NCL's Norway Transatlantic

Jan 3rd, 2000, 01:32 PM
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NCL's Norway Transatlantic

I was told by several travel agents that the Norway will no longer make the occassional Atlantic crossing...not even to offer a repositioning cruise. Is this true? If so, why would NCL pull the plug on crossings? This, as well as any comments on the Norway would be welcome!
Jan 3rd, 2000, 01:41 PM
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We did the Atlantic crossing from Miami to Barcelona in April 99. It is a great way to get to Europe, but we would not do it on the Norway again. It was the worst ship we had been on, food, repair, etc. I personally think they are going to use it until it falls apart as a cheap cruise in the Carribean.
Jan 3rd, 2000, 06:34 PM
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Just returned from a cruise 12/28/99 on the Norway. According to the NCL catalog information the Norway will be cruising in the "Carribean only" through 2001.The ship is not terrible as some people are saying, but I would not want to make a crossing on it. I think one of the newer ships will be making the crossing.
Jan 4th, 2000, 07:58 AM
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It's really amazing the number of negative responses the Norway can generate. This ship is definitely NOT for everyone. It is a ship from a time gone by. It is NOT a white ship. It does not have a 10 story atrium. It does not have miles of chrome and neon lights. It is not the Titanic either.

It is a marvelous, almost 40 year old ship that has been maintained much as she was when she was launched as the S/S France. That's what makes her special for me.

As far as not wanting to sail a transatlantic on her, we did just that in August and the crossing with it's 15-20' seas was MUCH smoother than Caribbean cruises on RCI's Majesty, Legend and Enchantment of the Seas in far less severe sea conditions.

The Norway WAS DESIGNED originally for transatlantic crossings.

I think the reason for stopping her transatlantic crossings was a matter of economics; not with the crossings themselves, but with cruising overseas. I must assume that fuel is less expensive stateside and, the Norway is not exactly economical when it comes to fuel.

Just my thoughts,

Jan 4th, 2000, 08:13 AM
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R4, I would agree with most of your post, with the exception of it being maintained much as it was when it was the France. I'm sure you have cruised considerably, and so have we, and it was the poorest maintained ship we have ever been on.
Jan 5th, 2000, 01:43 AM
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I am a travel agent and sailed on 3 NCL ships in 1999 to see for myself why my customers were complaining. All 3 cruises were disasterous and this is sad. Although the dining room staff and food is top notch and the casino staff the same, the ships were definitly lacking in maintenance. There is no night crew that works excepts for a young kid in the purser's office. The captains more than likely sleep in the evening and there is no one capable of piloting the ships except again young fellows not properly trained.

They are selling and leasing their ships. They do not have a ship sailing to Bermuda from NYC this summer therefore they lost a lucrative market.

They are bleeding the ships by spending just enough money to keep the ships sailing until they sell the line, which I hope is soon.

Although they rejected the offer by Carnival as being too low (Carnival is too smart to bid any higher). At this time Star Cruises (Asia) has a 51% stake in the line. Star may take over.

Right now NCL prices are the best around but I will not sell the line.

Jan 5th, 2000, 07:54 AM
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Wow! Between this posting and my one last month ("Looking for the France on the Norway") it is amazing to see the number of various opinions on NCL and the dear old liner herself...Well, I'm booked on a 7-day Caribbean cruise on her in February and booked the 2nd most expensive catagory of cabin (well, my last trip was a crossing on QE 2 this summer in a penthouse in Queen's Grill catagory, so I was told to book HIGH on the Norway as not to be disappointed!), so I fully intend to enjoy myself! Also, the main reason for this trip is to "experience" the S.S. France, so I'll be running around doing alot of that (it's the only ship one can do that on no matter how "tatty" she may be or how bad the service is!). Plus, I live in New York City, so it'll be nice to see the sun in February!
Feb 14th, 2000, 06:50 PM
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Cruised on the Leeward this past May and
on the Norway in August, it was the
worse cruises we ever have taken. Carnival is much more superiour than these ships!

Food on the Norway was fair, service was good, but the ship needs a total new
refurbishment. They also added an extra passenger cabin deck and failed to add additional public rooms to accomodate the extra passengers, too crowded, entertainment the worse, and nothing to do during the day except for paying for a massage or paying for bingo.

I could go on and tell more on the negatives of the Norway but they are too long!!

My parents cruised the week after we have gotten off and they call the Norway a barge ship.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask anytime. Also the reason why she won't be cruising trans-atlantic any longer is because there are new standards which the Norway cannot pass because she is a much older ship. She cannot pass the new inspections for safety.

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