FEBRUARY 27, 2013 — Meyer Werft yesterday floated the Norwegian Breakaway, the largest ship ever constructed in Germany, out of its covered building dock II in Papenburg, Germany where the 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2011. The massive 4,000 passenger cruise ship, with an overall length of 324 m and width of 39.70 m, was the first ship to depart the Meyer building dock bow first.
The ship has now moved into the final phase of construction with delivery from the shipbuilder set to take place just 58 days after the float out.
"Norwegian Breakaway represents a significant achievement both for Meyer Werft and Norwegian Cruise Line in terms of innovation and design," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's Chief Executive Officer. "Celebrating her float out today brings us closer to her much-anticipated delivery on April 25 when she will make her debut in Europe before arriving in her homeport of New York City on May 7. We can't wait."
"This new vessel is a further milestone for us. Its construction complies with the latest safety standards, and the ship meets all valid environmental regulations. Beyond that Norwegian Breakaway includes a lot of unique design elements and technical innovations," said Bernard Meyer, Managing Partner of Meyer Werft.
Following the float out, tests were carried out in the harbor and the ship was berthed alongside the shipyard's outfitting pier. On March 4, the first crew members will move into their staterooms on board, and begin to familiarize themselves with the ship, readying her for guests. Norwegian Breakaway's conveyance down the river Ems towards the North Sea, where she will prove her seaworthiness, is scheduled for March 10 (weather permitting).
Designed as New York's ship, Norwegian Breakaway will bring the best of NYC to sea when she arrives to her year-round homeport in early May 2013
The top decks of Norwegian Breakaway will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, the first ever at sea, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more.
The ship will also feature a mix of stateroom options including The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 Suites at the top of the ship and 18 additional Suites located throughout the ship; the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; Oceanview staterooms, Balcony and Mini-Suites; along with Spa Balcony, Mini-Suites and Suites in close proximity to the spa.