New Norwegian 'Breakaway Plus' ship to be the line's largest

By Jerry Limone

NCL-BreakawayPlus-renderNorwegian Cruise Line has reached an agreement with Meyer Werft to build a new ship for delivery in October 2015 that, at 163,000 gross tons and about 4,200 passengers, will be the line's largest to date.

The ship's contract price is about $920 million, Norwegian said. The line also has an option for a second ship, for delivery in spring 2017.

The new vessel will be larger than the 4,000-passenger Norwegian’s Breakaway-class ships currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Its biggest ship, the Norwegian Epic, is 155,873 gross tons and accommodates 4,100 passengers.

Norwegian is calling the project “Breakaway Plus,” and it said the new ship will incorporate many of the design elements and innovations of the Breakaway and Getaway, ships scheduled to enter service in April 2013 and February 2014, respectively.

Norwegian's executive vice president of global sales, Andy Stuart, said, "There's some exciting things we're not talking about yet."

Meyer Weft has a long history with Norwegian Cruise Line. The yard has constructed nine other ships for Norwegian, including the Breakaway- and Jewel-class ships.

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