Norwegian Cruise Lines confirm they’ve ordered a second “Breakaway Plus” ship.
The Miami-based company has said the as yet-to-be-named vessel will be delivered in spring 2017.
The brand new 4,200 passenger ship will be built in Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard. Norwegian currently have one “Breakaway Plus” ship being built in the shipyard, which is due to arrive in October 2015.
Norwegian have told journalists that the Breakaway Plus ships will incorporate many of the innovative features that were developed for Breakaway and Getaway, plus a range of “as-yet unannounced” elements too. In a statement released by Norwegian, CEO Kevin Sheehan said:
“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.”
“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.“
Speaking after the announcement, Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft shipyard added:
“We’re very pleased to build all these innovative ships for Norwegian Cruise Line”
Before building the Breakaway class ships, the shipyard also built four Jewel-class ships for the cruise line. The two latest Breakaway Plus ships on order will be the tenth and eleventh ships built for Norwegian by Meyer Werft, they are thought to cost around €700million (or $A1.005 billion) each to build.
Norwegian’s two newest vessels will be the largest in the line’s fleet. They will be roughly 10% larger than Norwegian’s Breakaway and Getaway vessels. They will weigh approximately 163,000 gross tons and contain 4,200 passenger berths each.
Norwegian Cruise Line will install scrubbers on new ships:
This week the company also showed they’re an early adopter of green technology by announcing their Breakaway Plus ships will be the first in the industry to feature the innovative new scrubber technology developed by Green Tech Marine (GTM).
Speaking about the update, Sheehan said:
“Norwegian Cruise Line has a history of innovation along with a commitment to utilizing green technology whenever possible. Installing scrubbers from Green Tech Marine on our new Breakaway Plus vessels is a smart decision and one that will ensure these ships are as eco-friendly as possible.”
GTM also added that they are “thrilled” to be providing the new technology to Norwegian:
“We are thrilled to see a large ship owner such as Norwegian Cruise Line and a respected ship builder like MEYER WERFT being early adapters of green technology”.
— President and CEO of GTM Peter Strandberg.