NEW YORK -- Adventure-cruise specialist Norwegian Coastal Voyage
will introduce the largest, most feature-rich ships in company
history in 2002, with two 15,000-ton vessels that will increase the
11-ship line's capacity by 23%.
The 643-passenger Finnmarken begins operations on April 20, and
the 674-passenger Trollfjord enters service on May 7.
Each ship will have 40% more berths and 50% more deck area than
the six ships the company introduced in the 1990s. Also, each will
include the line's first staterooms with private balconies and
NCV ships, a longtime lifeline to Norwegian coastal towns, have
emerged in recent decades as sightseeing-intensive cruise options
for North American vacationers.
Along with local passengers and cargo, the line carries leisure
cruisers from the U.S. to 34 ports between Bergen and Kirkenes,
NCV's Finnmarken, the third company ship to be named after
Norway's northernmost region of Finnmark, will be the first company
vessel to feature passenger amenities, including an indoor/outdoor
cafe, a wine bar, a swimming pool and a squash court.
The Art Nouveau-styled ship also will offer 32 suites, 14 with
The Trollfjord, featuring contemporary decor, also includes
glass elevators and 21 suites, eight with private balconies. The
two new ships will replace the 171-passenger Lofoten and
Those vessels will move to NCV's Expedition cruises division,
which sails to the Lofoten Islands and Spitsbergen.
Rates (excluding air fare) range from $813 to $1,488 per person,
double, for six-day cruises; $988 to $1,811 for seven-day voyages
and $1,470 to $2,824 for 12-day roundtrip cruises.
Junior and full suites range from $1,085 to $3,378 for six days;
$1,319 to $4,113 for seven days and $1,964 to $6,134 for 12
NCV launches a third new ship, Midnatsol, in the spring of 2003.
Two additional new ships are scheduled to debut in 2004 and