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Posted at 1:01 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2006

NCL to replace Norwegian Wind with bigger ship

Advertiser Staff

NCL Corp. will bring in a larger ship next year to replace the Norwegian Wind on its 10- and 11-day cruises Hawaii cruises that include a stop in the Fanning Islands, the company announced today.

The addition of the Norwegian Sun to NCL Corp.'s Hawaii-based fleet will increase the company's capacity in the islands to 450,000 passengers in 2007, NCL said. The ship is scheduled to arrive in Hawaii next June.

NCL also announced that it has extended an arrangement with the Republic of Kiribati that will allow its ships to continue stopping at Fanning Island through 2011. NCL's foreign-flagged ships, including the Norwegian Wind and Norwegian Sun, are required under the U.S. Passenger Service Act to make a stop in a foreign port when sailing between two U.S. ports. NCL has opted to use Fanning Island fulfill this requirement.

NCL, through its subsidiary NCL America, also operates the U.S,-flagged Pride of Aloha and Pride of America in Hawaiian waters. The company's newest U.S-flagged ship, the Pride of Hawaii, is scheduled begin interisland cruises June 5.