Today was a historic day at Meyer Werft as Norwegian Breakaway, the largest cruise ship to ever be built in Germany, successfully floated out of the building dock in Papenburg. The 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2011. Beginning at approximately 7 am (Germany time), the massive 4,000 passenger ship with her signature hull artwork designed by pop icon Peter Max, departed building dock II. Norwegian Breakaway is also the first ship to depart bow first. Norwegian Breakaway has an overall length of 324 meters, and is 39.70 meters wide.