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Norwegian and shipbuilder STX settle dispute

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 20 - 2008

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and STX France Cruise SA, STX Europe’s French shipyard, announced Friday that they have reached an agreement and are moving forward with the construction of the F3 cruise ship project; however, only one rather than two ships will be built.

“NCL and STX Europe have agreed to revise the original F3 order. STX France Cruise is now building one F3 ship at 150,000-tons with a total of 4,200 passenger berths, representing the largest ship in NCL’s fleet. This will mean finishing of the original hull, which is currently in the early phases of construction, with delivery set for late May 2010, as originally scheduled, ” STX said in a statement.

The planned second vessel, currently only in the preparatory stages, will not be constructed. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “With this agreement, we can all focus on completing the new vessel successfully,” said Kevin Sheehan, NCL’s president and CEO. “We are looking forward to the arrival of our much anticipated F3 ship as it represents a major step forward for NCL in terms of ship size, design and innovation.”

“We are pleased that the ongoing construction of the ship for NCL will continue. We, along with our subcontractors, will now make the necessary adjustments to our plans for this project,” said Jacques Hardelay, president of STX France Cruise SA.

The F3 will offer “New Wave” staterooms with their curving walls, domed ceilings and bathrooms broken down into individual components. The ship will also launch five night life hot spots with crazy themes and never-before-seen at sea venues, including the first ice bar. Inspired by Scandinavia’s ice bars and ice hotels, NCL’s Ice Bar will be an ice chamber with changing hues to simulate the Northern Lights. Patrons will be given fur coats, gloves and hats to stay warm in a room where the temperature will not rise above 17 degrees Farenheit. NCL plans to unveil the full F3 story in the near future.

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