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Olympics ship charter cancellation means more business for Victoria shipyard

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
February 11, 2010 4:18 pm

The cancellation of a nearly-month-long Olympics charter for Norweigan Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Star is bringing unexpected out-of-season business to a Victoria shipyard.

The failure to attract enough business to fill the ship during the winter games forced the cancellation by Newwest Special Projects of a 28-day charter for the 965-foot-long ship.

But the ship had already booked a cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver before the Olympics, so the cruise line decided to take advantage of a blank spot in its schedule before it was scheduled to return to LA March 2.

The 2,240-passenger ship will enter Victoria Shipyard’s drydock Sunday for refurbishment and refitting. The ship had been scheduled to undergo a refitting next October, but the shipping line advanced the work to occupy the dead time between its arrival in the Northwest and its return to cruising the Mexican Riviera.

That shipyard typically handles updates and repairs on cruise ships in two narrow windows of time in the spring when ships move north to the Alaska market from Southern California and the Caribbean and in the fall after they finish the Alaska cruise season and head south again.

The Star is scheduled to head back to California to restart cruises again March 6.

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