Norwegian Breakaway, Meet Water; Water, Meet Breakaway
Norwegian Breakaway continues her impressive march towards completion at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Just days ago, the new cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line touched water for the first time and was floated in the basin where she is under construction (as seen above and below).
The purpose of this floating process was to move the vessel down the assembly line so another ship can begin construction behind her. Next in line at the yard is her sister ship, the Norwegian Getaway, whose first pieces are likely the ones seen in the images off to the side of the Breakaway.
She was winched in to position with ropes (as seen above), where she will remain until the remaining bulk of her superstructure is completed. Then she will be floated out even farther to the yard’s outdoor finishing dock before final delivery to Norwegian Cruise Line and her launch in May of 2013.
The final building block to be put into place before the cruise ship was shuttled forward was her bow. You can see photos of this process in our article here: Norwegian Breakaway Construction Reaches Milestone. Norwegian Cruise Line also posted the great video below to its Facebook page documenting the fascinating process.
Norwegian Breakaway Receives Her Bow (Copyright © Exploration Production, Inc.)
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