NCL America takes delivery of Pride of Hawaii

Germanys Meyer Werft shipyard delivered NCL Americas Pride of Hawaii today at a ceremony in the Dutch port of Eemshaven after a delay due to problems with the Azipod propulsion system.

Colin Veitch, NCL president and CEO; Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Star Cruises chairman; and Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft, attended the ceremony.

NCL said in a statement that the ship would arrive in Baltimore by the end of this month, and after a series of inaugural events in San Francisco and Los Angeles in May, will begin sailing out of Hawaii June 5.

Meyer Werft said in a statement that it had changed the bearings in the ships pod system as a measure of precaution.

The Pride of Hawaii is the largest and most expensive U.S.-flagged passenger ship ever built, NCL said. The 2,400-passenger, 93,500-ton ship cost more than $500 million and will employ 1,000 crewmembers.

Two other NCL ships are currently under construction at the Meyer Werft yard. The Norwegian Pearl and the Norwegian Gem will be delivered end of 2006 and fall 2007, respectively.

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