Saturday, July 23, 2011

Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces “The Haven”

Norwegian Cruise Line introduced the ship-within-a-ship concept to the cruise industry in 2005 with their Courtyard complexes of high end suites offering private areas to relax atop their Jewel-class ships and Norwegian Epic. Now Norwegian has revealed that the exclusive suite complex for its two new Project Breakaway ships will be named The Haven by Norwegian. The company also announced that the suite complexes on five of its ships—Norwegian Epic, Gem, Pearl, Jade, and Jewel—will also be renamed The Haven by Norwegian and released the rendering below that illustrates The Haven’s contemporary, chic Courtyard that will be available on Project Breakaway ships.

“These private enclaves at the top of the ships are home to our most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations offering the utmost in service and elegance. With the introduction of the suite complex on our Breakaway ships, we felt it was appropriate to brand this space as The Haven by Norwegian to better identify and describe the unique luxury cruising experience we offer,” said said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer.

Norwegian’s Jewel class ships (Norwegian Jewel, Jade, Pearl, and Gem) include up to 18 suites as part of The Haven, including the largest suites at sea—the 5,000 square foot, three-bedroom Garden Villas. All of these suites surround The Haven Courtyard that includes a pool, sundeck, hot tub, fitness room, and more. The Haven on Norwegian Epic is the largest suite complex at sea, comprising 60 suites on two private decks at the top of the ship. An additional 15 suites also have access to The Haven. These guests have exclusive access to The Haven Courtyard featuring a pool, two whirlpools, gym, saunas, sundeck, along with a restaurant with indoor/outdoor dining, bar and concierge lounge.

The Haven guests also have an array of amenities, including private butler and concierge service. Norwegian is enhancing the experience in The Haven by expanding existing butler service to 24 hours and having butlers trained and certified by the International Institute of Modern Butlers. The Line is also adding a poolside valet in the Courtyard who will provide more personalized service poolside. In-suite dining has been enhanced to white tablecloth service.

Norwegian ensures that guests staying in The Haven will be pampered with privacy, personalized service and a deluxe array of complimentary amenities so they can experience everything a luxury vacation should offer. The Haven’s exclusive benefits include priority embarkation and disembarkation; distinctive platinum keycard; priority boarding of tenders to shore; in-suite espresso/cappuccino machines; gourmet treats delivered each evening; Bliss Collection by Norwegian™ pillow-top mattress; fine linens, feather duvet and pillow menu; along with plush bathrobes, slippers, oversized towels; and much more.

“When I described the design theme for Breakaway’s staterooms recently I called it ‘modern boutique hotel meets the sea,’” added Sheehan. “Now with The Haven by Norwegian, we truly have our own private boutique hotel on Norwegian Epic, Gem, Pearl, Jade, and Jewel, along with our new Project Breakaway ships, offering the ultimate in luxury and service at sea.”

On the Project Breakaway ships, The Haven, consisting of 42 suites located on Decks 15 and 16 forward, includes a private restaurant (illustrated above), a cocktail bar (pictured right) and a concierge desk where Haven guests can relax, have a drink and make dining, entertainment, or spa reservations through the dedicated concierge. In the center of The Haven, the two-story courtyard area features a pool with a deep end for swimming and a shallow area for relaxing, two whirlpools, and a private sundeck, along with two private massage rooms, changing areas and a sauna. The Haven guests also have direct, private access to the ship’s spa and fitness center.

Each of the Project Breakaway ships will be 144,017 gross tons and will have approximately 4,000 passenger berths. They are scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014. The first ship is scheduled to open for reservations this October. Information on Project Breakaway can be found at

Stay tuned and bookmark the Cruise Diva blog to view some of the sweetest suite images soon to be afloat. We will be sharing them here tomorrow.

Images Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a return of First Class and Steerage.

Anonymous said...

The Haven is ideal for my long-gone days of being busy executive needing private (in isolation)cruising . Now, in retirement, I don't find Haven attractive/ I want to 'engage' people. And , my dear Norwegian CEO , you gotta know that "retirees" outnumber busy-execs on board any ship.
Dr. A.G./retired

Anonymous said...

Love it!!!! The "Haven" is just what I need!