Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that it has confirmed an order for a second “Breakaway Plus” cruise ship to be built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. The ship will have a scheduled delivery date of spring 2017, 2 years after her sister’s scheduled debut in October 2015.
The 2 new Breakaway Plus class ships will be the largest in Norwegian’s fleet at approximately 163,000 gross tons and 4,200 passenger berths each and will be similar in design and innovation to the line’s current Breakaway class, the first of which, Norwegian Breakaway, launched in New York in early May. According to Meyer Werft, the total price for both Breakaway Plus ships is around $1.8 billion.
“The incredible response we’ve received from guests, travel agents and media regarding Norwegian Breakaway only reinforced our decision to add a second Breakaway Plus vessel to our fleet,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “With groundbreaking elements, yet to be announced, and an additional deck to incorporate further innovations, our two Breakaway Plus ships will provide guests even more ways to experience all that the new Norwegian has to offer.”
In total, Norwegian Cruise Line currently has 3 ships on order: the Norwegian Getaway, with scheduled delivery in early 2014; Breakaway Plus I, with scheduled delivery in fall of 2015; and Breakaway Plus II, with scheduled delivery in spring of 2017. The addition of the new Breakaway Plus II ship will bring Norwegian’s fleet to 11 ships.