NCL Picks Up Former AMCV Hull

Line will move materials and equipment to Europe to finish 2,000-passenger ship

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 building yards.

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 modified.

“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.