Norwegian Jewel Set for Sydney Debut After Refit

Norwegian Jewel Pool Deck

Norwegian Cruise Line today announced the completion of the refurbishment of Norwegian Jewel as part of The Norwegian Edge program.

Following a two-week drydock in Singapore the Norwegian Jewel will debut in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, Dec. 1, showcasing refreshed venues, updated spaces, premier entertainment and redesigned staterooms, the company said.

The ship will spend her winter 2018 and spring 2019 seasons cruising from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, before joining Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy in Alaska for the summer.

“Norwegian Jewel’s complete renovation showcases our dedication to providing guests with quality experiences across the fleet and around the world,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.

“Not only are we revealing updated designs and accommodations throughout the ship, but guests will also enjoy new venues and three incredibly exciting shows, one of which premieres for the first time on Norwegian Jewel.”

Norwegian Jewel Pitstop

The Norwegian Jewel will feature two new shows – “Rock You Tonight,” and ship exclusive “Velvet.” The Australian musical “Velvet” makes its debut at sea with disco classics, a combination of circus acrobatics, cabaret and burlesque elements, and features the talented Brenda Edwards of “X Factor UK” as the lead, with “The Voice” finalist, Frenchie Davis to follow.

Nearly all dining, bar and lounge offerings on Norwegian Jewel were updated, and two new venues were opened – The Pit Stop and Bliss Ultra Lounge, replacing the Sky High Bar and FYZZ Cabaret Lounge, the company said. Drawing inspiration from the 1950’s, The Pit Stop is an all-American bar retrofitted with vintage license plates, gas station signage and other classic car elements of the era. The Bliss Ultra Lounge offers late-night entertainment in a modern and upscale setting, with more intimate seating options now available.

New Look Atrium

All 1,188 staterooms were upgraded with new televisions and USB outlets, as well as new carpet, artwork and furniture. The Haven by Norwegian received updates to the courtyard, additional cabanas on the sun deck and new finishes, carpets, tiles, drapes, artwork and furniture for all suites and villas. The ship also now has two new Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites, at nearly 1,200 square feet and featuring large, 567-square-foot balconies, two private jacuzzies and accommodates up to four guests.

The Atrium has also been revitalized with an entirely refreshed look centred around a custom-design chandelier and includes updated flooring, refurbished reception and shore excursion desk areas, the addition of relaxed banquette seating and a large TV screen.

Norwegian Transforms Three Ships

Norwegian Breakaway Bermuda
Norwegian Breakaway Bermuda. (Photo via andykazie / iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus)

Norwegian Breakaway gets a new rock-themed bar

Norwegian Cruise Line installed a new bar concept, Syd Norman’s Pour House, on the Norwegian Breakaway during its latest drydock.

Replacing Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club, Syd Norman’s is a tribute to the grandfather of “Rock of Ages” playwright Chris D’Arenso and modelled after influential rock houses such as CBGB’s, the Rainbow and the Fillmore, Norwegian said.

Three times a week, cast members from “Rock of Ages” will treat guests to speciality cocktails named after rock ‘n’ roll classics such as “The Witchy Woman” among others in the interactive Syd Norman’s Experience. A five-person band will play rock classics six nights a week.

Additional upgrades to the Breakaway include enhancements to the Bliss Ultra Lounge with new furniture; new carpet in all 2,014 staterooms and suites; a transformation of the gift shop; and new carpet installations in the staircases, elevators and lobbies.

Norwegian also detailed renovations on two other ships.

The Norwegian Sun gained three new venues. Los Lobos Cantina, a Mexican restaurant offering a modern take on traditional favourites, replaces Las Ramblas Bar and Restaurant. The Spinnaker Lounge replaces the Observation Lounge. And the Bliss Ultra Lounge takes the place of the former Dazzles.

The Norwegian Star also received a Bliss Ultra Lounge, which takes the place of the Spinnaker Lounge on that ship.

Other installations include a Sky High Bar (replacing Bier Garten) and Spice H2O, the adults-only enclave that is a sunning area by day and an open-air lounge with live entertainment at night. Other features include a private pool, hot tubs and a full bar.