks as well as upgrades to The Haven Courtyard and Sundeck. 


Through the course of the refurbishment program, 7 additional ships will go into dry dock for both guest-facing and technical enhancements: Pride of America and Norwegian Sun in spring 2016; Norwegian Dawn in summer 2016; Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Pearl in winter 2017 and Norwegian Jade in spring 2017. 


Norwegian says it will also make substantial enhancements and changes to dining on its ships, both in the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants. Norwegian’s private destinations are part of the plans too, with new offerings and amenities coming to its private Bahamaian island Great Stirrup Cay for spring 2017 and the opening of Harvest Caye, Belize, now postponed until later this year.

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