Norwegian Spirit recently emerged from a 43-day refurbishment in Marseille, France. When the ship arrived at Civitavecchia, Italy, there were 14 new venues, new and updated staterooms, revitalized public areas and of course, beautiful new hull art.
Norwegian Spirit Refurbishment Details and a New Homeport
Last week from Civitavecchia, Norwegian Spirit set out on a series of longer cruises lasting 17, 20 and 28-days. These extended voyages are visiting three continents and ports that include Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Cape Town, South Africa. On April 9, 2020, Norwegian Spirit will cruise to Athens (Piraeus), Greece, the ship’s new homeport.
Norwegian Spirit offers a summer and fall season of seven-day voyages to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Israel, through Nov. 8, 2020. Ports on this fabulous itinerary will stay in port well past the usual 5PM departure time. Ports with extended time include Rhodes, Mykonos; Santorini and Corfu, Greece; Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey; Ashdod and Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus. There will also be two new ports of call for the Norwegian Cruise Line – Patmos and Volos, Greece.
What’s new on Norwegian Spirit
This refurbishment project was the most extensive bow-to-stern revitalization of any ship ever in Norwegian’s fleet. Here’s a list of major enhancements on Norwegian Spirit:
- an expanded Mandara Spa with a new thermal suite and relaxation area
- a larger Pulse Fitness Center
- Onda by Scarpetta restaurant at sea – the second Norwegian ship with this dining option
- More complimentary dining venues
- Taste, a second main dining room
- The Local Bar and Grill – 24-hour bar and restaurant, known as O’Sheehan’s on older Norwegian ships
- Garden Café lido buffet
- Great Outdoors Bar
- Waves Pool Bar
- Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge
- Humidor Cigar Lounge
- Adults-only day-into-night lounge with hot tubs, Spice H2O
In keeping with a smaller carbon footprint, Norwegian Spirit has eliminated single-use plastic beverage bottles. Last Jan. 1, 2020, Norwegian Cruise Line became the first major cruise line to eliminate single-use plastic beverage bottles across its entire fleet.
The revitalized Norwegian Spirit further strengthens the Company’s presence in Europe, where the cruise line will position a total of seven ships in 2020: Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Jade.
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