Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the completion of the Norwegian Jewel refurbishment as part of The Norwegian Edge program, reaffirming the company’s commitment to elevating the standard of excellence across the fleet.

Following a two-week dry dock in Singapore for the company’s most extensive enhancement project in 2018, Norwegian Jewel debuted in Sydney on Saturday 1 December showcasing refreshed venues, updated spaces, premiere entertainment and redesigned staterooms. Offering seven to 19-day itineraries to some of the region’s most exotic destinations, the ship will spend its summer 2018 and autumn 2019 seasons cruising from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, before joining Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy in Alaska for the North-American summer.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Andy Stuart said the renovation is a commitment to providing guests with high quality experiences.“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,” said Andy.

Norwegian Jewel will feature two new shows – Rock You Tonight, and ship exclusive Velvet, illustrating the company’s commitment to providing high-calibre entertainment. Rock You Tonight showcases a medley of songs from the best bands of the 70s, including Queen, Journey and The Who. The Australian hit musical Velvet makes its debut at sea with disco classics, a stellar combination of circus acrobatics, cabaret and burlesque elements, and features the talented Brenda Edwards of X Factor UK as the lead, with The Voice USA 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 UltraLounge, replacing the Sky High Bar and FYZZ Cabaret Lounge. Drawing inspiration from the 1950s, The Pit Stop is an all-American bar retrofitted with vintage licence plates, gas station signage and other classic car elements of the era. Bliss Ultra Lounge offers late-night entertainment in a modern and upscale setting, with more intimate seating options now available.

All 1188 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 boasts two new Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites, at nearly 111.4 square metres and featuring large, 52.6 square metre balconies, two private jacuzzies and accommodates up to four guests.

As the heart of the ship, the Atrium has been revitalised 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.

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