Update: After Fire, Construction on Cruise Ship New-Build to Resume Tomorrow

March 5, 2013

Update: 1:42 p.m. EST -- Construction of Norwegian Getaway will resume tomorrow, March 6, after a small fire halted construction earlier today.

Update: 12:22 p.m. EST -- Norwegian Cruise Line told Cruise Critic it anticipates "minor damage" to Norwegian Getaway after a fire broke out on Deck 15 in an aft pool treatment room.

"We do not expect this to impact the ship's delivery date, which is scheduled for January 2014," a spokesperson said.

A Meyer Werft spokesman told Cruise Critic an investigation into the cause of the fire is currently ongoing.

(11:21 a.m. EST) -- A fire at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany has stopped construction of Norwegian Getaway temporarily. No injuries were reported and no change to the scheduled completion of the ship is anticipated.

According to a statement from the shipyard, the fire broke out on the newbuild itself and led to "significant smoke formation."

The shipyard's fire brigade as well as members of the Papenburg fire department were immediately dispatched to quell the fire. The affected area – covered building dock II – was evacuated, as were all shipyard visitors.

A spokesman for Meyer Werft said the shipyard does not yet know the cause of the fire, but said early detection systems worked and they were able to react quickly. The shipyard did not release information on any actual material damage to the ship.

Three fires broke out on Norwegian Epic during its building in 2010 at the STX Europe shipyard. Arson was suspected in all three cases.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor