Norwegians Build Bigger, Better, Aggressively


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.

Here’s more about Norwegian Cruise Line, behind the scenes: