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MIAMI — Norwegian Spirit is due for a facelift that will see the ocean liner receive over US$100 million in upgrades.
As part of The Norwegian Edge program, the ship will enter a 40-day dry dock in Marseille on Jan. 2, 2020 during which it will see the addition of 14 new venues, staterooms and an expanded Mandara Spa. New complimentary dining venues will be introduced as well, including an additional main dining room called ‘Taste’, the 24-hour ‘The Local Bar and Grill, the all-day Garden Café, the Great Outdoors Bar, as well as Waves Pool Bar.
In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line is launching Onda by Scarpetta onboard the Spirit, which joins other acclaimed Scarpetta restaurants in New York City, Miami, Las Vegas, London and, coming this November, onboard the Norwegian Encore.
Also making their debuts are Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge, which also features the Humidor Cigar Lounge. Splash Academy, the children’s waterpark, will be replaced with the adults-only retreat Spice H2), a daytime lounge featuring two new hot tubs and a dedicated bar that 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. Guests will also enjoy an expanded Pulse Fitness Center.
“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.”
Norwegian Spirit will sail out of dry dock in February 2020 to offer itineraries in Asia, Africa and Europe that include 10 new ports of call. The ship 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.
Following two 20-day expeditions exploring Greece, Israel, Egypt and Abu Dhabi from Rome, and Seychelles, Madagascar and South Africa from Dubai, the ship will offer a series of voyages to Southeast Asia, China and Japan from Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Yokohama through 2020.