NCL’s NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY, the largest ship ever constructed in Germany, was floated out of Meyer Weft’s covered building dock II this morning in Papenburg, Germany.

NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY emerges from Meyer Weft's massive covered building dock, photo courtesy NCL, Feb 26, 2013
NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY emerges from Meyer Weft’s massive covered building dock, photo courtesy NCL, Feb 26, 2013

The 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2011.  Starting about 7 am (local time), the massive 4,000 passenger ship departed building dock II.  NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY has an overall length of 324 meters, and is 39.70 meters wide.

From NCL’s release: “Norwegian Breakaway represents a significant achievement both for Meyer Weft and Norwegian Cruise Line in terms of innovation and design,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Chief Executive Officer. “Celebrating her float out today brings us closer to her much-anticipated delivery on April 25 when she will make her debut in Europe before arriving in her homeport of New York City on May 7. We can’t wait.”

“This new vessel is a further milestone for us. Its construction complies with the latest safety standards, and the ship meets all valid environmental regulations. Beyond that Norwegian Breakaway includes a lot of unique design elements and technical innovations,” said Bernard Meyer, Managing Partner of Meyer Weft.

Following the float out, tests were carried out in the harbour where the ship was berthed at the yard’s outfitting pier.   On March 4, the first crew members will come on board, and begin to familiarize themselves with the ship, readying her for guests. NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY’s transit of the river Ems to the North Sea, is scheduled for March 10 (weather permitting).

NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY at Meyer Weft, photo courtesy NCL
NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY at Meyer Weft, photo courtesy NCL

Designed as “New York’s” ship, “NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY will bring the best of NYC to sea when she arrives to her year-round homeport in early May 2013, offering the high-caliber dining and entertainment options that New York is known for worldwide. To date, the company has revealed the ship’s groundbreaking design, including an open-air boardwalk, The Waterfront, and 678 Ocean Place; a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that will create a whole new complex at sea that enhances guests’ connection with the ocean.  Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment will include three Broadway shows: five-time Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES; the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR; and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY.  The famed comedy troupe The Second City, Howl at the Moon dueling pianos, and New York’s own Slam Allen will perform on the vessel. Norwegian Breakaway will also feature an exciting fireworks show on every cruise that will dazzle guests on the second to last night at sea each week, and will be the grand finale of a decadent 1980s-themed deck party.”

“Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will also debut his first restaurant at sea on Norwegian Breakaway: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian. Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss,” will open an extension of his popular bakery, Carlo’s Bake Shop.  The ship will feature a total of 28 dining options on board and an Ice Bar, which will be kept at 17 degrees Fahrenheit and feature New York City-inspired specialty cocktails, as well as ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building to pay homage to New York City.”

“The top decks of Norwegian Breakaway will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, the first ever at sea, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more. The ship will also feature a rich mix of stateroom options including The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 Suites at the top of the ship and 18 additional Suites located throughout the ship; the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; Oceanview staterooms, Balcony and Mini-Suites; along with Spa Balcony, Mini-Suites and Suites in close proximity to the spa.”


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