VIDEO: Now that's a stretch

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Old ocean liners were things of beauty and majesty, and although some of that aesthetic has been lost on modern cruise ship builds, we were wowed by a time-lapse video that shows the Norwegian Crown becoming the Balmoral.

Blohm + Voss, one of the world’s leading shipyards, cut the 615-foot ship in half in 2007 and inserted a section that measured 99 feet long, 93 feet wide and 50 feet high, adding 186 staterooms and 53 crew cabins. This clip shows the entire operation in less than three minutes. Perhaps more impressive is that the ship was in dry-dock for less than three months.

The Balmoral — which is part of the Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines fleet — was chartered in 2012 for a memorial cruise that retraced the route of the Titanic’s doomed voyage, and she was plagued by her own issues, including a medical emergency and 30-foot seas.