(1:10 p.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Cruise Line has dubbed its new class of ship, first announced February 16, the Leonardo Project. The new class will consist of four ships, which will be built by Fincantieri S.p.A.; the first ship is scheduled for delivery June 2022, with the rest to follow in 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027.
The ships will measure 140,000 gross tons and will accommodate some 3,300 passengers (roughly 1,000 less than the Breakaway Plus Class), which Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said is the perfect size to go to more exotic ports of call that can't handle mega ships.
The ship will follow in the footsteps of the line's Breakaway-Plus class, offering the same type of freedom and flexibility the line is known for.
"Continuing the trend of bringing the sea closer to guests, the lower deck has an expansive area with infinity pools," as well as more outside space than on previous ships.
Norwegian will also prioritize energy efficiency in the design of the class, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the ship's environmental impact. Del Rio also said the line will feature "cutting-edge technology" that cruisers will be able to use to enhance their vacation experience.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor