Fans get first glimpse of new ship Norwegian Breakaway


Crowds line up to applaud as Breakaway, the largest ship to ever be built in Germany, as she floated out of the Meyer Werft shipyard.

Earlier this month Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new 146,600-ton ship, floated out of the Meyer-Werft shipyard past a group of enthusiastic cruise fans who had lined the waterway to see this momentous occasion. The eagerly awaited vessel has been under construction since September 2011.


As well as being the largest ship ever built in Germany, Breakaway set another record earlier this month, being the first ship to depart bow first from the Meyer Werft building dock in Papenberg.

Speaking in his capacity as Norwegian Cruise Line’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Sheehan said:

“Norwegian Breakaway represents a significant achievement both for MEYER WERFT and Norwegian Cruise Line in terms of innovation and design.  Celebrating her float out today brings us closer to her much-anticipated delivery on 25 April when she will make her debut in Europe before arriving in her homeport of New York City on 7 May. We can’t wait.”

In addition to this, Bernard Meyer, a Managing Partner of Meyer Werf said:

“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”.

About Norwegian Breakaway:

The 324 meter long ship will feature a high-energy Flywheel Sports cycling studio, a Carlo’s Bake Shop (of Cake Boss TV fame), an Aqua Park and a fab new Recreation Area, which includes a ropes course and rock climbing wall.

The ship is scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and will make its way to New York City on May 7th, where she will be home-ported.  From there, Breakaway will make seven-day cruises to Bermuda or the Bahamas depending on the season.  She will also be the largest cruise ship to ever sail from New York City.

Breakaway hull is decorated with signature artwork designed by pop artist Peter Max. The 40,000 square foot unique design sets Breakaway apart from any other cruise ship – the hull features bold colours and drawings of iconic New York and cosmic imagery. Speaking about the hull design from his New York studio last year, Max said:

“The artwork is a composite of New York City and cosmic imagery— the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, a giant sunburst, planets, stars, and musical notes. That’s my New York! And now Norwegian Breakaway is my New York cruise ship ‘canvas.”

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