Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has taken the delivery of the first Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship Norwegian Escape, from Meyer Werft.
The 334.6m-long vessel will have a gross tonnage of 164,600t and the capacity to accommodate more than 4,200 passengers and 1,700 crew members.
Powered by five MAN V48/60CR-type engines and providing a total output of 76,800kW, the vessel’s engines feature a common-rail injection system that increases performance by reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
Norwegian Escape will be home-ported in Miami and is expected to embark on its seven-day maiden voyage in November to Eastern Caribbean, sailing through Tortola, the British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.
Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief operating officer Andy Stuart said: "Norwegian Escape’s arrival marks a true evolution for our brand, we’ve capitalised on the best of our Breakaway Class ships and taken freedom and flexibility to the next level with this incredible new ship."
The new cruise ship will feature a range of accommodation, including The Haven by Norwegian, Mini-Suites, Balcony and Oceanview staterooms, as well as Inside and Studio staterooms.
Additionally, the ship will offer a variety of dining options including the Private Room at Taste, located beneath the main Taste restaurant on deck 5.
Meyer Werft has been contracted to build a total of four Breakaway Plus-class cruise ships. The second ship, Norwegian Bliss, is slated for delivery in the spring of 2017. The third and fourth ships are scheduled to be handed over in mid-2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019 respectively.