Norwegian Cruise Line launched a $400 million upgrade program the line is calling The Norwegian Edge.
Aspects of the program had previously been announced including a revitalization of the fleet, which began last year with the upgrade of Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Gem and continues this year with the Pride of America, Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Dawn.
Speaking to reporters in Miami, Norwegian president and chief operating office Andy Stuart said dry docks for the ships would be longer than usual for the line, some for three weeks, and would result in “meaningful” changes to Norwegian’s mid-size fleet.
“This is not putting down a new piece of carpet, this is a major investment in the guest experience,” he said.
All of the ships with the exception of Norwegian Jewel will be upgraded by the end of 2017, with Jewel to be rehabbed in 2018. The project covers 11 ships and does not include the line’s newest ships Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Escape.
Specific details including new venues that will be added vary by ship, and Stuart said more announcements would be forthcoming.
As part of The Norwegian Edge, the line is also enhancing its private Bahamas island, Great Stirrup Cay, in what Stuart called “another major project.” He said among facilities added would be new bars and lounges and a The Haven experience for guests in top accommodations. Stuart said the upgrade would be completed in 2017. Again, he declined to give specifics.
He said the previously announced delayed opening of Norwegian’s new privately owned Belize port, Harvest Caye, would allow time for enhancements to that port as well. The Western Caribbean port was originally slated to open this winter and is now scheduled to open in the fall.
On the culinary front, Norwegian will be expanding new specialty dining menus introduced on its latest ship, Norwegian Escape, to the rest of the fleet on a staggered basis, beginning with Norwegian Breakaway on January 31 (all ships will have the new menus by the end of June), Stuart said.
The line has also partnered with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for training and certification of the fleet’s culinary and dining teams.
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