Tuesday, 1 March 2011

NCL adding 58 cabins to Norwegian Dawn

NCL adding 58 cabins to Norwegian Dawn

By Johanna Jainchill
The 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn will get 58 additional cabins during a nearly month-long drydock in May.

Norwegian Cruise Line said during a webinar yesterday that 30 of the new staterooms would be inside cabins and 28 would be suites.

The suites include four 667-square-foot to 732-square-foot deluxe owner's suites and 24 family suites, ranging from 408 square feet to 495 square feet, most of which can sleep six passengers.

NCL said the new owner's suites will be on the front of the ship below the bridge and that the family suites would have floor to ceiling windows and be situated near the pool.

Crane Gladding, NCL's senior vice president of revenue management and passenger services, explained that the new cabins would be accommodated by moving the Spinnaker bar and the movie theater. He said the moves would not mean any less public space, but would result in a more-efficient ship layout with better passenger flow. .

Gladding said the changes were inspired by work the line did on the Norwegian Star.

"The flow of the ship has improved on the Star with these changes and we think it's more inline with the way we build ships today," he said. "We are putting more public spaces together for guest flow to be more smooth around the ship."

The work on the Dawn will be done at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas, from May 1 to 27. The drydock would result in more changes to the ship, which will be revealed later, according to NCL.

The new cabins are on sale now for departures after Sept. 16, NCL said, because some of the finishing work will continue throughout the summer.