NCL Accepts Delivery of Pride of Hawaii

April 19, 2006

Mechanical Problems Delay Pride of Hawaii Handover

Norwegian Cruise Line has now taken ownership of its brand-new Pride of Hawaii; the vessel, like Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, had mechanical issues after the ship was constructed -- and before it was launched.

The repairs were made this week after the ship had decamped from its birth-yard to Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven. There, the yard changed the bearings of the pod propulsion system as a measure of precaution in order to avoid damage to the system.

The repairs took place absolutely on the schedule NCL anticipated and the minor setback will have no bearing on pre-cruise launch events. Pride of Hawaii has since returned to Eemshaven, the site where final outfitting (relatively minor final tasks, such as cleaning carpets, installing furnishings, boarding crew are typical outfitting tasks -- note the photo of the Pacific Restaurant, whose tables don't yet have tablecloths) takes place. Upon departure, the ship will head straight across the Atlantic where it will reside for a few weeks in Baltimore. At that point Pride of Hawaii will undergo crew training as well as inspections by government agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.