NCL's F3 Hits Snag


Several news outlets are citing a rift between Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and Aker Yards France, which could delay construction of the line's innovative F3 series of ships.

According to reports, NCL and Aker shipyard are in a legal dispute about the first of the vessels which, at 150,000 tons, is 60 percent larger than the line's existing ships.

The 4,200-passenger F3 ships, the first of which was slated for delivery in March 2010, are to have a host of new and exciting amenities and features, including "new wave" staterooms with curved walls, exclusive and trendy clubs, an Ice Bar and a pool deck that combines outdoor entertainment and dining.

While building the ships is a challenge in itself, the 50 percent sale of NCL to Apollo Management last August seems to have added to the hindrance, with Apollo wanting more of a voice in design implementation. NCL said it had no comment on the issue.


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