Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. CEO Frank Del Rio (left) accepts delivery of Norwegian Escape from MEYER WERFT Managing Partner Bernard Meyer (right) Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery today of the line’s largest ship to date, the 164,600 gross ton Norwegian Escape, from Meyer Werft during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, after a building period of only 17 months. Norwegian Escape is the first ship in the company’s new Breakaway Plus Class.

Following delivery today, the ship sets sail for Hamburg for the start of her European inaugural festivities.  After a two-night stop in Southampton, Norwegian Escape will make the crossing to her year-round homeport of Miami on October 29. The ship will be christened in Miami on November 9.

“Norwegian Escape’s arrival marks a true evolution for our brand—we’ve capitalized on the best of our Breakaway Class ships and taken freedom and flexibility to the next level with this incredible new ship,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief operating officer.