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Spirit Marks Full Return to Norwegian Cruise Line Service

Norwegian Spirit resumes commercial operations today in Tahiti, marking the completion of Norwegian Cruise Line’s restart plan.

Ten months after welcoming the first guests on board, the company has now reactivated its entire fleet of 17 vessels.

As the latest ship to return, Norwegian Spirit is launching service to the South Pacific, with a series of longer cruises connecting the region to Hawaii.

For its first post-pandemic navigation, the ship built in 1999 offers a 12-night navigation from Papeete to Honolulu.

The one-way trip includes stops at a total of four destinations in French Polynesia, in addition to four different ports in Hawaii.

After additional cruises in the region, Norwegian Spirit is repositioning to Alaska at the end of June.

As part of Norwegian’s five-ship summer program in the Last Frontier, the ship will be based in Seattle, offering varied five- to 11-night itineraries to Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Victoria, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point , Sitka, Hubbard Glacier, Haines, Vancouver and more.

Originally built for Star Cruises, Norwegian Spirit entered service in 1999 as SuperStar Leo. In 2004, after a two-week drydock, the Asian cruise line transferred the ship to Norwegian Cruise Line, which was part of the same business conglomerate at the time.

In early 2020, the Spirit underwent a major refurbishment which included the complete rebuilding of most of her public areas and staterooms.

During the $100 million transformation, the ship emerged with 14 new venues, additional staterooms and an expanded Mandara Spa.

Among other interventions, new free dining venues were also introduced, including an additional main dining room, Taste; the 24-hour restaurant, The Local Bar and Grill; the all-day dining restaurant, Garden Café; the Great Outdoors Bar; and the Waves pool bar.

In addition to Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Sun also resumed service for Norwegian Cruise Line this month.

On May 5, the ship launched a schedule of summer cruises to Alaska from Seattle.