It’s proving to be a busy month for Freeport in the Bahamas, with Norwegian Sky the latest cruise ship to emerge from a major refurbishment this month.
During her three-month dry-docking, Norwegian Sky received updated spaces and completely redesigned staterooms and corridors, along with eight new dining venues and a revamp of all on-board eateries.
“Last year was an exciting year with the record-breaking launch of Norwegian Bliss, the announcement of Norwegian Joy’s redeployment to the U.S. and the unveiling of four ships which benefited from our comprehensive Norwegian Edge bow-to-stern refurbishment program,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.
“We are continuing the momentum and starting 2019 with the reintroduction of Norwegian Sky. She returned home to Miami unveiling new designs and experiences that showcase our dedication to providing guests with meaningful experiences across our fleet,” he added.
Norwegian Cruise Line is spending US $400-million on the Norwegian Edge refurbishment program, which aims to bring older ships in the fleet up to the same standards as newer tonnage, such as the Breakaway-Plus class ships Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore.
Eight new dining options
The new eateries introduced aboard Norwegian Sky include The Local Bar & Grill; La Cucina for classic Italian fare; Sugarcane Mojito Bar; Topsiders, the poolside bar; late night venues, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge; and a full-service Starbucks licensed store.
Norwegian Sky also got the new-to-the-Norwegian-fleet Pinnacle Lounge and Sushi Bar, which features dramatic ocean views thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows akin to the Observation Lounge aboard the Breakaway-Plus ships.
The free-dining Palace restaurant, Crossings main dining rooms, and the Garden Cafe and The Great Outdoors also received makeovers, along with the Norwegian staples Cagney’s and Le Bistro, which are popular specialty venues.
Every single one of the 1,002 cabins aboard Norwegian Sky were stripped bare and re-built.
There are new carpets, new artworks, lights and balcony furniture, along with soft furnishings that give the cabins a more modern and chic feel. Speaking of modern, the televisions have all been replaced and all the staterooms now have more USB ports.
The four 835sqft Owner’s Suites got even more attention, with new bathrooms and private hot tubs on the terraces.
Revitalised Atrium, more beachy top deck
While all the ship’s public spaces received work of some kind, the greatest enhancements were made to the atrium and pool deck.
The atrium got new lounge seating, updated flooring and a refurbished reception and shore excursion desk.
Pool deck enhancements included new flooring and furniture, the installation of additional canopies and an updated beach area.
Norwegian Sky, one of NCL’s all-inclusive ships (there are two in the fleet that offer all you can drink beverages within the cruise fare), has now resumed her year-round Miami cruise itineraries, visiting the Bahamas and Havana, Cuba on 3, 4 and 5-night roundtrip cruises.