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Paul Motter October 17th, 2012 04:31 PM

Norwegian Orders Brand New Ship
Norwegian Orders Brand New Ship
by Paul Motter

This new class of Breakaway-plus ship is a hefty 163,000-tons for just 4200 passenger berths

Breakaway-plus will come in 2015 at 163,000-tons, 4200 berths.

Just when we thought the we had seen the end of new ship orders for the meantime, out of the blue comes an announcement from Norwegian Cruise Line that the company has already placed a firm order for a new ship - with financing already in place.

The ship will be 163,000 gross tons and will carry about 4200 passenger berths. This new vessel will be the largest in Norwegian's fleet and by our calculations this will qualify as the second largest cruise ship class in the world, barely beating out Royal Caribbean's Freedom class and Norwegian Epic. Delivery is scheduled for December of 2015.

Dave Beers October 17th, 2012 06:52 PM

They certainly surprised everyone with this announcement. I'm thinking that given the larger amount of space it might prove to be better than the 'regular' Breakaway ships. Of course that won't be known for a while yet.

Kuki October 17th, 2012 08:35 PM

That's a pretty good sign that Norwegian is doing OK, which is great, because I really like all the NCL ships that were built specifically for Freestyle.

The fact they have financing in place already is also a very good sign for them, in these tough economic times.

Manuel October 18th, 2012 07:30 AM

There seems to be a lot of ship building going on in the next few years.

Will the cruiselines be able to fill them all?


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