More NCL orders for Meyer

15 Jul 2014
Two more giants for Meyer

Two more giants for Meyer

Meyer Werft has booked in two more 164,600 gt cruise ships worth €1.6 billion from Norwegian Cruise Lines bringing to four the number the German yard is now building for NCL, reports Tom Todd.

The two latest Breakaway Plus newbuilds, for 4,200 passengers, are for delivery in the second quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019. Miami-based NCL also said export credit financing for both ships had already been secured and was being arranged and underwritten by Germany’s KfW IPEX-Bank.

According to Meyer, the two latest newbuilds are the 13th and 14th ships to be built at Meyer for NCL and will follow Breakaway Plus sisters Norwegian Escape, for delivery in autumn next year, and Norwegian Bliss in spring 2017.

When steel was cut in February for the first Breakaway Plus ship Norwegian Escape, Meyer Chief Bernard Meyer said the new series was special both because of ship dimensions and the continuing confidence of NCL in the German yard.

Little technical information on the new class has been revealed, but reports say Escape and Bliss will boast eco-friendly scrubber technology. They also say the new ships will have 18 (16 passenger) decks and crews of 1,750.

Early this year Meyer delivered the smaller 146,600gt Norwegian Getaway and, in 2013, sister Norwegian Breakaway. Those ships are 324m long and draw 8.3m and NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan said they had “proven themselves as industry game-changers” adding it was “only natural that we build on their success”.

The latest NCL orders for Meyer come as the German yard and the Finnish Government discuss the acquisition of STX Finland and its Turku facility. In this connection there have been unconfirmed media reports that two big ships ordered at Meyer might be built at STX as part of a deal. 

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