CONFIRMED – Norwegian Cruise Line confirms orders for two new ships

September 24, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line has confirmed plans to add another pair of mega ships to its fleet.

German shipbuilder Meyer Werft will construct the two new Breakaway Plus-class vessels for delivery in 2018 and 2019 respectively. 

Each ship will offer 4,200 passenger berths and weigh in at 164,600 gross tons – around 20,000 gross tons more than the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, the operator’s most recent launches. 

They join two Breakaway Plus-class vessels already in the pipeline, meaning Norwegian Cruise Line will have four ships of this size in operation within the next five years. 

Announcing the plans, the company’s chief executive Kevin Sheehan called the ships’ 144,000-ton predecessors “industry game-changers” and “extremely popular with our guests”. 

“It was only natural that we build on their success with this new ship order,” he continued. 

The news follows rumours that Norwegian Cruise Line was about to ink a deal for two new “prototype” vessels, which would have weighed 200,000 gross tons each. 

When it comes to cruise ships, do you think bigger is always better?