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Throwing Cruisers a Curve, NCL
Introduces NEW WAVE STATEROOMS

F3 ships will feature the most innovative living space at sea

April 2008 NCL has come up with what is arguably the cruise industry’s most innovative living space at sea. Dubbed New Wave Staterooms, they are designed for NCL's next generation of Freestyle Cruising ships, F3. The New Wave standard, New Wave balcony and New Wave deluxe staterooms, described and illustrated in artists' renderings below, represent a giant leap forward in cruise ship accommodations with a completely fresh take on bathroom design, contemporary curved architecture, and open living space.

The most distinctive design element in New Wave staterooms is the curved walls and lines that create a chic and modern look. NCL has maximized the living space with a totally unique "pod" bathroom that features a separate shower stall, separate water closet, and a modern vanity top sink. While we like the idea of not playing dueling doors in old-style cabin entry areas where both closet and bathroom are located on opposite sides, we're not entirely sure we want to step out of the shower to dry off right in front of the cabin's door to the hallway. You never know when your cabinmate (or steward) might open the door... and oops... there you are. Could be quite interesting.

We like the stateroom furnishings, which feature a sophisticated earth-tone palette accented with splashes of color and rich, dark wood. Concealed contour LED lighting and back-lit domed ceilings set a relaxing vibe. All the amenities and comforts of NCL’s Freestyle 2.0 enhancements are included with upgraded bedding, linens and towels, Euro pillows, Elemis bathroom products, and MP3 connectivity upon request. Balcony and deluxe staterooms have bathrobes, a customized fruit menu, a fresh-baked cookie at turn down on the last night of cruise, an escort to the stateroom on embarkation day, priority restaurant reservation and reception hotlines and special color keycard for ship-wide recognition. We'd like to point out that cookies would be most appreciated every night, though.

New Wave Deluxe Balcony Staterooms:


New Wave Deluxe Balcony Stateroom, view from the entry door


New Wave Deluxe Balcony Stateroom, view from the balcony

Features:

Unique curved walls
Concealed contour LED lighting
Back-lit domed ceiling
Comfortable seating area
Flat-screen TV
Mini-Bar
Balcony
Expanded living space
A bathroom that’s “outside the box,” including:

o Separate water closet
o Separate vanity top sink within the room
o Separate bathtub and shower or luxurious shower

New Wave Balcony Staterooms:


New Wave Balcony Stateroom, view from the entry door


New Wave Balcony Stateroom, view from the balcony

Features:

Unique curved walls
Concealed contour LED lighting
Back-lit domed ceiling
Comfortable seating area
Flat-screen TV
Mini-Bar
Balcony
A bathroom that’s “outside the box,” including:

o Separate water closet
o Separate vanity top sink within the room
o Separate shower stall

New Wave Standard Staterooms:


New Wave Inside Stateroom, view from the entry door


New Wave Inside Stateroom, view toward the entry door

Features:

Concealed contour LED lighting
Most inside staterooms feature the back-lit domed ceiling
Flat-screen TV
Mini-Bar
A bathroom that’s “outside the box,” including:

o Separate water closet
o Separate vanity top sink within the room
o Separate shower stall

For floor plans of each stateroom style shown above, click the following PDF file links (opens in Adobe Acrobat Reader):

New Wave Deluxe Balcony Stateroom
New Wave Balcony Stateroom
New Wave Standard Inside Stateroom

“From the introduction of the first Caribbean cruise more than 41 years ago to the launch of Freestyle Cruising in 2000 and beyond, NCL has always blazed a trail of innovation,” said Colin Veitch, NCL’s president and CEO. “We have thrown away the rule book with the design of F3... Gone are the regimented typical designs and in place are sleek staterooms that are totally outside the box, designed for the needs of tomorrow’s guests.”

The two 150,000-ton F3 ships will each total 4,200 passenger berths, representing the largest ships in NCL's fleet. The new ship design will offer 60 percent more guest space than NCL's largest ships to date, which will be used to provide guests an even wider range of on-board activities, amenities and stateroom options. The ships' cabin mix will be the richest of any NCL ship with 100 percent of outside staterooms featuring private balconies. In total, each ship will have 1,415 balcony staterooms.

More details about the F3 ships including other innovative accommodations, public spaces, dining, entertainment/nightlife, cutting-edge technology and casino will be announced leading up to the launch of the first F3 ship in 2010. Watch for details here on CruiseDiva.com.

Photos Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


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