14. March 2013 · Comments Off on NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY COMPLETES CONVEYANCE ALONG THE EMS RIVER · Categories: ENGLISH CRUISE RELEASES, GENERAL, NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE · Tags: , , , , ,

Norwegian Breakaway, the largest cruise ship to ever be built in Germany, departed Meyer Werft in Papenburg yesterday, for her approximately 24-hour long conveyance along the Ems River. The river conveyance demonstrates Norwegian Breakaway’s seaworthiness and marks another key milestone prior to the ship’s highly anticipated delivery.

NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY COMPLETES CONVEYANCE ALONG THE EMS RIVER / Photo © Norwegian Cruise Line

NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY COMPLETES CONVEYANCE ALONG THE EMS RIVER / Photo © Norwegian Cruise Line

Sailing backwards, Norwegian Breakaway left Meyer Werft at approximately 10 a.m. (local time in Germany), and made a narrow passage through the ship yard’s locks, with only 1,6 metres clearance separating the ship from the “bumpers” that were specially installed along the starboard side of the locks. This very tedious manoeuvre took approximately 1,5 hours at a maximum speed of only 0,2 knots. The precise navigation was led by a team of two located on the bridge, with one navigation officer in charge of overseeing the bow manoeuvres and the other overseeing the movement of the stern. It was extremely important that not too much force was placed on the bumpers, which can only support a light touch by the ship, which measures 324 metres long and 39,7 metres wide; therefore, minimum speed and minimum pressure on the bumpers was essential. After passing through the locks, Norwegian Breakaway continued along the river, stern first. Due to the strong propulsion in the aft section of the vessel, traveling stern first helps with manoeuvrability which is a key component when navigating the vessel through such narrow passages.

In preparation for the ship’s conveyance, the Nautical Operations teams from both Meyer Werft and Norwegian trained and practiced the precise manoeuvres for the past several months, utilising high tech simulators and detailed schematics. Norwegian Breakaway is the largest cruise ship to ever be built in Germany and presented the most challenging conveyance ever, as the ship required precise manoeuvres in order to navigate through extremely narrow passages, with less than two metres clearance on either side of the vessel.

On her way to her final destination in Eemshaven, Netherlands, which the ship reached at 8 a.m. this morning, Norwegian Breakaway passed through additional narrow passages including the locks in Papenburg, which allow only 1,5 metres clearance on either side; Weener Bridge in Weener; Jann-Berghaus Bridge in Leer; and Ems-Barrier in Gandersum.

Norwegian Breakaway

Designed as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will bring the best of NYC to sea when she arrives to her year-round homeport in early May 2013, offering the high-calibre dining and entertainment options that New York is known for worldwide. To date, the company has revealed the ship’s ground-breaking design, including an open-air boardwalk, The Waterfront, and 678 Ocean Place; a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that will create a whole new complex at sea that enhances guests’ connection with the ocean. Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment will include three Broadway shows: five-time Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES; the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR; and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY. The famed comedy troupe The Second City, Howl at the Moon duelling pianos, and New York’s own Slam Allen will perform on the vessel. Norwegian Breakaway will also feature an exciting fireworks show on every cruise that will dazzle guests on the second to last night at sea each week, and will be the grand finale of a decadent 1980s-themed deck party.

Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will also debut his first restaurant at sea on Norwegian Breakaway: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian. Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss,” will open an extension of his popular bakery, Carlo’s Bake Shop.

The ship will feature a total of 28 dining options on board and an Ice Bar, which will be kept at 8 degrees below zero and feature New York City-inspired speciality cocktails, as well as ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building to pay homage to New York City.

The top decks of Norwegian Breakaway will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, the first ever at sea, and a three-storey sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more.

The ship will also feature a rich mix of stateroom options including The Haven by Norwegian™, comprised of 42 Suites at the top of the ship and 22 additional Suites located throughout the ship; the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travellers; inside, oceanview and balcony staterooms as well as Mini Suites; Spa Balcony staterooms, Spa Mini Suites and Spa Suites in close proximity to the spa.

For more information on the incredible features and accommodations on Norwegian Breakaway, visit www.breakaway.ncl.eu.

Information source: Norwegian Cruise Line

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