Saturday, 11 June 2011

Norwegian Dawn's Big Refurb



Norwegian Dawn has just completed an impressive multi-million dollar refurbishment while in dry dock in Freeport, Bahamas. The 2,224-passenger ship is receiving extensive renovations, including: the addition of 28 suites; Moderno Churrascaria, the popular Brazilian steakhouse restaurant introduced on Norwegian Epic; the relocation of the Spinnaker Lounge; flatscreen TVs in all guest and crew staterooms. The ship re-entered service on May 27, 2011 in Boston, her new seasonal homeport.

The full refurbishment profile reads as follows:

* 58 new suites and staterooms available from the September 16, 2011 sailing, including: Four Deluxe Owner’s Suites ranging from 667-732sq ft; 14 Family Suites from 408-452sq ft, most sleeping six guests; 10 Family Suites with balcony from 409-495sq ft, most sleeping six guests; 18 Inside staterooms.

* Moderno Churrascaria speciality restaurant, in the space previously occupied by Salsa, the Tex Mex restaurant, which features a large salad bar and tableside passadors serving a variety of skewered meats.

* Upgraded flatscreen TVs in all guest and crew staterooms broadcast on a digital signal.

* Relocation and total renovation of the gift shop, art gallery, photo gallery, conference centre, Spinnaker Lounge and Blue Lagoon restaurant.

* Enhancements to the Dawn Club Casino, including new layout, fixed furniture and carpet.

* Complete renovation of the Kid’s Crew and Teen Club to offer a more versatile layout and to cater to the range of children’s ages and interests. Updates include new game systems, activities and sound and light. There will also be a room dedicated to the Under 2 Zoo where parents can accompany their children aged under two and enjoy age appropriate activities.

* Aesthetic improvements in the fitness area and Garden Café.

* Atrium Lobby refresh including new furniture in Java Café and plant replacement.

* Complete refurbishment of crew dining and recreation areas.

Technical modifications include the replacement of one engine, as well as preventative maintenance, removal and replacing of both bearings on the port and starboard azipods; application of a new hull coating; and an upgrade to the hot temperature regulation which will reduce energy consumption.

Norwegian Dawn is currently sailing a series of seven-day Bermuda itineraries departing from Boston every Friday with three days in Bermuda until October 21 followed by a two-night cruise on October 28. The ship will then reposition to Miami and begin sailing 10 and 11-day Southern Caribbean itineraries until April 8, 2012.

Dawn is the second of three Freestyle Cruising ships scheduled for improvements this year. Norwegian Sun completed her dry dock renovations in March and Norwegian Spirit will enter dry dock on September 26.

For more info, visit www.ncl.co.uk or, for bookings, contact the cruise specialist agents of The Cruise Line Ltd.