Norwegian Cruise Line has just confirmed the plan to build fifth and sixth Project Leonardo-class ships with Fincantieri.
Frank del Rio, NCL’s president and chief executive officer, said the decision to build two more 3,300-guest ships showed “strong growth trajectory”.
He said: “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.”
In a statement, NCL revealed the focus of the new ships’ design was energy efficiency and building a vessel of a size that would encourage broad deployment opportunities.
The line’s president and chief executive officer, Andy Stuart, said: “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.”
Back in April, Stuart revealed the very first details of the Leonardo-class : “ will be a slightly smaller footprint, so that gives you more options in terms of ports. There are some ports which can’t take a big ship like Bliss.
The connection to the sea is definitely going to be to the next level in this next class of ship. What we’ve learned from this class of ship is people want that.
We are bringing the connection to the ocean that’s typically on the top deck more effectively down to lower decks.”
With Thursday’s announcement, NCL Holdings has seven ships on order, and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises for delivery through 2027.
The fifth and sixth Leonardo-class NCL ships are due for delivery in 2026 and 2027 whilst the cruise line will take delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in autumn 2019.
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