Norwegian Cruise Line has ordered four new generation cruise ships, which will be constructed at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. The cruise line also has the option for an additional two cruise ships.
Each of the new build cruise ships has a value of approximately € 800 million. The first is expected to be delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line in 2022. The other three new ships will launch in 2023, 2024 and 2025. If the additional two cruise ships are also order these are likely to launch in 2026 and 2027.
These new generation cruise ships will form the backbone of the future of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Each ship will be 140,000 gross tonnes, nearly 300 metres in length and accommodate 3,300 guests.
The design of the new cruise ship is based on a prototype project which was developed by Fincantieri. The design enhances the consolidated features of Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature offering of freedom and flexibility. The design features an innovative configuration allowing for an enhanced passenger experience. The design of the new build also focuses on energy efficiency, reducing the environmental impact.
Frank Del Rio, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “This new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line brand’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry. This order continues to highlight our disciplined new build program, extends our growth trajectory well into the future, enhances our already attractive earnings profile and drives expected long-term returns for our shareholders”.