Earlier today, the Norwegian Breakaway successfully completed her technical and nautical sea trials which took place off the coast of Norway and Denmark. Over the course of several days beginning on March 25, Norwegian Breakaway underwent a series of stringent tests to assess various nautical and technical elements, including the ship’s speed, maneuverability, and more.
In order to assess the ship’s speed, the Captain, navigational officers and representatives from Meyer Werft tested all of the various power outputs for the propellers. The speed was then adjusted to various levels at each power output level. Every speed test that Norwegian Breakaway underwent was successful and exceeded the required technical specifications.
The Norwegian Breakaway successfully completed the following tests:
- The “Williamson’s Turn,” which determines how well the ship would be able to turn around in the event of an on board emergency.
- The “Zig Zag” test was also conducted which demonstrates the ship’s ability to rapidly maneuver away from danger ahead, while still maintaining its forward course.
- The “Turning Circle” test which is conducted by powering the ship at full speed ahead and then quickly turning on the azipods, the ship’s propulsion units, to monitor the behavior of the vessel.
- The “Crash Test” was also performed. This test is conducted by running the ship full steam ahead and then quickly reversing the azipods in order to assess the ship’s stoppage capabilities.
- Noise and vibration tests were performed to ensure that there is proper insulation between all staterooms, corridors and public areas.
- Wind levels on Norwegian Breakaway’s pool deck and The Waterfront, the ship’s outdoor dining and recreational area, were also assessed.
With the sea trials now complete, the on board operations team will continue the ship’s set up, getting Norwegian’s newest ship ready to receive guests for a series of inaugural events and transatlantic voyage. Following those events, the largest cruise ship to ever be constructed in Germany, will sail seven-day cruises from New York City to Bermuda through October 2013.
Photos: Norwegian Cruise Line.