Ship Undergoes Company’s Most Extensive Ship Refurbishment in 2018
Norwegian Jewel Debuts New Entertainment: “Velvet” and “Rock You Tonight”

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruising, today announced the completion of the refurbishment of Norwegian Jewel 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 will debut in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, Dec. 1, 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, she’ll spend her winter 2018 and spring 2019 seasons cruising from Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, before joining Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Joy in Alaska for the summer.

“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 chief executive officer 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 premieres for the first time on Norwegian Jewel.” 

Norwegian Jewel will feature two new shows – “Rock You Tonight,” and ship exclusive “Velvet,” illustrating the company’s commitment to providing high-caliber 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” 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 Ultra Lounge, replacing the Sky High Bar and FYZZ Cabaret Lounge.

Drawing inspiration from the 1950’s, 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 in a modern and upscale setting, with more intimate seating options now available. 

All 1,188 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 1,200 square feet and featuring large, 567-square-foot balconies, two private jacuzzies and accommodates up to four guests. 

As the heart of the ship, the Atrium has been revitalized with an entirely refreshed look centered 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. 

As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for over 52 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 16 contemporary ships sail to nearly 300 of some of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize.  Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveler staterooms, mini-suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company’s ship-within-a-ship concept. For more information or to book a cruise, please call +852 2165 6000 (English, Cantonese and Mandarin assistance), contact your preferred travel professional or visit For the latest news and exclusive content, visit the media center and follow Norwegian Cruise line on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter and Snapchat @CruiseNorwegian.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is the world’s third largest cruise operator, with three market-leading, award-winning brands: Norwegian Cruise Line – innovator in premium-contemporary cruising, delivering enhanced freedom and flexibility; Oceania Cruises, leader in upper-premium cruising, renowned for The Finest Cuisine at Sea™; and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience™ in the world.

With a combined fleet of 26 ships with approximately 54,400 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 450 destinations worldwide. Norwegian will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in November 2019. Regent Seven Seas Cruises has also announced its new ship, Seven Seas Splendor with high-end features and amenities to be scheduled for delivery in February 2020. The Company will introduce six additional ships through 2025 and introduce two additional ships for delivery in 2026 and 2027.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has established a phenomenal network across Asia-Pacific. To better assist in the region, NCLH opened the Asian head office in Sydney in November 2015 followed by offices opening in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mumbai. In June 2018, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line’s sixteenth ship, made its debut in June 2018 with Alaska and the Caribbean destinations. As part of the Norwegian Edge multi-million-dollar revitalization program, Norwegian Jewel is the most recent ship to be refurbished after a three-week dry-dock enhancement in Singapore, late October 2018. Oceania Cruises announced its OceaniaNEXT initiative, the first to be undertaken is the $100 million re-inspiration of the line’s four 684-guest ships (Regatta, Insignia, Sirena, and Nautica) that will result in four better than new ships.

Frank J. Del Rio – President and Chief Executive Officer Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (U.S. based)
Previously Chairman and CEO for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company operating both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Frank was responsible for founding Oceania Cruises in 2002, creating a new ‘upper premium’ segment within the cruise industry. Appointed as President and CEO of NCLH in January 2015, Frank is committed to lifting NCLH’s three brands to a new level of market leading cruising, further enhancing the guest experience and driving innovation across all cruise categories.

Andrew Stuart – President and Chief Executive Officer Norwegian Cruise Line (U.S. based)
Andy Stuart is President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line, appointed to this position in September 2016.  He served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line, since March 2015. A 27-year company veteran, Stuart has been instrumental in building the Norwegian brand and strengthening relationships with travel partners. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that Norwegian excels in every facet and that the company continues to produce industry leading financial results, while bringing new ideas and ways of doing business that improve guest satisfaction and team member involvement.

Jason M. Montague – President and Chief Executive Officer Regent Seven Seas Cruises (U.S. based)
Jason Montague is president and chief executive officers for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. He was appointed to this position in September 2016. In this role, Montague is responsible for marketing, sales, revenue management, passenger services along with oversight of itinerary development and the onboard product for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Robert J. Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oceania Cruises.
Robert J. Binder was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceania Cruises in September 2016. Binder is a co-founder of Oceania Cruises and served as the line’s President from 2007 to 2011 and prior to that was the Executive Vice President. Binder also serves as the Vice Chairman of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, a role he has held since 2011. During his previous tenure, Binder oversaw the global expansion of Oceania Cruises and played a leading role in the development of new culinary concepts, restaurants and dining experiences and the design of the line’s acclaimed Marina and Riviera.

Steve Odell – Senior Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Responsible for the continued growth of the company’s presence in Asia Pacific, Steve has served the Australasian luxury cruise sector in various roles since 2000 across a number of cruise lines, including more recently as President, Europe and Asia Pacific for Silversea Cruises, and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Felix Chan – Vice President of Sales Asia at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Felix Chan began his role as the Vice President of Sales for Norwegian Cruise Line when he joined the company in November 2015. Soon thereafter in October 2016, Felix was promoted to Vice President of Sales Asia for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH)- encompassing Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. He is responsible for sales and operations in Asia’s fast growing markets.

Ben Angell – Vice President of Marketing, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Asia Pacific
Ben comes to NCLH from Virgin Australia, bringing more than 15 years’ marketing experience, including establishing Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises brands in the region. His new role is focused on the development of marketing and engagement campaigns for NCLH’s three brands targeting both trade and consumer clients.

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Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionised the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise holiday on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise holiday on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodation options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 16 ships.

Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the eleventh consecutive year, “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the sixth consecutive year, the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fifth consecutive year, as well as “World’s Leading Cruise Line” and “North America’s Leading Cruise Line” both for the second straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian’s newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, was delivered in April 2018 and features many firsts-at-sea for the global market including the largest race track at sea, award-winning Broadway entertainment, two observation lounges for guests to enjoy stunning ocean and glacier views and more.  Norwegian will introduce Norwegian Encore in 2019 and has six additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022.

Dining – where you want, when you want
          An innovator of freedom and flexibility at sea, with no set dining times and up to 27 dining options on some ships, guests can dine wherever and wherever they want, depending on their individual schedules.

          Boasting a wide variety of complimentary dining options at sea, guests can enjoy rotating à la carte restaurants, action-station buffets and casual cafés.

          Soak up the sun and views at The Waterfront an oceanfront promenade found onboard Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss.

          Guests can take their tastebuds on a journey without ever leaving the ship with our Specialty Restaurants including; Texas-style steakhouses, Mexican cantinas, gourmet French bistros, Italian trattorias, sushi, teppanyaki and more.

          24-hour room service (additional fees may apply).

Nightlife & entertainment – it’s always show time on our ships
          Norwegian Cruise Line is the world’s leading cruise line for entertainment, offering award-winning Broadway productions and musicals including; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, and Jersey Boys; theatrical performances and one-of-a-kind dining spectacles featuring acrobatics and illusionists; e.g. Cirque Dreams and Illusionarium.

          Up to 22 bars and lounges across the fleet, each with its own unique vibe.

          Enjoy onboard fun for the whole family including; aqua parks, the largest race track at sea, laser tag under the stars, waterslides that will amaze as they loop across the side of the ship, ropes courses, sports facilities and more.

          Multiple swimming pools including adult only areas and hot tubs.

          Mandara Spa® with an extensive suite of treatments.

          Thermal Suite and adjacent Snow Room on select Norwegian ships.

Just for Kids
          An enduring favourite with kids and parents, the onboard Splash Academy is a complimentary program for kids aged from 6 months to 12 years, with children divided into age-based activity groups supervised by trained staff.

          Teenagers, often the trickiest group to entertain, will love the cool hang out lounge, Entourage, and the option to join other teens to watch a film, shoot hoops high above the sea, play video games, tackle a rock-climbing wall, race their mates on multi-level waterslides and dance to the latest tunes under the stars at Norwegian’s White Hot Party.

          Parents and Grandparents can take advantage of group babysitting services for those aged 3 to 12 years, or the specialised ‘nursery at sea’ service for little ones between 6 months to 2 years.

          Wide range of accommodation designed for couples, families, solo travellers or groups.

          The Haven by Norwegian™ a luxurious, spacious sanctuary offering spa access and exclusive relaxation areas.

          Spa Suites – serene and rejuvenating accommodation with access to the Mandara Spa® as well as complimentary use of the thermal suites, sauna, hydrotherapy pools, steam room and heated loungers.

          Suites and Penthouses – perfect for couples or up to 8 guests with expansive balconies.

          Mini-suites and Balcony Staterooms.

          Oceanview and Inside Staterooms.

          Norwegian's Studio staterooms – an industry-first, providing solo cruisers the most affordable, stylish way to cruise.

Commitment to Excellence
·          Norwegian will introduce Norwegian Encore, a new “Breakaway Plus” Class cruise ship in 2019 and has six additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022.

·          In addition to newbuilds, Norwegian Cruise Line has invested heavily to elevate its award-winning fleet to even higher standards through its Norwegian Edge® program, which includes brand new dining venues, re-styled staterooms and suites, plus refreshed onboard features. On shore, Norwegian Cruise Line has launched Harvest Caye, a world-class resort-style destination in Belize and continues to invest in guest experiences to make sure every Norwegian holiday is up to the high standards guests expect and deserve.

For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit; contact us in India +91 22-71279333, Singapore +65 31 651 680, Malaysia +60 3-30992294, Philippines +63 2-6263209, Hong Kong And Rest Of Asia +852 2165 6000 ; or follow us on the following social channels for the latest company news & exclusive content: Facebook, Instagram and Youtube: @NorwegianCruiseLine; Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat: @CruiseNorwegian. High resolution, downloadable images are available at

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