Norwegian Orders Two More Cruise Ships
U.S. based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has exercised options to order the fifth and the sixth newbuildings of the Leonardo series cruise ships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.
The new vessels will be about 140,000-tons, almost 300 meters long and accommodate 3,300 guests, and are part of a class of new-concept cruise ships for the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) brand with deliveries scheduled in 2026 and 2027.
The agreement for the construction of the first four units was signed in February 2017.
“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,” 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.”
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.