Meyer Werft delivered the largest ship of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and first of the Breakaway Plus class, the 164,600 GT Norwegian Escape.

After a building period of just 18 months, Norwegian Escape was signed over to NCL CEO Frank Del Rio by the managing partner of Meyer Werft, Bernard Meyer, during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.

'Once again, the team at Meyer Werft, along with our newbuild and operations teams, and all of the ship’s officers and crew, have done a remarkable job and we cannot wait to welcome guests on board this spectacular new vessel,' NCL president Andy Stuart said.

'For his part, Bernard Meyer said the builder was thrilled to deliver the first in the Breakaway Plus series and expressed pride in the team that 'worked diligently to design and build her.'


Three more vessels of the Breakaway Plus class are to be built at Papenburg yard, including one scheduled for delivery in 2017 and designed for the Chinese cruise market.

Norwegian Escape is 324-meter (1,063 feet) long, and features 4,200-passenger capacity. The newbuild is registered in the Bahamas.

Escape boasts 15 restaurants and 8 bars and lounges, of which the first Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville at sea and a couple of venues by James Beard Award-Winning Iron Chef José Garces. A massive water park with a wealth of slides and a 3-story ropes course are among the many outdoor activities.

The ship sports the largest Haven suites complex of Norwegian, arranged around a 3-story covered courtyard. An expanded sun deck with a cantilevered whirlpool, together with an outdoor dining space in Haven’s private restaurant, are part of the exclusive area.

Norwegian Escape is now heading to Hamburg for the beginning of European inaugural festivities. After a 2-night call at Southampton, the ship will cross to Miami, its year-round homeport, on October 29. A christening ceremony is planned for November 9.