The news pushes an already record-high worldwide cruise ship orderbook to 108 new vessels.
Norwegian Cruise Line says it has confirmed its options for the fifth and sixth Leonardo Class ships with the Fincantieri shipyards, for delivery in 2026 and 2027.
The line’s six Leonardo-class ships have delivery dates starting in 2022. The news pushes an already record-high global cruise ship orderbook to 108 new ships, Cruise Industry News reports.
At 140,000 gross tons and accommodating around 3,300 guests each, this next generation of ships will build on the “highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility found across Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet”, the company says.
The vessels feature a range of inventive designs that should “further elevate [the cruise line’s] already award-winning guest experience”.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings now has seven ships on order for NCL and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises for delivery by 2027. The group takes its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in autumn 2019.
“Disciplined and measured”
“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, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ president and chief executive.
“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.”
Andy Stuart, the cruise line’s president and chief executive officer: “Following the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful class in our company’s history, the highly anticipated Leonardo Class will fuel future growth with exciting and innovative offerings that will meaningfully drive demand from new and loyal returning guests alike.”