Norwegian Sky -
Norwegian Sky is the first ship to be delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) for six years. It marks a turning point for the company’s twelve-vessel fleet and the start of a significantly raised business profile, following a listing on the US stock market.
The 78,200gt vessel was delivered to her owner in August 1999 from the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Germany. She has been four years in the making as the hull, which started its construction at Germany’s Bremer Vulkan yard in October 1995, was originally destined to be called the Costa Olympia. However, fortunes change in the shipbuilding industry, and the project was taken on by Lloyd Werft in 1998 for US$300 million. Under the terms of the handover, Lloyd Werft constructed the cabin modules and fitted out the vessel. Norwegian Sky is the fourth major project undertaken by the yard for NCL – others have included the lengthening of Norwegian Wind, Dream and Majesty. The vessel flies the Bahamas flag and has been classed to meet the standards of the French classification society Bureau Veritas. NCL has ordered a sister ship newbuilding, to be called Norwegian Sun, from the same yard
Norwegian Sky has capacity for 2,002 passengers on a double occupancy basis - or 2,450 maximum. There are 750 crew and the company philosophy of 'happy crew, happy guests' gives them double berths with ensuite facilities, TV and telephone, plus communal recreation spaces that include a swimming pool and a disco.
For the passengers there are 1,001 staterooms, 248 of which have balconies. In addition, there are 14 penthouse suites with balconies and four owners' suites. Each of the suites has its own butler service and a special menu and the four owners’ suites also have their own whirlpool incorporated into each balcony.
All the interior design has been carried out by one designer, Tillberg Design's London-based office, SMC Design.
There are seven restaurants featuring a variety of international cuisine from Italian through to Chinese, sushi and crepes. The garden and great outdoor cafés are open during the day for adults, and they provide a junior buffet in the evening that gives children the option of dining informally without their parents.
Children have been taken into consideration during the design process and given dedicated spaces, such as kids korner and a teenage disco, while babysitting is provided for a small additional fee. On deck 12, guests are served refreshments from a $50,000 sky mobile, which resembles a cross between a Viking ship and a mermaid.
Even passengers on vacation need to keep in touch with the office, so all the staterooms are connected to the internet and, for a small charge, guests can hook up their laptops and log onto their email. For those not wanting to carry their laptops aboard, there are four stations at the internet Café for going online.
NCL has contracted Colombian Emeralds International and dutyfree.com, which has previously only had onshore outlets, to manage all the gift shops, while Reebok and Cybex have manufactured and supplied workout equipment for the gym.
Norwegian Sky has six diesel generators supplied by MAN B&W, providing a total output of 50,700kW. These are three 7L58/64 designation versions with an output of 9,100kW each and three 6L58/64 with an output of 7,800kW each – in total creating 68,928bhp. She has two four-blade Kamewa variable pitch propellers with a 5.5m diameter. Kamewa also supplied three bow thrusters and two stern thrusters, while Fincantieri supplied two SRA-2S-80 stabilisers. Norwegian Sky can produce 1,680m³/day of fresh water, even though consumption is estimated at 750m³/day, and has a storage capacity of 2,610m³.