Norwegian Cruise Line completes three-ship refurbishment

Norwegian Cruise Line completes three-ship refurbishment
The renovations are part of the company’s program to enhance standards across its fleet (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Cruise Line has completed refurbishments of three ships, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star, as part of ‘The Norwegian Edge’ fleet-wide ship enhancement programme.

All three vessels feature refreshed staterooms, as well as new dining venues and public spaces.

“What a year this has been for us at Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Andy Stuart, the president and CEO at Norwegian Cruise Line. “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 revitalised ships, Norwegian Breakaway, Sun and 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 programme, which allows us to remain consistent, relevant and exciting.”

Norwegian Breakaway, which was built in 2013, underwent a two-week dry dock at Damen Shiprepair in Brest, France and now features updated accommodations, public spaces and the Bliss Ultra Lounge. Additional upgrades include new carpets in all 2,014 staterooms and suites, as well as on the staircases, lifts and lobbies.

The ship also debuts Syd Norman’s Pour House, which replaces Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club and is inspired by American rock ‘n’ roll clubs. It boasts vintage décor, diner-style seating and a playlist of classic rock from the late 1960s to 1980s. Three times a week, cast members from the ships’ theatre show ‘Rock of Ages’ will provide guests with cocktails named after rock ‘n’ roll classics as part of the interactive ‘Syd Norman’s Experience’. There will also be a five-person band playing classics six nights a week.

Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in Victoria, Canada. All 968 staterooms were upgraded with smart televisions and USB ports, as well as new carpet, abstract artwork and select furniture. Several dining outlets and public spaces were also renovated, including Cagney’s, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Teppanyaki, the Mandara Spa, Stardust Lounge Theatre, Splash Academy and more. The ship also now features three new venues including Los Lobos Cantina, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge.

Los Lobos Cantina is a Mexican restaurant that replaces Las Ramblas Bar and Restaurant and features leather banquettes, dark wood tables and seating and ranchero-style design accents.

Bliss Ultra Lounge, formerly Dazzles, is a new bar and nightclub, which has been enhanced with new 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 is decorated with a natural colour palette. New to the venue are leather chairs, carpet, chandeliers, wall coverings and a stone -top bar.

Following a nearly three-week dry dock in Barcelona, Spain, Norwegian Star underwent extensive enhancements to her 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.

Replacing Bier Garten, the outdoor bar and lounge Sky High Bar showcases a new design complete with an updated bar and seating for close to 120 guests. Bliss Ultra Lounge replaces Spinnaker Lounge for late-night entertainment and now has a light, neutral colour palette and a fresh carpet, custom loungers, seating, an renovated bar and artwork.

For the first time, Norwegian Star offers an adults-only area, Spice H2O, which features a private pool, hot tubs, full bar and ocean views. During the day, it can be used for sunbathing, and at night, it becomes 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 revitalised 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 remodelled.

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Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys
Monday, August 13, 2018