Norwegian Breakaway - Revealing Pictures!

| Wednesday, 09 Jan. 2013

Norwegian Breakaway is New York's Ship

Norwegian Cruise Line has just opened up a brand new web site with several revealing pictures of what has already been dubbed "New York's Ship." Norwegian Breakaway is set to sail into service this coming April, with its inaugural festivities to take in, of course, New York.

At the new web site; http://www.breakaway.ncl.com/ , The ship is shown in full-screen detail, and also with several fanciful renditions of the New York skyline superimposed atop the top deck of ship. Alongside are news releases to announce that the ship will feature a fireworks show at the end of every cruise, and a spotlight on the "Ice Bar" that is a new Norwegian feature, first appearing on Norwegian Epic, but that on Breakaway will have a New York theme.

One of the most interesting pictures on the new site is a close-up rendering of the Waterfront, a feature I am certain will be the talk of the town when this new ship appears. The Waterfront is an outdoor promenade deck that has alfresco seating and open doors to a number of public rooms on both sides of the ship. The actual deck is actually one deck higher than the deck used for lifeboat storage and deployment, so the water view is uninterrupted.

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At The Web Site

Watch the video "On the Waterfront" to see the Waterfront in simulated action (since the ship is not quite in service yet) with access to Maltings Pub, Dolce Gelato, Ocean Blue Restaurant, Fat Cats nightclub and several more places from the seafront alongside the ship.

Click on the word "experience" and you get the first video from what will be the stage show onboard in the main theater; the Broadway hit "Rock of Ages," which was just released as a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise. The show is a tribute to the rock music than defined the '80s featuring songs from Foreigner, Boston, Jefferson Starship and more.

The video clip also shows pieces from a new showroom attraction for the main theater that is said to "re-invent" Ballroom dancing called "Burn the Floor" with a cast of well over a dozen dancers.

Cirque Dreams and Dinner - a dinner show presented in its own proprietary "Spiegel Tent" theater will present a show called "Jungle Fantasy," featuring acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, tightrope walkers all mixed in a fantasy background with comedy and spectacle.

Other features onboard include the fun and interactive "Howl at the Moon" dueling piano sing-along and comedy show. This was first presented on Norwegian Epic and is packed every night as two singing piano players improvise with their music and their wits to "keep the hits coming" for a receptive audience.

The Second City comedy is back, as they are on every ship in the Norwegian fleet, presenting their special brand of improvisational comedy that inspired shows like Saturday Night Live and has been entertaining audiences on Norwegian ships since 2006.

Norwegian Breakaway will also have a Fat Cats Jazz Club, although the music tends to lean far more towards the Blues than Jazz, at least on Epic. The live electric band of guitar, bass, piano and drums sets the stage for authentic Mississippi Delta-style blues with a large dance floor, plenty of seats and of course plenty to drink.

Indeed, Norwegian is the first ship every to be built with the idea of sailing out of New York City year-round from the first cruise. During the summer the ship will sail mostly to Bermuda, while in the winter it will sail down the coast to Port Canaveral and points in the Bahamas.

There will be occasional change-up 12-day itineraries to go far deeper into the Caribbean on January 5th and January 19th. The cruise sails roundtrip New York (as all Breakaway cruises will do) and stops include San Juan, St. Thomas, St Martin, St Kitts, St Lucia, and Barbados.

Like other Norwegian ships, there is a large variety of restaurants, but one of the newer ones is Ocean Blue featuring the unique seafood cuisine created by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Guests will be treated to a menu of refined seafood items prepared with the highest quality ingredients, a stellar wine list and of course, Zakarian's signature cocktails.

The inaugural ceremony will take place in New York's Manahattan Pier in April, and the godmothers will be the "one and many" Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall. In exchange, Norwegian Cruise Line will place an 11-foot replica of the ship in the lobby of Radio City Music Hall's Grand Lounge.

It's enough to make a New York boy burst with pride, as CEO Kevin Sheehan would tell you.

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