NCLLOGO® As you can see in the below post, Gene Sloan broke the story and now Seatrade Insider adds more fuel to the fire. According to unnamed industry sources, NCL has signed a letter of intent for 2 ships plus the option for one with Germany’s Meyer Werft. As previously stated, NCL and Meyer have a past working history so it makes sense that this yard is chosen. As Gene mentioned on Friday, the ships will be smaller than Epic.

A letter of intent is not a contract. It is simply a Line stating the desire to build and the yard gets a heads up to start clearing room in the orderbooks.

During Norwegian Epic’s introduction earlier this summer, NCL ceo Kevin Sheehan said a newbuild would provide ‘sizzle on the steak’ for a potential IPO.

  • Additional note, the “2 ships plus one option” was the same set up as the Epic and we only wound up with one.

One Response

  1. KeithRay

    As for the failure to complete the options at STX, and the ship being delivered “not quite finished”, it is an easy jump to return to Meyer Werft in Germany. A history of on time, on budget ships with them is easily understood. And yes, a new Freestyle ship with similar equipment to the previous ships, perhaps a bit larger (130k tonnes perhaps)would fit well into the NCL the will be offered for an IPO by Apollo in the next few years.