The Norwegian Spirit returned to service in Tahiti yesterday in Tahiti.
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that with the return of the Norwegian Spirit to service yesterday in Tahiti, the entire fleet is back in service. The Spirit will sail for a short time in the South Pacific and then will reposition to Alaska for a shorter summer season.
The Spirit was originally built in 1999 for Star cruises and was reassigned to Norwegian in 2004 when star cruises owned Norwegian.
In 2019 the ship underwent a $100 million 40-day refurbishment in Marseille. According to NCL, the ship received 14 new venues, additional staterooms, and an expanded Mandara Spa. New complimentary dining venues were added, including an additional main dining room, Taste; the has24-hour eatery, The Local Bar and Grill; the all-day dining outlet, Garden Café; the Great Outdoors Bar; and Waves Pool Bar. In addition, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge made their debut, which featured the Humidor Cigar Lounge.
The ship re-entered service after the renovation in February 2020, just before the start of the pandemic. At that time, Andy Stuart, then President of Norwegian Cruise Line said about the Spirit, “As we continue to introduce new innovative ships to our fleet, with Norwegian Encore making her debut next month, we are committed to ensuring that the experiences our guests have come to enjoy are available on even our most storied ships. We are excited to reinvigorate Norwegian Spirit so that she continues to provide lasting memories for guests as they sail to some of the most exotic destinations around the world.”