11 Apr 2024

Norwegian Cruise Line Places Large Shipbuilding Order

Norwegian Cruise Line Places Large Shipbuilding Order

Die Schiffsflotte der Marke NCL verfügt über zahlreiche Unterhaltungsangebote und Attraktionen, während die Linie Regent Seven Seas Cruises Luxusreisen mit einem Fokus auf exklusiven Wellness-Möglichkeiten anbietet.

(eap) The cruise tourism company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., headquartered in Miami, Florida, this week announced the largest shipbuilding order in its history. A total of eight new state-of-the-art ocean liners are to set sail over the next twelve years under the flag of one of the three associated cruise brands – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Following the maiden voyages of the “Norwegian Viva” last year and the “Norwegian Prima” in summer 2022 – the first two of a total of six ships ordered in the “Prima” class – under the NCL umbrella, the same brand will receive another four ships with a capacity of almost 5,000 guests each thanks to the new order that has now been placed. These vessels will be built at the Italian Fincantieri shipyard, which has received the complete order from the holding company and can thus successfully continue its previous co-operation. The first of the newly ordered ships is scheduled for delivery in 2030 and the last in 2036.

The Oceania Cruises brand, which typically offers voyages lasting ten to 14 days on itineraries worldwide, is also growing in the form of two new ships, each with a capacity for 1,450 passengers and scheduled to set sail in 2027 and 2029. Two further ocean liners have been ordered for the luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises, each of which will offer space for up to 850 holidaymakers. The first of these two ships is due to be delivered as early as 2026. Details of the individual ships’ wellness, attractions, entertainment and catering facilities will follow in the coming months.

“This strategic new-ship order across all three of our award-winning brands provides for the steady introduction of cutting-edge vessels into our fleet and solidifies our long-term growth. It also allows us to significantly leverage our operating scale, strengthen our commitment to innovation and enhance our ability to offer our guests new products and experiences, all while providing opportunities to enhance the efficiency of our fleet,” said Harry Sommer, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

As part of the major shipbuilding contract, which is still partly subject to financing, the infrastructure on the Group’s private Caribbean island Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas) is also to be expanded by the construction of a new pier development. ■

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