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WORK BEGINS ON NCL’s FOURTH BREAKAWAY-PLUS CLASS

Friday, November 30, 2018 

The Meyer Werft yard in Papenburg, Germany has started laying the keel for Norwegian Cruise Line’s fourth Breakaway Plus class cruiseship.

A 19.8m long, 40.4m wide block weighing 558t was lowered into position in the shipyard’s covered building dock II.

Andy Stuart, President of Norwegian Cruise Line, said: “It’s great that we can celebrate the keel laying ceremony for the Norwegian Encore today with our partner Meyer Werft. The start of production is an important milestone, and we can rest assured in the shipyard’s expertise to build yet another first-class ship with the Norwegian Encore.”

The ship will be finished in just 11 months before heading out to the North Sea for its sea trials. The Norwegian Encore is the fourth ship in the Breakaway-Plus class and will be completed by Meyer Werft for Norwegian Cruise Line in autumn 2019.

Stephan Schmees, Executive Board Member Project Management of Meyer Werft. “It is with great pride that we perform the keel laying ceremony today to symbolize the start of production for the ship. In autumn 2019, this will be the twelfth ship to be handed over to our long-standing customer Norwegian Cruise Line.”

The cruise liner measures 333.46m in length and 41.4m in width, offering capacity for 4,200 passengers.

The shipbuilder has a full order book through to 2023.

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