Knut Kloster Death – Obituary | Dead – Passed Away
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Norwegian Cruise Line co-founder and cruise industry visionary Knut Kloster has died at the age of 91.
Our sincere thoughts and condolences are with the Kloster family at this sad time.
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Today we are remembering the legend of industry founder Knut Kloster, whose pioneering genius in the 1970s led to what we now know as Norwegian Cruise Lines.
The first NCL fleet expanded to four ships in the 700 to 900-passenger range during the late 1970s, when Kloster launched the 76,000-ton, 2,000-passenger S/S Norway, the former Atlantic liner the S/S France.
He then bought the 1960-built S/S France in 1979 and converted it into by far the largest and most innovative cruise ship to date. Danish naval architect Tage Wandborg was in charge of the structural changes and Angelo Donghia of New York took responsibility for the interior design. The conversion work was managed at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven.
Meanwhile, Kloster had also introduced the first private out-island in the industry, in addition to having a programme where passengers could set sail to Jamaica and spend a week ashore at a company managed resort, before joining the ship again and sailing back the following week. His genius behind the land programme was to let passengers experience different cultures. Therefore, in the mid-1970s he also pioneered the destination immersion that some cruise brands are still pursuing today.
The company was eventually reorganized into Klosters Rederi which in turn owned NCL and also acquired Royal Cruise Line and Royal Viking Line.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.