|Name:||1998–2004: SuperStar Leo
2004–present: Norwegian Spirit
|Owner:||1998–2004: Star Cruises
2004–present: Norwegian Cruise Line
|Port of registry:||Bahamas|
|Builder:||Meyer Werft, Germany|
|Laid down:||5 October 1996|
|Launched:||24 September 1998|
|Class & type:||Leo-class cruise ship|
|Length:||879 ft (267.92 m)|
|Beam:||106 ft (32.31 m)|
|Height:||163 ft (49.68 m)|
|Depth:||26 ft (7.92 m)|
|Installed power:||4 × MAN-B&W 14V48/60 (4 × 14,700 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric; two shafts
Two ABB HSSOL 38/1256 propulsion motors (2 × 20 MW)
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph) (maximum)
The vessel was constructed by Meyer Werft in Germany. Named SuperStar Leo in 1998, the vessel was the first of Star Cruises' Leo-class. She was then homeported in Singapore in 1998 and operated 2-5 Night Cruises to Malaysia and Thailand. One year later, SuperStar Virgo arrived in Singapore. She was then based in Hong Kong in September 10, 1999 and offered 1-5 Night Cruises to China,Hainan,Vietnam and South China Sea Cruises.
In 2003, SuperStar Leo was transferred to Australia due to SARS in Asia and she returned to Hong Kong afterwards.
In 2004, Norwegian Cruise Line was planning to launch Pride of America. However, just prior to completion, the vessel partially sank when a storm hit the Lloyd Werft shipyards. To meet the already booked cruises for Pride of America, SuperStar Leo was transferred to the NCL fleet, and after only two weeks of refits, emerged as Norwegian Spirit.
In 2005 Norwegian Spirit hit a pier in Juneau, causing minor damage. In 2007, Norwegian Spirit again struck a pier, this time in New York Harbor. In both cases, repairs were made to the ship. On 25 May 2008 at approximately 9:00 am the Spirit contacted Pier 90 in New York City at the end of an eight day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. She damaged the parking garage support columns and the bow of the ship. The incident happened exactly five years to the day since the SS Norway experienced a boiler explosion in Miami.
In March 2011 the Norwegian Spirit was over 12 hours late due to a death on the ship and a collision into the pier in Mexico.
Norwegian Spirit currently offers two different itineraries, based year-round in Europe; 12-night Grand Mediterranean cruises in the summer and autumn, and nine-night cruises to the Canary Islands in the winter and spring.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Norwegian Spirit (ship, 1998).|
- Norwegian Spirit: Overview Norwegian Cruise Line
- CruiseCritic.com review
- Meyer Werft Website
- Norwegian Spirit www.galutschek.at (short video clip of Norwegian Spirit, November 2007)