Video: Can a Cruise Ship Be Cut in Half?

January 29, 2014 | By | 6 Comments

You know the classic trick where the magician puts someone in a box, saws them in half and then puts them back together again?
Well, have you ever seen the trick performed on a cruise ship? No, not during the magician’s act onboard … we mean it’s the ship itself!
In the video above, the “magicians” are Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and the ship they’re chopping up and putting back together is Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral, which had a 99-foot section added in 2007. The ship underwent the dramatic makeover after Norwegian Cruise Line sold it to Fred. Olsen.
Balmoral has had a a few different names since it was launched in 1988. As you’ll see from the opening shots, the ship was called Norwegian Crown while it was with NCL, but it has also been known as the Crown Odyssey. Videographers MK Timelapse shot the time-lapse footage of the ship as it went under the knife.
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    6 Responses to “Video: Can a Cruise Ship Be Cut in Half?”

    1. JD
      January 29th, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      Isn’t this how they lengthened the Windward & Dreamward back in the late 90’s?

    2. Michael
      January 29th, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

      It is done with airplanes quite often. I don’t see why they can’t do it with ships.

    3. Mike Blanche
      January 29th, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

      This was also done to the old Holland America Westerdam. It made it a much worse ship, hard to handle (I saw it get blown completely away from the dock when it was trying to dock in Juneau, one time), and bad riding (the only cruise ship that ever even made me queasy).

    4. Andy Smithers
      January 29th, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

      They also extended the NCL Star this way too.

    5. Dan Heibler
      January 29th, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

      “The Magicians” are Blohm + Voss shipyard the very same people who built the “Bismarck”! Honestly, they build Great Ships!!!

    6. David Holman
      January 31st, 2014 @ 12:30 am

      The Dream and the Wind are the only two NCL ships that were ever stretched or extended, Andy.

      But the practice of stretching ships goes back to 1871.

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