Fincantieri and the US Group Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. signed a contract for the construction of one new ultra-luxury cruise ship for the Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand to be delivered in 2023. The value of the agreement amounts to approx. 474 million euro.
The new vessel will be a sister ship to “Seven Seas Explorer”, which took the sea in 2016, and to “Seven Seas Splendor”, due to delivery in 2020. With about 54,000 tons, the unit will be able to accommodate up to 750 guests on board and she will be the brand’s sixth-all-suite vessel in Regent’s fleet. As her sister ships, the new vessel will be built using the very latest environmental protection technologies. The interiors will be particularly sophisticated, with every attention paid to passenger comfort.
“We are excited to build on the spectacular success of Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Seas Splendor as we embark on bringing to life a new vessel that will set even higher benchmarks for elegance, luxury and style”, said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “This new ship further strengthens our Company’s robust yet measured growth profile with vessels now on order for all three of our award-winning brands, enabling us to expand our presence globally, further diversify our product offerings and continue to drive shareholder returns”.
“This agreement is the perfect seal of the work our Group has carried out over the years and the role we have gained on the market. We are able to enter and maintain a reference market presence in every niche, including the most unique and competitive as the ultra-luxury one, in which Regent Seven Seas Cruises operates. Quality is the ship owner’s hallmark and it entrusted Fincantieri once again”, stated Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “Today we have 10 ships on order for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. in our order book, 5 of which have been secured in the last 5 months, for all the three brands in their portfolio: this result confirms the strength of the strategies we carried out, allowing us to reiterate our leadership in the sector at a global level”.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is one of the top cruise companies in the world. Besides Regent Seven Seas Cruises, it operates the Norwegian Cruise Line brand, for which Fincantieri is developing the new “Leonardo” class, 6 units which will be delivered between 2022 and 2027, and Oceania Cruises, for which the Group last week announced 2 new generation cruise ships to be handed over in 2022 and 2025, starting the “Allura-Class”. Besides this, Fincantieri also built “Marina” and “Riviera” at the Sestri Ponente shipyard respectively in 2011 and 2012.