Norwegian Cruise Line's M/S Windward To Be Lengthened And Refurbished AtLloyd Werft Shipyard In Germany
Vessel Will Resume Service March 29, 1998 as the Re-named M/S Norwegian Wind
MIAMI, Jan. 28 -- Norwegian Cruise Line's M/S Windward will be
lengthened by approximately 130 feet when a 5,000-ton, pre-fabricated
midsection is inserted into the vessel. The stretch, the largest of its kind,
is taking place during an eight-week period at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in
"In addition to new cabins and public rooms, the ship is undergoing a
multi-million dollar refurbishment to all existing areas. This stem to stern
renovation will essentially transform the Norwegian Wind into an entirely
'new' ship," said Hans Golteus, NCL's president and chief operating officer.
Following the conversion, the ship's capacity will increase from 1,246 to
1,748 passengers with the addition of 251 new cabins including several
handicap-equipped staterooms (502 berths); while the length will increase
from its current 624 to 754 feet and tonnage will increase from 41,000 to
46,000 GRT. The number of crew members will increase by approximately 130. The
total cost of both the stretching and refurbishment is approximately $69
Construction on the ship's pre-fab midsection began nine months ago. It
stands approximately 12 decks or 109 feet high.
On January 3, approximately 85 engineers from the Lloyd Werft yard joined
the ship in San Juan and began marking the decks and bulkheads as the vessel
made its way across the ocean to Germany. Upon arrival in Bremerhaven on
January 14, workers using cutting torches immediately began cutting the ship's
superstructure. The cutting was completed in 10 days and involved more than
593 yards of steel, 793 electric cables and 600 pipes of varying sizes and
widths. The fore and aft sections of the ship were then floated apart and the
midsection piece was fitted into position. The three sections will be welded
together by approximately 50 technical laborers working around-the-clock over
a five-day period.
Built in 1993, the ship was originally constructed with the option of
eventual lengthening. Designed by Petter Yran and Bjorn Storbraatan of Oslo,
Norway, this distinguished team of marine architects are also currently
overseeing the conversion of both the Norwegian Wind and Norwegian Dream. A
second noted design firm, Tillberg Design of Sweden, is also participating in
Following the lengthening, the Norwegian Wind will depart Bremerhaven on
March 14, just two days after the arrival of sister ship M/S Dreamward.
Norwegian Wind will resume service from Miami on March 29 while the Dreamward
will undergo the same eight-week lengthening procedure and resume cruise
service May 14, as the re-named Norwegian Dream.
New Public Rooms And Accommodations
The lengthening of the Norwegian Wind will provide extra space for the
following new public rooms:
Twelve New Owners Suites: Located on Sun Deck, these suites will
accommodate up to five persons and measure 385 sq. ft. each. Decorated in
tones of rose and blue each suite features a separate bedroom and living room,
both with television and picture windows and doors opening out to the balcony;
convertible double sofa in living room as well as a stereo system and
refrigerator; bathrooms with tub and shower and two entrances from both the
hall and bedroom. Concierge service will be available.
The Four Seasons Dining Room: Located mid-ship on International Deck, this
will become the ship's largest dining room with seating for 452. The Four
Seasons will sport a completely new look with seating for an additional 206
passengers. Four terraced areas will provide excellent sight lines, even from
the middle of the dining room. Floor-to-ceiling bay windows will expand out
over the water offering spectacular sea views.
New Casino Royale: Located on Star Deck, the Norwegian Wind will feature an
all-new, Art Deco-style casino decorated in hot magenta and black. The 5,000
sq. ft. Casino Royale will offer blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, roulette,
craps, "Let It Ride" and 158 state-of-the-art slot machines.
The Night Club: Located on Star Deck, this 174-seat disco is located
adjacent to the casino. It will have a "club" atmosphere with a circular
granite bar and circular wood dance floor. A series of curved sofas covered in
velvet Harlequin patterns are positioned throughout the room
Health Spa and Fitness Center: Located on Sports Deck this 2,370 sq. ft.
facility will include a full service spa which will be expanded from five to
eight private rooms for treatments including massage therapy, herbal wraps and
facials. The gym area will double in size with state-of-the-art exercise
equipment including Lifecycles and Lifesteps.
Gift Shops/Duty Free Shopping: Located on Star Deck, the ship's shopping
arcade will nearly double in size offering designer name watches, leather
goods and accessories from Paloma Picasso and Ralph Lauren among others,
perfumes, cosmetics, jewelry, evening and casual apparel and Lladro and
Swarovski gift items.
New Entrance Lobby/Reception Area: Located on Promenade deck, this 3,230
sq. ft. lobby will feature a 24-hour reception desk, information and concierge
desks, purser's office as well as the shore excursion and "Dive In" desks.
This impressive new entrance will have a prominent Nordic motif in tones of
blue and gray; with Art Deco-style lighting fixtures and a opaque glass "dome"
in the center of the room.
The Coffee Bar/Lounge: Located on International Deck, this centrally-
located, 148-seat area will take on a "Coffee House" atmosphere and will also
incorporate the ship's library and card room. In addition to full bar service,
a selection of coffee and coffee-flavored drinks, "flaming" specialty drinks,
teas, cappuccino and espresso will be served. Cases will display memorabilia
such as antique coffee machines, cups and saucers, etc. With plenty of curved
walls and quiet niches this will also serve as an ideal spot for reading and
Splash Pool "Wet Bar" and Jacuzzis: Located on Sun Deck, this outdoor bar
features two Jacuzzis and a semi-circular "wet bar" seating 15 and can also
accommodate 24 persons along benches surrounding the splash pool.
The Outdoor Cafe: Located on Sun Deck, this 120-seat casual eatery will
serve breakfast and luncheon buffets and snacks.
New Kids Korner: Located on Sun Deck, this new children's playroom will be
the base for NCL's year-round "Kid's Crew" program. Supervised by trained
youth counselors, a wide variety of activities are offered including visits to
the Captain's bridge, dances, arts and crafts and "Circus at Sea," a popular
program in which children learn circus routines.
Youth Center/Video Arcade: Located on Sports Deck, teens and adults alike
can enjoy their choice of a dozen state-of-the-art video simulators.
New Conference Center: Located on Sun Deck, this multi-purpose room has a
total capacity for 60 and can also be divided into two breakout rooms of 24
and 36 seats for smaller meetings.
Refurbishment Of Public Rooms And Cabins
To accommodate the additional capacity, several of the ship's existing
dining rooms and public areas will be expanded and refurbished with new
carpeting and furnishings. Three new passenger elevators will be also added
to the mid-section of the ship and several of the ship's show lounges and bars
will be modified with additional seating. The Sun Terrace and The Terraces
dining rooms will also be expanded with additional seating
All cabins and suites will be completely redecorated in shades of blue,
teal, beige and rose with new carpeting, curtains and furnishings. Bedspreads
will be replaced by duvets. In total, over 31,000 sq. yards of new carpeting
will be installed throughout the ship.
Norwegian Wind Returns To Service On March 29, 1998
The vessel returns to service as the Norwegian Wind on March 29 with two
seven-day Caribbean cruises, a 15-day Panama Canal cruise and a seven-day
Pacific Coastal voyage before resuming its regular schedule of seven-day
Alaska cruises departing round-trip from Vancouver every Monday from May 4
through September 7, 1998.