In a move first bruited a few weeks ago, Norwegian Cruise Line has ordered a second pair of Breakaway plus class vessels from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The two 164, 600 ton ships will carry 4,200 passengers each, with the first scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2018, and the second arriving in the winter of 2019. Total cost of the new order amounts t0 some 1.6 billion euro in total.
The same yard is currently building the first pair of vessels in this class- Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Escape. These two ships are themselves a pair of derivatives of the hugely successful Norwegian Breakaway and her sister ship of 2014, the Miami based Norwegian Getaway.
Meyer Werft has now built every new Norwegian vessel since 2001, with the exception of the one off Pride Of America and the Europe bound Norwegian Epic, built by STX France back in 2010.
With the arrival of these two new ships, the total strength of the Norwegian fleet will increase to some sixteen ships in all, ranging from the 1999 built, 78,000 ton Norwegian Sky, to the new, as yet nameless ships.
More details will appear here as and when they become available and can be verified.
As always, stay tuned