Norwegian Cruise Line to Build Two New Ships

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Norwegian Cruise Line has placed an order for two new 4,000-passenger ships, to be delivered in spring 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The 143,500-ton ships will be the largest ever built at Meyer Werft in Germany, and the price for the pair is about $1.68 billion.

The order for the new ships follows NCL's launch earlier this year of the larger, 4,100-passenger, 155,873-ton Norwegian Epic, a ship that has drawn attention for first-at-sea innovations including performances by "Blue Man Group," an ice bar, a dinner theater-circus and a block of cabins designed and priced for single travelers.

NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan says the new ships will build on "the incredible success and popularity of Norwegian Epic."

While not disclosing specifics, Sheehan says the pair will also bring more onboard surprises.

"We are bringing this spirit of innovation to these two new build ships, as Norwegian continues to offer our guests new and exciting ways to enjoy their Freestyle Cruising vacation," he says.

While Epic was built in France, the German shipyard built NCL's other four most-recent ships including Norwegian Gem, delivered in 2007.

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