The Norway will no longer be sailing, NCL is looking into other venues for this ship, was the latest news I heard through the company, and my sources are valid since we are stockholders and past guests.
STAR has an offer that is more than the scrape value for the Norway. She is most likely heade dfor the Orient to be used as a hotel or gambling excursions (one one engine) just outside the boundary of international waters.
It is sad, but like everything life does go on. I hate to see her referred to as a peice of scrap. Too many she was and is much more than that. For some, especially the young glitzy, cookie cutter ships like glitzy cookie cutter hotels and resorts are more to their likeing; to others the true class is what ships like the Norway are all about. Personally I like a little of both.
Had you been watching, we here at Cruisemates have been saying that while there was no 'official' reports from NCL, and even though they were saying publically that it would be repaired and returned to service, we have stated that it was in fact a done deal that she would no longer sail as a cruise ship, at the very least in American waters. I reported this about two weeks after it occured as a strong probability and about a month later as pretty much a foregone conclusion. I am sorry that a ship that is loved by so many has departed but we have sailed on her and frankly, it was long overdue and the ship was no longer practical, nor did I see it being able to pass safety and sanitary inspections for much longer.She was falling apart.
We agree. We just returned from our cruise on the Dream last week. Almost everyone that we talked to on the cruise has been on the Norway at least once. I did not hear one person say that they had a bad experience on the Norway.
It is sad to think that we will not get another chance to sail her again
We sailed on the Norway Sept of 2002 and had such a great time that we convinced our son and daughter to go on her with us 8 mos later. We all had a wonderful time up to the last morning. It was the morning of the explosion. We were so sad to hear of the lost crew. There was not a crew member we met that we did not like. I would go back on her again in an instant if she were to sail again. We love the old ships but they're getting hard to find. We sailed on the Premier, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and the Norway twice. The Premier and the Norway tie in our opinion for first place, the others are floating casinos and shops and the entertainment staff cater to the same passengers all the time, and the shows are always with the same "volunteers" from the audience, I get the feeling it was all prearranged, the rest of the passengers just get to watch. We saw too many "volunteers' throughout the week eating with the staff. I'm not all that sure they even got off the ship at the end of the week. The thing we were impressed with on the Norway was the size of the partys around the pool at night, the staff just refused to let anyone sit back and watch if there was ANY chance they could get them up on the floor and they always seemed to succeed. I have never seen such participation from the passengers, ourselves included, on any ship yet. We love cruising and are going on Carnival again in 2 weeks but would rather be going on the Norway or Ocean Breeze again.
We were on the Norway a week before that. We were home a week when the explosion happened. We were really upset because we loved the ship. The Club Internationale was absolutely wonderful. We thought even though the ship had some worn areas, that was what made it special compared to the newer ships. I still say when we went on the tram at St. Thomas, and saw the Norway from up above in the Outer Harbor, with the other modern ships in the inner harbor, it was the most beautiful sight and one that we will never see again. Yes, there was a lot of oldness to the ship but that's what made it so special. We even took a picture of the picture on the wall of the SS France. Had we known that it was only going to sail one more time after us, we would have put the picture in our suitcase Only kidding, but I would love one of the pictures since there was one in every room.
we were on the Norway in Jan 2003,it was my first cruise & I loved it....we had so much fun,the parties ,the bars,etc....the crew was fantastic.....we wanted to go again & take more family members with us......such a shame to lose such a magnificent ship.....She was one of the best!!!!!
We also sailed on the Norway in January 2003, Norway deck, cabin N-131. One of the original first-class cabins, N-131 was 325 sq. ft. in size with 2 bathrooms and more storage space than you'd find in most suites. And the best part was that it wasn't a suite at all, but rather a superior outside stateroom (and priced accordingly). Sorry to say, bargains like that are a thing of the past.