Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it has confirmed its option for a fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class cruise ships with the Italian shipyard Fincantieri.
Norwegian Cruise Line already has four Leonardo Class cruise ships on order with the first to launch in 2022. The first of these two additional new cruise ships is expected for delivery in 2026 and the second in 2027.
Frank Del Rio, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said: “These orders extend our disciplined and measured newbuild program and strong growth trajectory well into the future and will further drive long-term returns for our shareholders. Our six ship Leonardo Class fleet will allow us to broaden our deployment into strong performing and mature unserved and underserved markets and offer new experiences to our guests.”
The six next generation Leonardo Class cruise ships are to be around 140,000 gross tonnes and accommodate approximately 3,330 passengers.
Andy Stuart, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “Following the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful class in our Company’s history, the highly anticipated Leonardo Class will fuel future growth with exciting and innovative offerings that will meaningfully drive demand from new and loyal returning guests alike.”
Norwegian Cruise Line currently has a total of seven new cruise ships on order. It’s next new cruise ship to debut will be the Breakaway-Plus class cruise ship, Norwegian Encore in Autumn 2019.