Two Trios of Mega Ships A Century Apart – Norwegian Cruise Line Flotation – Costa Concordia One Year On


by Kevin Griffin

The Cruise Examiner for 14th January 2013

Imperator courtesy of Ocean Liners of a Bygone Era A hundred years ago, Hapag’s 50,000-ton Imperator, Vaterland and Bismarck were the largest in the world

A hundred years ago, the Hamburg America Line introduced the largest ship in the world when it christened its 52,117-ton Imperator, first of a trio, in 1913. And last month Royal Caribbean announced that it had ordered a third ship of its 225,000-ton Oasis class, for delivery in 2016. Hamburg America Line’s successor, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, is this year introducing its Europa 2, which if not the largest in the world may be the most luxurious for today’s generation, something that the Imperator boasted as well. Elsewhere, Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it is floating on the NASDAQ and Costa Cruises commemorates the first anniversary of the loss of its 114,137-ton Costa Concordia, the largest passenger ship loss ever, at Giglio.

THIS WEEK’S STORY                                                       (See previous columns)

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