Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has ordered a second “Breakaway Plus” cruise ship to be built at Meyer Weft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany for delivery in the spring of 2017. The first “Breakaway Plus” ship is already scheduled for delivery in October 2015. The two new vessels will be the largest in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet at approximately 163,000 gross tons and with 4,200 passenger berths each. The combined contract cost of the two new ships on order is approximately €1.4 billion.
These ships are described as similar in design and innovation to the line’s current Breakaway-class, the first of which, the 146,600 gt NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY was delivered on April 25, 2013. In mid-January 2014, she will be followed by the structurally identical NORWEGIAN GETAWAY.
In a release today: “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,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “With groundbreaking 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.”
These two new “Breakaway Plus” vessels on order will be the 10th and 11th that NCL will have built with Meyer Weft.
The 4,000-passenger NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in New York City, sailing to Bermuda for the summer.
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