Norwegian Cruise Line Celebrates First Construction Milestone for Newest Ship
Named Norwegian Encore, the new vessel will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019
PAPENBURG, Germany - Jan 31, 2018
Left to Right: MEYER WERFT Managing Director Tim Meyer, Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line Ships Project Manager Throsten Kroes, MEYER WERFT Executive Board Member of Ship Projects Stephan Schmees and Executive Vice President of International Business Development Harry Sommer
Today Norwegian Cruise Line marked the start of construction for its newest ship. Named Norwegian Encore, Norwegian's latest addition to its young, modern fleet will sail The Caribbean from Miami seasonally beginning fall 2019.
"Norwegian Encore will be the ultimate Breakaway Plus Class vessel and we are thrilled to celebrate the start of construction for this incredible new ship," said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line. "Over 50 years ago the Norwegian brand began creating unforgettable vacation moments with the first inter-island cruise in The Caribbean from Miami. We continue building on our legacy of innovation with this brand-new state-of-the-art vessel perfect for exploring the natural beauty of some of the most remarkable islands in the world."
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MEYER WERFT executives gathered at the MEYER WERFT Laser Center in Papenburg, Germany and cut the first plate of steel, marking the ceremonial start of construction of Norwegian Encore, which is due for delivery on October 31, 2019. "We are excited to start production for Norwegian Encore and to create another floating destination for Norwegian Cruise Line", said Stephan Schmees, Executive Board Member Project Management Ships, MEYER WERFT.
Norwegian Encore will be the seventeenth ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and the line's fourth and final ship in the Breakaway Plus Class, the most successful Class in the brand's history. At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating nearly 4,000 guests, Norwegian Encore will sail weekly seven-day Caribbean cruises each Sunday from PortMiami, offering guests the superior service, world-class entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The new ship will pair innovative design and modern luxurious décor with an array of options that will allow guests the freedom and flexibility to enjoy their vacation at their own unique pace and style.
Norwegian Encore will feature amenities and interactive experiences that will excite and inspire, and more details on the ship's design, accommodations, dining and onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months. The ship will be available for reservations in March 2018.
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