Norwegian Star is sailing next month to its ultimate port of call — the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
After a four-night repositioning cruise from Los Angeles, the Star will be berthed in Vancouver where it will become a four-star hotel throughout the Games.
Newwest Special Projects, an Edmonton-based company, has partnered with Norwegian Cruise Lines to dock the deluxe cruise ship at Vancouver Wharves near the Lions Gate Bridge. That’s just 10 minutes from downtown and across from Stanley Park with a stunning view of the Coastal Mountains and the city.
Businessperson Dennis Laliberte helped to boost the options for accommodation at the Games by chartering the ship that becomes a 1,119-room floating hotel handling 2,240 guests.
Calling it the “largest hotel” in Vancouver during the Games, Laliberte said the ship will offer many of the usual enticements enjoyed while at sea.
This includes a variety of accommodations, from inside cabins to deluxe suites, gourmet dining in 13 restaurants as well as room service, a 1,100-seat show lounge with Las Vegas-style entertainment and shuttle service to transportation heading to Games venues, shopping and nightlife.
The showroom will also be the setting for live Olympic broadcasts while some people who have booked cabins aren’t even planning to attend the Games, Laliberte said.
The Star, which also has eight lounges, a spa, three pools and fitness centre, will be in Vancouver for 20 nights.
Newwest is marketing its onboard accommodation in 10, two-night options known as “Wave One” to “Wave 10” from Feb. 10.
An added opportunity to enjoy the ship at sea is to cruise from Los Angeles (San Pedro Pier), leaving on Feb. 6 and arriving at its North Vancouver berth on Feb. 10. There’s also a return voyage, leaving Vancouver on March 2, arriving in L.A. on March 6.
The four night pre-Olympic cruise includes two days at sea, a day in Victoria and arrival at 8 a.m. in Vancouver. On the return, there’s a day in port at San Francisco.
The charge for Norwegian Star cruise ship accommodations in Vancouver during the Olympics is from $325 U.S., a person per night, double occupancy, for an inside or outside cabin to $3,750 for a one-bedroom penthouse (fees, taxes and gratuities extra).
This includes airport transfers, meals as well as box lunches for those going to the Games, tours of Vancouver and guides for nightlife entertainment.
Cruising on the Star to Vancouver from Los Angeles or reverse is from $100 a person U.S. for the four nights for an inside cabin, $140, outside cabin and $700 for a one-bedroom penthouse, plus fees, taxes and gratuities.
For more information or reservations, go to www.vancouver2010cruiseship.com or call 1-800-661-7281.
– Jim and Barb Fox for lfpress.com