Norwegian Cruise Line officially took possession of its newest ship -- the 92,000-ton, 2,400-passenger Norwegian Jewel -- yesterday. NCL received Norwegian Jewel, a sibling of Norwegian Dawn, a day earlier than scheduled from Meyer Werft, the Papenburg, Germany-based ship builder. The handover took place in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.
Norwegian Jewel boasts features that include multiple dining options, a luxurious spa and a 70 percent ratio of outside cabins (check out some new photos just supplied by the shipyard in our sneak preview -- and don't miss our A Closer Look: Norwegian Jewel photo essay on the ship while under construction).
According to a release from Meyer Werft, Norwegian Jewel is the biggest Panamax ship ever built -- which means it'll just squeak through the Panama Canal. It can travel at a speed of 25.6 knots, a pretty fast clip in cruise ship parlance.
Norwegian Jewel will sail two mini-cruises in Europe before embarking on its first revenue voyages in the Baltics and Mediterranean. Then it will head across the Atlantic, where it will officially be named on September 14 in New York.