Norwegian Cruise Line confirms they’ve ordered second “Breakaway Plus” ship.


The company’s second ship in the Breakaway Plus series will feature innovative new “green” technology

The as-yet-to-be-named ship will incorporate many of the same features as the line’s newly launched Breakaway ship and soon-to-be launched Getaway vessel. There will also be a range of “as-yet unannounced” elements too.

“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.”

“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.“

— CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines, Kevin Sheehan

Norwegian’s newest 4,200 passenger Breakaway Plus ship will be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft shipyard said his company are “very pleased to build all these innovative ships for Norwegian Cruise Line”.  Meyer Werft also built Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

Before building the Breakaway and Breakaway Plus ships, the shipyard also built the Jewel Class ships for Norwegian. The two latest ships on order will be the 10th and 11th ships built for the line by Meyer Werft. They are thought to cost around €700million each to build and are due to enter service in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

New “Green” Technology:

Norwegian showed they’re proud to be early adopters of green technology this week by releasing a statement about their two Breakaway Plus ships.  Both will be the first in the industry to feature a brand new eco-friendly ‘scrubber’ technology, which has been developed by a company called “Green Tech Marine (GTM).

Speaking about the news, CEO Sheehan told journalists that:

“Norwegian Cruise Line has a history of innovation along with a commitment to utilizing green technology whenever possible. Installing scrubbers from Green Tech Marine on our new Breakaway Plus vessels is a smart decision and one that will ensure these ships are as eco-friendly as possible.”

GTM also released a statement, adding that they’re thrilled to be providing the new technology for such a big company:

“We are thrilled to see a large ship owner such as Norwegian Cruise Line and a respected ship builder like MEYER WERFT being early adapters of green technology”.

— President and CEO of GTM Peter Strandberg.


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