Start of Construction of New Luxury Liner

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Keel of Super Star Libra for Star Cruises laid

Papenburg, 23 June 2000 - The first of approximately 60 blocks of the new 91,000 GT cruise vessel for Star Cruises, Super Star Libra, was today lifted into place in the covered building dock of the MEYER WERFT Shipyard of Papenburg/Germany. Colin Veitch, member of the board, laid the traditional "lucky penny" before the block was lowered down onto the keel blocks by the yard´s 600-ton crane. This first block weighs nearly 500 tons, is 20 meters long, 32.2 meters wide and about 8 meters high. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the cruise line, the shipyard, travel agencies, the classification society and the press. Super Star Libra is the first of two new luxury cruise liners for Star Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). With the takeover of NCL Star Cruises has become the third-largest cruise line in the world. Each vessel will have a length overall of 294 meters, develop a speed of about 25 knots and will be capable of carrying 2256 passengers in 1128 cabins. The new vessels will feature a completely new design. Among other special architectural features Super Star Libra will be furnished with two 175 m² large suites with private garden each. But the ships will set new technical standards, too: For example they will be fitted with podded drive of 360 degrees efficiency comparable to an outboard motor. The propellers will be directly driven by electric motors installed in a pod under the ship´s hull. Like other cruise ships before and like all other ships in the future the Super Star Libra will be coated with an environmentally friendly, TBT-free antifouling paint. The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered at the end of 2001, the second vessel is due for delivery in late 2002.