The Norway is one of the last
true classic ocean liners. She was
originally built in France and christened the SS
France in 1962. The France was a
no-expenses-spared maritime showpiece of French
culture and such an important construction project
that French President Charles DeGaulle closely
monitored the progress. Upon its completion,
the France was considered a masterpiece of
maritime architecture. The ship was a
head-turner with her sleek look. At 1,035,
SS France became the world's largest ocean liner.
She sailed as flagship of the French Lines for 12
In 1979 Norwegian Cruise
Line purchased the France, renamed her the Norway,
and modified the liner for cruise service rather
than trans-Atlantic duty. Many changes were made
to the interior, including the elimination of the
This 1979 refurbishment
was only the first of many modifications,
re-fittings, and face lifts that the Norway has
had over the last two decades. An alternative
restaurant, a 6000 square foot Roman Spa, a 4000
square foot fitness center, a Sports Illustrated
Cafe, and a whole new deck of balconied suites are
just some of the additions. Therefore, although
the Norway was one of the oldest ladies sailing,
these modifications have helped her keep up with
her more modern competition. The onboard
entertainment has been praised as some of the best
afloat, including Broadway-style shows in the main
SS Norway's cabin system
was very unique. Different cabins reflected
the fashion of the 60's, 70's, 80's or the 90's!
For example, your cabin might have contemporary
decorations and a picture window, while some in
the same class will only have a porthole and not
reflect the current fashion in decor.
sailed for 28 years as flagship of Norwegian
Cruise Lines. She was finally sold for
scrap metal for $25 million and dismantled in
India in September, 2006.
hearts and minds of everyone that loved her, she
will always be remembered as the beloved S.S.
France / S.S. Norway.