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Norwegian Cruise Line has commenced construction on its largest ship to date, Norwegian Escape.

The first piece of steel was cut on the 4,200-passenger vessel at Germany shipyard, Meyer Werft late last week.

The ship will be the line’s third Breakaway class ship, following last year’s launch of Norwegian Breakaway and this year’s Norwegian Getaway.

Weighing 163,000 gross tonnes, she is due to be delivered in October 2015 and will boast the same features found on Breakaway class vessels as well as new spaces and interactive experiences the line is yet to announce.

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First piece of steel was cut on the 4,200-passenger vessel at Germany shipyard, Meyer Werft late last week. Image: Meyer Werft

Chief executive Kevin Sheehan said: “Cutting the first piece of steel for Norwegian Escape marks the official start of construction for this remarkable ship.”

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Facebook fans named the ship in October last year as part of an online competition.

The line revealed that the ship’s signature hull artwork will be designed by wildlife artist, Guy Harvey.

Following her launch she will be used to sail seven-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries from Miami.