Fred Olsen buys the Norwegian Crown

May 30, 2006
Author: P&S

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has acquired the 1988-built cruise ship Norwegian Crown from Norwegian Cruise Line.

The 34,242-gt ship has been in NCL service for several years having also spent a short time with associated company Orient Lines, during which the ship made its only call so far to South Africa. At the end of that cruise the ship then named Crown Odyssey transferred to NCL and was renamed with her present title. Norwegian Cruise Lines is a subsidiary of Malaysian Star Cruises.

Ship with two names! Crown Odyssey arrived in Durban in April 2003 bearing the name Norwegian Crown but still operating as Orient Line’s Crown Odyssey. She was due to transfer across to NCL operation at the end of this particular cruise but had her name painted out before arriving. So far as is known this was the ship’s only visit to South Africa but further cruises are now likely to take place in the future with the new owner – picture by Terry Hutson. Click the image to enlarge

According to reports the ship will change hands later this year but will be chartered back to Star Cruises until November 2007, after which she will undergo a refit into more typical Fred Olsen style. At that stage the ship will again be renamed and is expected to commence sailing for Fred Olsen from early 2008. A sum of about USD 130 million will have been spent on the ship by the time she enters service at that date.

The addition of this ship will expand the Fred Olsen cruise fleet to five ships – Black Prince, Black Watch, Braemar, Boudicca and the yet to be renamed Norwegian Crown.



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