German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has won a €700m contract from Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to build a new cruise vessel.
The new 163,000t cruise ship, scheduled to be delivered in October 2015, will be capable of carrying 4,200 passengers.
The contract also includes an option for a second vessel, which would be scheduled for delivery in spring 2017.
Meyer Werft’s shipyard is currently building two 146,600t vessels for NCL under a €1.2bn order secured in October 2010.
The Norwegian Breakaway and the Norwegian Getaway will each be capable of carrying 4,000 passengers; the vessels are scheduled to be delivered in early 2013 and January 2014 respectively.
NCL said the new ship will be larger than the other Breakaway class ships currently under construction at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Germany but will include several unique design elements and innovations of the under-construction vessels.
Upon completion, the new Breakaway Plus class vessel is set to become the largest ship in NCL’s fleet.
Before the Breakaway class ships, Meyer Werft built NCL’s four Jewel-class ships.
The new cruise ship and the optional second ship will be the tenth and possibly eleventh that NCL has ordered from Meyer Werft.
Image: NCL’s new 163,000t cruise ship, scheduled for delivery in October 2015, will become the largest ship in NCL’s fleet. Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line.