During a ceremony last week at Aker Yards in St. Nazaire, France, the keel was laid for the first of NCL’s F3 ships, the third generation and the next evolution of the cruise line’s innovative Freestyle Cruising ships.
The event was attended by executives from Star Cruises, Apollo Management, NCL and Aker Yards. Upholding maritime tradition, each attendee was invited to put a specially designed coin in a tube that was welded shut and placed in the keel for good luck. On this occasion, NCL also revealed the cruise industry’s most innovative living space at sea – New Wave staterooms by NCL – which the new F3 cruise resorts will feature.
“The F3 ships are our most innovative project in the company’s 41-year history and will provide a totally unique vacation experience“, said Colin Veitch, NCL’s president and CEO. “As we now laid the keel for this groundbreaking new ship, we are one step closer to revolutionizing cruising as we know it.”
The two 150.000-ton ships will each total 4.200 passenger berths and offer 60 percent more guest space than NCL’s largest ships to date, which will be used to provide guests an even wider range of on-board activities, amenities and stateroom options. But not only with respect to size is NCL breaking new ground. The F3 ships will also feature a truly unique stateroom design.
The New Wave standard, New Wave balcony and New Wave deluxe staterooms represent a giant leap forward in cruise ship accommodations with a completely fresh take on bathroom design, contemporary curved architecture and open living space. The most distinctive design element is its curved walls and lines creating a modern and chic experience.
NCL has maximized living space with a bathroom that is completely unique with a separate shower stall, separate water closet and a modern vanity top sink. The staterooms feature a sophisticated earth-tone palette accented with a splash of colour and rich, dark wood. Concealed contour LED lighting and back-lit domed ceilings (the latter not available in the standard staterooms) set a relaxing vibe. Additionally, all staterooms will be equipped with a flat-screen TV and a Mini-Bar and all outside staterooms will feature a private balcony. In total, each ship will have 1.415 balcony staterooms.