Norwegian Breakaway: Water and Sports Zones

| 05.01.12

With exciting outdoor options Norwegian Breakaway takes outdoor cruise ship fun to new levels.

Top Decks to Feature First Five-Slide Aqua Park, Kids' Aqua Park, Largest Ropes Course at Sea and New Mini-Golf

Norwegian Breakaway is the new class of ships currently under construction for Norwegian Cruise Lines in Papenburg, Germany. There are two ship; Norwegian Breakaway is scheduked to begib service in April 2013, and will sail 7-day cruises from new York City to Bermuda, while suster ship Norwegian Getaway will appear April 2014 in Miami for 7-day cruises to the Caribbean.

Norwegian just revealed some of the finer details of the water park to be built on Norwegian Breakaway. Since they are sister shios, it is a pretty sure bet that Norwegian Getaway will be similar.

Norwegian Breakaway is featuring the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides. A "free fall slide" is one where the angle iss so steep it feels as if one os going over a waterfall rather than going down a slide. The Atlantis hotel in Nassau is famous for having two of these slides, one in total darkness.

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In addition to the five slides, Norwegian Breakaway will also have a "ropes course," an idea that was first implemented on a cruise ship with the Carnival Magic (Carnival Cruise Line). A ropes course is a series of climbing apparatus including platforms extended from ropes interspersed with areas where kids have to swing on gymnastic rings, catch trapeze-like bars or navigate through rope nets along an "obstacle course" from one end to the other.

The entire course is off the ground by several feet in places, although the "floor" below is a soft landing material. To "win" one must make it along the entire course, although falling from the ropes course to a sift landing is always part of the fun. Norwegian says that when it debuts this will be the largest ropes course at sea - and Kids will have a special rope course just for them.

The older kids' ropes course will be a multi-level structure that offers 40 different challenges, including a zip line portion. Another element is "The Plank," a see-through platform that extends eight feet over the side of the ship (although it will be safe for kids). Those who choose to test their courage on The Plank will be have their photo taken. Adding to the three-story sports complex will be a nine hole miniature golf course, a basketball court, a rock climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and the spider web, a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage complete with a spiral slide.

Norwegian Breakaway will be the fourth Norwegian ship to offer Nickelodeon experiences, including the Character Breakfast, (recently re-styled as the Pajama Jam), Dora's Dance Party, Story Time with Dora, Nickelodeon Arts and Crafts and character meet and greets.

Most of these events are centered around the Nickelodeon themed Splash Academy, the ship's two-story youth area for kids ages three to 12 which includes a childrens' pool and slide where kids can meet Nickelodeon characters from Bikini Bottom, such as star SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends Patrick and Squidward.

Nickelodeon's Splash Mobs lend an element of surprise with spontaneous, impromptu pie attacks, slimings and other surprises.

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Adult Only Areas

Norwegian Breakaway will also feature adult-only outdoor places similar to the line'ss current flag ship, Norwegian Epic. Spice H2O will be located at the stern end of the ship's Pool Deck 16. This will be an adult-only daytime sunning area and night-time dance club with Asian influences. The area features two hot tubs and a dual waterfall feature surrounded by a huge video screen.

On deck 17, guests ages 18 and over will have the opportunity to enjoy an all-new private retreat � Vibe Beach Club with a full-service bar, water spritzers and chilled towels available. Access passes can be purchased by the day - adults only.

Limited Time Family Offer

For families that are looking to cruise in 2012 and enjoy the line's existing fleet's water slides and recreational activities, Norwegian Cruise Line is offering the "Little Norwegian's Explore For Free" promotion for a limited time. New 2012 cruise reservations made now through May 13, 2012 will receive complimentary Norwegian-sponsored shore excursions* for children ages 3 to 12 and half off shore excursions for and teens (13 to 17 years old) when in the same stateroom with a paying adult on the same excursion. This applies to all 2012 sailings fleet-wide for all ports of call. Families can whale watch in Alaska; explore ancient cities in Europe; or have fun in the sun on a snorkel excursion in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda or Hawai'i.

*Motorized flight tours, golf, Orlando theme parks and Atlantis in the Bahamas excluded.

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