(11:48 a.m. EST) -- Norwegian Jewel is the latest ship to complete a refurbishment as part of Norwegian Cruise Line's $400 million "The Norwegian Edge" initiative. The ship emerged from a two-week dry dock with new and redesigned cabins, new and refreshed venues and new entertainment.
"Norwegian Jewel's complete renovation showcases our dedication to providing guests with quality experiences across the fleet and around the world," said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. "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 premiers for the first time on Norwegian Jewel."
All 1,188 cabins were upgraded during the refurbishment with new TVs and USB outlets, as well as new carpet, artwork and furniture.
Two new Haven Deluxe Owner's Suites were added to the ship, each measuring nearly 1,200 square feet and featuring 567-square-foot balconies and two private hot tubs. Each can accommodate up to four people.
Also in the Haven, updates were made to the courtyard and additional cabanas were added on the sun deck. All suites and villas in the Haven got new finishes, carpets, tiles, drapes, artwork and furniture.
Restaurants, Bars and Lounges
Two new venues were added to Norwegian Jewel; The Pit Stop and Bliss Ultra Lounge, replacing the Sky High Bar and FYZZ Cabaret Lounge, respectively. The Pit Stop is an all-American bar retrofitted with vintage license plates, gas station signage and other classic car elements of the era. Bliss Ultra Lounge offers late-night entertainment.
Additionally, nearly all other dining, bar and lounge spaces on Norwegian Jewel were updated, including the Atrium, which received an entirely refreshed look centered around a custom-designed chandelier. Other changes include updated flooring, refurbished reception and shore excursion desk areas, and the addition of banquette seating and a large TV screen.
Norwegian Jewel will feature two news shows: "Rock You Tonight" and "Velvet." The first showcases a medley of songs from the best rock bands of the '70s, including Queen, Journey and The Who.
"Velvet" is an Australian hit musical that makes its debut at sea on Norwegian Jewel. It features disco classics combined with circus acrobatics, as well as cabaret and burlesque elements. When the show premiers, it will feature "X Factor UK" alum Brenda Edwards. Following her eventually will be "The Voice" finalist Frenchie Davis.
Norwegian Jewel will debut in Sydney, Australia on December 1, 2018. It will sail seven- to 19-night itineraries from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore before joining Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy in Alaska for the summer 2019 season.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor