New cruise ship launched in Southampton

 Norwegian Getaway

The port of Southampton played host to the launch of a new state of the art super sized cruise liner this week.

Eastleigh photographer Andrew Gordon of Broomhill Photography took these stunning shots of the colourful crusie ship against the ominous skyline of rain-lashed Hampshire before Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest vessel set off for the sunnier climes of the Carribean.

Around 3,000 VIP guests were invited on board for the launch of Norwegian Getaway the latest addition to Norwegian Cruise Lines fleet.

Among the celebrities were Jennifer Ellison, premiership footballer Jos Hooiveld and former Great British Bake Off winner, Jo Wheatley.

Norwegian getaway closeup

The guests met children, young people and their families from the event’s charity partner, CLIC Sargent who had also been invited along.

Celebrities signed a cake baked on board, with all donations from the sales going to the charity.

The cruise industry is frequently cited as an important source of revenue for the South Hampshire area and the Borough Council decided to ‘stump up’ £32 million for a luxury hotel to be built at the Ageas Bowl Cricket ground (construction of which is currently stalled) after a 2011 report commissioned by them identified growing visitor and ‘cruise related’ income potential.

The Norwegian Getaway will be based in Miami.

Southampton Docks and cruise liner

Photos: ©Broomhill Photography

  3 comments for “New cruise ship launched in Southampton

  1. John Renard
    January 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Your interesting story prompted me to read more about this cruise ship (which resembles a travelling Disney cartoon!).

    A web search for Norwegian Getaway produces some fascinating information about her. Despite her astonishing specifications, she took only 15 months to build.

    Am I being pedantic in questioning your headline that she was ‘launched’ in Southampton this week? What actually happened were inaugural festivities celebrating the start of her cruising life.

    The actual launch took place in November at Papenburg in Germany. There is an interesting video here:

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    January 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    According to the Norwegian Cruise line press release the Southampton shindig was a ‘launch event’.

  3. John Renard
    January 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Ah, big difference between the ‘launch’ of a ship and the ‘launch’ of her cruising career!

    Anyway, thanks for an interesting story.

    (Actually, she wasn’t ‘launched’ in the traditional manner, but was simply ‘floated out’, towed by tugs, from the massive shed where she was built! It’s fascinating to watch that skilful operation in the video I mentioned earlier.)

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