First Block for Norwegian Breakaway

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Norwegian Cruise Line's first Breakaway Class cruise ship begins to take shape

PAPENBURG, GERMANY - May 8, 2012 - The keel laying of the cruise ship with the yard number S.678 was celebrated at the MEYER WERFT shipyard on Friday, May 4. The first of 73 blocks of the 144,000 GT vessel was lifted into the covered building dock II.

In the dock, Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's CEO, laid the traditional "lucky coin", before the block was put down by the 800-ton crane.

The ship's first block that weighs more than 350 tons marks the start of the ship's construction in the yard's building dock.

Norwegian Breakaway is scheduled for delivery in spring 2013. It is the first of two new ships to be built for Norwegian Cruise Line.

The ship will accommodate 4000 passengers and more than 1500 crew members.

Photos: The first block of the new cruise vessel Norwegian Breakaway for Norwegian Cruise Line is being lifted into the building dock of Meyer Werft shipyard.

v.l. Bernard Meyer, MEYER WERFT CEO - Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line´s CEO

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