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A NAUTICAL YUCK

MS Sunward 1966-2004







This week the latest cruise monstrosity - alright then ship - arrived in the Port of Miami, FL. Yes NAUTICAL LOG knows very well it has every possible dining experience, nightclubs, top line shows, fabulous public rooms, drinking establishments and beautiful staterooms for the passengers - oh right we call them 'guests' nowadays - whatever. Indeed it is a floating Las Vegas resort but it is not a ship. It does have a vaguely ship like hull but after that it is a series of boxes stacked like the containers on the container ships that berth further down Dodge Island, with an enormous three deck box over the navigation Bridge.

This is an incredibly ugly design, one really has to wonder why because this is a NCL cruise vessel. NAUTICAL LOG remembers when they first started operating in 1968 between Miami FL and Nassau Bahamas. The yacht like Sunward caught everybody's attention and started a great improvement in the cruise industry from Miami in everything from shipboard amenities to crew uniforms. She in turn was followed by the elegant Ward class, Starward, Skyward, Southward, and Sunward 2, stylish beautiful ships so it is hard to understand why NCL of all people would have this Epic design. Sorry NCL but yuck!!

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