|Bernard Meyer, managing director of Meyer Werft, and Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, at the steel cutting for Norwegian Breakaway. // (c) 2011 Norwegian Cruise Line.|
The first piece of steel was cut Sept. 21 at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany for the construction of Norwegian Breakaway, the first of two new Freestyle Cruising ships for Norwegian Cruise Line, set for delivery in April 2013. The first plate of steel took four minutes to cut by a plasma torch in the yard’s state-of-the art facility. This plate will become a supporting part of the double bottom in the middle of the new ship.
The Breakaway class ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, will each be 144,017 gross tons and will have approximately 4,000 passenger berths. The new ships draw on the line’s experience of having launched 10 ships in the past 10 years – starting with Norwegian Star and Sun in 2001 and culminating with the launch of Norwegian Epic in 2010. The ships’ names were chosen from 230,000 entries received in “Norwegian’s Cruising for Names” contest held in conjunction with national newspaper USA Today.
The shipyard's managing directors Bernard Meyer and Lambert Kruse, as well as Aloys Meemann, project manager, attended the steel cutting ceremony in the laser center. "We are very happy to build these innovative ships for Norwegian and to continue our long lasting relationship," said Meyer. "We can guarantee to deliver a cruise vessel with an exceptional interior design, extremely comfortable staterooms and the highest technical standards.”
To date, the company has revealed details on all of the ships’ staterooms which combine the form and function of the line’s Jewel class ships’ staterooms with the modern and contemporary design touches of Norwegian Epic. A rich mix of stateroom options will be available including the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers, the re-introduction of oceanview staterooms, balcony and mini-suites, along with spa balcony, mini-suites and suites in close proximity to the spa. The ship also features The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 suites at the top of the ship and 18 additional suites located throughout the ship.
The company expects to release details on Norwegian Breakaway’s inaugural itinerary in the near future.
For more information, visit www.ncl.com/breakaway.