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.
Norwegian Cruise Line has launched euro pricing for the Republic of Ireland. The move is another step forward in Norwegian’s “Growing Europe” strategy to develop and enhance Europe’s robust position as a source market for the company globally. It also reinforces Norwegian’s Partners First approach towards its distribution partners, which focuses on ensuring that the company is easy to do business with and fostering the strong relationships with the travel trade.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced earlier it will quadruple the current bandwidth across its Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleets in the coming months to meet the rising internet expectations of cruise guests. The quadrupling of bandwidth is part of a long term strategic agreement with EMC to significantly enhance the internet experience on-board all 23 ships in the fleet.
Norwegian Cruise Line has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31st 2016, revealing adjusted EPS growth of 41 per cent to $0.38 on adjusted net income of $86.7 million. EPS increased to $0.32 on net income of $73.2 million. The company’s current booked position for 2016 is on par with prior year’s record levels and at higher prices.
Norwegian Cruise Line, together with executives at Meyer Werft, have celebrated the keel laying ceremony in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ever ship styled exclusively for Chinese guests - Norwegian Joy. The ship is scheduled to be delivered tin summer 2017.
Norwegian Cruise Line has further strengthened its Northern Europe and MEA operations, appointing former Carnival UK sales head Jeremy McKenna to head of sales for UK and Jacqueline van de Stadt as marketing and PR manager, Northern Europe and MEA. These new hires demonstrate Norwegian’s commitment to the market, following the return to offering regular cruises from the UK in 2017 for the first time since 2010.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s US-flagged Pride of America has returned to her homeport of Honolulu as a nearly new ship following a three and half week dry dock where she received ship-wide enhancements. Improvements include newly designed public spaces, brand new venues and refreshed décor in all staterooms.