Cruise line aims for 'boutique hotel meets sea'

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The Independent Travel

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has revealed the new cabin designs to be used on its new ships set to come into service over the next three years.

The cabins, unveiled June 21, are described as "modern boutique hotel meets the sea" and are built on the experience of Norwegian over the past ten years - during which time it has launched ten new ships.

The two new vessels, currently codenamed Project Breakaway, are scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014, and can carry around 4,000 passengers.

The balcony cabins all feature a king-size bed and separate sofa bed, along with neat features to maximize space such as a lighted recess above the bed and a flatscreen television mounted on the wall, with another recessed nook underneath.

Bathrooms are finished in wood and feature a cleverly concealed vanity section under the sink, although as cruise guru John Honeywell points out, many cruisers will just be delighted at the omission of the open-plan bathroom aboard Norwegian Epic, which required some sacrifice of privacy.

Guests in one of the ship's 238 mini-suites will enjoy a roomier bathroom with double sink and a "spa-like" shower with a rain shower head and body spray jets.

NCL won widespread praise for its introduction of single cabins aboard Norwegian Epic last year, and the line has promised to unveil several further cabin designs on its Facebook page next month.

The new class of ship will weigh in at 144,017 gross tons, says Norwegian, putting it at a similar size to the 130,000 ton Carnival Magic, which set sail last month and can carry 3,690 passengers.