(8:20 a.m. EDT) -- The worst kept secret in cruising is no longer a secret as Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it would indeed build two new cruise ships.
The ships, as we revealed back in September, will be constructed at Germany's Meyer Werft shipyard, home of Celebrity Solstice, Disney Dream, and, yes, NCL's Jewel class of ships.
The 143,500-ton, 4,000-passenger ships will be delivered in spring 2013 and 2014 respectively.
What we do know, and again, this was foreshadowed in September, is that these will be "next generation" ships in design. They will not be a copy of Norwegian Epic, the line's newest ship, but will be an evolution of its very popular Norwegian Gem, Jewel, Jade and Pearl.
--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief. Rendering courtesy of NCL.