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Cruising the Caribbean on the iconic ss Norway
February 6, 2016 - This week saw the rather sensational announcement that Crystal Cruises plans to bring back the legendary liner United States to service as a luxury cruise ship. It made me think of of the well-publicized purchase of the iconic French transatlantic liner France by Knut Kloster, owner of Norwegian Caribbean Line (now Norwegian Cruise Line) back in 1979. Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany was awarded the massive task to transform the French liner into a floating Caribbean playground. Renamed Norway, she was a familiar sight in Miami and the Caribbean islands from 1980 onwards. In 2003 a boiler explosion signalled the end of her 40-year career and the grand ship was delivered to the breakers at Alang, India in 2006.

I did sail on the s/s Norway twice and I do consider her my all-time favorite ship. She had excellent seakeeping qualities and despite the rebuilding she had a very distinct "ocean liner" atmosphere. Below are some of my photos shot during an unforgettable week in the Caribbean in the early 90s.
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Recommended Reading
A lot of books have been written about the legendary France, but my favorite is the late John Maxtone-Graham's masterpiece "France/Norway", which extensively covers the complete history of the ship, including details of the massive conversion from liner to cruise ship. It also features many unique photos of the beautiful vessel, plus a large pull-out deck plan. At the time of writing, the book was still available through amazon.com.
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