LAS VEGAS -- The cabin design on Norwegian Cruise Line's two new ships will be "modern boutique hotel meets the sea," NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan said today during Vacation.com's annual conference here.
Sheehan unveiled the first details about NCL's new ships to about 1,000 travel agents attending the conference.
The balcony and mini-suite cabins on Project Breakaway, the current name for the company's next two ships, will have an "an ambience that is warm and inviting and has a very contemporary feel with clean, modern lines," Sheehan added.
He said NCL wanted to maximize the use of space within the staterooms, ensuring that passengers "are as comfortable as possible and storage space is well-planned throughout."
In reference to the often-criticized bathrooms
on NCL's most recent newbuild, the Norwegian Epic, Sheehan joked, "And now for the big news. These ships will have fully enclosed bathrooms."
He also promised that the sinks would be "generous in size and have an easy-to-use faucet," also poking fun at the original Epic cabin faucets that have to be replaced.
Sheehan said that the company had learned a lot from the 10 ships it has taken delivery of over the last 10 years.
Project Breakaway, he said, "will take the best of the best from the existing ships."
The 1,024 balcony suites and 238 mini-suites are being designed by the same firm that designed the Epic's Studio cabins for solo travelers.
"[The Studios] were so well received by guests that we wanted the same attention to detail for Project Breakaway," he explained.
Scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014, Sheehan said the 4,000-passenger, 144,017-ton vessels would increase the line's capacity by 30%.
"More than ever, we need you to promote Norwegian and help fill our ships," he told the audience.
The balcony cabins will have a king-size bed set against a chestnut leather headboard; a sofa bed with additional storage; a built-in 26-inch, flat-screen TV mounted on the wall that can be tilted toward the sofa or the bed; a built-in vanity area with shelving and lots of storage space; LED lighting surrounding the perimeter of the ceiling to give the room warmth; and a full-size closet that is easily accessible with sliding doors.
The mini-suites will be a larger version of the balcony cabins, Sheehan said, with a larger, more luxurious bathroom with a double sink and a spa-like shower with a rainfall showerhead and multiple body spray jets; and open and enclosed storage areas.
The cabins will be energy-efficient, with key-card access to control lighting in the room.