March 28, 2003
Orient Lines' Crown Odyssey-nee-NCL's Norwegian Crown is getting ready to go back to its, er, maiden name. The ship, which will be transferred from Orient Lines to parent company NCL this fall, has already undergone its Freestyle-style refurbishment though the actual handover won't occur for six months. Among the added features on the "new" Norwegian Crown, which will debut from its autumnal seasonal homeport in Baltimore, are three new restaurants (giving the ship a total of six): NCL's signature Le Bistro, The Pasta Cafe and Chopsticks, with an Asian theme. Other areas overhauled during the ship's February drydock include an expanded Lido Bar, a renovation of its Monte Carlo Court Casino, and a complete re-do of its Mandara Spa. Added is a new teen and children's center. In the stateroom arena, there are four new penthouses. And the ship's hull has received a spiffy new coat of white paint. Since Norwegian Crown is not slated to join, officially, the NCL fleet until fall, it has returned back to Orient Lines for spring and summer cruising. Currently, the ship is in the middle of a 52-day Mumbai/Bombay-to-Rome itinerary and will spend the summer in the Mediterranean.