Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, began her journey to her homeport of Shanghai, China, earlier. She departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for her approximately 14-hour long conveyance along the Ems River.
Norwegian Cruise Line has debuted an all-new entertainment experience on-board several of the line’s ships that will surprise and challenge guests: Escape the Big Top. Guests can experience the magic of an escape room with a twist, as they put their critical thinking skills to the test in a physical adventure game to solve challenges and beat the clock.
Norwegian Joy, soon to be Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship custom designed for China, was floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered buildings earlier in Papenburg, Germany. The 168,800-ton ship has been under construction since September 2015.
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced it has reached an agreement with Fincantieri to construct the next generation of ships for the brand. Four ships are on order for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in 2026 and 2027.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced earlier that Norwegian Bliss, the brand’s sixteenth ship, will set sail for the cruise capital of the world after her inaugural summer season in Alaska, to seasonally homeport in Miami in winter 2018. Beginning on November 17th, 2018, Norwegian Bliss will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises each Saturday from PortMiami, featuring calls in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.
Norwegian Cruise Line opened for sale the line’s 2017 cruises to Cuba aboard Norwegian Sky, the largest vessel sailing to Cuba, which also offers an overnight stay in Havana. Norwegian Sky will sail a series of five four-night cruises from Miami to Cuba in May 2017 that will include an overnight in the capital of Havana.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has generated GAAP net income of $342.4 million or earnings per share of $1.50 for the three months to September 30th. This is compared to $251.8 million or $1.09 in the prior year.
Norwegian Cruise Line is celebrating the cutting of the first piece of steel for Norwegian Bliss, the line’s sixteenth ship and the first one designed for the ultimate Alaska cruising experience. Norwegian Cruise Line and Meyer Werft executives gathered at the latter’s Laser Centre in Papenburg, Germany, to mark the ceremonial start of construction of Norwegian Bliss.
Continuing its tradition of featuring original artwork on its ship’s hulls, Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the signature art designed by one of the world’s premier marine life artists, Wyland, for its upcoming new ship Norwegian Bliss, which will cruise to Alaska beginning in June 2018. Entitled “Cruising with the Whales,” the engaging and beautiful art prominently features a stunning image of a mother humpback whale and her calf as the centrepiece of the design, signifying the beauty of Alaska and the importance of conservation.
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced strategic changes to its brand leadership team to further align the company’s organisational structure with its goal to drive sustained growth and profitability. Bob Binder has been appointed president and chief executive of Oceania Cruises, in addition to his current role as vice chairman of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which he has held since 2011.