Norwegian Cruise Line orders next generation of ships

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has reached an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri to construct the next generation of extraordinary ships for its Norwegian Cruise Line brand.

Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule, has announced the construction of four new ships.

For the past 50 years, Norwegian Cruise Line has been focused on offering our guests the very best in cruising,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line.  “It is with great excitement that we look ahead to our next 50 years, which includes this next generation of ships that will offer guests the innovative experiences that have come to define the Norwegian Cruise Line brand.”

The new class of ships will build upon the highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility found on the brand’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships and feature a host of innovative designs that will further elevate its already award-winning guest experience.

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Norwegian Escape, the first ship in the Breakaway Plus Class

The line was recently named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the ninth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the third time and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the fifth straight year by the World Travel Awards.

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Norwegian Joy, the second Breakaway Plus Class ship is designed for the Chinese market

This new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line brand’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment.

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Norwegian Bliss, the third Breakaway Plus Class, is scheduled for delivery in spring 2018

The 140,000 gross ton ships will each accommodate  around 3,300 guests and have a contract price of approximately €800 million each.

The four ships are expected to be delivered in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships in 2026 and 2027.

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