Epic Fail

April 5, 2010

Is it me or is the new Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Norwegian Epic, ugly? What possessed somebody to think this design would be appealing. I am surprise the French allowed this monstrosity to even come to the drawing board. I have worked on several french built ship, and the mechanics of them were pretty darn good, and the outside was too; what the heck happened with this? I think NCL…


Rough seas for cruise ships

Two passengers, a German man and an Italian man, are dead, after a so called “freak wave” hit Louis Cruise‘s MV Louis Majesty. News reports are unclear about the exact location – but off the southern coast of France / North East coast of Spain. The two passengers were killed on March 6th, 2010, by shards of glass and debris, resulting from the ship being hit by three large waves,…

March 10, 2010

A fleeting Star

February 5, 2010

Edmonton based travel agent, Newwest, has pulled out of the deal that would have seen Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star, dock near the Lion’s Gate Bridge, in Vancouver, to serve as accomodations during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The Winter Games will take place in and around Vancouver starting in seven days. The last minute decision has thrown a considerable wrench in the travel and accommodation plans of many…


A Star under the Lions’ Gate

June 1, 2009

The MV Norwegian Star will be a floating hotel in the Port of Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, to held in Vancouver, Canada, local media reports. The ship will be based at Kinder Morgan Terminal’s Vancouver Wharves for twenty days, from February 16th to March 2, 2010. The berth is situated opposite picturesque Stanley Park and just inside the first narrows of Burrard Inlet where the Lions Gate Bridge…


NCL F3 Grounded

October 11, 2008

News of yet another grounding, of sorts, as hit my email box this week. Looks like the new “owners” of Miami based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) have perhaps gotten a case of the credit blues; seems a common problem these days in the good ‘ol US of A. Aker Yards in France has issued a stop work order on NCL’s first new mega ship, dubbed the F3. At 150,000GT and…


NCL faces charges over Norway

May 7, 2008

May 2, 2008 – The United States Attorney’s Office, for the Southern District of Florida, has charged cruise vessel operator Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) with gross negligence, stemming from the accident on the famed SS Norway while in the Port of Miami in 2003. Below is the official press release. R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Rear Admiral Robert S. Branham, Commander Seventh…


A good reason to take your time building steam

December 16, 2007

Norway report blames NCL and BVCraig Eason, 11 December 2007 Lloyds List THE official report into the cruiseship Norway explosion in Miami in 2003 that killed eight crew members has said that the owner, Norwegian Cruise Line, and class society Bureau Veritas were partly to blame. The US National Transportation Safety Board report into the boiler room explosion claims that the probable cause was “the deficient boiler operation, maintenance, and…


Norwegian Dawn gets dry after soaking

September 29, 2007

NCL passengers blew holiday storm out of proportionBy Sandra Speares, 11 June 2007 Lloyds List A FLORIDA jury has found in favour of Norwegian Cruise Line in legal action brought by passengers on a voyage during which Norwegian Dawn was hit by a freak wave, writes Sandra Speares. “We are pleased with the jury’s thoughtful and reasoned decision,” NCL chief executive Colin Veitch said following the verdict. “We have always…