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.

Damen Completes Breakaway Refurbishment

Norwegian Breakaway at Damen Shiprepair Brest

Damen Shiprepair Brest completed an 11-day program of scheduled maintenance and refurbishment on the Norwegian Breakaway in April and May as the 146,000-ton ship drydocked.

Laurent Salou, Project Manager at Damen Shiprepair Brest, commented: “I truly believe that all the personnel at Damen Shiprepair Brest really appreciated the opportunity to work on Norwegian Breakaway as the collaboration with the ship’s staff was more than excellent during the entire dry-docking period. I’m personally really proud of the work which has been achieved by my colleagues and honoured to have worked on such a notable project.

“The client chose us for this project not only because we are capable of handling a ship of this size, but also because we are close to the major cruise terminal at Southampton, which was its last port of call. They were also very satisfied with the works that we performed on the Norwegian Epic in 2015 and I am pleased to be able to report that the client was very happy with the performance of the DSBr workers and the yard on this project as well.”

The primary objective of the visit was mechanical workson the ship’s two ABB azipods, Damen said.

The shipyard’s team worked alongside ABB service engineers on both azipods to repair the shaft bearings and replace the slewing seals. This work required the removal of both propellers and took place in very close coordination with the other teams working on the vessel to ensure that no dust and other contaminants entered the complex systems within the azipods.

At the same time, technicians worked with personnel from Brunvoll on the ship’s bowthrusters, as well as dismantling, maintaining and then refitting the two Fincantieri stabilizers. The hull was also repainted.

While the Norwegian Breakaway was in Damen’s 420-meter drydock, large quantities of the carpets inside the cruise ship were removed and replaced by a specialist contractor as part of a rolling program. The yard managed the 24/7 logistical flow, ensuring that old carpets were removed on time and the new rolls available for fitting.

The Norwegian Breakaway left Damen Shiprepair Brest on May 8 at 12:00 p.m. local time, six hours ahead of schedule.