One of the world's 10 biggest cruise ships - the 145,000 tonne Norwegian Getaway - is set to be docked in Rio de Janeiro during next year's Olympic Games, supplementing the city's hotel capacity.
A Rio 2016 official made the disclosure at the recent General Assembly of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The official indicated that the more than 1,000-foot-long ship would be located in the Maracanã zone which, besides the iconic Maracanã Stadium and the Sambódromo, home of the carnival parade and venue for Olympic and Paralympic archery events, includes the port region.
The Norwegian Getaway has a passenger capacity of just under 4,000, based on double occupancy of its approximately 1,995 rooms.
A smaller Norwegian Cruise Line vessel, the 93,000 tonne Norwegian Jade, was one of a number of cruise ships to drop anchor last year at Sochi during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Norwegian Getaway, delivered to its owner only in 2014, mainly cruises the Caribbean from Miami.
It has already acquired some sporting credentials, having docked early in its life in New York during Super Bowl week.
That week also featured a concert for guests by American rock band Foo Fighters.
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