Project Breakaway Staterooms Return to Tradition

| Thursday, 08 Sept. 2011
Less than half the number of Studio staterooms, and 158 oceanviews make Breakaway far different from Epic.

Fewer Studios, Far more Oceanviews

While Norwegian Epic was considered the fulmination of free-style cruising, Project Breakaway seems to be revealing itself as a much more traditional cruise ship, especially in terms of stateroom selection. There are far fewer Studio Staterooms for solo cruisers, and there is a big return to outside cabins with oceanview windows only, where Epic had only verandas for all of its outside cabins. There are still many options for families and a variety of Spa suites.

Far Fewer Studio Staterooms

The Studio Stateroom is a unique cabin built for solo occupancy. The 100 sq. ft. cubicles are right sized for one person to cruise alone and not have to worry about paying a singles supplement fee. In addition, the Studios are all connected by a corridor to single "Living Room" exclusively for the use of the Studio Stateroom occupants.

This solo stateroom idea was first put forward on Norwegian Epic, the slightly smaller ship introduced in 2010 that preceded the two Project Breakaway ships scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014. But the number of Studio Staterooms on Norwegian Epic is 128 - all connected to one of two corridors which each lead to the two-story Living Room.

The Project Breakaway ships will only have 59 studio staterooms on each ship, less than half the number on Norwegian Epic. We don't know how this will affect the programming of activities for singles on Project Breakaway, but we hope and expect that it will remain much the same as what is offered on Epic.

That activity scheduling includes gathering solo cruisers together for meals in certain dining rooms on different nights, and watching games or movies in the living room with special drinks and snacks available.

The Studio Stateroom design appears to be identical to the rooms on Norwegian Epic, with a queen-sized bed, a private toilet, a small shower offering a bare minimum of privacy and small closets. Most of the rooms have a door to connect to the adjacent studio stateroom.

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Studio Stateroom   Oceanview Stateroom

More Suites Also Revealed

Project Breakaway will have 28 Spa Balcony cabins and 20 Spa Mini-Suite staterooms with quick access to the thermal suite inside the ship's Spa. The thermal suite is generally a series of steam rooms, scented mists of eucalyptus and lavender, dry saunas and heated ceramic beds for warming the entire body.

Oceanview Stateroom Return

While every outside stateroom on Norwegian Epic has a veranda, Project Breakaway is reintroducing "Oceanview" outside staterooms with windows that do not open. There will be 158 total Oceanview staterooms on each ship of which 42 will be "Family Oceanview" rooms that will sleep up to five people (the number of these staterooms could change). They will have bathrooms that are similar to the mini-suites with double sinks and a bath tub.

The Family Mini Suites, located on Deck 12 and 13, are separated from the rest of the staterooms by an extended corridor, meaning the families with kids making a little more noise won't bother the neighbors. Even better, these family mini-suites are located very close to the children's facilities on the upper decks. Many of these suites will have bath tubs to accommodate smaller children. Inside Staterooms

Project Breakaway ships will each have 449 of the bargain category Inside Staterooms. Many of these rooms will have two twin beds on the floor (which can be combined to make one queen bed) plus two pull-down beds for a total of four occupants. These rooms are perfect for families with kids, many of them will connect to one another and while they are located throughout the ship, many are close to the children's facilities as well.

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Spa Mini Suite Stateroom   Spa Suite   Inside Stateroom

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