Norwegian Cruise Line has exercised an option to build two additional vessels with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.

Representing the fifth and sixth Project Leonardo Class ships, the new vessels are scheduled to be delivered by 2026 and 2027 respectively.

Each vessel will be 300m long and able to carry around 3,300 guests.

The 140,000t vessels will be built based on the company’s Breakaway-Plus Class ships. The ships will feature a range of advanced solutions intended to optimise fuel consumption and reduce the environmental impact.

“An investment of around €800m for each ship has been made as part of the deal.”

Norwegian expects to take delivery of the four ships of the original order by 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025. An investment of around €800m for each ship has been made as part of the deal.

Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Frank Del Rio said: “These orders extend our disciplined and measured newbuild programme and strong growth trajectory well into the future and will further drive long-term returns for our shareholders.

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“Our six-ship Leonardo Class fleet will allow us to broaden our deployment into strong performing and mature unserved and underserved markets and offer new experiences to our guests.”

Norwegian currently has seven ships on order for its Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) brand and one for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. All eight vessels are scheduled to be delivered by 2027.

Next year, the company is expected to receive its newest ship, Norwegian Encore.