Some more winter-game accommodation stories in the news: There appears to be a problem with the plan to house some visitors in a cruise ship.
A plan to berth an 1,100-room cruise ship in North Vancouver for use as a floating hotel during the Olympic Games appears to be in serious danger of sinking.
Edmonton-based Newwest Special Projects – which has marketed the Norwegian Star to Games visitors for the past nine months – said in a statement over the weekend that sales have been disappointing while expenses have increased beyond expectations. It said it is negotiating with its partners to try to lower costs and keep the project alive.
They initial priced rooms at $1,300 a night, dropping that to $500 per night in October and recently lowering starting prices to $275 per night including free meals. They appear to have removed their booking gateways from the internet as they work out their current problems.