Keel laid for Norwegian Breakaway
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Norwegian Cruise Line executives and officials from Meyer Werft took part in the keel laying ceremony of Norwegian Breakaway las week (4 May).
During the official ceremony, at the Panenburg shipyeard in Germany, the first of 73 blocks that will comprise the 144,000-gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building dock , marking the start of the block assembly.
In the dock, Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian laid the traditional “lucky coin”, before the 350-ton first block was placed by the 80-ton crane.
“The anticipation is building for this incredible ship,” said Sheehan. “It’s thrilling to mark the start of the block assembly and realize that in one year we will take delivery of Norwegian Breakaway. We can’t wait”.
Norwegian Breakaway is the first ship being built by Meyer Werft utilising a more efficient construction process which will deliver a ship in less than 12 months.
The 4000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway will arrive in her year-round homeport of New York in early May 2013. The ship is due to begin weekly summer seven-day cruises to Bermuda on Sunday, May 12, 2013. From October 2013 through April 2014, the ship will offer voyages from the heart of the city to the Bahamas and Florida and the Southern Caribbean.