MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line has completed refurbishments of three of its ships: Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Star.
As part of the cruise line’s The Norwegian Edge revitalization program, the revitalized ships now feature new designs and venues including Los Lobos Cantina, an upscale Mexican restaurant; the adults-only enclave, Spice H2O; and Syd Norman’s Pour House – an American rock ‘n’ roll bar and lounge, which makes its debut aboard Norwegian Breakaway.
“What a year this has been for us at Norwegian Cruise Line,” said NCL President and CEO, Andy Stuart. “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 revitalized ships, Norwegian Breakaway, Sun and Star.”
Here are the highlights:
Norwegian Breakaway, built in 2013, debuts the new American rock ‘n’ roll bar and lounge Syd Norman’s Pour House as well as upgraded accommodations, public spaces and more, following a two-week dry dock in France.
Replacing Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club, NCL says Syd Norman’s “is a tribute to the grandfather of ‘Rock of Ages’ playwright Chris D’Arenso” and modelled after iconic rock houses like CBGB’s, The Rainbow and the Fillmore, featuring vintage décor, diner-style seating and a playlist of classic rock from the late 1960s to 1980s. Three times a week, cast members from ‘Rock of Ages’ treat guests to specialty cocktails named after rock ‘n’ roll classics. Guests will also rock-out to a five-person band playing classics six nights a week.
Additional upgrades include enhancements to Bliss Ultra Lounge with new, premium furniture; new carpet in all 2,014 staterooms and suites; a full transformation of the gift shop; and new carpet installations in the staircases, elevators and lobbies.
Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in Victoria, BC. The ship now features refreshed staterooms and public spaces, and boasts three new venues including Los Lobos Cantina (replacing Las Ramblas Bar and Restaurant), Bliss Ultra Lounge (formerly Dazzles) and Spinnaker Lounge (replacing the Observation Lounge).
All 968 staterooms were upgraded with smart televisions and USB ports as well as new carpet, artwork and select furniture.
The renovations also touched dining outlets and public spaces including Cagney’s, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Teppanyaki, the Mandara Spa, Stardust Lounge Theater and Splash Academy.
Following a nearly three-week dry dock in Barcelona, Spain, Norwegian Star underwent extensive enhancements to its 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.
Sky High Bar showcases a new design complete with an updated bar and seating for close to 120 guests. Replacing Bier Garten, the outdoor bar and lounge offers the best views on board.
Bliss Ultra Lounge replaces Spinnaker Lounge for late-night entertainment. Plus, for the first time, Norwegian Star will offer the adults-only enclave Spice H2O with a private pool, hot tubs, full bar and uninterrupted ocean views. Ideal for sunbathing by day, at night, it transforms into an open-air lounge with live entertainment and DJs.
All 1,174 staterooms and suites were outfitted with USB ports, enhanced with over 1,500 works of art and upgraded 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.
Additional enhancements were made to the bars and lounges, restaurants and public spaces including Atrium Café & Bar, Garden Café and the main dining rooms. A VIP section was also added in the casino.