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Norwegian Cruise Line to gain two brand new ships

Meyer Werft will build two new Breakaway-Plus ships for Norwegian Cruise Line
Meyer Werft will build two new Breakaway-Plus ships for Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) shared some exciting news on Monday July 14, 2014 by announcing that they have ordered two new ships. The popular cruise line reached an agreement with MEYER WERFT GmbH of World Cup champion country Germany to build two new ships that would be considered "Breakaway-Plus" class ships for delivery in the second quarter 2018 and the fourth quarter 2019. Each ship will be 164,600 gross tons and have room for 4,200 passenger berths.

The ships will not be cheap. The contract for both ships is approximately EURO 1.6 billion. NCL will finance the ships with export credit financing, which has been arranged and underwritten by KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH of Germany.

NCL will again provide its concept of Freestyle Cruising aboard the new ships. This gives travelers the freedom and flexibility to enjoy their cruise vacation on their own terms and not be held to a rigid schedule. This includes entertainment, multiple dining venues, relaxed dress, and a variety of accommodations and world-class activities. Once its Norwegian Epic took the concept to a new level, two game-changing vessels continued on with the Freestyle Cruising idea, the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.

Once these ships begin sailing, more details will be available on how Charlotte-area residents will have the opportunity to sail them. If you have any questions related to this or other cruise matters, please feel free to contact Your Charlotte Cruise Ships Examiner at

Stay tuned for more cruise news and happenings in future articles. Until then, Bon Voyage!