Cruise Company Plans Huge Expansion With Eight New Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced plans to build eight new state-of-the-art cruise ships over the next 12 years, bringing an additional 25,000 berths to its three cruise lines.

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The ships will be split between the three brands owned by the company – Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceana Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

It was also announced that the company intends an expansion of private island Great Stirrup Cay, building a new pier capable of hosting multiple ships at once.

Four of the ships are planned for NCL. These will be the biggest of the new orders, with an estimated gross tonnage of 200,000 – still some way short of the biggest ships in the world, but a significant size increase from the largest ship in the NCL fleet, which is Norwegian Encore with a gross tonnage of 169,000.

It’s anticipated that these ships will be able to accommodate 5,000 passengers each, making up the bulk of the new berths for the fleet. They are expected to launch in 2030, 2032, 2034 and 2036.

Oceania Cruises will get two new ships in 2027 and 2029. These ships will have a gross tonnage of 86,000. The largest ships in the current Oceania fleet are the Allura-class ships at 67,817 GT.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will also get two new ships, including the first in 2026 and another to follow in 2029. These will host 850 passengers and have a gross tonnage of 77,000. Seven Seas Grandeur is the current largest ship in the fleet, with a gross tonnage of 56,199.

The company has secured most of the funding needed to build the luxury ships for Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and is seeking funding for the NCL ships – it’s expected this won’t be an issue.

The ships will be built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, which already built the Prima-class ships for NCL.


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