Monday, March 17, 2008

No main Dining Rooms or Lido Decks on New NCL Ships

From Travel Weekly
No main dining rooms or main theaters on new NCL ships
March 12, 2008
By Johanna Jainchill

MIAMI -- Norwegian Cruise Line's third generation of Freestyle cruise ships will not have main dining rooms, main theaters or Lido deck cafes.
In addition, the ships will not have traditional cruise ship cabins and will have many features that will be "unrecognizable" to cruisers, said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO.
Speaking at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping convention here, Veitch unveiled these initial and vague details on the two 150,000-gross-ton ships NCL is building, the first of which is scheduled for delivery in January 2010. The megaships will be NCL's first to top the 100,000-gross-ton mark, and each will hold 4,200 passengers.
Veitch said that NCL is already marketing the ships because "it is a product that needs to be explained."
Veitch also said that the Norwegian Jade will be the first ship to launch the cruise line's Freestyle 2.0 program when it debuts in the Mediterranean on March 30. The Jade, the former Pride of Hawaii, is currently in drydock. The ship is being upgraded according to the line's product-enhancement initiative.
Enhancements include major investments in the ship's dining, upgraded cabins, additional onboard activities and additional services and amenities for guests in balcony, suite and villa accommodations.
Veitch said the Jade will spend the next two years doing year-round cruises in Europe.

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