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Norwegian Cruise Line. The Former Ship's Fate. P.2

9 minutes read • July 10th, 2017
The last time we talked about

the fate of the Norwegian Cruise Line ships

, we ended on the fate of a beautiful liner called SS Norway.

Well, let's continue this story.
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© OneCyclone/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

After the appearance of SS Norway, the

NCL

's fleet didn't receive the new ships for 9 years.
In 1988, a new cruise liner was built in Finland. She was named Seaward.
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Seaward as SuperStar Libra © cprogrammer/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

In 1997, the ship got a new name - Norwegian Sea. She remained in the NCL's fleet until 2005.
In 2005,

Star Cruises

bought the former Seaward. Her new name is SuperStar Libra.
The ship still operates cruises in Asia. Since the autumn of 2016, mainly in Thailand and Malaysia.
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© Roma Neus/Wiki/CC BY 3.0

Three years after the Seaward, in 1991, NCL bought the ship called Royal Viking Star. Previously, she belonged to the Royal Viking Line and was a part of their fleet from the time of her construction in 1972.
The ship was considered one of the most luxurious cruise liners of her time.
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After the purchase, the ship was renamed Westward.
New York became her home port. Westward operated cruises to the Caribbean Islands and Bermuda.
The ship was the part of the NCL's fleet for a short time. In just 3 years, she was transferred to a subsidiary, Royal Cruise Line, and named Star Odyssey.
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Westward as Black Watch © Ludovic Péron/Wiki/CC BY-SA 3.0

We'd like to note that the ship didn't stay long in Royal Cruise Line. She operated the Mediterranean cruises for two years, but in 1996, due to NCL's financial problems, the ship was sold to Fred Olsen.
The former Westward was renamed Black Watch.
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© El Pollock/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

The ship is still in service. She changed her livery and can now accommodate up to 820 passengers on her board.
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Royal Viking Sky, the sister ship of Royal Viking Star or Westward, became the next ship that joined NCL.
She was built in 1973 for the Royal Viking Line.
The ship was the part of the Royal Viking Line until 1991.
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Royal Viking Sky as Boudicca © Trondheim Havn/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

Just like her sister, Royal Viking Sky was transferred to NCL in 1991. We don't have any info on terms and conditions because it turned out that both the Royal Viking Line and Norwegian Cruise Line are connected by the same owners - Klosters.
The ship was named Sunward.
Just a year later, in 1992, Sunward was sold to Birka Cruise and named Birka Queen.
Birka Queen spent only one season sailing in the Baltic Sea. In late 1992, the ship returned to NCL under the former name.
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Sunward as Boudicca © Steve Weaver/Wiki/CC BY 2.0

We can hardly call the fate of this ship in NCL successful. Almost immediately, in 1993, the ship was transferred to Princess Cruises and named Golden Princess.
Can anybody tell how many cruises Sunward made under the flag of NCL?
By the way, we've already talked about her further history in the article about What Happened to the Former Princess Ships:
"Golden Princess made cruises under the Princess flag until 1997.
From 1997 to 1998, the liner belonged to Star Cruises under the name of SuperStar Capricorn.
From 1998 to 2001, the former Golden Princess cruised under the name of Hyundai Keumgang (Hyundai Merchant Marine was her operator). Until 2004, the liner sailed under the flag of Star Cruises again.
From 2004 to 2005, the ship belonged to Iberocruceros, and her name was Grand Latino.
In 2005, the liner with a rich history joined the fleet of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
Just imagine! The ship is still in service and pleases cruise lovers from all over the world. Her current name is Boudicca".  

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© El Pollock/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

The next ship does not meet chronology, but she meets the subject. We are talking about the third sister of the Royal Viking Star class - Royal Viking Sea.
The ship was built in 1973 for the Royal Viking Line. Royal Viking Sea was the part of the company for 18 years! In 1991, the ship was transferred to Royal Cruise Line and named Royal Odyssey.
In 1997, the ship became the part of the NCL's fleet. The new name of the ship was Norwegian Star.
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It's interesting to know that the ship sailed under the flags of Norwegian Cruise Line only for one year. In 1998, the ship under the same name of Norwegian Star was transferred to a partner company - Norwegian Capricorn Line.
We can say that the appearance of this company and Norwegian Star in its fleet influenced the development of the Australian and Asian cruise market.
In 2001, the ship became the part of Star Cruises. However, apparently, the cruise ship didn't make cruises under the flag of this company and was just laid up.
In 2002, the ship was transferred to the Spanish Cruise Line company. She operated cruises from Valencia under the name of Crown.
In 2005, the former Norwegian Star became the part of the German company called Phoenix Reisen. The new name of the cruise liner is Albatros.
The ship is still in service!
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© Andreas Trepte/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.5

Let's go back a bit.
In 1992, before Norwegian Star joined NCL, the company got the new ship. The ship was built for the Norwegian Cruise Line, and her name was Dreamward.
Initially, Dreamward was 190.04 m long (623 ft 6 in) and had a tonnage of 39,172 GT.
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Model of the ship Windward (Dreamward-class), later renamed SuperStar Aquarius © The Star Cruise/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

It is whispered that the thoughts about the lengthening of this class of ships appeared at the time of its projecting. As a result, in 1998, during the repair, the ship was cut in half, and a new 40 m (131 ft 3 in) section was inserted in the center. After the extension, the ship got the new name - Norwegian Dream - and new characteristics: length - 229.84 m (754 ft 1 in); tonnage - 50,764 GT. Her capacity increased from 1246 to 2156 passengers!
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© OneCyclone/Wiki/CC BY-SA 2.0

Several times, Norwegian Dream had an accident with cargo ships.
The first accident happened in 1999. Norwegian Dream rammed into a container ship.
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Despite the damage, the ship reached the port of destination on her own.
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The second accident was in 2007.
During the exit from the port of Montevideo, Norwegian Dream rammed into a cargo barge.
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Damage was not serious.
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The ship was quickly repaired.
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In 2004, the ship was transferred to Star Cruises. It turned out that Star Cruises and NCL have partly common owners!
Despite the actual transfer, the ship operated cruises under the flag of NCL until 2012.
In 2008, there were several attempts to buy/sell the ship. At first, the deal with Louis Cruise Lines fell through (although they successfully bought another ship - Norwegian Majesty that we'll talk about below). Then there were short negotiations with Pullmantur Cruises.
Since 2011, the ship was anchored in Asia.
In 2012, it became known that the former Norwegian Dream finally became the part of the Star Cruises fleet.
After the repair, the ship got the new name - SuperStar Gemini.
The ship is in service and operates cruises in Asia.
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© Rupildevlamsar/Wiki/CC BY-SA 4.0

Windward was the last ship for today.
Windward is the Dreamward class ship that partly repeated the fate of her elder sister.
Windward was built in 1992. She became the part of the NCL's fleet in 1993.
Like her sister, in 1998, the ship underwent the extension. After the repair, she also got the new name - Norwegian Wind.
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© OneCyclone/Wiki/CC BY 2.0

Just like her sister, Norwegian Wind was transferred to Star Cruises in 2004.
In 2007 (five years earlier than her sister), the former Norwegian Wind joined the Star Cruises fleet. The new name of the ship is SuperStar Aquarius.
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The ship is in service. She operates cruises in Asia and the Pacific.
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To be continued.

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