Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Orderbook Update

Norwegian Leonardo Class Rendering
Norwegian Cruise Lines project Leonardo

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is introducing ten new ships between 2020 and 2027 for its three cruise brands.

Norwegian Cruise Line is poised to get six Leonardo-class newbuilds with capacity for 3,300 guests each.

Regent just took delivery of the ultra-luxury Seven Seas Splendor, with another 750-guest luxury ship following in 2023.

Oceania, the line’s upper premium brand, has two new ships on order with delivery dates in 2022 and 2025.

The company’s new ship orderbook, spanning ten ships, amounts to just under 24,000 new berths and a value of $7.5 billion, with all ships being built at Fincantieri.

NCLH Orderbook:

Cruise Line Ship Cost1 Tonnage Capacity Yard Sailing Delivery
Regent Splendor $478 54,000 750 Fincantieri World January 2020
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA 2022
Oceania Unnamed $660 67,000 1,200 Fincantieri TBA TBA 2022
Regent Unnamed $545 54,000 750 Fincantieri World Q4 2023
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA 2023
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA 2024
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA 2025
Oceania Unnamed $660 67,000 1,200 Fincantieri TBA TBA 2025
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA 2026
Norwegian Unnamed $850 140,000 3,300 Fincantieri TBA TBA 2027

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Mexico: Acapulco: Calls and Homeporting

The Norwegian Sun calls in Acapulco
Norwegian Sun in Acapulco.

Thirty calls are scheduled for the 2017-2018 season for Acapulco. That is a slight dip from last year because Holland America cancelled eight calls when Carnival Corporation did not conduct its destination site inspection, despite being invited by the port, explained Alex Casarrubias, port director. “We are confident that once Carnival, as well as Royal Caribbean, visit our destination, their ships will return,” he said.

“Our top client is Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings with Norwegian, Oceana and Regent,” Casarrubias continued. “Last year we also added the Magellan and Astor of Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

“The Magellan will homeport in Acapulco for three months, starting in February 2019.”

Acapulco was also a homeport in 2010 and 2011 and has since accommodated a number of turnarounds. This season, 90 percent of its traffic is transit calls and 10 percent turnarounds, but those percentages will change next season.

Recent turnarounds for Phoenix Reisen’s Albatros and Artania meant that passengers flew directly to Acapulco from England and Germany.

Casarrubias pointed out that nonstop airlift from Los Angeles started in December and that nonstop flights from Montreal and Toronto are starting in January.

Meanwhile, the Acapulco Cruise Committee’s priority continues to be to showcase Acapulco as a safe destination with top-notch infrastructure and services, he said. “We are in constant communication with the cruise lines and our main priority right now is to get Carnival to do its site inspection so they can confidently resume their cruise operation in our port.”

Passengers will find a “renewed” Acapulco. Grupo Autofin’s $1 billion master plan includes renovations of the Pierre Mundo Imperial and Princess Mundo Imperial resorts, as well as a number of new developments – hotels, shops, restaurants, spas, an eco-amusement park, a tennis stadium, a medical center and more, slated to be completed between now and 2022.

This year will also see the inauguration of a new terminal at the airport.

The most obvious attraction is Acapulco’s stunning landscape, according to Casarrubias, with its lush green mountains and sandy white beaches, in addition to its well-developed tourism infrastructure.