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Doc Vernon
26th March 2017, 02:04 AM
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Christian Kloster was a member of Norway's Kloster family, the shipowners that owned Norwegian Caribbean Lines. I met him during a cruise to the Bahamas on the little Sunward II back in Feb 1983.

We had a long chat. He recalled how, in the '70s, NCL wanted to expand -- to far bigger ships. They looked at the laid-up United States and then the laid-up Michelangelo & Raffaello. Yes, there was some potential. But a trip to Le Havre and a visit to the idle France changed everything -- clinched the deal. He said the former French Line flagship was just perfect for their plans. Of course, the France became the highly successful Norway following her 1979-80 conversion.

Photo: The two Italian super sisters at Pier 90 in Jan 1969.