Norwegian Cruise Line said Thursday it will spend $400 million over two years to upgrade nine of its ships and make other improvements.
The program, which the line is calling the Norwegian Edge, has already been carried out on Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Gem. The news in Thursday’s announcement is the details and extent of the refurbishments.
The rehabbing varies depending on the ship, but the cruise line says the work on all will be extensive, adding features that are on the company’s newer ships — Norwegian Epic got a new Cavern Club, for example — and modernizing others. The intent is for ships across the fleet to have a consistent standard in its finishes, amenities and service, said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief operating officer.
Some of the work will be technical enhancements that guests won’t see.
Up next are Pride of America and Norwegian Sun this spring; Norwegian Dawn this summer; Norwegian Spirit , Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Pearl in winter 2017; and Norwegian Jade in spring 2017.
The Norwegian Edge also includes upgrades to the line’s two private destinations — at Harvest Caye in Belize, which Norwegian last week announced without explanation would not open until November, a nine-month delay; and to its private Bahamian island, Great Stirrup Cay.
The fleet will also get culinary improvements, with expanded menus in the main dining room and some extra-fee restaurants.