Norwegian Places Order for 4,200-Passenger “Breakaway Plus” Ship
By Theresa Norton Masek
October 17, 2012 11:10 PM
Norwegian Cruise Line has placed an order for a 163,000-ton, 4,200-passenger ship with Meyer Werft of Germany for delivery in October 2015. The company has an option for a second ship for delivery in spring 2017.
The new ship, with a project name Breakaway Plus, will be larger than the Breakaway-class ships currently under construction at Meyer Werft and will be the largest in Norwegian’s fleet. The ship’s contract price is approximately 700 million euros (about $920 million) and export credit financing was arranged and underwritten by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH of Germany.
“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,” said Norwegian CEO Kevin Sheehan. “This new order further solidifies our commitment to continued innovation in terms of the guest experience and will incorporate technical and environmental advances as well.”
Meyer Werft, based in Papenburg, Germany, is currently building the 146,600-ton, 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, scheduled for delivery in late April 2013, and Norwegian Getaway, due out in mid-January 2014. Prior to the Breakaway-class ships, Meyer Werft built Norwegian’s four Jewel-class ships. This new vessel on order, along with the option for the second ship, will be the 10th and 11th that the company will build with Meyer Werft.