Norwegian Getaway was floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II in Papenburg, Germany earlier.
The 146,600-tonne ship has been under construction since November 2012.
The 4,000 passenger ship with her signature hull artwork designed by Miami artist David “LEBO” Le Batard, departed building dock II bow first.
Norwegian Getaway, sister ship to Norwegian Breakaway, has an overall length of 324 metres, and is 39.70 metres wide.
The ship’s float out represents a major milestone in the vessel’s construction as it denotes that the ship has now moved into the final phase of construction with delivery taking place on January 10th 2014.
“Hats off once again to the team at Meyer Werft for building an absolutely spectacular vessel in record time,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line chief executive.
“We are now in the home stretch and looking forward to the launch of Miami’s ultimate ship.”
Following the float out, tests were carried out in the harbour and the ship was berthed alongside the yard’s outfitting pier.
On November 12th the first crew members will move into their staterooms on board, and begin to familiarise themselves with the ship, readying her for guests.
Norwegian Getaway’s conveyance down the river Ems towards the North Sea, where she will prove her seaworthiness, is scheduled for mid-November (weather permitting).
“This new vessel, built in merely 12 months, is one of the largest and most technologically advanced ships in the world,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner of Meyer Werft.
“We are thrilled to see her leaving the building dock and getting ready for her sea trials.”