Norwegian Cruise Line has announced plans for a $100 million renovation to the Norwegian Spirit as part of the cruise line’s Norwegian Edge fleet enhancement program. The ship will enter dry dock in Marseille, France, on January 2, 2020, for the project, which will take nearly 40 days.
The renovation will draw inspiration from the line’s recent newbuild ships, adding 14 new venues, additional staterooms and an expanded Mandara Spa. New complimentary dining venues 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 the Waves Pool Bar. Making their debut are Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge, which includes the Humidor Cigar Lounge. Splash Academy, the children’s waterpark, will be replaced with the adults-only retreat Spice H2O, a daytime lounge with 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 Pulse Fitness Center will also receive an expansion, and the ship will receive new, contemporary hull art.
Also new onboard will be the Onda by Scarpetta restaurant, serving classic Italian cuisine with a focus on seafood.
The Norwegian Spirit will emerge from dry dock in February 2020 to sail extended itineraries of eight to 24 days in Asia, Africa and Europe, including 10 new ports of call. The ship will be the first in Norwegian Cruise Line’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 sailings exploring Greece, Israel, Egypt and Abu Dhabi from Rome (Civitavecchia); 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, China; and Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, through 2020.