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Great Escape! Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship out in the open at last

For the first time, Norwegian Escape, soon to be the largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, was seen in all her glory as she was was floated out of Meyer Werft's covered building dock II in Papenburg, Germany, on Saturday.

At 9:15am local time,  the 164,600-ton ship, which has been under construction since September 2014, emerged with her signature hull artwork designed by famed marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey making its debut.

Norwegian Escape float out
Norwegian Escape after her float out in Germany

Norwegian Escape is the first ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus Class, measuring 1,098ft in length and 136ft wide.

Her float out represents a major milestone in the vessel’s construction, with the ship being well on her way to completion. She now moves into the final phase of construction with delivery taking place on 22 October 2015.

“Meyer Werft has done an excellent job with the construction of Norwegian Escape,” Norwegian Cruise Line’s President and Chief Operating Officer Andy Stuart said. “The ship’s float out brings us one step closer to bringing the next evolution of Freestyle Cruising to the world and we couldn’t be more excited.”

Norwegian Escape float out
The ship emerges from Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II

The next milestones for the 4,200 passenger ship will be mounting the ship’s signature Norwegian Cruise Line funnel and taking thrills to new heights by adding a third storey to Norwegian Escape’s ropes course - due to be the largest at sea.

Norwegian Escape’s conveyance down the river Ems towards the North Sea is scheduled for 16 September (weather permitting).

Following inaugural events in Europe and Miami, Norwegian Escape will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday from Miami beginning on 14 November.

Norwegian Cruise Line: 0845 201 8900 or visit www.ncl.co.uk

Posted on 18th August 2015 at 09:13 am in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | New Ships | Cruise Lines | Norwegian Cruise Line |

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