Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has placed an order for four new next-generation cruise ships at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the NCL brand. The order includes options for 2 additional ships.
The value of each ship is approximately 800 million euros ((USD 850.1 million), making the contract worth a minimum of 3.2 billion euros. Delivery is scheduled for 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025, and stretching to 2027 if the options are taken. If NCL exercises the contract option, the two additional cruise ships would be handed over to their owner in 2026 and 2027.
These ships will form the backbone of the future NCL fleet, being about 140,000-tons, almost 300 meters long, and accommodating 3,300 guests.
The order is based on a prototype project developed by Fincantieri, which enhances the consolidated features of NCL’s signature offering of freedom and flexibility, qualified by an innovative configuration for an enhanced passenger experience.
In addition, focus was set on energy efficiency, with the twofold aim of optimizing consumption at sea and reducing environmental impact, compliant with all the most recent regulations on this matter.
“This new class of ships will continue Norwegian Cruise Line brand’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry” said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.