NCL Holdings Confirms Order For Next Generation Of Ships
Open Jaw, Kerry Sharpe
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has announced the order of its fifth and sixth Project Leonardo-class ships with Fincantieri S.p.A. for Norwegian Cruise Line for delivery in 2026 and 2027.
“These orders extend our disciplined and measured new-build program and strong growth trajectory well into the future and will further drive long-term returns for our shareholders,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “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.”
At 140,000 gross tons and accommodating approximately 3,300 guests, this next generation class of ships will build upon the success of NCL's current fleet, including the most recent Breakaway Plus-class ships. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment. The smaller footprint will also broaden deployment opportunities around the world. Details on the many innovative guest-facing and first-at-sea features will be announced at a later date.
“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,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.
With today's announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has seven ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises for a total of eight vessels for delivery through 2027. The company will take delivery of its newest ship,Norwegian Encore, in fall 2019.
Kerry Sharpe Columnist
Having worked in travel for the last 16 years, Kerry has experience covering the industry as media, as well as being under its lens when she worked for Thomas Cook, TravelBrands and itravel2000. A new mom, Kerry recently returned to the workforce and when she’s not chasing after her daughter, you’ll see her out and about covering industry events alongside her new BFF Tina the Travel Agent.