Construction Begins on NCL's Pride of Hawaii

February 7, 2005

Even as Norwegian Cruise Line is gearing up for the much anticipated summer debut of Pride of America, its first custom-designed-for-Hawaii cruise ship, there's also progress on another front.

In a covered building dock at Papenburg, Germany-based Meyer Werft, the first of what will be 67 steel blocks -- marking the construction launch of Pride of Hawaii -- was laid into place on the keelblocks. This was not a small task -- each block weighs some 450 tons, is 20 meters (66 ft.) long, 25 meters (82 ft.) wide and 9 meters (30 ft.) high.

The 92,000-ton, 2,376-passenger Pride of Hawaii, a sister ship to NCL's Norwegian Jewel (which itself is still under construction), is slated for launch in summer 2006.