VIDEO: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Joy Emerges From German Shipyard, Headed To China
By Space Coast Daily // March 29, 2017
largest vessel in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet
ABOVE VIDEO: The Norwegian Joy was floated out of the covered building dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany in March. The 164,600 gross ton cruise ship, part of the Breakaway Plus class, has a length overall of 1,070 feet and is 13 feet wide, making it the largest vessel in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet.
PORT-CANAVERAL-TRANSPORTATION.NET – Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-made ship for the Chinese cruise market, Norwegian Joy, has emerged from a shipyard in Germany.
The 3,850-passenger departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg in March.
The giant new Norwegian Line’s ship made the 17-hour-long trip on March 26 along the north-flowing Ems River. As the vessel had to travel stern-first, in backward, to make the journey, it was assisted by a team of river pilots from Emden who were responsible for bringing the ship through this maneuver.
The so-called “conveyance” drew thousands of spectators from the surrounding local villages along the route, a traditional one for the company for centuries. The shipyard has been doing this since 1795. People gather at the river bank to watch and celebrate each ship’s distinct journey.
There are plenty of challenges to have a successful conveyance for ships of any size: conditions must be exact, wind speeds must be 20 knots, tidal barriers must be closed and there has to be either a full or new moon.
The 3,850-passenger ship departed the shipyard, sailing backward toward the sea, before arriving in the Netherlands.
The ship has spent a month doing sea trials, and then it will be formally delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line on April 27.
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