The change represents a benefit of $2m to $3m, net of the costs for work on Norwegian Gem which will be carried out, instead, while the ship is in service, according to cfo Wendy Beck.
The drydock had been moved forward so the company could add Norwegian NEXT features like O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill and relocate Moderno Churrascaria, along with installing exhaust gas scrubbers.
'These projects are, instead, being carried out while the ship is in service,' Beck told analysts during the company's third quarter earnings call. Some cabins will be used to house workers.
The 2007-built Norwegian Gem's docking for statutory requirements will take place in 2015, as originally scheduled.