|Norwegian Cruise Line, remaining true to its stated mission to completely overhaul its fleet by 2010, is two steps closer today.|
According to a press release issued by Meyer Werft, the Papenberg-based shipyard that's building Norwegian Jewel, NCL has placed an order there for another new ship. This vessel, slated for delivery in February 2007, will be a sister to the still-under-construction Norwegian Jewel. That 93,000-ton, 2,384-passenger vessel will debut in September 2005.
A more intriguing announcement, also made today, is that NCL has placed an order for yet another new vessel from Helsinki-based Aker Finnyards. This ship will be the first in the big ship industry to -- get this -- to feature, with every outside cabin, a private balcony (see rendering, right).
That means the ship has five full decks of cabins-with-balconies -- far more than those available on Norwegian Jewel (and her just announced offspring).
Industry-watchers speculate that this ship, unlike that of the Papenberg-built vessels, will be a prototype -- representing a new design for NCL. It's actually smaller than Norwegian Jewel; the as-yet-unnamed ship will measure only 89,000 tons -- but, with a capacity of 2,430, will actually carry more passengers. Delivery is slated for spring 2007. The company also plans to build a sibling; it would be delivered in early 2008.