Meyer to build its biggest cruise ship ever
German cruise ship builder Meyer Werft has clinched a giant contract worth about €700 million with Norwegian Cruise Line for a 163,000gt cruise ship and secured an option for a second.
Tom Todd writes: She will be the biggest ship to be built by Meyer to date and also the largest cruise ship ever produced in Germany as well as the biggest in the NCL fleet.
The huge contract export credit financing for NCL’s newbuild was arranged with and underwritten by Germany’s KfW IPEX-Bank.
Delivery of the new Breakaway Plus type, which will carry about 4,200 passengers, is scheduled for October 2015 with the second ship for delivery in spring 2017 if the option is taken up.
The newbuild will be bigger than the two other Breakaway Class cruise ships Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway already under construction at Meyer for NCL. Those 146,600gt, 4,000 passenger ships are for delivery in April next year and January 2014.
Meyer also built NCL’s four 93,530gt Jewel Class ships between 2005 and 2007.
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