Norwegian Star Shines with New Dining, Entertainment Venues as Ship Readies for Europe Season
Norwegian Star re-enters service with new 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar, additional complimentary dining venue O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill and now complimentary Ginza Asian restaurant
Miami - Mar 24, 2015
Norwegian Star Shines with New Dining, Entertainment Venues as Ship Readies for Europe Season. Norwegian Star re-enters service with new 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar, additional complimentary dining venue O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill and now complimentary Ginza Asian restaurant.
Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed Norwegian Star back into service on March 17, 2015, following a two-week dry dock where the ship received numerous enhancements and new dining and entertainment venues as she readies for her busy summer season sailing the Baltic Capitals and Norwegian fjords from Copenhagen.
As a part of Norwegian Cruise Line's NEXT Program, bringing new enhancements and experiences to the cruise industry's youngest fleet*, Norwegian Star follows Norwegian Jewel as the third ship in the Norwegian fleet to receive updates since the program launched in 2014. Highlights of the ship's new features include two complimentary dining outlets, enhanced offerings in the popular Ginza Asian restaurant and Norwegian's first Five o'Clock Somewhere Bar.
"Our guests can dine like nowhere else at sea with Norwegian's Freestyle Dining and these exciting new venues on Norwegian Star make it even easier, more exciting and more fun for guests to enjoy the freedom and flexibility that only a Norwegian cruise can offer," said Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.
Parrotheads and patrons looking to escape and unwind can enjoy the fleet's first Five o'Clock Somewhere Bar, in an exclusive partnership with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville®. The newest watering hole will serve up signature margaritas and "boat drinks" such as the "Who's to Blame® Margarita," ice cold LandShark Lagers and more, coupled with nightly live musical performances.
Norwegian Star's popular guest favorite Asian fusion restaurant, Ginza, can now be enjoyed on a complimentary basis, as the previous $15 cover charge has been eliminated. In addition to a full complimentary menu that now includes delicious dishes from a dedicated Noodle Bar such as traditional Chinese noodles, wok-fried specialties, and dim sum favorites, Ginza Asian Restaurant will now also feature exciting new à la carte offerings such as Japanese Hot Rock Ishiyaki for a nominal fee and a sushi menu developed by expert Sushi Chef Yuki Ieto. The new mouth-watering sushi and sashimi pieces such as the Sashimi Hamachi Poblano, Ten Shades of Grey Roll and more will be served at the restaurant's sushi bar or guests can also choose from four specialty rolls directly from a moving sushi belt, a first for the cruise industry.
Norwegian Star has also been retrofitted with the popular O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, a 24-hour complimentary restaurant that serves up local traditional pub fare in a friendly neighborhood-pub setting. In addition, the ship's Moderno Churrascaria, the Brazilian-style steakhouse, was relocated to a more intimate setting on Deck 13 and Sugarcane Mojito Bar, first introduced on Norwegian Getaway, was added adjacent to the new restaurant.
A number of additional guest area enhancements included: updates to the Casino and Photo Gallery, new carpets and flooring throughout guest areas, window replacements, upgrades in galley areas and updates to the pool deck. Norwegian's innovative digital signage, first introduced on Norwegian Breakaway, has also been added to the ship. The interactive touch screen signs allow guests to order specialty items, get directions and reserve dining and shore excursions simply with a scan of their stateroom key, providing even more freedom and flexibility for guests to create their ideal vacation experience.
Technical modernizations also took place during the dry dock. The ship received an Azipod hydrodynamic upgrade and state-of-the-art silicone paint on the hull, in order to further improve fuel efficiency. Additional significant technical and safety updates include: lifeboat and tender boat release systems upgrade; thrusters and stabilizer maintenance; and ballast and bilge piping replacement.
Norwegian Star will spend her summer season sailing from Copenhagen with a number of seven to 14-day itineraries through the Baltic Capitals and Norwegian fjords. Norwegian Star's nine-day sailing through the Baltic Capitals will feature culture-rich exotic ports of call including Berlin, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden. Fares starting at $1,059.
To book a cruise on Norwegian Star, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.
* Among major North American cruise lines
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 48-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to "Cruise Like a Norwegian" on one of 13 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named "Europe's Leading Cruise Line" for the seventh consecutive year, as well as "Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line" for the third time and "World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line" for the second year by the World Travel Awards.
The Company recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway in the first quarter of 2014. The largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, Norwegian Getaway boasts 28 dining options. The entertainment lineup includes Broadway shows Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor and a unique magical theatrical experience, the Illusionarium. Norwegian Getaway's sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, was named "Best New Ship of 2013" by the editors of Cruise Critic and "Best Rookie Cruise Ship" by the readers of Travel Weekly. Known as New York's ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city. The Company currently has four vessels on order at Meyer Werft for delivery in fall 2015, spring 2017, spring 2018 and fall 2019.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, The New York Knicks and Legends in Concert; and the official cruise line partner of The GRAMMY Awards and is an official partner of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall.
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