Norwegian Cruise Ship Completes 43-Day Dry Dock

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The Norwegian Spirit has completed a 43-day dry dock in Marseille, France boasting 14 new venues and a fresh new look.

Norwegian Spirit Completes Dry Dock

The Norwegian Cruise Line operated cruise ship has emerged after a major 43-day refurbishment which took place in Marseille, France and costing $100 million. Norwegian Spirit has been completed done out with 14 new venues along with updated staterooms, enhanced public areas and of course a shiny new hull artwork on the exterior.

Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, said:

“It is truly exciting to celebrate Norwegian Spirit’s sail out of dry dock to incredible destinations following her significant renovation.”

“Europe is the number one destination for international arrivals, and we are very proud to position Norwegian Spirit for her first post-dry-dock season in this high-demand region. Our brand has been recognized 12 times in a row by the World Travel Awards as ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Line’ and we are thrilled to offer our guests even more great itineraries in the region, allowing them to explore multiple destinations while unpacking only once.”

The newly upgraded vessel is sailing a series of immersive 17, 20 and 28-day exotic expeditions spanning three continents, departing from Civitavecchia, Italy on Feb. 14, 2020. She is also departing out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 2, 2020; and Cape Town, South Africa on March 22, 2020, before homeporting in Athens (Piraeus), Greece for the first time on April 19, 2020.

Related: Norwegian Cruise Line Extends Ship Dry Dock and Alters Itinerary

She will offer a season of seven-day voyages to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Israel through Nov. 8, 2020. Open for sale on Feb. 15, 2020, the new destination-rich itineraries, many which boast extended port times, will explore seven or eight ports in seven days, calling to sought-after destinations including Rhodes, Mykonos; Santorini and Corfu, Greece; Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey; Ashdod and Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus as well as two new ports of call for the brand, Patmos and Volos, Greece.

What Was Added to the Ship?

  • Doubled-in-size Mandara Spa, complete with a new thermal suite and relaxation area
  • An expanded Pulse Fitness Center
  • The second Onda by Scarpetta restaurant at sea
  • New complimentary dining venues include 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 Waves Pool Bar.
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge
  • Spinnaker Lounge, which features the Humidor Cigar Lounge
  • Adults-only retreat Spice H2O, a daytime lounge featuring two new hot tubs and a dedicated bar, which transforms into an after-hours entertainment venue.

The dry dock was the last ever completed by NCL and along with all the new additions were upgrades to staterooms and many public areas. During these types of upgrades, it is likely maintenance was done which could not usually be done outside a dry dock. Norwegian Spirit is also now showcasing her shiny new hull artwork.

Norwegian Spirit is 79,900 gross tons and has a guest capacity of over 2,000 at double occupancy.

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