Oslofjord was Norwegian America Line's first new post-World War II passenger vessel, an ocean liner designed to operate on the North Atlantic mainly during the peak travel months from May to October, while offering upscale cruising in the winter off season. She was followed a few years later by fleetmate Bergensfjord. They were very similar except that the passenger decks were extended further aft on the newer ship, which also meant a slightly greater capacity and more space for public rooms.
Sagafjord was next, intended almost exclusively for cruising, and only crossing the Atlantic for repositioning when necessary. She was perhaps the finest luxury cruise ship of her time, the first to be rated "Five Stars Plus" by reviewers.
"On Norwegian America's glistening 24,000-ton SAGAFJORD, you find a way of life you thought had vanished years ago. You meet with a standard of elegance that seems well-nigh incredible in this day and age. You feel as if you're on your own personal yacht."
In transatlantic service, all three ocean liners operated as two-class ships with several lounges in each class, modern Scandinavian interior design, indoor and outdoor pools, smoking rooms, cocktail bars, stabilizers and full air-conditioning. All staterooms on Bergensfjord and Sagafjord and all First class staterooms on Oslofjord had private facilities. All First class and most Tourist class staterooms had two lower beds, with optional folding upper "Pullman" berths in most Tourist class accommodations.
The usual transatlantic schedule was either New York to Kristiansand (7 days), Copenhagen (8 days) and Oslo (9 days) -or- New York to Bergen (7 days), Stavanger (8 days), Copenhagen (9 days) and Oslo (10 days).
While cruising they operated as one-class ships with their capacity reduced to 360, 420 and 450 respectively, allowing for highly personalized service, single seating dining and spacious decks and public rooms.
Sample minimum one-way fares from New York to Oslo: First class $363; Tourist class $241; Fares are per person in U.S. dollars as of spring 1969.
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Built: 1949 by Netherlands SB Co, Amsterdam, Holland
Built: 1956 by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle, England
Built: 1965 by Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee, La Seyne, France