Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has reached an agreement with MEYER WERFT of Germany to build a new cruise ship, for delivery in October 2015, with the option for a second ship for delivery in spring 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,” and a price tag around $900 million US, this new vessel will be the largest in Norwegian’s fleet.
“Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have garnered significant attention in the marketplace with their innovative design, rich stateroom mix and world-class amenities. Building on that momentum, along with Meyer Werft’s expertise and efficiency in the design and construction process, we are extending the excitement and anticipation with a new, larger edition Breakaway Plus class ship to further distinguish the Norwegian brand,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “This new order further solidifies our commitment to continued innovation in terms of the guest experience and will incorporate technical and environmental advances as well.”
Meyer Werft, based in Papenburg, Germany, is currently building Norwegian’s two new 146,600 gross ton, 4,000-passenger Breakaway class vessels: Norwegian Breakaway, scheduled for delivery in late April 2013, and Norwegian Getaway, scheduled for delivery in mid-January 2014.
“We are pleased that Norwegian Cruise Line has decided to expand and enlarge its exciting Breakaway class at Meyer Werft,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft. “Our companies have a long history together and we appreciate Norwegian Cruise Line’s continued commitment to Meyer Werft.”
Norwegian has not yet announced the name of the ship or the planned deployment. We may not know either of these for months, but until then, we have the Breakaway and Getaway to keep us excited.
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