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The Norwegian Cruise Line has announced it has reached an agreement with Fincantieri to construct the next generation of ships for the brand.
Four ships are on order for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027.
The four 140,000 gross ton ships will each accommodate approximately 3,300 guests.
The new class of ships will build upon NCL’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships and feature a host of innovative designs that will further elevate its guest experience.
A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimising fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment.
The contract price for each of the four vessels is approximately €800 million per ship.
Details on the ships’ many innovative guest-facing and first-at-sea features will be announced at a later date.
Malcolm says: So a change of shipyard from Meyer Werft, Germany, to Fincantieri, Italy. Meyer Werft must be disappointed, they have built most of NCL ‘s current fleet including their ‘Breakaway’ and ‘Breakaway-Plus’ ships.
This change of shipyard is not so surprising. In the past, new NCL CEO, Frank Del Rio, ordered some of the Regent and Oceania ships from Fincantieri. (Del Rio was previously chairman and CEO for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company operating both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.) He obviously has a good relationship with the Fincantieri shipyard.
Interestingly this new class of ship is based on a prototype developed by Fincantieri, and NOT by NCL, as in the past. I guess the advantage of this approach truly guarantees a new design of ship. However the disadvantage is that the ship yard could share this design with other lines.
If accurate, the new ships size is slightly smaller (6,000 gt) than NCL’s existing ‘Breakaway’ class and almost 25,000gt smaller that their ‘Breakaway-Plus’ class. It looks like they will carry 1,000 less passengers than ‘Breakaway-Plus’ too. NCL have effectively down-sized their future product, when most of the other major cruise lines are up-scaling.
I would not surprise me if the new NCL ships resembled ‘MSC Seaside’, also a Fincantieri design.
I was expecting NCL to move to 200,000 gross tonne vessels in the next five years, like their competitors are: Carnival/Costa/P&O, MSC and Genting. Obviously NCL have decided that bigger is NOT better.
It’s hard to imagine what “….a host of innovative designs “ might be. I assume the vessels will still be packed with multiple dining rooms, due to the nature of NCL’s ‘Freestyle Dining’ system. How much room will that leave for innovation? I believe the ships will NOT be LNG powered, like some other lines future newbuilds will be.
However, I do think it will be a very long time before more details will be made available.
Norwegian Escape Review HERE
Norwegian Bliss – Observation Makes A Comeback HERE
Norwegian Cruise Line has released some details about its next ship ‘Norwegian Bliss’ (a Breakaway-Plus class ships), which will enter service in June 2018.
Bliss will accommodate 4,000 passengers and will be based in Seattle during the summer and cruise the coastline of Alaska.
Her itineraries will include stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria. In the winter she will be deployed in Caribbean waters.
The most notable feature will be two forward-facing observation lounges, designed to offer the best views.
The Haven Observation Lounge
Built for the spectacular vistas of Alaska and The Caribbean, Norwegian Bliss will offer guests staying in The Haven exclusive access to a 2-story observation lounge, spanning decks 17 and 18 with expansive, panoramic ocean views, overlooking the front of the ship.
The Observation Lounge
Imagine sheer amazement from our revolutionary observation lounge offering the most expansive views at sea.
The Observation Lounge is also located at the front of the ship, deck 15 and provides the same stunning views directly above the bridge and features a full service bar for guests to sit back, relax and take in the views.
Malcolm says: An observation lounge is such a simple concept: sit, relax and watch the sea and land pass by. However many megaships, including some NCL ships, had dropped the facility from their designs some years ago. It’s almost as if looking at the sea had gone out of fashion.
It’s very nice to see ‘observation’ making a comeback. When coupled with NCL’s ‘Waterfront’ feature, the opportunities for views and fresh-air are excellent for such a large ship design.
NCL’s Waterfront, see: HERE
The Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that the Norwegian Bliss will homeport in Seattle beginning in 2018 when the ship is delivered.
The ship is a‘Breakaway Plus’ class at approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests. She will be constructed at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany.
The Port of Seattle also said it will have its biggest cruise year ever in 2017, expecting over one million revenue passengers through its cruise terminals.
“The Port of Seattle is proud to partner with Norwegian Cruise Line as we work to bring people from around the world to see Alaska,” said Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick.
“Norwegian was the first line to begin cruising to Alaska from Seattle in 2000 and it’s only fitting that we bring our newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, directly to this incredible location,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Alaska is one of the top destinations for our guests to explore and we are thrilled to be the first cruise line to offer guests the opportunity to experience this coveted destination on a brand new, state-of-the-art cruise ship from Seattle.”
The Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaskan cruises from Pier 66 in Seattle. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juno, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
Norwegian has also announced that marine wildlife artist Wyland has been commissioned to design the hull artwork for Norwegian Bliss.
Genting Dream Delivered
October 12, 2016: In Bremerhaven, Meyer Werft handed over the new Genting Dream to Genting Hong Kong’s Dream Cruises.
It is the first new ship to be built specifically for the Asian market in over 15 years.
Dream is based on the Norwegian Cruise Lines ‘Breakaway’ design.
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