Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings unveils huge expansion with 8 new ships on the way

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings unveils huge expansion with 8 new ships on the way
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) has unveiled the most comprehensive new build order in its history—a total of eight state-of-the-art vessels, representing nearly 25,000 additional berths, with new classes of ships for each of its three award-winning brands

    Also under construction is a multi-ship pier at Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island destination in the Bahamas and its top-rated Caribbean port of call.

    The unprecedented, decade-long strategy enhances its product offering, guest experiences, and operational infrastructure, supporting the Company’s sustained leadership in delivering innovative cruise vacations.

    The new ship orders across all three brands are scheduled for delivery over a ten-year period, between 2026 and 2036.

    Following the delivery of four Prima-Plus class ships from 2025 through 2028, Norwegian Cruise Line is expected to take delivery of four approximately 200,000-gross-tonne ships, each with a capacity of nearly 5,000 guests, in 2030, 2032, 2034 and 2036.

    Building on the success of its Allura Class ships, the last one being delivered in 2025, Oceania Cruises is scheduled to take delivery of two 86,000-gross-tonne ships, each with a capacity of 1,400 guests in 2027 and 2029.

    Following the award-winning Explorer Class ships, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is scheduled to take delivery of two 77,000-gross-tonne ships, each with a capacity of 850 guests, in 2026 and 2029.

    “This strategic new-ship order across all three of our award-winning brands provides for the steady introduction of cutting-edge vessels into our fleet and solidifies our long-term growth,” president and chief executive, NCLH, Harry Sommer, said.

    “It also allows us to significantly leverage our operating scale, strengthen our commitment to innovation and enhance our ability to offer our guests new products and experiences, all while providing opportunities to enhance the efficiency of our fleet.

    “We are likewise excited with the addition of a new pier at Great Stirrup Cay to support our increased capacity in the Caribbean and multiple ships to call on the island, enhancing our guest experience and bringing seamless and reliable access to our private island year-round.”

    In partnership with the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, each brand will design their new ship class and focus on creating the largest, most efficient, and innovative vessels of their respective fleet. Aligning with the Company’s sustainability efforts, the new ship designs are expected to advance the journey towards decarbonisation.

    “Over the years, our long-standing relationship with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has been rooted in a shared vision for the future of maritime travel, consistently setting new standards for innovation, luxury, sustainability, and guest satisfaction in the cruise industry,” CEO and MD, Fincantieri, Pierroberto Folgiero, said.

    “We are thrilled to work on these new build orders and deliver emblematic cruise ships that will embody our shared legacy of excellence for generations to come.”

    New Pier Development at Great Stirrup Cay

    The new pier development at the Company’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay, is set to completed by late 2025 with an investment of approximately USD$150 million (AUD $227m). The new pier will be constructed to simultaneously accommodate two large vessels of the Company’s current and future ship classes.

    The pier development will enhance the guest experience on Great Stirrup Cay, and along with Harvest Caye, the Company’s private island in Belize, continue to provide guests with world-class destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

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