Norwegian Cruise Line announces that its first ship in the post-Norwegian Dawn generation – a 93,000-ton, 2,400-passenger vessel slated for a late summer 2005 debut – will be called Norwegian Jewel.
The ship will offer many features already established by siblings Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star, such as garden villas, ten different restaurants, an elaborate Mandara-operated spa and a fitness center with an indoor lap pool. Also intriguing is that this ship, like the other two, will be able to cruise at a maximum speed of 25 knots – which gives NCL a lot of itinerary flexibility.
But Norwegian Jewel will also contain some fresh new features. Highlights include:
*A new type of cabin – courtyard villas – will be added; these will have a private courtyard and sundeck.
*New dining options range from Tango's, which will offer Latin/tapas-style cuisine to Mama's Italian Kitchen, a village-style trattoria.
*Bar central, an entirely new concept, will be a destination in its own right. The area will feature a martini bar, champagne bar, and a beer and whisky pub; all will connect but each will have its own ambiance.
Norwegian Jewel will launch by sailing seven and eight night "exotic" Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Miami – and then move on to Alaska in summer 2006. Specific itinerary details have not yet been announced.