Taking a dip
The vessel was built by Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany in 1988, for service with Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey. In 1989, Royal Cruise Line was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line, which continued operation of the company, along with the Crown Odyssey until 1996. A reorganization of all of the fleets owned by Norwegian Cruise Line saw Crown Odyssey enter service with NCL's main fleet, and it was renamed Norwegian Crown.
Following the purchase of Orient Lines by NCL in April, 2000, Norwegian Crown was transferred, regaining her original name, Crown Odyssey, in the process.
In September, 2003, Crown Odyssey was refurbished and returned to the NCL fleet, again with the name Norwegian Crown.
On May 25, 2006 - NCL Corporation announced that its parent company, Star Cruises, had agreed to sell Norwegian Crown to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines effective August 2006. Star Cruises concurrently chartered the vessel back from Fred. Olsen and NCL continued her deployment through to November 2007... ...Her last NCL cruise was on October 28, 2007.
During a January 21, 2009 cruise the ship sailed into rough weather in the Bay of Biscay smashing through 50 ft waves & 60 mph winds. Two of the passengers were sent to a hospital in La Coruna, Spain for serious injuries.
Ship Information (1) (2):
Name: 1988-1996: Crown Odyssey, 1996-2000: Norwegian Crown, 2000-2003: Crown Odyssey, 2003-2007: Norwegian Crown, 2007 onwards: Balmoral
Owner: 1988-1992: Royal Cruise Line, 1992-2004: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2004-2006: Crown Odyssey Ltd, 2007 onwards: Balmoral Cruise Ltd
Operator: 1988-1996: Royal Cruise Line, 1996-2000: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2000-2003: Orient Lines, 2003-2007: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2007 onwards: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Port of registry: 1988-1990: Pireus, Greece, 1990 onwards: Nassau, Bahamas
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, West Germany in service: 7 June 1988
Call Sign: C6II4
General characteristics (as built, 1988)
Type: cruise ship
Tonnage: 34,242 GRT
Displacement: 5,186 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Length: 187.71 m (615 ft 10 in)
Beam: 28.21 m (92 ft 7 in)
Draught: 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)
Installed power: 4×MaK 8M601/6M35 diesels, combined 21,300 kW
Propulsion: 2 propellers
Speed: 22.5 knots (41.67 km/h; 25.89 mph)
Capacity: 1,230 passengers (maximum)
General characteristics (as rebuilt, 2007)
Tonnage: 43,537 GT (gross tonnage)
Length: 217.91 m (714 ft 11 in)
Draught: 7.25 m (23 ft 9 in)
Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)
Capacity: 1,778 passengers