Norwegian Cruise Line reveals names of two Breakaway Plus ships

Norwegian Cruise Line reveals names of two Breakaway Plus ships

Norwegian Cruise Line will call its new Breakaway Plus ships Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss.

The two names received the highest number of votes in the line's Norwegian Name Their Ships Facebook competition.

Chief executive and president, Kevin Sheehan, said: "The response to our ‘Norwegians Name Their Ships’ contest was overwhelming.

"It reaffirms that we have a very engaged and passionate community of Norwegians and we are thrilled with the names they have selected for our two new Breakaway Plus class ships.

"Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss are two names that truly characterise our brand, Freestyle Cruising, and the experience guests will have on board these fantastic new vessels."

The two plus-class ships will be the largest in Norwegian's fleet carrying 4,200 passengers.

The ships are being built in Papenburg Germany, with the first set for delivery in October 2015 and the second set to commence sailings in spring 2017.

The ships will be similar in design to the current Breakaway class, the first of which, Norwegian Breakaway, launched earlier this year.

The combined contract cost of the two new ships is approximately €1.4 billion.

When announcing the second Breakaway Plus ship, Sheehan said: "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."

The names were two of ten prospects and consumers in the UK, US, Canada, Spain and Germany. The contest ran from September 10 until September 24.

All those who submitted a vote for their favourite names were entered into a random prize draw to win a trip for two to the first Breakaway Plus ship's inaugural festivities in their respective areas.

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