The first steel-cutting taking place in Meyer Werft’s laser centre marks the start of construction of Norwegian Bliss for Norwegian Cruise Line. The first ship of this class will be completed in spring 2017. It took the plasma torch in the yard’s state-of-the-art laser centre merely a couple of minutes to cut a silhouette of the new ship from the steel plate.
Having a tonnage of 165,600 gt, Norwegian Bliss will offer capacities for approx. 4,000 passengers. The ship is 330 m in length, 41,4 m breadth and will reach a speed of more than 23 knots.
Andy Stuart, President of Norwegian Cruise Line, pushed the button of the plasma torch to start the fabrication of Norwegian Bliss. Meyer Werft’s managing directors, Bernard Meyer and Lambert Kruse, as well as the yard’s project manager Stephan Schmees, and Christer Karlsson from Norwegian Cruise Line attended the steel cutting ceremony in the laser centre. “We are very happy to build these new class of ships for Norwegian Cruise Line and to continue our long-standing relationship,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft.