Norwegian Gateway, a cruise ship being built for the US cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line, was floated out from a covered dry dock II building at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The 146,600t cruise ship is 324m long and 39.70m wide and was constructed within 12 months. The 4,028-passenger vessel was constructed to the latest safety standards and meets all the valid environmental regulations.
The cruise ship’s hull is designed with a signature artwork by Miami artist David ‘LEBO’ Le Batard that features a mermaid holding the sun above the waves.
Norwegian Getaway is the sister ship to Norwegian Breakaway, which was launched in April 2013.
Norwegian Cruise Line chief executive officer Kevin Sheehan appreciated the team at MEYER WERFT for building the vessel in record time.
Sheehan said they are looking forward to the launch of Miami’s "ultimate ship".
Meyer Werft managing partner Bernard Meyer said the new vessel is one of the largest and most technologically advanced ships in the world.
"We are thrilled to see her leaving the building dock and getting ready for her sea trials," Meyer added.
The cruise ship is scheduled for delivery on 10 January 2014.
Following inaugural events in Europe, New York and Miami, the Norwegian Getaway will be put on seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruises that will begin on 8 February 2014.