This beautiful ship was the brainchild of Norwegian billionaire Knut Kloster Jr, his family had been in the cruise ship industry for a long time. It was designed and built by Fosen Mek, Verdsteder AS in Rissa, Norway a municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, part of the Fosen region. It was designed by the well-known cruise ship architects Yran & Storbraaten, unlike most luxury ships built by Kvaerner Masa-Yard (Aker Yards Oy) in Suomi-Finland, Fincantieri--Cantieri Navali Italiani out of Trieste or Chantiers de l'Atlantique in France, international ship building groups among the world’s top cruise ship builders, with an emphasis on sophisticated vessels. Somehow it is quite noticeable the Scandinavian ethos has rubbed off on this one. It feels at home rather than a plastic jungle of a ship.