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Norwegians Build Bigger, Better, Aggressively

Norwegian to build two more new Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships at a price tag of €1.6 billion each for delivery in 2018 and 2019.
Norwegian to build two more new Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships at a price tag of €1.6 billion each for delivery in 2018 and 2019.
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has reached an agreement with German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build two more new Breakaway-Plus class cruise ships at a price tag of €1.6 billion each for delivery in 2018 and 2019. That adds to an already-aggressive building plan that will give Norwegian Cruise Line a distinctive position in the world of new cruise ships.

Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have proven themselves as industry game-changers and are extremely popular with our guests,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “It was only natural that we build on their success with this new ship order that further solidifies our long-term growth strategy.”

Norwegian Cruise Line took their Freestyle Cruising concept to the next level with the introduction of Norwegian Epic in June 2010, setting a new standard for entertainment at sea. Next came two more game-changing vessels as Norwegians built New York-themed Norwegian Breakaway in May 2013 and Miami-themed Norwegian Getaway in February 2014.

A Class Within A Class
Up next, 163,000-ton Norwegian Escape the first Breakaway-Plus class ship will debut in 2015, followed by Norwegian Bliss in 2017, both featuring new energy efficient fuel scrubbing technology. The two new ships just announced could actually be classed Breakaway Plus Plus, coming in at 164,600 tons and debuting in 2018 and 2019.

About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 47-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to "Cruise Like a Norwegian" on one of 13 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named "Europe's Leading Cruise Line" for the sixth consecutive year, as well as "Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line" and "World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line" by the World Travel Awards.

The Company recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway on January 10, 2014. The largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, Norwegian Getaway boasts 28 dining options, including seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a branch of Carlo's Bake Shop by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series "Cake Boss." The entertainment lineup includes Broadway shows Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor and a unique magical theatrical experience, the Illusionarium. Norwegian Getaway's sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, was named "Best New Ship of 2013" by the editors of Cruise Critic and "Best Rookie Cruise Ship" by the readers of Travel Weekly. Known as New York's ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city. The Company currently has four vessels on order at Meyer Werft for delivery in fall 2015, spring 2017, spring 2018 and fall 2019.

Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, The New York Knicks, Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert; and the official cruise line partner of The GRAMMY Awards and is an official partner of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall.

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