NCL Announces New-Build Order

May 23, 2005
Norwegian Cruise Line, which only last month cancelled an order for a new ship to be built at Finland's Aker Finnyards, announces now that it will build that vessel instead at Germany's Meyer Werft.

The 92,000-ton, 2,384-passenger ship, dubbed for now as hull S.670, will be a sister, design-wise, to Norwegian Jewel, which is slated to debut this summer. It is scheduled for launch in October 2007.

While any new ship order is positive news, the disappointment with this one is that NCL had pledged, in its deal with the Finnish-based shipbuilders, to design a truly unique ship whose claim to fame was that all outside cabins would feature balconies. The German-based ship, which has one advantage -- that it will actually be built -- will not establish any major new innovations in onboard design. Presumably, however, NCL designers will offer a few features to set it apart from its sibling.