More NCL cruises cancelled as next three Prima class ships are delayed

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Norwegian Cruise Line has further delayed the launch of second Prima-class ship Norwegian Viva until August 2023.

The cruise line has also confirmed delays to its unnamed third and fourth Prima ships, which are not yet under construction.

NCL blamed the impacts of COVID on shipyards for the holdups, but in its third quarter financial report it said the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and ‘other macroeconomic events’ were a factor.

“These impacts along with other potential modification the company may make to its newbuilds, including potential initiatives to improvement environmental sustainability are expected to result in additional delays in ship deliveries in the future, which may be prolonged,” said the cruise line parent NCL Holdings (NCLH)

NCLH, which also owns Oceania Cruises and Regent, has a total of eight ships on order, worth about $6.7billion.

However, NCLH has said that it doesn’t expect to cancel any ships already ordered.

The second and third Prima class ships are due to be built at the Fincantieri yard in Italy, where the original Norwegian Prima, launched on 27 August, was built and Viva is already under construction.

The third ship was due to debut in late 2024 and the fourth in mid- to late 2025, but now the ships won’t join the NCL fleet until 2025 and 2026.

Norwegian Viva was due to join the fleet in June 2023, but its first two cruises were cancelled earlier this year due to construction delays and now NCL has confirmed a further delay until late August.

In a statement, NCL told Travel Gossip: “Given the global supply chain constraints impacting industries worldwide, including the maritime industry, Norwegian Viva’s delivery has been delayed and we must cancel her sailings from 3 July 2023 through and including 17 August, 2023.”

Norwegian Getaway has been repositioned to take over Viva’s cancelled cruises and guests can rebook on Getaway with a 20% discount of the fare paid, or they can receive a full refund.

Guests choosing either option will additionally receive a 10% discount valid for any future cruises bookable from 23 August 2022 to 31 December  2024.

“We appreciate the understanding of our guests and travel partners,” added a company spokesperson.

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