Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) have announced that they have confirmed their previous announced options for the fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class ships with Fincantieri and will be scheduled for delivery in 2026 and 2027 respectively.
In a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line, Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd said that the new orders would show a strong growth from NCL. He 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 new ships will measure 140,000 GRT and will be able to accomodate approximately 3,300 guests. As a new generation of cruise ship class, NCL will be looking to build upon the successful offering of freedom and flexibility found on their ships, right across the fleet and including the recent Breakaway Plus Class ships but will feature a host of inventive designs to allow the continuation for award-winning guest experiences. The new class of ship will look to optimise energy efficiency and that will be incorporated into the design of the ship. NCL look to reduce the fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment. Details of which will be released at a later date.
Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of NCL was excited at the confirmation of the options for the fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class ships. He stated:
“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.”
The announcement means that Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd now has seven cruise ships on order for NCL and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruise with deliveries through to 2027. Autumn 2019 will see NCL take delivery of it’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore
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.
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