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MV Norwegian Dawn – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9195169

MV Norwegian Dawn

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (Bridgetown, Barbados , November 2004)

Steel twin screw “Dawn Class” motor vessel built in 2002 by Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 649) for Star Cruises a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $400 million
    Length: 294.13 m (overall) 264.80m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 32.20m
    Depth: 11.50m
    Draught: 8.625 m
    Tonnage: 92250 gross/61406 net/7500t deadweight
    Engines: 4 x B & W-MAN 14V48/60 diesel/electric
    Power: 58,800 kW
    Speed: 20.0 knots (service) 24.6 knots (max)
    Capacity: 2,240 passengers
    Passenger Decks: 12
    Crew: 1,100
  • MMSI Number: 311307000
    Call Sign: C6FT7
    IMO Number: 9195169
    Official Number: 9000046
    DNV id: 21561
    Port of Registry: Nassau/The Bahamas
    Sister-Ship: Norwegian Star (648), Norwegian Jewel (667), Pride of Hawaii (668), Norwegian Pearl (669), Norwegian Gem (670)


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Ordered as SUPERSTAR CAPRICORN for Star Cruises but, transferred to Norwegian Crises during construction.

September 1st 2001: Keel laid.

June 1st 2002: Launched.

December 3rd 2002: Delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line, Nassau, Bahamas.

December 5th 2002: Arrived in Southampton December 5th, a day ahead of schedule for a two day stopover for travel industry and media celebrations. The new German-built ship features controversial hull murals of dolphins and the statue of liberty, as well as signatures of famous painters, a reference to the valuable art collection that she carries on board.

December 7th 2002: Departed on a transatlantic crossing to New York.

December 16th 2002: Naming ceremony held in New York. Kim Cattrall, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress from the popular US TV show “Sex and the City” named as Godmother.

December 21st 2002: Cruising from Miami to the Caribbean.

April 15th 2005: Hit by a rogue wave during very rough weather on her return to New York. As the conditions seemingly improved at daybreak, the NCL ship was hit by a freak wave that broke windows in two separate cabins. 62 cabins were flooded and 4 passengers were reported injured. She was diverted to Charleston, South Carolina for repairs and passengers whose cabins were flooded were being flown home from Charleston. The ship continued to New York. 

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© Cedric Hacke (Kiel, 15/06/2022)

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© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 25/08/2022)

October 8th 2022: Due at Dover.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Marcel and Ruud Coster, Brian Fisher and Cedric Hacke Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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