April 24, 2001
Norwegian Cruise Line’s awaited addition, Norwegian Star, will offer an inaugural sailing through the Panama Canal on November 19. The newbuild will cruise from Miami to Los Angeles for 14 days, calling at ports in Aruba, Columbia and Mexico before sailing from Ensenada to Honolulu to begin her year-round deployment in the Hawaiian islands. The ship boasts ten restaurants, specializing in Italian, Spanish, French, Asian and Hawaiian cuisine, along with casual cafes and modern eateries. Other features include the Sports Deck, complete with a golf driving range, volleyball and basketball court, an interior 20-yard lap pool and an aerobic and boxercise area; the Hawaiian-based Mandara Spa (NCL switched from Steiner last year); a large children’s area with a movie theater, video arcade and nursery; and more. Cruise-only fares for the ship’s maiden voyage start at $1,499 for inside cabins.