Norwegian Pearl nearing completion at German yard

The Norwegian Pearl left the Meyer Werft covered building dock in Papenburg, Germany, on Oct. 15 after completing extensive tests and engine trials, Norwegian Cruise Line said. The Norwegian Pearl will remain at the Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg at an outfitting pier for the remaining work to be completed.

The 93,500-ton ship is scheduled to transit the Ems River to the Dutch port of Eemshaven on Nov. 4 for sea trials, and then make its way to Miami for a Dec.16 inaugural sailing.

The Norwegian Pearl will sail nine-day Southern Caribbean and five-day Western Caribbean itineraries roundtrip from Miami through April 2007, and will then reposition to Alaska to sail seven-day itineraries roundtrip from Seattle for the summer before returning to Miami in September for the remainder of the year.

NCL said the 2,400-passenger Norwegian Pearl will be the first vessel at sea to feature a 10-pin bowling alley, and two other NCL firsts: a rock-climbing wall and two top-of-the-ship deluxe owner suites.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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