Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) have released renderings of what the new ships for their new class of ship will look like and have named the design process as ‘Project Leonardo’.
As reported last month Norwegian Cruise Line ordered 4 new cruise ships to be deliverd between 2022 and 2025, with a further two on option for 2026 and 2027 and will be constructed at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.
The new ships will be smaller than the Breakaway Plus class ships, measuring 140,000grt will be able to accomodate 3300 passengers and will be 300m long. The new ships will be part of a prototype design and will be built by Fincantieri in Italy.
With the new ‘prototype’ design, Norwegian Cruise Line are investing in the future with emphasis on energy efficiency and reducing the effect on the environment whilst optimising fuel consumption at the same type.
Speaking of his delight for this new design for the new class of ships for NCL, Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd 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 newbuild program, extends our growth trajectory well into the future, enhances our already attractive earnings profile, and drives expected long-term returns for our shareholders.”
Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line echoed Del Rio’s comments and expressed his delight and excitement for the new class of ships. He said:
“For the past 50 years, Norwegian Cruise Line has been focused on offering our guests the very best in cruising. 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.”
Fincantieri S.p.A’s CEO expressed their delight at the partnership with NCL to design and build the new class of ship. He said:
“We are extremely excited to collaborate with Norwegian Cruise Line and this partnership allows us to include a new prestigious client in Fincantieri’s portfolio. We are very proud of the innovative design of these ships and recognize the various stakeholders of the export chain who have contributed decisively to achieving this goal. The significant value of the order will provide substantial economic benefits by extending the employment horizon of our shipyards, and we are honored to support the growth of our country’s economy.”
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