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MV Norwegian Star, Past and Present

MV Norwegian Star

ex Superstar Libra

Steel twin screw “Dawn Class” motor vessel built in 2001 by Jos L Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany (Yard No 648) for Star Cruises a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Technical Data

  • Original Cost: $400 million
  • Length: 294.13m (overall) 264.00m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 32.20m
  • Depth: 11.50m
  • Draught: 8.20m
  • Tonnage:  91,740 gross/61,087 net/7,500t 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
  • Call Sign: CFR3
  • IMO Number: 9195157 Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Nassau/The Bahamas
  • Sister-Ship: Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel, Pride of Hawaii, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Gem

Current AIS Location

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Ordered as SUPERSTAR LIBRA for Star Cruises before being transferred to Norwegian Cruise Line.

June 23rd 2000: Laid down.

September 30th 2001: Launched.

October 3rd 2001: Left builders yard for Eemshaven.

October 31st 2001: Delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line, Nassau, Bahamas

November 17th 2001: Christened in Miami.

December 16th 2001: Commenced cruising from Hawaii.

May 2004: Rebuilt/refurbished at the San Francisco Drydock, Inc.

May 2004: Cruising Mexico / Alaska.


April 27th 2012: “Struck the pier where the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the centrepiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, was docked while she attempted to dock at the nearby New York Passenger Ship Terminal in Manhattan. Intrepid was, at the time of incident, being prepared for the flyover of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the Space Shuttle Enterprise later that morning. No injuries were reported and the incident was blamed on high winds and low tide.”

July 8th 2012: “Generated a larger-than-normal wake from its thrusters to keep the ship positioned correctly in strong currents. The waves rocked the cruise missile submarine USS Growler, an exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, damaging the gangway and causing it to fall into the water. The United States Coast Guard stated that the manoeuvring procedures were normal, noting if “One vessel created a wake. The other vessel just bobbed in the water, and that’s what vessels do.” Growler remained accessible to visitors when the museum opened for the day.”

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: Aleksi Lindström and Marc Piché for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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