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Old 04-01-2004, 01:05 PM
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Hello Everyone:

I subscribe to the Vacations to Go newsletter and through it, just learned about the fate of the Norway. NCL says she will not be rejoining the fleet!

This is truly sad news.

I'm sure it was a tough assignment for the folks at NCL who had to do this evaluation and make this determination. NCL is in business to make money after all and if the accountants tell them it's not worth saving her, then they have to believe them. That's why they're paid the big bucks.

I wonder if she could be towed to Athens for the Olympics. What a great use for such a great ship. It's better than just sitting in Bremerhaven (it's too cold there...sorry Raoul )

Whatever her fate, I know Iíll miss her. Iíve never had the privilege of sailing on her, but having lived in Miami for many years Iíve certainly seen her many times. I remember the times Iíve driven down the causeway when she was on her way in or out. She certainly did stop traffic! What a beauty!

I was hoping Raoul might have some comments on this since heís more or less on the scene.

Have a great day.

Darryl
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Hello Everyone:

I subscribe to the Vacations to Go newsletter and through it, just learned about the fate of the Norway. NCL says she will not be rejoining the fleet!

This is truly sad news.

I'm sure it was a tough assignment for the folks at NCL who had to do this evaluation and make this determination. NCL is in business to make money after all and if the accountants tell them it's not worth saving her, then they have to believe them. That's why they're paid the big bucks.

I wonder if she could be towed to Athens for the Olympics. What a great use for such a great ship. It's better than just sitting in Bremerhaven (it's too cold there...sorry Raoul )

Whatever her fate, I know Iíll miss her. Iíve never had the privilege of sailing on her, but having lived in Miami for many years Iíve certainly seen her many times. I remember the times Iíve driven down the causeway when she was on her way in or out. She certainly did stop traffic! What a beauty!

I was hoping Raoul might have some comments on this since heís more or less on the scene.

Have a great day.

Darryl
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Old 04-02-2004, 01:39 AM
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Hi Darryl,

yes, it's a shame that the "Norway" is not going to return to the U.S. market. Having sailed on her both in the Caribbean and in Europe, I truly feel privileged to have experienced the very last true ocean liner. Neither "QE2" nor "QM2" can match the "France" as an ocean liner, and as the very frist "cruise super liner", the "Norway" was the prototype for today's huge cruise ships.

I understand that in her current condition she not not even be used as a hotel ship. She has an asbestos problem as the result of last May's deadly boiler explosion. This will have to be fixed before she can be used for anything.

There is still a slim chance she might resume cruise duties either in Asia or with a European cruise company, but these are very slim, indeed. There have also been rumors that as a floating hotel she might end up in either Amsterdam or Singapore.

We will have to wait and see, I'm afraid.
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