Norwegian Dawn

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Norwegian Dawn departing Boston Harbor
Name: 2002–: Norwegian Dawn
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas[1]
Route: Seven night cruises out of New Orleans, Louisiana in the Winter months, and Boston, Massachusetts in the warmer months.
Ordered: 9 March 1998[1]
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: $450 million
Yard number: 649[2]
Laid down: 29 June 1998[1]
Launched: 1 June 2002[1]
Completed: 3 December 2002[1]
Maiden voyage: 7 December 2002
In service: 2002–
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Libra-class cruise ship
Length: 292 m (958 ft)
  • 32.2 m (106 ft) (moulded)
  • 38.1 m (125 ft) (max)
Height: 59.5 m (195.2 ft)
Draught: 8.5 m (28 ft)
Depth: 11.5 m (38 ft)
Decks: 15 decks
Installed power:
  • 4 × MAN B&W 14V48/60
  • 58,800 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two ABB Azipods (2 × 20 MW)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Capacity: 2,224 passengers
Crew: 1,126

Norwegian Dawn is a cruise ship that entered service in 2002 and is in operation with Norwegian Cruise Line.


The ship was completed on December 4, 2002 at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and sailed her maiden voyage in Europe on December 7, 2002. She was intended to operate with Star Cruises under the name SuperStar Scorpio, but it was decided that she would be delivered to Star's subsidiary, Norwegian Cruise Line as Norwegian Dawn.[3] Norwegian Dawn was christened December 16, 2002, in an elaborate ceremony in Manhattan by actress Kim Cattrall.[4]

Norwegian Dawn was the first NCL vessel to carry hull art. Planned as a way to promote the vessel, the concept was well received and hull art was incorporated on most other NCL vessels, with the exception of those vessels scheduled to transition out of the fleet within the next few years.[citation needed] Norwegian Dawn the de facto official ship of R Family Vacations, a cruise designed for gay and lesbian families.[citation needed]


On April 16, 2005, after sailing into rough weather off the coast of Georgia, Norwegian Dawn encountered a series of three 70-foot (21 m) waves. The third wave damaged several windows on the 9th and 10th decks and several decks were flooded. Damage, however, was not extensive and the ship was quickly repaired.[5] Four passengers were slightly injured in this incident.[6]

On November 27, 2009, Norwegian Dawn lost all power while returning to Miami. United States Coast Guard ships and helicopters were dispatched to the scene to assist. During the power outage, the more than 2,000 passengers on the ship had no access to running water, electricity, air conditioning or toilet services in the hot Caribbean environment. The temperatures in the area at the time were around 85 °F (29 °C) with 67% relative humidity. At least some power was restored and the ship was able to make port in San Juan, PR, not Miami as the itinerary dictated, to allow repairs to be made.[7]

On August 27, 2010, Norwegian Dawn experienced engine problems. The ship had to leave Bermuda early to return to New York at a slower speed.[8]

On August 24, 2013, Norwegian Dawn lost power in the evening due to an engine failure. Lighting was restored almost immediately, but the Dawn floated for nearly two hours in the Atlantic. After fixing the issue, evening events went on as planned and the Dawn reached Bermuda the next morning at her scheduled time.[citation needed]

On May 19, 2015, Norwegian Dawn ran aground in Bermuda shortly after leaving port.[9] The incident was attributed to a minor malfunction in the ship's steering, sending her off course to hit a reef.[10] The ship was floated off the reef six hours later with the high tide, and allowed to continue to Boston after underwater surveys showed no damage.[10]

Vessel class[edit]

Norwegian Dawn was the second in a line of two ships with this design, constructed at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Her sister ship is Norwegian Star, which entered service in November 2001. At the time of their order with Meyer Werft, these two ships were designated as Libra-class (Dawn-class in NCL publicity, as the Libra-class designation was because of its original assignment by Star Cruises until they were assigned to NCL operations). NCL continued using the same class designation for these ships.[11] Her original designated name was Superstar Scorpio, when destined for Star Cruises.


As with her sister vessel, Norwegian Dawn has restaurants, bars, entertainment and activity areas, and an eight-deck high atrium. One of her more distinctive features are twin Garden Villa staterooms.[12]

2011 refurbishment[edit]

In 2011 the ship underwent an extensive refurbishment which including a top-to-tail overhaul of the ship and some major layout changes:[13][14]

  • Addition of Moderno, a Brazilian restaurant in half of the former "Endless Summer" restaurant.
  • Relocation of the Blue Lagoon snack bar from deck 7 to deck 8, in half of the former "Endless Summer" restaurant.
  • Relocation of the photo gallery into the former site of the Blue Lagoon snack bar.
  • Removal of Dazzles Bar and Dazzles Nightclub.
  • Relocation of the Tax and Duty Free stores into the former location of Dazzles.
  • Conversion of the Spinnaker Lounge, Conference Rooms and Card Rooms into suites and staterooms.
  • Conversion of a cinema into new conference spaces.
  • Relocation of Spinnaker Lounge into former retail space.
  • Renaming of Impressions restaurant into La Cucina.



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  2. ^ "Single Ship Report for "9195169"". Miramar Ship Index. 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  3. ^ Unknown (2000). Asia Pacific Shipping. 1. Baird Publications. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Christening the "STAR" of the East Coast". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Reuters (April 18, 2005). Freak wave pummels cruise ship.
  6. ^ "NTSB – Brief MAB-05/03". Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Norwegian Dawn cruise ship breaks down near Puerto Rico". jacksonnjonline. 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Cruise ship leaves early due to engine problems". 
  9. ^ Almasy, Steve (19 May 2015). "Norwegian cruise ship runs aground near Bermuda". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Coto, Danicia (21 May 2015). "Experts inspect cruise ship freed from reef off Bermuda". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Building Boom Ushers in New Class System". Cruise Travel. January 1, 2001. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  12. ^ MEYER WERFT GmbH. "Press Ticker". 
  13. ^ "Norwegian Dawn". 
  14. ^ "Norwegian Dawn Receives Major Enhancements". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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