NCL promises wider variety as new vessel makes debut

NCL promises wider variety as new vessel makes debut

and outside cabins than the Norwegian Sky.

Stuart said funding for the new ships was still being finalised, but it was likely to include bank financing and equity.

NCL was listed on the New York Stock Exchange on July 9, opening the way for a money-raising share issue in the future (Travel Weekly July 19). "The growth plan is important for us. We are anxious to maintain our growth," said Stuart.

and west Caribbean. Then it will do an Alaska itinerary in the summer."

The vessel, which will be based in Miami this winter, will cruise to ports including Eleuthera in the Bahamas, San Juan in Puerto Rico, George Town in Grand Cayman and Ochos Rios in Jamaica.

The seven-night Alaska itinerary out of Seattle next summer takes in either Glacier Bay or Sawyer Glacier, Haines, Skagway and Juneau.

NCL has confirmed it will build another ship of a similar size to Norwegian Sky for delivery in 2001, and it has an option on a third.

However, the new vessels will incorporate more balconies and outside cabins than the Norwegian Sky.

Stuart said funding for the new ships was still being finalised, but it was likely to include bank financing and equity.

NCL was listed on the New York Stock Exchange on July 9, opening the way for a money-raising share issue in the future (Travel Weekly July 19). "The growth plan is important for us. We are anxious to maintain our growth," said Stuart.

NORWEGIAN Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Sky, will allow the operator to improve the range of product it offers the UK market.

The 2,002-passenger ship, which was showcased to the UKmarket over two days of inaugural celebrations in Dover, has eight restaurants to choose from and is the first ship in the world to have an on-board Internet cafe.

It will replace Norway as the flagship of NCL's fleet but the cruiseline has no plans to get rid of Norway, which will operate in the Caribbean during 2000, according to vice-president sales and marketing Andy Stuart.

He said: "The significance of Norwegian Sky is huge for NCL.

"We get the benefit of new capacity, but it also gives us the opportunity to extend the range of product we offer.

"The winter itinerary on Norwegian Sky is perfect for the UK market. It will be doing fortnightly cruises in the east and west Caribbean. Then it will do an Alaska itinerary in the summer."

The vessel, which will be based in Miami this winter, will cruise to ports including Eleuthera in the Bahamas, San Juan in Puerto Rico, George Town in Grand Cayman and Ochos Rios in Jamaica.

The seven-night Alaska itinerary out of Seattle next summer takes in either Glacier Bay or Sawyer Glacier, Haines, Skagway and Juneau.

NCL has confirmed it will build another ship of a similar size to Norwegian Sky for delivery in 2001, and it has an option on a third.

However, the new vessels will incorporate more balconies and outside cabins than the Norwegian Sky.

Stuart said funding for the new ships was still being finalised, but it was likely to include bank financing and equity.

NCL was listed on the New York Stock Exchange on July 9, opening the way for a money-raising share issue in the future (Travel Weekly July 19). "The growth plan is important for us. We are anxious to maintain our growth," said Stuart.

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