Norwegian Cruise Line has begun initial construction on its second Breakaway Plus class ship with the vessel’s first steel cutting at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Scheduled for delivery in spring 2017, the second ship will follow its newly launched sister-ship, Norwegian Escape. Present at the ceremony, Andy Stuart (above center), President of Norwegian Cruise Line, pushed the button to start the plasma cutting.
”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,” said Stuart. “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.”
Also present for the event were other Norwegian Cruise Line executives and Meyer Werft’s managing directors Bernard Meyer and Lambert Kruse and the yard’s project manager Stephan Schmees. The first cut plate will become part of Block 46, the ship’s first modular building section making up the 165,600 gross ton vessel. The ship will be more than 1,000 feet in length, carry 4,200 guests and reach a speed of 23 knots.
For more information on the ship, visit its sister-ship’s website here.
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