Just days after the Norwegian Breakaway sailed on water for the very first time, Norwegian Cruise Line celebrated the keel laying of its next vessel, the Norwegian Getaway (as seen above and below). The keel block – number 34 of the 73 that the new cruise ship will be assembled from – was laid down at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
These great images illustrate the grand scale of the uncompleted ship juxtaposed against her sister ship, seen in the background of the massive indoor facility at the shipyard. The giant piece of the ship was appropriately decorated in garland, and its placement was witnessed by executive members of the shipyard and cruise line including the CEO of Norwegian, Kevin Sheehan. The ceremonial keel laying coin was also on hand (seen below as rendered and minted).
The 144,000-gross ton Norwegian Getaway is set for completion and ready for launch in winter of 2014 with year-round sailing from Miami behind the launch of the Norwegian Breakaway in May of 2013. These two launches precede the completion of the newly announced Norwegian Breakaway Plus, an even larger class of ship at 163,000-gross tons. Norwegian Cruise Line has one as-of-yet-unnamed ship on order with an option for another one.
For more information on the Norwegian Getaway, visit Norwegian Cruise Line’s website by clicking here.
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