Norwegian Cruise Line's 17th and final ship in fleet returns to service

The ship - Norwegian Spirit - set sail from Papeete, Tahiti on May 7

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) celebrated the completion of its Great Cruise Comeback with the sailing of Norwegian Spirit, the 17th and final ship in its fleet to return to service. NCL’s return to service after a 500-day pause began with Norwegian Jade’s July 25, 2021 sailing from Athens (Piraeus), Greece. Since then, the brand has systematically relaunched its ships around the world, welcoming guests and crew members aboard its vessels. 

"This is an incredibly important day in our history and a defining moment for our future,” said Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are moving full speed ahead, having already welcomed more than half a million guests for an exceptional vacation at sea.” 

Norwegian Spirit, which is sporting an extensive bow-to-stern, over $100 million revitalisation, will be sailing through the South Pacific, visiting eight ports in 12 days, with departures from the Island of Tahiti. Itinerary highlights include a journey to Bora Bora, where guests can enjoy snorkeling and discover why the calm waters are world-famous. They also can venture to Raiatea, which is considered the most sacred island in the South Pacific, where visitors can spend the afternoon exploring rainforests and the extinct volcano Mount Temehani. The itinerary also features other destinations for guests to experience, such as Nāwiliwili, Kaua'i, the Kokee Mountains and Fern Grotto. This cruise departed from Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia on May 7, 2022 and Is set to disembarks on May 19, 2022, in Honolulu, Oahu. 

As part of the most extensive renovation in Company history, Norwegian Spirit now showcases 14 new venues, additional and updated staterooms, enhanced public areas and new hull art. Enhancements included a double-in-size Mandara Spa that features a new thermal suite and relaxation areas, an expanded Pulse Fitness Center and the second Onda by Scarpetta restaurant at sea. New complimentary dining venues include an additional main dining room, Taste; the 24-hour eatery, The Local Bar and Grill; the all-day dining outlet, Garden Café; the Great Outdoors Bar and Waves Pool Bar. Making their debut are The Social Comedy & Night Club and Spinnaker Lounge, which features the Humidor Cigar Lounge, as well as the adults-only retreat Spice H2O, a daytime lounge featuring two new hot tubs and a dedicated bar, which transforms into an after-hours entertainment venue.

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