NCLH announces biggest-ever ship order, with eight new vessels planned

By Kelly Ranson
09/04/2024
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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has announced new ship orders for all three of its brands – Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

In its biggest-ever fleet expansion, NCLH has ordered eight new ships, representing 25,000 berths.

They’re due for delivery over a 10-year period from 2026 to 2036.

NCL will take delivery of four 5,000-passenger ships in 2030, 2032, 2034 and 2036. This follows the launch of its four Prima-Plus class ships from 2025 to 2028.

Meanwhile, Oceania Cruises is scheduled to add two 1,450-passenger ships in 2027 and 2029.

Finally, luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises will take delivery of two 850-passenger ships in 2026 and 2029.

The ships will be built at Italian shipyard Fincantieri and NCLH said details regarding the ships’ features will be announced in the coming months.

NCLH has obtained export credit financing to fund 80% of the new Oceania and Regent Seven Seas ships, subject to certain conditions. The ship orders for NCL remain subject to financing.

Additionally, the four-ship NCL order is set to replace a separate, two-ship order for Oceania Cruises, initially placed to secure availability with the shipyard.

The company also announced $150m investment for a multi-ship pier at its private island, Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas, which is expected to be completed in late 2025.

NCLH President and Chief Executive Officer Harry Sommer said: “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.

“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.”

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