Sydney’s stunning harbour provided the perfect backdrop for the return of the new and revitalised Norwegian spirit. She has undergone an amazing and incredibly glamorous $141 million refurbishment and is looking absolutely spectacular
Highlights include the doubled-in-size Mandara Spa™, now fitted with Thermal Suite including a steam room, sauna, shower experience and heated-tile loungers. Equally elegant and opulent is Spice H20, a luxurious adults-only pool retreat that morphs in the evening into a lively cocktail lounge and open-air nightclub.
At a slightly smaller size than others in the fleet, at 268 metres long and 10 decks high, Norwegian Spirit has all the amenities of a big ship but with a heightened intimacy and attention to service. You’ll still have your pick of nine bars and lounges, 14 dining options and Broadway-style entertainment, including acclaimed musicals Blazing Boots and Palace of Lights.
At the party were Harry Sommer, Norwegian Cruise Lines CEO and president, Ben Angell, Australia’s managing director and Todd Hamilton SVP of sales and they were all asked what this momentous occasion meant to them
Harry said “Sydney is truly one of my favourite places to be - I love it here - so when I saw that the Spirit was going to be here I circled my calendar and said to my beautiful wife we’re going to Sydney!
Love the people love the vibe and love the city and to see the ship pass under the harbour bridge - its a special day for us”
Ben - “It’s a relief - we’ve waited 3 years to welcome this beautiful ship back to local waters. To see the joy on peoples faces as all our departments come together to welcome the ship back is an absolute highlight for me”
Todd “my last trip before the pandemic was to Sydney so this is the homecoming for me and I am closing the loop. We are welcoming back the normalisation of business for Norwegian.
We are gonna be back in a BIG way”
After the ship tour, guests were treated to fancy cocktails and canapes on the pool deck followed by a beautiful 3 course feast in Windows restaurant where Harry’s favourite part of the evening occurred as we sailed under the Sydney Harbour bridge. The evening concluded with an amazing show in the ships theatre. “Elements” is a visual feast of dance and aerobatics performed by the most spectacular dancers to a mesmerising soundtrack that revolves around the four elements of earth air water and fire. A wonderful end to a fantastic fun and very “spirited” evening!
Spirit will undertake eight sailings between now and March next year, exploring destinations like Napier, Tauranga and Fiordland in New Zealand together with Melbourne, Burnie and Eden.
She will return for a second homeporting season from Sydney and Auckland beginning December 2023.
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