Norwegian orders second Breakaway Plus ship

Norwegian orders second Breakaway Plus ship

Norwegian Cruise Line has ordered a second Breakaway Plus ship set for delivery in spring 2017.

Along with the first Breakaway Plus ship which is scheduled for delivery in October 2015, the two new vessels will be the largest in the line’s fleet.

The 4,200-passenger ship will be similar in design to the Breakaway class, the first of which, Norwegian Breakaaway, launched in May.

Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive, said the new ships would include “ground-breaking elements”.

The order has been placed with Meyer Werft GMBH in Papenburg, Germany, and the combined contract cost of the two Breakaway Plus class ships is about €1.4 billion.

The company has export credit financing in place that provides financing for 80 percent of the contract price.

Sheehan added: “The incredible response we’ve received from guests, travel agents and media regarding Norwegian Breakaway only reinforced our decision to add a second Breakaway Plus vessel to our fleet.

“With ground-breaking elements, yet to be announced, and an additional deck to incorporate further innovations, our two Breakaway Plus ships will provide guests even more ways to experience all that the new Norwegian has to offer.”

Meyer Werft delivered Norwegian Breakaway, the first of Norwegian’s two new 146,600 gross tonne, 4,000-passenger Breakaway class vessels on April 25, 2013; and will deliver Norwegian Getaway, in mid-January 2014.

The two new Breakaway Plus ships will be the tenth and eleventh vessel the line has built with Meyer Werft.

“We’re very pleased to build all these innovative ships for Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft.

Prior to the Breakaway class ships, Meyer Werft built Norwegian’s four Jewel-class ships – Norwegian Gem delivered in 2007, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Jade delivered in 2006, and Norwegian Jewel delivered in 2005.


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