Norwegian Spirit seen here in the port of St John's Antigua in December 2005.
The vessel was constructed by Meyer Werft in Germany. Named SuperStar Leo in 1998, the vessel was the first of Star Cruises' Leo Class. She was first based in Hong Kong for almost five years.
In 2004, Norwegian Cruise Line (a subsidiary company owned by Star Cruises) was planning to launch Pride of America. However, just prior to completion, the vessel partially sank when a storm hit the Lloyd Werft shipyards. To meet the already booked cruises for Pride of America, SuperStar Leo was transferred to the NCL fleet, and after only two weeks of refits, emerged as Norwegian Spirit.
In January 2006, "Norwegian Spirit" encountered a freak wave off the coast of Tortola.
Former Name: Superstar Leo
Owner: Norwegian Spirit Ltd - Miami, USA
Operator: NCL Bahamas Ltd - Miami, USA
Built: 1998-09 Jos L Meyer GmbH & Co - Papenburg (Germany)Yard/hull No.: 646
Newbuilding price $350,000,000
Hull Material:Steel; Hull Connections:Welded; Decks:13 dks
Complement: 1,966 passengers, 965 crew
Length Overall 268.600
Length (BP) 235.600
Length (Reg) 237.480
Breadth Extreme 32.300
Breadth Moulded 32.200
Formula Deadweight 38,517
4 diesel electric oil engines driving 4 generators each 14,000kW connected to 2 electric motors of 27,190shp(20,000kW) & geared to screw shafts driving 2 FP propellers at 142 rpm
Total Power: Mcr 58,800kW (79,944hp)
Service Speed: 24.00kts
Design: MAN, Engine Builder: MAN B&W Diesel AG - Germany
4 x 14V48/60, 4 Stroke, Single Acting, Vee
14 Cy. 480 x 600, Mcr: 14700 kW (19986 hp) at 514 rpm
Thrusters: 2 Thwart. FP thruster (f) 2,360kW(3,209bhp) , 1 Tunnel thruster (a)