It looks to be smooth sailing for Norwegian Cruise Lines heading into 2018. On the heels of the promising release of its 2017 fourth quarter financial earnings, Norwegian is looking to expand its markets and ports of call. Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings Limited encompasses three brands — the primary Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas. Norwegian is already citing a positive booking trend going into 2018, signaling strong loads for the year.
As Norwegian looks to the future, the company has announced seven new cruise liners. The first new ship to launch will be the Norwegian Bliss in May 2018, followed by the Norwegian Encore the next year. The Bliss is the first Norwegian ship to debut in Seattle and will begin its first sailings with trips to Alaska before moving on to the Caribbean later in the year. Four Project Leonardo ships will round out the next seven years of production, as well as a new ship for Regent Seven Seas, debuting in the year 2020.
Norwegian has been encouraged by the popularity and guest feedback about the new port of call in Cuba and plans to expand travel to the island as a result. The Norwegian Sun will add Havana as a port of call starting in May 2018 in order to satiate customer demand. The company has also stated a desire to expand its list of sailing ports, potentially adding the popular Fort Lauderdale and Texas points of origins to its offerings.