The vessels will be built at Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard. That’s good news for Meyer Werft, the shipyard where Royal Caribbean had held – and then cancelled – two options for Radiance-class new builds. Meyer Werft has already built four ships for NCL and parent company Star Cruises – Superstar Leo and Superstar Virgo, and the aforementioned Dawn and Star.
Financially, NCL estimates that the ships together will cost about $790 million ($703 euros) at today’s exchange rates; per berth cost will be about $170,000. NCL says the ships will be delivered in 2005 and 2006 and construction begins, on the first vessel, this month.
Detail-wise, the design of the new ships won’t introduce too many surprises. There will be ten different restaurants – from a steak house and sushi bar to a coffee bar and Spanish eatery. State-of-the-art environmental and safety management technology will be integrated into the design and that includes advanced wastewater treatment plants, water-emulsion injection systems that reduce nox emissions from the diesel engines, and shore side discharge pumping systems for closed-system waste disposal to licensed land-based facilities. The ships will also have a CCTV surveillance system with more than 1000 cameras monitoring all areas of the ship.
There will be some design-related modifications that will differentiate these vessels from Dawn and Star but NCL says those details will be announced later.