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05/11/18 10:55

The Rhapsody of GNV sets sails to the Caribbean

The ferry will host crew members of Norwegian Cruise Line's cruiseships to be refurbished

The Rhapsody of Grandi Navi Veloci will spend next months in the Caribbean.

The 37,700 GT ship, built in 1996 and capable to host 2,500 passengers and 700 vehicles, is currently in Genoa although she should be shortly crossing the Atlantic to reach the Caribbean, having sealed, supported by Ferrando & Massone brokering house of Genoa, a charter contract with Norwegian Cruise Line from mid November 2018 to mid February 2019.

Once having reached final destination, the Rhapsody will be deployed by the American company  as accommodation vessel to host NCL's crew members and suppliers while their ships will undergo maintenance.

Previously owned by France-based SNCM, operating as Napoleon Bonaparte, this ferry was purchased by SNAV (controlled by MSC group) in 2014, for just 7 million Euro, after having been  seriously damaged by a terrific fire.

Completely refurbished at Cantieri Navali of Naples and renamed Rhapsody, the ro-pax was taken over by GNV to be serving, as from 2015, the new Bari-Durres line, and subsequently being deployed on several other lines, encompassing the shipping company's summer connections to Sardinia.

Francesco Bottino

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