MIAMI – Following the most extensive renovation in Norwegian Cruise Line’s history, Norwegian Spirit has completed her US$100million facelift and begun sailing across Italy, UAE and South Africa, before homeporting in Athens for the first time on Apr 19, 2020.
The revitalisation comes as a reaffirmation of the cruise brand’s commitment to elevating passengers’ experience across their fleet, under The Norwegian Edge® program.
Norwegian Spirit went through a 43-day facelift in Marseille, France and has arrived at Civitavecchia, Italy. The refreshed ship has begun sailing on a series of 17, 20 and 28-day exotic expeditions across three continents: Civitavecchia, Italy on Feb 14; Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Mar 2; and Cape Town, South Africa on Mar 22, 2020. Once completed, it’ll homeport in Athens, Greece for the first time on Apr 19, 2020.
Thereafter, seven-day voyages will be offered to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Israel through Nov 8 this year. Many of these itineraries will be destination focused, resulting in extended port time and explorations of seven to eight ports in one week. These hotspots include 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.
On board, passengers can expect 14 new venues, extra and updated staterooms, and enhanced public areas.
The Mandara Spa for instance has doubled in size, Pulse Fitness Center has been expanded, plus Norwegian Cruise Line’s second Onda by Scarpetta restaurant at sea. Foodies will enjoy the five new additions for dining and wining, while those looking to indulge or a slice of privacy can check out the adults-only retreat Spice H2O, fitted with two new hot tubs and a dedicated bar, doubling as an entertainment venue after dark.
Giving a nod to sustainability practices, Norwegian Spirit will be single-use plastic beverage bottle free – and the first major cruise line to eliminate these environment-harming bottles across its entire fleet.
“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 recognised 12 times in a row by 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,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.