How to do a $100 million revitalization in 40 days, redeveloping and renovating a place that’s always in a different place

Founded 52 years ago, Norwegian Cruise Line has a fleet of 16 ships serving nearly 300 destinations. One of their oldest ships is Norwegian Spirit, which was launched in 1996.

Now, on October 28, 2019, Norwegian Cruise Line announced details of the upcoming $100 million revitalization of the Norwegian Spirit. It’s the most extensive bow-to-stern renovation in the company’s history, including all dining venues, staterooms and public areas.

Norwegian Spirit will enter dry dock in Marseille, France on Jan. 2, 2020 for this remarkably-fast renovation. The ship will emerge just 40 days later, featuring 14 new venues, additional staterooms and an expanded Mandara Spa.

New complimentary dining venues on Norwegian Spirit will be introduced, including 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.

Splash Academy, the children’s waterpark, will be replaced with 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.

Mandara Spa will double in size to nearly 7,000 square feet and include a relaxation area with heated loungers, a new Jacuzzi room, a sauna, steam room and water therapy experience. The expansion of Pulse Fitness Center will allow guests to begin or maintain their fitness routine while at sea. The ship will also debut contemporary hull art.

As we continue to introduce new innovative ships to our fleet, with Norwegian Encore making her debut next month, we are committed to ensuring that the experiences our guests have come to enjoy are available on even our most storied ships,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are excited to reinvigorate Norwegian Spirit so that she continues to provide lasting memories for guests as they sail to some of the most exotic destinations around the world.

With extended itineraries of eight to 24 days calling to some of the most desired destinations across three continents – Asia, Africa and Europe – Norwegian Spirit will emerge from Marseille featuring more elevated and sophisticated offerings.

Norwegian Spirit will sail out of dry dock in February 2020 to itineraries around the world that include 10 new ports of call. She will be the first in the Company’s fleet to visit Bali (Celun Bawang), Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia; Beppu, Kumamoto, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan; Taipei (Keelung) Taiwan; and Yangon, Myanmar.

All images courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

See Norwegian Cruise Lines website.

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