Norwegian Cruise Line Announces the Order of Two New Cruise Ships from MEYER WERFT


Norwegian Cruise Line has very recently ordered a new very large cruise ship with MEYER WERFT GMBH of Germany. The new vessel will be delivered in October 2015 and there is the possibility that a second ship will be delivered during spring 2017 also! The new ship will come in at 163,000 gross tons and 4,200 passenger berths. It will be the largest in the Norwegian’s fleet and has the project name ‘Breakaway Plus’.

“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.”

— Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Chief Executive Officer.


MEYER WERFT is based in Papenburg, Germany, and were founded in 1795. This company is owned by the sixth generation of the Meyer family and has a lot of history in ship building, including the construction of cruise ships, gas tankers and car passenger ferries. MEYER WERFT also has a long history with Norwegian. Right now they are constructing two new 146,600 gross ton, 4,000-passenger Breakaway class vessels for Norwegian. They have also built numerous other ships for the company in the past, including Norwegian’s four Jewel-class ships, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Jewel. The two new recently announced vessels by Norwegian will represent the tenth and eleventh that have been constructed by MEYER WERFT.

About Norwegian Cruises

Norwegian Cruise Line prides itself on giving passengers both freedom and flexibility to enjoy their cruise experience. This includes a great amount of choice in every aspect of their trip. From the numerous restaurants of offer, different accommodation to the various options for amazing entertainment, passengers can enjoy their holiday exactly as they intend to. This concept is called Freestyle Cruising and was recently innovated even further with the launch of “New York’s Ship” Norwegian Breakaway in late April 2013. This ship has a world-beating design, with fantastic features such as The Waterfront, and various indoor and outdoor venues across three decks. There’s so much to do onboard, that passengers won’t know where to begin!

Norwegian Breakaway

In accordance with the concept of Freestyle Cruising, the entertainment on Norwegian Breakaway is extensive. There are three different Broadway shows to choose from, such as ROCK OF AGES, BURN THE FLOOR, or CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY. There’s also a range of other entertainment, including the amazing comedy troupe The Second City, Howl at the Moon dueling pianos and the fantastic Slam Allen. The Norwegian Breakaway will also debut the restaurant of Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Ocean Blue. There’s also a range of fantastic activities on the top decks, with the first Aqua Park at sea, which has five full-size water slides and twin Free Fall. There’s even a three-story sports complex with houses the largest ropes course at sea, a whole nine-hole miniature golf course, a basketball court and a rock climbing wall!

With so much on offer, it’s easy to see why Freestyle Cruising is so popular!


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Sandra has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years and has gained an extensive knowledge of the cruise industry. Sandra regularly writes for the Cruise 1st blog on a wide range of topics from destination guides to cruise line news.

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