Norwegian Spirit’s inaugural local sailing season

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Stephen ScourfieldThe West Australian
The new Norwegian Spirit after its big refit.
Camera IconThe new Norwegian Spirit after its big refit. Credit: Supplied

The all-new Norwegian Spirit’s Australasian debut is on December 22, 2022.

After a $144m, bow-to-stern renovation — the most expensive refurbishment in NCL’s 55-year history — Norwegian Spirit’s inaugural local sailing season also marks Norwegian Cruise Line’s long-awaited return to New Zealand waters.

Norwegian Spirit’s atrium.
Camera IconNorwegian Spirit’s atrium. Credit: Supplied

A 12-day voyage from Sydney to Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland was recently reduced from a starting price of $3823 per person to $2697 per person, to promote the ship. There was also an offer of a free beverage package, free wifi package, and included specialty dining, and shore excursion credits.

There are sailings in December 2022 and February and March 2023.

Norwegian Spirit will visit Milford Sound.
Camera IconNorwegian Spirit will visit Milford Sound. Credit: Supplied


Norwegian Spirit sails a strong itinerary, with ten ports of call.

Leaving from Sydney, in Australia these are Eden in NSW, Burnie in Tasmania and Melbourne. The ship then crosses to NZ and visits Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound before sailing up the east coast of the South Island and calling in at Dunedin, Lyttelton, Milford Sound and Wellington. In the North Island, it stops at Napier and Tauranga, and finishes in Auckland.

Norwegian Spirit’s Champagne bar.
Camera IconNorwegian Spirit’s Champagne bar. Credit: Steve McKenna


The ship’s refit is part of The Norwegian Edge program and has brought changes to all the staterooms, dining venues and public areas. An NCL spokesperson says: “The program centres around our fleet, which means you’ll see and feel a new level of contemporary style once you step aboard our renovated ships.”

Norwegian Spirit was in dry dock for 43 days in Marseille, France, as part of the refit.

+ There are 14 new venues, including an enlarged Mandara Spa and an additional main dining room called Taste.

+ Staterooms are new and updated staterooms.

+ The ship has a redesigned hull livery.

A Norwegian Spirit balcony stateroom.
Camera IconA Norwegian Spirit balcony stateroom. Credit: Supplied
Pool area on Norwegian Spirit.
Camera IconPool area on Norwegian Spirit. Credit: Supplied

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