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