Posted by: cruise2 | 23 April, 2008

Louis Buys Two NCL Ships

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Louis plc announced it has reached an agreement with Star Cruises for the purchase of two of its cruise ships, Norwegian Dream and Norwegian Majesty for a total amount of $US380 million.
According the agreement, the two cruise ships will be chartered back to Star Cruises until November 2008 for Norwegian Dream and December 2009 for Norwegian Majest. The funding has been undertaken by DVB Bank, the global specialist transportation finance bank.

”The purchase of these two cruise ships constitutes the most important renewal and upgrading of the Louis Cruise Lines fleet in its twenty-two year old history and at the same time it further enhances the company’s leading position in the Eastern Mediterranean cruise market,” Louis says in a press release.
The 51.000 tons Norwegian Dream is 230 meters long and was built in France in 1992; in 1998, she underwent a lengthening operation. She can accommodate 2.156 passengers in  875  cabins and suites, 695 of which are outside and 48 with private balconies. The cruise ship features ten decks, six restaurants, eleven lifts, two swimming pools, Spa & Fitness facilities, a two-tiered show lounge, casino, library as well as an array of bars and other public areas.
The 41.000 tons Norwegian Majesty is 207 meters long and  was built in Finland in 1992. In 1999, the vessel underwent an extensive rebuilding, lengthening and refurbishment and now can accommodate 1.790 passengers in  731  cabins and suites, 481 of which are outside. The cruise ship features nine decks, five restaurants, six lifts, three swimming pools, Spa & Fitness facilities, an amphitheatrical (???) show lounge, casino, library as well as a large number of other public areas.

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