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NCL refurb rises from the ashes of Olympics cancellation

When Norwegian Star’s charterer pulled out six days before the start of the Winter Olympic Games, Norwegian Cruise Line seized an opportunity to put the 2001-built ship into drydock.

Work envisioned for the end of 2010 was pulled forward. By coincidence, 30 contractors were coming to look at the vessel to plan their projects.

In a matter of two or three days, said NCL president and coo Roberto Martinoli, a contract was firmed for an immediate drydock at Victoria Shipyards.

The refurbishment involved major renovations of four fire zones including the relocation of shops with the vacated space transformed into a lounge.

Norwegian Star left San Pedro on Feb. 10, arriving in Victoria two days later, and entered the dock on Feb. 16 for 12 days. After moving to the pier on Feb. 28, the ship sailed from Victoria on March 2 and resumed service from Los Angeles on March 6.

Speaking at Cruise Shipping Miami, Martinoli called the ability to execute a vast project on such short notice ‘remarkable,’ and said it shows how much the industry is advancing in the refurbishment arena.

During his presentation, Martinoli acknowledged Victoria Shipyards and other key players.

They included ABB (Azipods), Det Norske Veritas, Mainstar, Marifix (gift shops), PCM (art gallery and La Cucina Restaurant), SMC and Foreship (architects), Santarossa (cabin and suite installation), Sea Level (aft lounge and Spinnaker Lounge) and US Outfitters (bell box conversion).

The NCL president also thanked Norwegian Star’s crew.

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