Norwegian Cruise Line to add fifth and sixth Leonardo ships

Norwegian Cruise Line has confirmed that it will be taking up the option for a fifth and sixth Leonardo-class ship, to be delivered in 2026 and 2027 respectively.

“These orders extend our disciplined and measured newbuild programme and strong growth trajectory well into the future and will further drive long-term returns for our shareholders,” said Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “Our six ship Leonardo-class fleet will allow us to broaden our deployment into strong performing and mature unserved and underserved markets and offer new experiences to our guests.”

The Leonardo-class ships – which are going to hold about 3,300 guests – will be smaller than the Breakaway Plus-class, which includes latest ship Norwegian Bliss. The Leonardo ships will have an emphasis on being more energy efficient. The smaller ships will also have access to a broader set of ports.

“Following the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful class in our Company’s history, the highly anticipated Leonardo Class will fuel future growth with exciting and innovative offerings that will meaningfully drive demand from new and loyal returning guests alike,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Following today’s announcement Norwegian Cruise Line have seven ships on order. Sister brand Regent has one.

Read Cruise Adviser’s July/August cover feature about Norwegian Bliss in Seattle here.

Sam Ballard

Sam Ballard is the publisher of CRUISE ADVISER and has been writing about the cruise industry for a number of years. His CV includes the likes of shipping magazine International Cruise & Ferry Review and the digital publication Cruise News. He can be contacted

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