Norwegian Cruise Line will add another 2,000-passenger ship,
scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2004.
NCL has contracted with Northrop Grumman Ship Systems to buy all
of the materials and equipment and the work performed to date on
the two Project America vessels under construction at Northrop’s
Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi.
The substantially completed hull of the first vessel plus all of
the associated equipment and materials will be transported to
Europe, where work will be finished in one of the major cruise ship
Colin Veitch, president and CEO of NCL, said the line is in
advanced discussions with European yards to determine which one
will complete the ship. The original design of the Project America
ship for the defunct American Classic Voyages has been
“We were impressed with the initial creative design of the
ship,” Veitch said. “Now, with the changes we have made, she will
be an outstanding addition to our fleet, bringing to four the
number of new purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships we will
introduce between 2001 and 2004.”
Once the completion of the first vessel is under way, NCL will
explore the feasibility of completing the second vessel based on
the work in progress and materials that have been purchased as part
of the deal with NGSS.