Norwegian Star follows Norwegian Jewel as the third in the fleet to receive new features since the NEXT refurbishment program began in 2014.
The Five O’Clock Somewhere Bar serves signature margaritas and 'boat drinks' such as the 'Who’s to Blame' margarita and ice cold LandShark lagers, coupled with nightly live musical performances.
The previous $15 cover charge for the Asian fusion restaurant, Ginza, was eliminated. In addition to a full complimentary menu that now includes dishes from a dedicated Noodle Bar such as traditional Chinese noodles, wok-fried specialties and dim sum favorites, Ginza added à la carte offerings such as Japanese Hot Rock Ishiyaki for a fee and a sushi menu developed by expert sushi chef Yuki Ieto. The new 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 diners can choose from four specialty rolls on a moving sushi belt.
Norwegian Star also gained an O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, a 24-hour complimentary restaurant that offers traditional pub fare a relaxed setting. In addition, Moderno Churrascaria, the Brazilian-style steak house, was relocated to a more intimate setting on Deck 13 and Sugarcane Mojito Bar, introduced on Norwegian Getaway, was installed adjacent to the new restaurant.
Other work included updates to the casino, photo gallery and pool deck, new carpets and flooring throughout passenger areas, window replacements and upgrades in galley areas. Norwegian’s digital signage, introduced on Norwegian Breakaway, was added, too. The interactive touch-screen signs allow passengers to order specialty items, get directions and reserve dining and shore excursions by scanning their stateroom key.
Technical modernizations also took place during the drydock. The ship received an Azipod hydrodynamic upgrade and silicone hull coating to further improve fuel efficiency. Additional significant technical and safety updates include a lifeboat and tender boat release systems upgrade, thrusters and stabilizer maintenance and ballast and bilge piping replacement.
Norwegian Star will spend the summer sailing from Copenhagen on seven- to 14-day cruises to the Baltic capitals and Norwegian Fjords.