Norwegian Cruise Ship to Undergo Major 40-Day Dry Dock

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Norwegian Cruise Line has announced a huge dry dock for the Norwegian Spirit which includes a new hull artwork and 14 new venues.

Norwegian Spirit Dry Dock

The Norwegian cruise ship will undergo a huge transformation in one of NCL’s most dramatic shi upgrades to date. The ship will receive a shiny new hull artwork and 14 new venues.

The vessel will begin the upgrade at the dry dock facility in Marseille, France on January 2, 2020. She will remain there for almost 40-days costing the cruise line more than $100 million.

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

“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.”

“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.”

Let’s take a look at everything which Norwegian Cruise Line revealed will be added to Norwegian Spirit and highlights include a new Onda by Scarpetta restaurant, main dining room, new lounges, adults-only retreat, and a much larger Mandara Spa.

  • Additional staterooms.
  • 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 Waves Pool Bar.
  • Making their debut are Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge, which features the Humidor Cigar Lounge. 
  • Splash Academy, the children’s waterpark, will be replaced with the 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.
  • 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 expansion of Pulse Fitness Center will allow guests to begin or maintain their fitness routine while at sea. The ship will also debut contemporary hull art.
  • New Onday by Scarpetta restaurant will be added where guests can enjoy Italian food along with the selection of the most beautifully prepared seafood.
  • A shiny new contemporary hull artwork as seen in the main rendering.

The new-look vessel will emerge from her dry dock in France in February 2020 and will offer calls to new ports of call for NCL including Bali (Celun Bawang), Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia; Beppu, Kumamoto, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan; Taipei (Keelung) Taiwan; and Yangon, Myanmar.

After two 20-day cruises in the Mediterranean and in South Africa, the NCL ship will be based in Asia through 2020 with visits in China, Japan, Singapore and more.

Also Read: 22 Things to Do on a Norwegian Encore Cruise

The cruise ship is currently based in Europe and is 75,900 gross tons with a passenger capacity of over 2,000 at double occupancy. She joined the fleet in 1998 and was constructed at the popular Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

It’s the same shipyard where the new Norwegian Encore was built, the new Breakaway-plus class vessel is about to be delivered to NCL.

Renderings: NCL

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