Life on the Ocean Waves
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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/S Norwegian Crown The Norwegian Crown in June 2003
Norwegian Crown vital statistics Company: Norwegian Cruise Lines (until 2008) Home Port: Not known Gross Tonnage: 34,242 tons Cruising Speed: 20 knots Passenger Capacity: 1,104 Passenger Decks: 10 Built: 1988 Voyages sailed on this ship: Aegean/Adriatic
Following our Aegean and Adriatic cruise, we disembarked the Norwegian Crown in Venice before boarding the Venice-Simplon Orient Express for the overnight journey back to London.
The Balmoral in New York in April 2012
In 2008 the Norwegian Crown was bought by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, was 'stretched' and given a refit, and now she is the Balmoral.
The Balmoral has gained another 9,000 tons and 250 passengers since her refit in 2008. You can see quite a lot of differences, notably the extension above the bridge at the front - this forms the topmost lounge called the Observatory. You can, however, also spot the things that haven't changed. When we were on board for our transatlantic voyage in 2012, however, we didn't see anything we recognised from the Norwegian Crown days.