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NCLH: more ships for Norwegian, Oceania & Regent, new pier at Great Stirrup Cay

  • Cruises
  •   04-09-2024  7:01 am
  •   Pax Global Media

NCLH: more ships for Norwegian, Oceania & Regent, new pier at Great Stirrup Cay
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of Norwegian Prima on July 29, 2022. (NCL)
Pax Global Media

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) – operator of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises – unveiled a decade-long growth strategy on Monday (April 8), sharing its “most comprehensive” new-build order yet.

The company will add eight state-of-the-art vessels, representing nearly 25,000 additional berths, with new classes of ships for each of its brands—and construct a multi-ship pier at Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island destination in the Bahamas.

The new 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, NCLH is expected to take delivery of four approximately 200,000-gross-ton ships, each with a capacity of nearly 5,000 guests, in 2030, 2032, 2034 and 2036, which are subject to financing.

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-ton ships, each with a capacity of 1,450 guests in 2027 and 2029.

Lastly, following the Explorer Class ships, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is set to take delivery of two 77,000-gross-ton ships, each with a capacity of 850 guests, in 2026 and 2029.

Details regarding the ships’ amenities, staterooms, dining, recreational, efficiency, sustainability and other features will be announced in the coming months.

"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,” stated Harry Sommer, president and CEO of NCLH.

“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.

The new ships are also expected to advance the journey towards decarbonization.

The company has obtained export credit financing with favourable terms to fund 80 per cent of the contract price of each of the two Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises ships, subject to certain conditions.

The ship orders for Norwegian Cruise Line remain subject to financing, currently underway.

New development at Great Stirrup Cay

The new pier development at Great Stirrup Cay is slated to break ground in summer 2024 and be completed by late 2025 with an investment of approximately $150 million.

The new pier will be constructed to simultaneously accommodate two large vessels of the company’s current and future ship classes.

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