The world's largest holiday cruiser, the SS Norway, is preparing for her first voyage after a major refit and a aname change.
GV & SV PAN "Norway" at quayside (2 shots)
GV PAN Lifeboats TO Funnel
SV TILT Flag TO Swimming pool
GV TILT INT Ceiling lights TO Ballroom being decorated
SV INT PAN Cabin furnishings
SV PAN Cooks and chefs in galley
SV & CU TILT Bridge TO Control panel
GV PAN Chairs being put up on promenade deck
CU ZOOM OUT Name plate "Norway" TO Ship at quay
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Background: The world's largest holiday cruiser, the SS Norway, is preparing for her first voyage after a major refit and a aname change. About 1,000 workmen have refurbished the vessel during the past 9 months, after the Norwegian Caribbean Lines (NCL) bought the 69 thousand tonnes ship, formerly called "The France" from her French owners.
SYNOPSIS: Within nine months, "SS France" was changed to "SS Norway", a formidable task which kept a thousand workers busy at Bremerhaven. They transformed the world's largest liner to the world's largest single-class holiday cruiser. It cost her Norwegian owners 60 million dollars (U.S.) (30 million pounds) on top of some 15 million dollars (705 million pounds) NCL had already spent buying the ship.
No luxury was spared; there are three pools, two outdoors, one indoors; tastefully furnished ballrooms restaurants, theatres, cinemas and two shopping decks -- called the Champs Elysees and Fifth Avenue. These facilities are available at no extra charge to the 2,000 passengers expected to sail with the Norway on her weekly Caribbean cruises.
Fifty-six men will do the cooking. Some 750 more provide other services. They are under command of Captain Thorbjorn Hauge, who will direct the Norway from his newly equipped bridge.
A Caribbean cruise costs from about 500 dollars (250 pounds). For that, the passenger can sail from Miami to Little San Salvador, a small island the owners bought in the Bahamas, then on to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and back to Florida.