Construction Begins For 2nd Breakaway Plus Vessel the “Norwegian Bliss”
Written by: Cruise News
September 16, 2015 – In a historic week in New Build history for Norwegian Cruise Line, the first piece of steel was cut at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany on Tuesday, September 15 to mark the construction of the second ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class, set for delivery in spring 2017. The line has previously announced that the ship will be named Norwegian Bliss. The first ship of the class, Norwegian Escape is due to enter service in six weeks after final fit-out and sea trials.
Andy Stuart, President of Norwegian Cruise Line, pushed the button to start the plasma torch during the steel cutting ceremony in the laser center.
”On behalf of the more than 20,000 Norwegian team members worldwide, we are thrilled to mark the start of construction of the second ship in our company’s Breakaway Plus class and the continued evolution of the Norwegian brand,” said Stuart. “Not only will this ship fully embody the Norwegian brand and the freedom and flexibility that a Norwegian Cruise Line vacation means, but the combined expertise of the company’s new leadership team will create what is sure to be the epitome of contemporary cruising.”
Norwegian Cruise Line executives, along with Meyer Werft’s managing directors Bernard Meyer and Lambert Kruse and the yard’s project manager Stephan Schmees, watched as the first plate of steel was cut by a plasma torch in the yard’s state of the art facility. This plate will become part of Block 46, the first to be assembled for the new vessel. It took the plasma torch in the yard’s state-of-the-art laser center merely a couple of minutes to cut a silhouette of the new ship from the steel plate.
“We are very happy to build these new class of ships for Norwegian Cruise Line and to continue our long-standing relationship,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft.
Having a tonnage of 165,600 gross tons and reaching more than 1,000 feet in length, the ship will carry 4,200 guests, reaching speeds of up to 23 knots.