The First Ferrari-Themed Race Track at Sea Aboard the Brand New Norwegian Joy

A two-level Ferrari-themed course aboard the brand new Norwegian Joy was unveiled just a few days ago.
Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line announced a new partnership with Scuderia Ferrari that includes the development of a Ferrari-themed race on the top deck of the soon-to-debut Norwegian Joy. Scuderia Ferrari is the racing division of Italian carmaker.
The 3,850-passenger vessel that is designed specifically for the Chinese market also will feature a retail store next to the track that sells Scuderia Ferrari watches.
Located at the top of the luxury cruise ship, the Ferrari race track will accommodate up to 10 drivers who will be able to take a spin in electric go-carts at a time.

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s New Ship Class Named Project Leonardo

Norwegian Cruise Line has named its new class of ships the Leonardo Project.

Although the cruise operator first announced its next generation project in February 2016, the company announced the name and showed first images at Seatrade Cruise Global 2017 in Fort Lauderdale only a few days ago. The Leonardo Project will consist of four ships, which will be built by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Continue reading

Four Next-Generation Ships Ordered by Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced it signed an agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for four new ships for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two more vessels 2026 and 2027.
Each of them, 140,000 gross-ton cruise ship, will carry about 3,300 passengers and cost around $800 million. They will feature energy-efficient design, based on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest Breakaway-Plus Class ships, which include  Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Bliss.Yet, the new cruise ships will be significantly smaller than the Breakaway Plus Class. They will be 23,000 tons smaller and will be able to carry around 1,000 fewer passengers.

Yet, the new cruise ships will be significantly smaller than the Breakaway Plus Class. They will be 23,000 tons smaller and will be able to carry around 1,000 fewer passengers.
Norwegian Escape debuted in October 2015 and is currently sailing from Miami to the Caribbean. Norwegian Joy, the second in the class, debuts to the Asian cruise market in only a few months, and Norwegian Bliss comes out in spring 2018. The fourth as-yet unnamed Breakaway-Plus ship is scheduled to debut in winter 2019.

Although no further details of the prototype design of the new vessels have been released by the company, there is no doubt that some of the key priorities will be energy efficiency while optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment by reducing the intensity of carbon emissions.

Each of the four new cruise ships will cost approximately $853 million, said from the company, and the majority of funding would come from export credit financing.
Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line said in a press release that the new class of ships will “continue Norwegian Cruise Line brand’s legacy of introducing meaningful innovation to the cruise industry.”

 

 

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Two Massive Cruise Ships to Homeport at Port Canaveral

MS_Oasis_of_the_Seas_SternTwo of the world’s largest cruise ships have arrived at their new homeport, Port Canaveral.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s massive Norwegian Epic with a capacity of 4,100 people joined another behemoth, the 5,400-passenger mega-cruise ship Oasis of the Seas over the weekend. Oasis had just started its first sailings from Port Canaveral. The ship arrived at the port a week earlier.

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