Norwegian Cruise Line’s 150,000-ton next-generation F3 Freestyle ships will have cabins with curved walls and “open” bathrooms in a move to revolutionise cruiseship design.


Speaking ahead of a keel-laying ceremony for the first F3 ship at Aker Yards in St Nazaire, France, last week, president and chief executive officer Colin Veitch said NCL has thrown away the design book and started with a blank sheet of paper.

He said: “We’ve been using the same template for 40 years and no one has questioned it because we compare each new ship with the last rather than to what is happening in hotels.

He added “There has been a fixation with designing for the baby boomers, but there is a new generation coming up. F3 is aimed at 21st-century passengers.”

So far only New Wave inside, outside and balcony cabins have been revealed, with details of the other parts of the ship to be unveiled gradually this year.