Today in Transportation History – 2002: She’s A Big Ship

The record-setting MS Navigator of the Seas, a cruise ship built for Royal Caribbean International by Kværnver Masa-Yards, was launched at the Perno shipyard in the city of Turku on Finland’s southwestern coast. She was the fourth Voyager-class ship built for and operated by Royal Caribbean International.

Navigator of the Seas entered service with Royal Caribbean International in November 2002. An official naming ceremony for the ship took place the following month in Miami, Florida, with German former professional tennis champion Steffi Graf serving as the godmother.

The 1,021-foot (311.1-meter)-long Navigator of the Seas initially had a gross tonnage of 138,279 gross tons (140,498 metric tons). This made her the largest ship in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet until 2006. Navigator of the Seas, which had her gross tonnage increased to 139,570 gross tons (141,810 metric tons) as the result of a major refurbishment in 2014, remains one of the top 20 largest passenger ships in the world today.

For more information on MS Navigator of the Seas, please check out http://vesselregister.dnvgl.com/VesselRegister/vesseldetails.html?vesselid=22759.

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