Norwegian Orders Brand New Ship

| Wednesday, 17 Oct. 2012

Breakaway-plus will come in 2015 at 163,000-tons, 4200 berths

Just when we thought the we had seen the end of new ship orders for the meantime, out of the blue comes an announcement from Norwegian Cruise Line that the company has already placed a firm order for a new ship - with financing already in place.

The ship will be 163,000 gross tons and will carry about 4200 passenger berths. This new vessel will be the largest in Norwegian's fleet and by our calculations this will qualify as the second largest cruise ship class in the world, barely beating out Royal Caribbean's Freedom class and Norwegian Epic. Delivery is scheduled for December of 2015.

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The new ship is being positioned as a larger version of the new Norwegian ships currently under construction, with one of them, Norwegian Breakaway, very close to its debut in March or April of 2013. It is said that the new ship will incorporate many of those vessels' unique design elements and innovations. The current name for the new project is "Breakaway Plus."

There is an option for a second ship, which will be built at the discretion of the cruise line. Cruise lines often put options for another ship of the same type to lock in pricing and a place in line at the shipyard. In fact, this ship will be built at what is becoming a very popular shipyard, Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. This is the same shipyard where Norwegian Breakaway is being built, as well as the new Royal Caribbean ships coming soon (Project Sunshine). The same shipyard is just completing the fifth and final version of the Solstice class ships - Celebrity Reflection and also built the new Disney Dream and Fantasy.

The soon to arrive Norwegian Breakaway is 146,600 gross ton, and 4,000-passengers, and its sister ship, Norwegian Getaway, is scheduled for delivery in mid-January 2014.

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