Artist rendering of new Norwegian Cruise Line ship
Artist rendering of new Norwegian Cruise Line ship

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that two new freestyle cruise ships will be added to its fleet. Following an agreement with German ship production company Meyer Werft, the two new ships will be launched in spring 2013 and spring 2014.

The two ships will be slightly smaller than the line’s newest ship Norwegian EPIC with a capacity of around 4,000 passengers, but will be the largest passenger cruise ships built in Germany.

The ships will be built by Meyer Werft, which has so far constructed seven ships for the line including Norwegian Gem, Pearl, Jade and Jewel.

Kevin Sheehan, NCL’s chief executive, said:

“Our decision to add two new ships reflects the strong market demand we are seeing for Norwegian Epic and our other ships.

“We are taking the best of what our newest ship has to offer, as well as drawing on our legacy of innovation in the cruise industry, in creating a new class of Freestyle Cruising vessel.”

Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft said: “NCL and Meyer Werft have a long history of working together.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership. In addition, the 21,000 employees of the yard and its supplier companies involved appreciate the new project from one of our longstanding customers.”

Freestyle cruising is a concept devised by NCL to provide world-class entertainment, freedom and flexibility for guests.

The latest Freestyle cruise ship, Norwegian Epic, staged debuts at sea from the Blue Man Group and Chicago and is the official cruise line for Nickelodeon since it launched in June.