By the Caribbean Journal staff
Norwegian Cruise Line is expanding its fleet. Again.
The cruise giant announced that it has ordered two new “Project Leonardo”-class ships with shipbuilder Fincantieri.
The two ships are slated for delivery in 2026 and 2027.
“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, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “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.”
Each of the 140,000-gross-ton ships will accommodate approximately 3,300 guests, according to the company.
They will focus on energy efficiency, the company said.
“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, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.