Over the past decade Norwegian Cruise Line has skyrocketed in popularity, praised by passengers for its eco-friendly conscience, excellent on-board service, exotic itineraries and world class ships that offer every modern amenity a cruiser could ever dream of. Now, the line has reached an exciting new milestone which saw the very first piece of steel cut for its brand new liner set to hit the ocean in spring 2017. The construction is taking place at Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard and will see Norwegian add a second vessel to its ‘Breakaway Class’ cruising experience.
A CEO worthy celebration
To mark the occasion Norwegian Cruise Line President Andy Stuart was on hand to push the button that ignited the steel cutting plasma torch. Just one of the many perks of being one of the cruise industry’s most esteemed big wigs! A handful of fellow Norwegian executives, Meyer Werft managing directors Bernard Meyer and Lambert Kruse and the yard project manager Stephan Schmees were also standing by as the first steel plate was cut in the world class shipbuilding facility.
While there was a slightly novel element to the occasion, the steel plate will play its very own role in seeing the ship come to life. It will become part of Block 46, one of many that will make up the super ship’s final form. All up she’ll weigh a huge 165,600 gross tons, measure in at over 1000 feet in length, be capable of carrying 4200 passengers and boast a top speed of 23 knots.
Norwegian ‘breaks away’ to a new era of cruising
Stuart was understandably excited about kicking off the latest Breakaway Class construction, saying “On behalf of the more than 20,000 Norwegian team members worldwide, we are thrilled to mark the start of construction of the second ship in our company’s Breakaway Plus class and the continued evolution of the Norwegian brand.”
He adds that passengers should expect big things from the latest Norwegian fleet member, explaining that it is at the forefront of contemporary cruising. “Not only will this ship fully embody the Norwegian brand and the freedom and flexibility that a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation means, but the combined expertise of the company’s new leadership team will create what is sure to be the epitome of contemporary cruising.”
Meyer was also ecstatic to be a part of the milestone occasion, stating that Meyer Werft is “Very happy to build these new class of ships for Norwegian Cruise Line and to continue our long-standing relationship.”
While the line is remaining pretty tight lipped about exact features, 2011’s Norwegian Breakaway gives us some indication of what to expect from the latest liner. With its one quarter mile long waterfront promenade, breezy open air cafes, mouthwatering specialty restaurants, Broadway style entertainment and plethora of on-board entertainment options, our hopes are sky high! And of course, in classic Norwegian style we’re certain the new ship will feature stunning hull art. Will Guy Harvey make a reappearance or will another artist lend their talents? Place your bets in the comments section below!
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