Norwegian Cruise Line and Meyer Werft executives had another ground-breaking event to cheer about on Friday, May 4, 2012 when they watched as the first piece of steel was cut for the construction of Norwegian Getaway. A plasma torch was used to cut the important first plate of steel in the yard’s state-of-the-art laser center in Papenburg, Germany. This piece is significant because it marks the beginning of the ship’s construction and will become part of Block 40 of Norwegian Getaway. Set to join the Norwegian fleet in 2014, Norwegian Getaway will homeport in Miami, year-round, giving guests the perfect opportunity to “Getaway” from their busy lives, routines, school, and daily stress for the cruise vacation of a lifetime. During his remarks, Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line stated, “Cutting the first piece of steel for Norwegian Getaway takes us one step closer to having this ship join our fleet in 2014 and begin sailing year-round from Miami, the cruise capital of the world.” Mr. Bernard Meyer, Managing Director at Meyer Werft, also addressed the crowd, expressing his excitement for the arrival of Norwegian Getaway and the pride he has for the ship yard and their partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line. At the close of the ceremony, each attendee was given a small piece of steel, as a memento for their participation in this exciting milestone.