Norwegian Cruise Line has laid down its fleet growth plans for well into the next decade, overnight announcing it has ordered four brand new energy-efficient cruise ships from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, due to be delivered progressively over the next eight years. The total value of the order was disclosed at €800 million (AUD$1.1 billion) per ship.
The first of the four new ships will be delivered in 2022, with the next three following in successive years. An option for a fifth and sixth ship is also included in the order.
Energy efficiency has been prioritised as a key element of the design, with minimum environmental impact a major focus while optimising fuel consumption. It is unclear at this stage whether any of the new vessels will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), following the path of similar environmental initiatives by that of its major competitors Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in recent months and years.
None have been named as yet, however each will cater to 3,300 passengers. This will make them slightly smaller than its two 3,963-guest Breakaway Class ships Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, which were introduced in 2013 and 2014.
The line says it will build on its fleet-wide ethos of ‘Freestyle Cruising’ across the four new ships, which sees all guests able to dine as and when they like, while also developing a range of “innovative designs” to be incorporated into each. More details on these innovations are due to be released at a later time.