Year built: 2001
Speed: 24 kn
Norwegian Star was repositioned in October 2011 to Tampa, Florida and the western Caribbean Sea instead of returning to the Mexican Riviera. In summer 2012, she was moved from Alaska to New York City. Norwegian Star replaced Norwegian Gem in cruises to Bermuda from April to October. In return for coming to New York, the slightly larger Norwegian Jewel replaced Norwegian Star in Alaska. She wintered in New Orleans, Louisiana where she replaced Norwegian Spirit. Starting 2013, Norwegian Star alternates between northern Europe and the Baltic Sea in the summer, and the Mexican Riviera and Panama Canal cruises in winter.
Damage to the forward thrust bearing in Norwegian Star‘s Azipod system in April 2004 caused the suspension of trips to Fanning Island, Kiribati. Because of the damage, the ship was restricted to 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) instead of the 25-knot-speed (46 km/h; 29 mph) needed to make the journey around Hawaii and to Kiribati in the week allotted for the cruise. The stopovers in Kiribati were required under the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886 whereby non-U.S. flagged ships are prohibited from departing and returning to a U.S. port without first calling at a foreign port. The penalties associated with skipping a foreign port were waived for NCL on account of the damage. A revised itinerary with stops in Kailua and Lahaina was substituted until the end of April, and the repositioning cruise to Vancouver was cancelled to allow Norwegian Star to go into drydock early.
Additional problems with the Azipods forced NCL take the Norwegian Star out-of-service for two weeks in April 2015, and cancel its repositioning cruise through the Panama Canal.
On April 27, 2012, Norwegian Star struck the pier where the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, was docked while she attempted to dock at the nearby New York Passenger Ship Terminal in Manhattan. Intrepid was, at the time of incident, being prepared for the flyover of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the Space Shuttle Enterprise later that morning. No injuries were reported and the incident was blamed on high winds and low tide.
While docking at the terminal in New York on July 8, Norwegian Star generated a larger-than-normal wake from its thrusters to keep the ship positioned correctly in strong currents. The waves rocked the cruise missile submarine USS Growler, an exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, damaging the gangway and causing it to fall into the water. The United States Coast Guard stated that the maneuvering procedures were normal, noting if “One vessel created a wake. The other vessel just bobbed in the water, and that’s what vessels do.” Growler remained accessible to visitors when the museum opened for the day.
Sudden gale-force winds struck the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda, where Norwegian Star was docked, on September 14, 2012. The winds caused Norwegian Star to break its mooring and hit the stern of Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. Neither ship suffered any major damage. After the incident, Norwegian Star was held in place off of Heritage Wharf by two anchors and two tugboats.