Norwegian Escape conveyance started

By ,   September 20, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Norwegian Escape sailed out of Papenburg, Germany on September 18 (Friday) for her 24-hour long conveyance along the River Ems.

Yesterday morning (September 19) at about 8.30 a.m., she arrived in the Dutch port of Eemshaven. The conveyance of the new ship on the River Ems works very well and without problems. Norwegian Escape will leave Eemshaven on September 24 (Thursday).

The ship is the first in the newest Breakaway Plus class of the line, measuring a length of 1069 feet (326 m). Three additional vessels in the class are currently on order at Meyer Werft.

Andy Stuart, President of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), shared that after seeing firsthand how spectacular Norwegian Escape looked, he was thrilled that she was "officially on her journey to welcome guests next month", to offer the very best in flexibility and freedom.

Sailing backwards, the Escape left the shipyard at 2:00 p.m. (local time), and made a narrow passage through yard's locks, with just 1.2 meters clearance separating her from the specially installed  "bumpers". The careful maneuver took 2 hours at a maximum speed of 0.2 knots. 

After Norwegian Escape passed through the locks, she continued along the river Ems, stern first. Traveling stern first benefits maneuverability, which is a key factor when navigating through narrow passages.

Before reaching Eemshaven, Netherlands (her final destination) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Norwegian Escape will sail through additional narrow passages, such as Weener Bridge (Weener), Jann-Berghaus Bridge (Leer), Ems-Barrier (Gandersum). Once reaching Eemshaven, the ship will take additional provisions to welcome passengers in late October and head towards the North Sea for sea trials.