Commissioned by the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the Project Breakaway Ships consists of two passenger ships designed to provide comfort and class unlike any other contemporary cruise vessel. Built by the German shipyard Meyer Werft, both these vessels are regarded to be one of the largest cruise vessels built in the passenger cruise industry in the present times at a budget of one billion Euros.
Through a competition held by the American newspaper USA Today in co-ordination with the shipping conglomerate, for residents in the US and Canada, the ships were named as ‘Breakaway’ and ‘Getaway.’ According to the company’s representatives, these names re-affirm the ships’ purpose to provide the passengers with much needed breaks from regular, compelling and hectic day-to-day schedule.
While the reservations for Breakaway have been opened, the vessel’s scheduled operational date has been fixed for April 2013. Her sister vessel, meanwhile is scheduled to begin her operations from April 2014.
With a passenger capacity of 4,000 and a gross tonnage over 1, 40,000 tons, the ships have been designed by the British Priestmangoode Company in association with Tillberg Designs firm of Sweden. The design of the vessels is such that it integrates all the best possible features of the other NCL vessels. Boasting of staterooms over 1,000 and mini-suites over 200, the living arrangements aboard the vessels can be equated with facilities available in premier, state-of-the-art hotels.
One of the most noteworthy accommodation features of the vessels is that of the Haven. Comprising of villas and suites, the Haven is located at the topmost level of the ships where passengers can enjoy the experiences of private massage parlours and whirlpools, a sundeck, sauna along with different locales for entertaining and dining.
Post their unveiling in June this year, the Project breakaway Ships has garnered and continues to garner enormous attention in the cruise industry circles as in their own way, both these vessels are looking to revolutionise the contemporary cruising industry.