On the 11th of May, 1960, all eyes were turned on the French. On that day, the brand new ocean liner France was launched at the Chantiers et de l' Atlantique yard in St. Nazaire. She was meant to be the most glamorous liner of them all and indeed, on her maiden trip from Le Havre to New York in 1962 she proved the epitome of French chic. As traveling by air was gaining popularity, France proved too expensive to operate. She was laid up in 1974 and remained idle for year until snapped up by Norwegian shipowner Kloster. Renamed Norway, she arrived at the Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven in August, 1979 for a complete transformation into a Caribbean cruise ship. In 1980, she returned to the seas triumphantly.
Now measuring 70,702 tons and carrying 2,400 passengers and 735 crew, she sailed at a leisurely 17 knots on weeklong cruises from Miami. She proved to be an instant success. Norway remained on the Caribbean run and was refurbished several times. In 1990, new suites were added to her top decks bringing her tonnage to 76,049 and her guest capacity to 2,565. In 2006, a boiler explosion meant to end to a magnificent ship. Renamed Blue Lady, the proud ship was towed to Alang, India where she was broken up in 2006.