Project Breakaway Ships, Norway
Project Breakaway Ships are two new passenger cruise ships ordered by cruise ship operator, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). Scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014, the two ships will be the largest German-built passenger cruise ships.
It is believed the two-ship project 'Breakaway' has been named after the family holiday home of the CEO of NCL in Carolina.
The new ships will provide guests an opportunity to 'break away' from the daily routine and stress, say NCL.
In October 2010, NCL announced the two new ships will be built by Meyer Werft, a German shipyard. The contract value of the project is approximately €1.2bn.
Priestmangoode, a ship design company based in London, was contracted to design the staterooms in association with Swedish company Tillberg Design. Power and propulsion systems for both the ships will be supplied by ABB.
The two Breakaway Class Freestyle Cruising ships were named as Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway in September 2011. These names were selected through a public contest held in the USA and Canada through the newspaper USA Today. NCL had aligned with USA Today for this purpose.
Design of the Point Breakaway ships
The design of the two new ships will boast incorporation of the best features from all the existing cruise ships.
The staterooms will have a combination of the form and function of jewel class ships and will be given Norwegian Epic's latest and most modern design touches.
The guests will feel more comfortable due do the maximum utilisation of space within the staterooms.
Each of the 1,024 balcony staterooms and 238 mini-suites will have rich panelling emphasised with stressed colours and warm tones.
Above the bed of the balcony staterooms, there will be a light illuminated concave space that can hold books, magazines or tablet computers.
The gross tonnage of each ship will be 144,017t. Each of the ships will have 4,000 passenger berths. The staterooms will be designed to resemble modern boutique hotels.
Construction of NCL's Breakaway and Getaway ships
NCL's Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway cruise ships are being built at Meyer Werft's Papenburg shipyard in Lower Saxony, Germany. Block construction method is being used to build the twin ships. It involves welding of pre-fabricated hull sections together.
Construction on the project began by cutting the first piece of steel for the first ship in September 2011. The block assembly process commenced with the keel laying ceremony held in May 2012. A total of 73 blocks will be welded together to build the ship.
Construction of the second ship, Norwegian Getaway, began with the cutting of first piece of steel in May 2012.
Staterooms and accommodation onboard NCL's ships
Project Breakaway staterooms will comprise suites, mini-suites and balcony staterooms.
Suite staterooms onboard will include two deluxe owner's suites, 20 two-bedroom family villas, 17 courtyard penthouses, eight forward facing penthouses and 15 spa suites.
The deluxe owner's suites will have separate living rooms, a dining area and guest half bathroom.
The main features include a king-size bed, separate shower, tub, two vanity sinks, water closet and wardrobe dressing area with full closet.
Mini-suite staterooms will feature a king-size bed with pillow top mattress and built-in 66cm flat-screen television. The bathroom will incorporate a modern double sink with two taps.
In addition to a separate hand-held shower head, the bathroom will feature a rain shower head and multiple body spray jets.
Balcony staterooms will have a king-size bed and each room will be provided with a sofa bed with extra storage space. There will also be a vanity area with shelving and a 66cm, wall-mounted, flat screen television.
The bathroom will have a built-in sink with an easy to use tap. For females, there will be a separate shower facility with a shaving bar.
The Haven by Norwegian
The Haven by Norwegian is the name of the suites and villas complex on the two new ships and five Jewel class ships.
The Haven will be located at the top of the Project Breakaway ships. A two-storey courtyard area with pool will be available in the centre of The Haven.
A sauna, private sundeck and different dining and entertainment venues will also be available.
Two whirlpools, two private massage rooms and changing rooms are the other features of The Haven.