"Been on a number of cruises in my life in about half of them have been on Norwegian. I'm a huge fan of their haven product. That place to get away from it all and they've been innovating a lot these days Especially in sustainability today. I'm very thankful to have as my guest. Andy Stewart. CEO and president of Norwegian cruise line. Andy thank you so much which for joining us. Thanks for having me Brian. Great to be here. So you've been at Norwegian. I would like almost as old as I am not to age US or anything but actually no. You've been there for thirty one year and I'm thirty six so that start out on a light to Juliette thank you. Did you always know that you want it to be in the cruising business. No absolutely absolutely no I had no idea what cruising was all about when I met someone or the softball game length sweater and a year later they called me up and offered me a job. This is so fascinating so many leaders in the travel space. We get to talk to a lot of them at talking points. Come and almost. None of them wanted to do what they're doing today. So you by chance met someone and and was this at Norwegian or another competitor before the and I was working for Marriott Hotels Hotel Business MET This lady softball game. She was called lender sweater and wanted bovine. Ever got it back and then she called me a year later and said there was his job at Norwegian cruise line I thought cruising was something for blue haired ladies second husband I had no idea. Yeah that was a modern cruise industry. So they told me all about modern cruise industry are joint region and as you say thirty one years later I'm still here. How would you save? Running a cruise line is similar hospitality. You're a floating hotel but we are. We're we're a pretty complex floating hotel so there aren't many hotels that have more than twenty dining choices this is the ron many hotels that have racetracks and virtual reality pavilions in full Broadway shows and I could go on and on and on. We're a very complex operation and then we've all got to do it in a very tight space. All of our employees live with us. They don't go home at night so there's a lot of complexities of the cruise industry. That hotels don't face. I'm sure they have other the competition. The cruise industry is unique in many ways. And that was my interpretation years ago when I first started cruising but especially with Norwegian you guys is you know we've done a bunch of coverage on your ships in terms of four family travelers. I know our family travel. Division is really excited with the concepts that you've been coming out not only early on the go kart race trucks which I saw your commercial about that as someone who has a moderate fear of heights I think that would freak me out a little bit. And there's no safety concerns with that is there. I guess talk thoroughly tested that have you yourself been on the go. Kart as the new shape. Actually we go out thirteen feet of the edge of the ship. So it's a pretty exciting experience so on November second Norwegian encore set. Say Oh this is your biggest to date. What is it twenty deck high? You Go karts before but this isn't even longer go. Yeah the tracks long ago. We can't leave it off the edge of the ship it has more turns more opportunities overtaking. It's a very very exciting experience on top of the ship. It's eleven hundred and fifty defeat long and I used to be a tour guide at the University of Pittsburgh and we had this huge forty two story cathedral on campus and that was five hundred thirty five feet tall. So it's kind of wild for me to think about about this crucial being longer than two of the Cathedral. learnings in Pittsburgh put together. Do you have more bigger ships in the works the next class of ship slightly smaller. We have six six more ships on order that start in two thousand twenty two calling that Leonardo class gives it a little more flexibility with where we take that next series of ships and as I said we have six of them delivering between twenty twenty two and twenty twenty seven so we have a lot of capacity coming but it gives us a variety. We have a class of ship in the two thousand four hundred passenger range class in the four thousand range and now a class in the three thousand three hundred range so that gives a lot of choices. We spread off fleet further failed across the globe. We have a lot of flexibility in in terms of Solo travelers. I I know you guys have been kind of leading the pack there with the Solo Cabins. You've got the solo section of the ship and your. We've looked in our research. I mean those sellout sometimes months in advance so we try to appeal to a very broad audience. And you've talked about the family. Market is a very big couples market. We saw opportunity in the solo travel market and this is having having people who want to travel on their own. Feel very comfortable to do so. And so we have a number of rooms designed and price for the solo travel cruise industry was gets a bad rap that you charge twice as a solo traveler. We don't we have rooms designed and priced for Solo travelers. And then we have a lounge the just the solo travelers share and someone can put up on the board. Hey having dinner in the steakhouse not everyone wants to join me. It's a very comfortable way. The people to travel on their own and there are more and more people who liked to travel on the road with success stories of people who get married from those cruises. Oh you're all about hooking up. Of course they're all those happy stories have has anyone asked you to officiate. No no yeah no I have nothing. Seen us to officiate but one day one day and this episode's being recorded during the UN General Assembly. Week you're here. In New York for important announcement you know. Were just steps away from where the climate action summit is happening across the travel. Space every single travel leader has to be focused on sustainability especially within cruising which historically has not I had the best reputation on sustainability. Although you guys are doing a lot so let's just talk about the big announcement to reduce plastic on board. Yeah so Norwegian we've sustainability as you rightly say is incredibly important for us. We've set off still out to really be a leader in the area of sustainability and sometime ago we established this goal to eliminate all single use plastics across the entire ship. We started with plastic straws last year. And we then did a list of every single use plastic on the ship and one of the most impactful is plastic water bottles. You walk around the see a Lotta people with plastic water bottles. were selling plastic water bottles and we saw an opportunity to completely eliminate plastic water buffalo so as of January the first twenty twenty will eliminate all plastic water bottles across our entire fleet that will eliminate six million plastic water bottles during a year. And so we're very excited about it. It's and it's not easy to do. We went out looking for the right partner and we were thrilled to find a company called just just goods that produced this water just water and they have put a huge amount of energy into a container that is recyclable. Renewable and really early changes the dynamic when it comes to plastic water bottles. So we're absolutely thrilled with this announcement. We think is a huge debt. But it's a step in the journey. This is rarely end of the journey. It's one step and we're going to continue to check off that list and work our way down and you know who just produce more products that helps us do that. And of course there will be other companies that will help us on that journey. Not Everything's possible yet. We want to lead this. We want to be way ahead of regulation. This is not about a company trying to meet and chase regulation. It's about a company trying to do the right thing. Employees are passionate about it. It guests are passionate about it. Shareholders passionate about it. This is something that everyone who's associated with our companies passionate about this area and we have have to do more and this is one step in that"