Norwegian Cruise Line Announces $400 Million Investment

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Norwegian Cruise Line has announced ‘The Norwegian Edge’ program, a huge $400 Million investment to upgrade, enhance and refurbish just about everything! The money will go towards an enhanced guest experience which includes 2 new private islands, ship upgrades and even a new culinary program. The $400 Million will be invested over two years through 2017.

Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief operating officer said:

“Norwegian has a long history of investing in its fleet to offer guests the latest and greatest innovations, but the investment to raise our ships to The Norwegian Edge™ standard of excellence takes it to new levels. The new standards of The Norwegian Edge program will entice our guests to return again and again to ships that will look and feel as if they were just delivered, with all new menus and new dining experiences, visiting incredible exclusive destinations that reflect the quality finishes, amenities and outstanding service found across the Norwegian fleet.”

Fleet Upgrades

The Norwegian Edge program includes the current NCL fleet revitalization upgrade which started in October 2015. Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Gem have already received enhancements with lots of new and refurbished spaces. A total of 7 ships are planned for upgrades from 2016 including Pride of America and Norwegian Sun in spring 2016; Norwegian Dawn in summer 2016; Norwegian Spirit , Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Pearl in winter 2017; and Norwegian Jade in spring 2017. interior and technical updates will be made to the ships and further details will no doubt be released for each ship refurbishment.

New for 2016, all ships in Norwegian’s fleet now offer upgraded complimentary dining room menus and the addition of optional à la carte priced items in the main dining rooms, such as grilled lobster tails and surf and turf entrees, providing guests additional choices and tastes to create their ultimate dining experience. The new complimentary dining menus offer an increased variety.

Culinary Enhancements

Beginning on January 31, Norwegian will also be expanding the new specialty dining menus that debuted on Norwegian Escape across the fleet. The introduction of these new enhanced menus at the line’s signature specialty restaurants – Cagney’s Steakhouse, Le Bistro and La Cucina – along with new offerings at Moderno Churrascaria and Teppanyaki, will further elevate guests dining experience with more options new flavors. These new menus will be offered on Norwegian Breakaway as of January 31; Norwegian Getaway on February 14; Norwegian Epic on March 6; Pride of America after her dry dock on March 15; Norwegian Gem on April 1; and Norwegian Dawn after her dry dock in June.

Guests should also expect to see the expansion of popular existing partnerships with culinary experts for food and beverage outlets on board. More details and specific information will be shared closer to each ship’s dry dock date.

Private Islands

Norwegian Cruise Line is also investing heavily in the new Harvest Caye resort in Belize. The private island will feature an expansive pool, exclusive beach, shallow lagoon for watersports, private luxury cabanas and many more exciting features. Cruise ships were scheduled to begin calling at Harvest Caye in February 2016 but the resorts opening has now been delayed until November.

The Miami based cruise lines Great Stirrup Cay private resort in the Bahamas will not miss out on the upgrades with new enhancements in place by Spring 2017. We can look forward to private spaces, luxury relaxation areas, multiple food and beverage outlets and interactive activities. NCL will reveal more about Great Stirrup Cay at a later time.

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