Norwegian Breakaway

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Norwegian Breakaway at Meyer Werft Shipyard, Papenburg, in February 2013
Name: Norwegian Breakaway
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line
Port of registry:  Bahamas, Nassau[1]
Ordered: 17 August 2011
Builder: Meyer Werft
Yard number: S678
Laid down: 21 September 2011
Launched: 30 April 2013
Christened: 8 May 2013
Maiden voyage: 30 April 2013
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 146,600 GT[2]
Length: 325.7 m (1,069 ft)

39.7 m (130.2 ft) - At Waterline

52.67 m (172.8 ft) - Lifeboats/Tenders
Height: 54.5 m (179 ft)
Draft: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Decks: 18
Installed power:
  • 2 × MAN 14V48/60CR (2 × 16,800 kW)
  • 2 × MAN 12V48/60CR (2 × 14,400 kW)
Propulsion: Two ABB XO Azipods (2 × 17.5 MW) Three Brunvoll bow thrusters (3 × 3 MW)
Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
Capacity: 3,963
Crew: 1,657

Norwegian Breakaway is a cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line. Construction of Norwegian Breakaway began on 21 September 2011, when the first piece of steel was cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.[3] She was delivered to NCL on 25 April 2013. Following the handover, Norwegian Breakaway left the port of Bremerhaven, heading for Rotterdam. Following several inaugural events, she started her transatlantic cruise from Southampton to New York City, where the naming ceremony took place.[4] On 12 May 2013 she headed to Bermuda to start her seven-day cruises.[5]

She is 146,600 GT in size, and has capacity for 3,963 passengers, double occupancy.[3] The ship has a total of 1,024 staterooms and 238 suites, designed by Priestmangoode and Tillberg Design.[6]

Norwegian Breakaway is home ported at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal in Manhattan, making seven-night cruises to Bermuda (May thru Sept) and seven-night cruises to the Bahamas & Florida (October thru April).[7] She is the largest cruise ship homeported year-round from New York City.[8]

The ship, along with her sister Norwegian Getaway, was named through a public contest; Kimberly Powell submitted the name Norwegian Breakaway, which was announced on 14 September 2011.[9]

Onboard features include a restaurant, Ocean Blue, by Geoffrey Zakarian, and a comedy club, named Headliners, where a Second City company performs. The godmothers of the ship are The Rockettes. Peter Max designed the hull art.

At launch Norwegian Breakaway was the world's ninth largest cruise ship.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 17 September 2013, a woman fell two decks from her exterior balcony prior to arriving in Bermuda.[10] On 3 February 2014, a 4 year old fell into the pool and drowned, while a 6 year old was revived and evacuated by Marine helicopter to a hospital.[11] On 28 July 2014, a 4-year-old boy fell off his bunk and had to be evacuated by a Marine helicopter to a hospital after sustaining a head injury.[12] On 20 July 2016, one crewmember was killed and three were injured by an accident during a rescue boat drill.[13]



  1. ^ "Norwegian Breakaway (31388)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
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  3. ^ a b "Norwegian Cruise Line marks steel-cutting for new Breakaway ship". USA Today. 21 September 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Rockettes Christen Norwegian Breakaway Newsday, 10 May 2013
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  6. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line Unveils Design for Project Breakaway". Shipbuilding Tribune. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "New York City to Become Home Port for NCL's New Passenger Ship Norwegian Breakaway". Shipbuilding Tribune. 7 October 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Norwegian Breakaway to Begin Sailing in May 2013". Cruise Fever. 10 October 2011. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Norwegian Decides Winning Names for Its Two New Freestyle Cruising Ships". Shipbuilding Tribune. 14 September 2011. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Passenger fall means early stop for ship", Bermuda Sun 20 September 2013
  11. ^ Bacon, John (February 4, 2014). "4-year-old boy dies aboard cruise ship". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
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