Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has confirmed options for a fifth and sixth ‘Leonardo’ class ships to be built at Fincantieri for delivery in 2026 and 2027.
Six ‘Leonardo’ class ships will now be delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) with the first one due in 2022.
“These orders extend our disciplined and measured newbuild programme and strong growth trajectory well into the future and will further drive long-term returns for our shareholders,” said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO. “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.”
“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,” said Andy Stuart, NCL President and CEO.
The 140,000 gt, 3,300 pax ships will build upon the highly successful offering of freedom and flexibility found across NCL’s fleet, including the most recent ‘Breakaway Plus’ class and feature a host of inventive designs that will further elevate its guest experience.
With this announcement, NCLH has seven ships on order for NCL and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises for delivery through 2027. The company will take delivery of its latest ship, ‘Norwegian Encore’, in the Autumn of 2019.