NCL Announces Norway Will Leave Fleet

March 18, 2004
In another surprising announcement at the Seatrade 2004 conference in Miami this week, Norwegian Cruise Line President Colin Veitch says that the venerable S/S Norway will never again sail under the NCL flag.

The ship, he says, will most likely be sold -- though not for scrap. Norway could still sail in Asia, he notes, though industry sources tell Cruise Critic that a more likely scenario would be to transform the ship into a floating hotel.

Norway, a steam-powered classic 1960s ocean liner -- the last of its kind to sail for a North America-based cruise line -- experienced a tragic boiler explosion last May. It has been laid up at the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, awaiting repairs. Veitch says that 80 crew members are living onboard to maintain the ship.

There has been no repair work done other than clean-up; according to the NCL president, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board still requires investigation-related access -- and, so, there’s no point in replacing steam boilers if the vessel indeed is used as a hotel and can plug into power sources on shore.