Norwegian Breakaway completed another important milestone today as she successfully passed her technical and nautical sea trials. The tests took place off the coast of Norway and Denmark, and the captains and hotel director reported that the weather conditions were absolutely perfect. Throughout the five days of testing, the ship underwent a series of stringent tests to assess various nautical and technical elements including the ship’s speed, maneuverability, and more.
The first test was to make sure the ship is able to operate at various speeds. To do this, the ship’s captains and navigational officers tested all of the various power outputs for the propellers while adjusting the speed to various levels at each power output level. Throughout the week, maneuverability was also tested and to demonstrate the agility of the ship, the ship performed a “Williamson’s turn,” to demonstrate how well the ship would be able to turn around in the event of an on board emergency. The “Zig Zag,” test was also conducted to demonstrate the ship’s ability to rapidly maneuver away from danger ahead, while still maintaining its forward course.
The captains also conducted a successful “turning circle” test. This test takes place when the ship is powered ahead at full speed and then the azipods (the ship’s propulsion units) are quickly turned on, to monitor the behavior of the vessel. When conducting the turning circle test, a certain minimum diameter is required in order to prove the ship’s seaworthiness, and Norwegian Breakaway exceeded all standards. A “Crash Test” was also performed by running the ship full steam ahead and then quickly reversing the azipods in order to assess the ship’s stoppage capabilities, which is monitored in terms of time and distance.
The last assessments that took place were to test noise and vibration throughout the ship. It is important to ensure that there is proper insulation between all staterooms, corridors and public areas so that guests on board will be comfortable throughout their cruise. Wind levels on Norwegian Breakaway’s pool deck and The Waterfront, the ship’s outdoor dining and recreational area, we also tested to ensure that guests dining along The Waterfront will have an incredible experience while dining outdoors in this innovative area that gives them a unique opportunity to connect with the ocean.
Overall it was a busy, but extremely successful and exciting week for the team on board, and the management team was thrilled to report that the ship passed all tests with flying colors.
Now that the sea trials are complete, the on board operations team will continue the ship’s set up, and add the finishing touches to Norwegian Breakaway in preparation for the arrival of guests in less than 33 days!
Take a look at these awesome behind-the-scenes photos that were send over from the ship’s hotel director, Denis Prguda, himself.