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.
Innovation! (Norwegian Joy)
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.
NCL CEO Frank Del Rio (Courtesy NCL)
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.
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