NCL's Shipyard Lays First Blocks in New Vessel

June 4, 2004
Under cover at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, some 67 blocks that will comprise the hull of NCL's new, as-yet-unnamed 2005 cruise ship were lifted into place. Each block, incidentally, weighs nearly 230 tons, is 20 meters long, 30 meters wide and 8 meters high.

This 93,000-ton, 2,400-passenger ship, which will represent a bit (but not too much) of an evolution from NCL's Norwegian Dawn, is one of two sibling vessels (the second will debut in 2006).

Right now, the two ships, known only as "hulls 667 and 668" will basically be modeled after NCL's Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star. The ships will be built to cruise quickly -- capable of moving at 24 - 25 knots. They are ever so slightly larger than Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star.

Meyer Werft (not to be confused with another German shipyard Lloyd Werft -- which is working feverishly on the delayed Pride of America)-- has built four ships for NCL and/or its parent company. These are Norwegian Spirit, Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star (along with Star's SuperStar Virgo).

Detail-wise, the design of the new ships won't offer too many surprises. There will be ten different restaurants - from a steak house and sushi bar to a coffee bar and Spanish eatery. State-of-the-art environmental and safety management technology will be integrated into the design and that includes advanced wastewater treatment plants, water-emulsion injection systems that reduce nox emissions from the diesel engines, and shore side discharge pumping systems for closed-system waste disposal to licensed land-based facilities. The ships will also have a CCTV surveillance system with more than 1000 cameras monitoring all areas of the ship to assist the officers and crew in their safe and efficient management of operations.