With the success of its latest ships, Norwegian Cruise Line is expanding its fleet again.
The line announced it has come to an agreement with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two "Breakaway-Plus" vessels to debut in 2018 and 2019. The 4,200-passenger ships with be 164,600 gross tons, which are larger than 2013's 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway.
"Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have proven themselves as industry game-changers and are extremely popular with our guests," said CEO Kevin Sheehan. "It was only natural that we build on their success with this new ship order that further solidifies our long-term growth strategy."
The deal will cost the line a projected $2.18 billion and will add to its already growing fleet. The line currently has 13 ships with two others already on order, the Norwegian Escape in fall 2015 and Norwegian Bliss in spring 2017.
All four new ships for the line are to be constructed at the shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
"We are thrilled that Norwegian Cruise Line has the continued confidence in Meyer Werft to expand their fleet," said the shipbuidling company's managing partner Bernard Meyer. "We are very proud of our longstanding relationship with Norwegian."
All four new ships on order will be larger than any in its current fleet. The 4,100-passengger Norwegian Epic that debuted in 2010 is the line's largest in service, and currently the third largest ship in the world behind Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.
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