The ship will then remain in the shipyard port for further out-fitting work and onboard trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which is expected to take place end of September.

For Norwegian Encore to be able to berth at the out-fitting pier, the floating section (engine room unit) of P&O’s Iona that is currently moored here will have to be moved to another berth in the shipyard port.

Once Norwegian Encore has left the dock, the floating part for Iona, which is due for completion in spring 2020, will be manoeuvred back into the free covered building dock II for further construction work.

As the fourth ship in the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Encore measures 333.46 meters in length and 41.4 meters in width, with capacity for 4,004 passengers.

The cruise vessel is expected to provide seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami starting from November.