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Norwegian Cruise Boss Talks Finances, Future

May 7, 2013
(3 p.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Breakaway has just finished crossing from Southampton to its homeport of New York City, and Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Kevin Sheehan is already checking off which new features he'd like to roll out to other ships in the fleet.

Speaking exclusively to Cruise Critic from onboard Breakaway somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Sheehan was talking about the company's first quarter profits when he revealed this list.

Though he would not elaborate, saying its "a little early" to announce which new amenities he'd like to roll out, he did say Norwegian fans can expect an announcement sometime this summer or fall.

"There's a list of things we've been accumulating, but we want to make sure that as we go through this initial sailing season that the impressions we've gotten on this transatlantic continue to play out. But we've got pretty strong results, and I think that as we get to the summer and fall you'll hear us talking about some of the things that we'll move to other ships."

Norwegian took its time rolling out many of Norwegian Epic's "firsts." While the Brazilian-style steakhouse Moderno Churrascaria, which debuted on Epic, can now be found on many Norwegian ships, other specialties aren't so widespread. Studio cabins have only made it onto Pride of the America and Breakaway, while O'Sheehan's Pub and the Ice Bar are only replicated on Breakaway.

Norwegian Cruise Line completed a successful IPO earlier this year and for first quarter of this year is reporting a net income of $12.9 million.

"These strong results bring us to 19 consecutive quarters of year over year Adjusted EBITDA growth," Sheehan said.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor



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