There’s some exciting news for cruise travelers today, as one of the most popular cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), has announced it has reached an agreement with Meyer Werft GMBH of Germany to build a new cruise ship, with an option for a second vessel. The new ship is expected for delivery by October 2015 and the second for spring 2017.
The new NCL cruise ship will be larger than any other vessel in the company’s fleet, including those in the company’s Breakaway class, which is currently under construction at Meyer Werft. At 163,000 gross tons and accommodating approximately 4,200 passenger berths, the new “Breakaway Plus” ship is expected to features several exciting innovations while still incorporating many of the NCL traditions cruise passengers love.
“Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have garnered significant attention in the marketplace with their innovative design, rich stateroom mix and world-class amenities,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Building on that momentum, along with Meyer Werft’s expertise and efficiency in the design and construction process, we are extending the excitement and anticipation with a new, larger edition Breakaway Plus class ship to further distinguish the Norwegian brand. This new order further solidifies our commitment to continued innovation in terms of the guest experience and will incorporate technical and environmental advances as well.”
With the pressure to compete with Royal Caribbean’s mega-vessels Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, NCL has certainly stepped up its game to show they are still a force to be reckoned with in the cruise industry. Meyer Werft is currently building two of the cruise line’s Breakaway class vessels, which are both 146,600 gross tons and accommodate 4,000-passengers. The Norwegian Breakaway is scheduled for delivery in late April 2013 and Norwegian Getaway is expected to be delivered in mid-January 2014. Meyer Werft also worked with NCL to build four Jewel-class ships: Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jade, and Norwegian Jewel. The Breakaway Plus vessels will be the tenth and eleventh cruise ships that NCL will build with the German company.
While the ships are being marketed as newer and bigger, this can be both a pro and a con for cruise passengers. Although larger ships can be a lot of fun, travelers should take note that bigger ships means a greater number of passengers, which can equate to a greater number of cruise ship crimes and accidents. Even though travelers can take certain steps to prevent cruise ship incidents from taking place and to protect their rights, including downloading our Smartphone app “Cruise Ship Lawyer,” some maritime accidents and crimes are inevitable. Once the incident occurs, passengers are encouraged to seek legal counsel with a maritime lawyer to make sure their rights are not violated. If you or a loved one have already been involved in a slip and fall, robbery, sexual assault, or other cruise incident, turn to our maritime lawyers right now to seek information to protect your rights.
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