Float Out of New York City’s Cruise Ship, Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Cruise Line has been building their newest ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, at Papenburg, Germany’s Meyer Werft shipyard since September 2011.  Yesterday, February 26, Breakaway floated out of its construction building for the first time.  In the early morning, the Peter Max emblazoned bow of Norwegian’s 4,000 passenger ship peeked out of dock II, and was floated into the harbor where she will undergo more testing prior to her conveyance to the sea.  Continue reading for more details of Norwegian Breakaway from Meyer Werft and Norwegian’s press releases.

Norwegian Breakaway Float Out

Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

Compiled from Norwegian Cruise Line and Meyer Werft’s Press Releases:

Over the last few weeks the Meyer Werft shipyard has conducted extensive tests and machinery trials of the Norwegian Breakaway.  Following the ship’s successful float-out, the Norwegian Breakaway is currently berthed in the harbor alongside the shipyard’s outfitting pier.  On March 4th, the first crew members will move into their cabins on board, and familiarize themselves with the ship and ready her for passengers.  Conveyance of the Norwegian Breakaway down the river Ems towards the North Sea, where she will prove her seaworthiness, is scheduled for March 10, 2013.

Norwegian Breakaway Float Out

Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Breakaway Float Out

Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Breakaway Float Out

Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

 

The ship’s float out represents a major milestone in the vessel’s construction as it denotes that the ship has now moved into the final phase of construction with delivery taking place in just 58 days.

Norwegian Breakaway Float Out

Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

 

“Norwegian Breakaway represents a significant achievement both for Meyer Werft and Norwegian Cruise Line in terms of innovation and design,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Chief Executive Officer.  “Celebrating her float out today brings us closer to her much-anticipated delivery on April 25 when she will make her debut in Europe before arriving in her homeport of New York City on May 7.  We can’t wait.”

Norwegian Breakaway Float Out

Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

 

Norwegian Breakaway is approximately 1,063 feet long (the length of 3.5 football fields), and is 130 feet wide.  Norwegian Breakaway was the first ship to ever depart its construction building bow first.

Norwegian Breakaway Float Out

Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

 

Following its trans-Atlantic crossing, the Norwegian Breakaway will home port in New York City and sail 7-day cruises to Bermuda beginning in May, 2013.  In anticipation of these cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line has expanded its tour offerings in Bermuda adding several new excursions available only to guests sailing on board the Norwegian Breakaway.  These exclusive Bermuda tours include a private island tour with the captain, night snorkeling and fishing, WildCat island tour and St. Georges, and railway trail bike & beach tour.

Norwegian Cruise Line hopes to bring the quintessential New York City experience to the ship with NYC-style restaurants, shows, and atmosphere.  Click here for more news, images, and details on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.