Soon-to-launch Norwegian Cruise Line vessel Norwegian Encore has touched water for the first time at a shipbuilding yard in Germany.

Workers at Meyer Werft dock in Papenburg, Germany, will now begin the final phase of the 3,998-passenger vessel’s construction before its delivery on October 30.

At the end of September, Norwegian Encore – the line’s final Breakaway-Plus class vessel – will move from the shipbuilding yard up the Ems River towards the North Sea.

Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive, Andy Stuart, said: “To see the ship emerge from the shipyard is always one of the most exciting construction milestones.

“Our partners at Meyer Werft have been committed to our vision for not only Norwegian Encore, but for this industry-leading class of ships.”

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Norwegian Cruise Line claims Norwegian Encore will have the world’s longest race track at sea at 1,100 feet with four curves extending up to 13 feet over the side of the ship; plus the largest outdoor laser tag arena at nearly 10,000 square feet, and a new escape room.

The ship will also debut a new Italian dining experience, Onda by Scarpetta, and musical Kinky Boots

Norwegian Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami, starting from November 24, 2019.

From April 22, 2020, the vessel will operate Bermuda and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City.