GETAWAY Underway

Representatives from MEYER WERFT and Norwegian Cruise Line at Norwegian Getaway’s Keel Laying Ceremony. From left to right: Jan Meyer, MEYER WERFT; Norwegian Cruise Line Board Members Karl Peterson, Walter Revell, Steve Martinez and Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay; Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line; Wendy Beck, Norwegian Cruise Line; Bernard Meyer and Bert Kruse of MEYER WERFT. Photo courtesy of NCL.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s 146,000 gt NORWEGIAN GETAWAY was officially laid down at the Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany this week. The second in a pair of newbuilds for the line, the GETAWAY will debut in January of 2014, following its twin, the currently-under-construction NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY, which is scheduled for completion in April of 2013. The contract for delivery of a third, larger sister in the fall of 2015 was also recently signed as NCL begins a new phase of growth.

In the October 30 ceremony, executives from Meyer Werft and NCL gathered as 530-ton block number 34, the first of 73 such units that will comprise the ship, was lowered into the shipyard’s graving dock.

NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan placed the traditional “lucky coin” into a compartment in the block and stated, “We are beyond excited to start construction of NORWEGIAN GETAWAY, sister ship to NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY. The start of the block assembly is an extremely significant milestone and we eagerly anticipate the delivery of NORWEGIAN GETAWAY in mid-January 2014.”

Bernard Mayer, managing director of Meyer Werft added, “Today we placed the first of the 73 blocks that form the structure of the ship. We are proud to begin the construction of Norwegian Cruise Line’s second Breakaway class ship and to continuing our partnership with one of the most innovative cruise lines in the world.”

NORWEGIAN GETAWAY will begin weekly seven-day cruises from her year-round homeport of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean on Sunday, February 1, 2014. The ship will be the largest ship to home port year-round in Miami, carrying 4,000 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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