SINGAPORE - Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a US$100 million facelift for its ship, Norwegian Spirit, which will enter dry dock in January 2020 for the most extensive bow-to-stern renovation in the company’s history – reaffirming their commitment to elevating standards across its fleet.
After the 40-day overhaul, Norwegian Spirit will prepare to receive passengers with 14 new venues, which includes plenty of new eating options. There’s the 24-hour The Local Bar and Grill, extra main dining room Taste, the Great Outdoors Bar, and Waves Pool Bar.
Most exciting of all for foodies could be the introduction of Onda by Scarpetta, which joins the portfolio of critically acclaimed Scarpetta restaurants across America. Famed for their handmade Italian pastas, Onda – which means wave in Italian – will deliver this same culinary excellence as well as fresh seafood on the seas.
Guests can also expect additional staterooms and, to relax, ladies can head to the expanded 7,000sqm Mandara Spa while gentlemen can unwind at the new Humidor Cigar Lounge.
Families with children who have sailed onboard may notice the removal of children’s waterpark Splash Academy, now replaced with the adults-only retreat, Spice H2O. Soak in the hot tubs at the daytime lounge, or join in the after-hours fun at its dedicated bar come night.
Above all these aesthetical updates, Norwegian Spirit will also resurface with extended itineraries or eight to 24 days, calling at popular destinations across Asia, Africa and Europe. The ship will also be the first in the fleet to visit new ports, such as Bali (Celun Bawang), Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia; Beppu, Kumamoto, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan; Taipei (Keelung) Taiwan; and Yangon, Myanmar.
For 2020, Norwegian Spirit will sail two, 20-day exotic expeditions exploring Greece, Israel, Egypt and Abu Dhabi from Rome (Civitavecchia); and Seychelles, Madagascar and South Africa from Dubai.
She will then journey to Southeast Asia, China and Japan from Singapore; Hong Kong, China; and Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan.