Good news for cruise lovers on a Friday morning! Norwegian Cruise Line announced it has reached an agreement with Meyer Werft of Germany to build a new 700-million-euro cruise vessel.
The yet-unnamed ship will be delivered in October 2015. Norwegian also has an option for a sister ship to be delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ship, at 163,000 gross tons and approximately 4,200 passenger berths, will be larger than the company's Breakaway class ships currently under construction at Meyer Werft and incorporate many of those vessels' unique design elements and innovations. With the project name "Breakaway Plus," this new vessel will be the largest in Norwegian's fleet.
Norwegian Cruise Line is adding two new 4000-passenger ships in the "Breakaway" class, the Norwegian Breakway (scheduled for delivery in late April of 2013) and the Norwegian Getaway (scheduled for delivery in mid-January 2014). Looks like the company will be busy over the next few years, and adding 12,200 berths to the fleet over the next three years is great news for cruise travelers.
Meyer Werft and Norwegian Cruise Line have a long history. The German shipbuilder is building the Breakaway class ships also, having previously constructed the four Jewel-class ships for Norwegian that were launched between 2005 and 2007.
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Norwegian "Breakaway Plus" Ship Image Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line