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Norwegian embarks on £89 million Spirit refurbishment

Norwegian Cruise Line have announced they will begin work on refurbishing their Norwegian Spirit ship, with the vessel set to benefit from a revamp costing over £89 million.

Work will begin when Norwegian Spirit enters dry dock in Marseille, France in early January 2020, ahead of its scheduled sailings in February 2020. The renovation is set to take 40 days and will mean the ship will boast 14 new venues as well as additional staterooms and an expanded Mandara Spa.

New complimentary dining venues will be introduced including another 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.
Also new onboard will be the Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge, which boasts the Humidor Cigar Lounge. The company have also announced the introduction of Onda by Scarpetta to Norwegian Cruise Line. The venue will join the portfolio of critically acclaimed Scarpetta restaurants in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and London amongst others.

The children’s waterpark, Splash Academy is set to be replaced with the adults-only retreat, Spice H2O. This daytime lounge will feature two new hot tubs as well as a dedicated bar, which turns into an after-hours entertainment venue of an evening.

Doubling in size will be the Mandara Spa, which will be almost 7,000 square feet once renovated. It is set to include a relaxation area with heated loungers, a brand-new hot tub room and a new jacuzzi room.

Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line said: “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.”
“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.

Norwegian Spirit will travel to 10 new ports once it re-emerges from drydock, including Norwegian’s first visit to Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia. Across a range of eight to 24-day sailings other ports of call include Beppu, Kumamoto, Nagoya and Tokyo.

Spirit’s rejuvenation comes as part of Norwegian’s Edge renovation programme. Norwegian stated it would ‘draw inspiration from the brand’s most recent and highly successful new builds’ which would ‘take the guest experience to the next level.’ Norwegian added that the work being undertaken on Spirit would be its most extensive ship renovation to date, and will include new contemporary hull art.

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