Saturday, 19 July 2008


Although Norwegian Cruise Line ships have visited the Clyde in the past, this is the first time that their NORWEGIAN JADE has called at Greenock. Completed as PRIDE OF HAWAII by the Meyer Werft shipyard at Papenburg in Germany in 2006, she was initially used in the American markets before being transferred to Europe, and renamed in the spring of this year. NORWEGIAN JADE is currently the largest ship in her owner's present fleet, and has a gross tonnage of 93,558 tons. She is 294.14 metres long, and is halfway through a cruise around the British Isles and Northern Europe. Traces of her previous incarnation can still be seen in the shape of the red and yellow blossoms on her white paintwork in the gallery deck running across her aft end. She originally had similar decorations painted on her hull where the pale green design now adorns her bows.