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Hamburg Welcomes the World's Largest Cruise Ship

MS Norwegian Escape docked at Blohm + Voss. Cruise vessel is the largest ship ever to have started a cruise from Hamburg

The brand new cruise ship MS Norwegian Escape arrived in Hamburg on 13 October 2015 for docking. At Blohm+Voss, adjustments to the water outlet of the scrubber system and the final inspection be carried out in Dock Elbe 17. Thus serviced, the ship will travel to Bremerhaven for final equipment, before being handed to the shipping line on 22 October 2015. MS Norwegian Escape will be returning to Hamburg the 23 and 25 October am Kronprinzkai, mooring at Hamburg’s new Steinwerder cruise terminal. MS Norwegian Escape will leave Hamburg on 25 October 2015 for a maiden voyage taster to Southampton, before setting out for its first trans-atlantic crossing to Miami on 29 October 2015.

Huge Passenger Volume

Even though being nearly 20 metres shorter than Hamburg’s beloved Queen Mary 2, MS Norwegian Escape will still be the largest cruise vessel to have called at the Port of Hamburg, and to set out for cruise trips from Hamburg. MS Norwegian Escape has an overall length of 324m, a width of 41.4m and gross tonnage of 164,600t. The new Breakaway Plus class cruise ships built by Papenburg’s Meyer Werft offers accommodation for 4,200 guests, including The Haven by Norwegian, Mini-Suites, Balcony and Oceanview staterooms, as well as Inside and Studio staterooms. Along with Norwegian Bliss, MS Norwegian Escape ist the largest vessel of Norwegian Cruise Line. The vessel will be christened in Miami on 9 November 2015.

Elbe Fairway is the Ship’s Catwalk

MS Norwegian Escape ist NCL’s first ship to visit Hamburg. According to the shipping company, the European market plays an increasingly important role in the company’s expansion strategy. To choose Hamburg a venue for the vessel’s European premiere is a clear commitment to the German market. The spectacular arrival and departure of the ship lures thousands of spectators to the banks of the Elbe river, a fact well noticed by the shipping company.

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MS Norwegian Escape: Technical Data

Christening: 9 November 2015, Miami
Godfather: Pitbull (U.S.-American rapper)
Year of construction: 2015
Gross tonnage: 164.600 BRT
Length: 324 Meter
Width: 41,4 Meter
Speed: 22,5 knots
Passenger capacity: 4.200
Cabins: 2.100
Crew: 1.731

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