Back in June we brought you the announcement that Norwegian Cruise Lines had ordered two new ships code named Project Breakaway, well, NCL have finally announced the names for these two ships. The new ships will be called, Norwegian Breakaway, due for an April 2013 launch and Norwegian Getaway, which will be launched a year later in April 2014.
The names were picked from five finalists of NCL's "Norwegian's Cruising for Names" competition which was held in conjunction with US newspaper USA Today. The competition ran from July 18 to August 14, 2011, during which 230,000 entries were received, before the final five were selected for the final. The final names that NCL chose from were, Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Journey.
"We felt Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway epitomized both our Freestyle Cruising philosophy and our belief that these ships will offer a true respite, whisking our guests away from their everyday routines and delivering the ultimate cruise vacation," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's chief executive officer.
The news comes in the same week that NCL also announced more of their plans for the ships in question, with a sneak peak into some of the new cabins that have been designed. The new staterooms will combine the form and function of the cruise line’s Jewel class ships with the modern and contemporary touches of the Norwegian Epic. NCL will also be continuing with The Studio, the award-winning staterooms for single travellers with their exclusive two-story Studio Lounge with a bar, that was first launched onboard the Epic.
There will also be 28 Spa Balcony and 20 Spa Mini-suite staterooms that feature tranquil spa-style decor and will offer easy access to the adjacent spa and fitness centre, along with complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suite during operating hours.
These two mammoth, 144,000 tonne, ships will carry around 4,000 passengers and will draw from NCL's vast experience of building new cruise liners, having launched ten new ships over the last ten years.
Written by Stephen Adam