Norwegian Cruise Line has just announced that they have placed an order for a “Breakaway Plus” cruise ship from MEYER WERFT, with an option for a second ship. This “Breakaway Plus” ship will delivered in October, 2015 and be larger than the Breakaway Class that is currently under construction.
The “Breakaway Plus” ships will weight in at 163,000 gross tons and will hold 4,200 passengers. They will be the largest cruise ships in NCL’s fleet and the 3rd largest cruise ships in the world behind Royal Caribbean’s Allure and Oasis of the Seas. The Norwegian Epic is currently the largest NCL cruise ship.
Norwegian has not announced many details about this new class of cruise ship. They did state that they will incorporate many of the same designs and innovations of the Breakaway ships that are currently under construction.
The current Breakaway class will consist of the Norwegian Breakaway and the Norwegian Getaway. The Breakaway is scheduled to be launched in the spring of 2013 and the Getaway in January, 2014. The Breakaway will be the largest cruise ship to sail out of New York City and the Getaway will sail year round out of the Port of Miami.
The CEO of NCL, Kevin Sheehan , said that he was encouraged by the advance sales for the Breakaway. The Getaway will will available to the general public for booking on October 22, 2012 and he expects bookings to be similar to the Breakaway.
“We thought that to continue to be at the cutting edge of innovation, that we needed to continue to challenge ourselves, and we’ve got some really fun, neat things that these ships will have,” Sheehan said.
Cruise Fever will have all the latest as Norwegian makes more information available to the public.