At a conference today in NYC Norwegian Cruise Line announced that their newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, will homeport in New York City when she launches in April of 2013! From May to October she will be cruising a 7-night Bermuda itinerary but there's no word yet on what will follow. As for the ships rather unusual name, the cruise line explained that it best reflected the innovation of the brand, and would provide a break at sea from the stress of everyday life. We New Yorkers, (as well as everyone in the tri-state area), think that’s pretty exciting news and look forward to giving her a warm welcome when she arrives!
So what do we actually know about the Norwegian Breakaway thus far? It has been said that the 144,017-ton vessel will embody the best features of both the Jewel-class ships and the Norwegian Epic. One of the most favorable reactions to the Epic is the way the ship is laid out. According to CEO Kevin Sheehan, “Epic is a ship that's really conducive for people to be out very late at night. The location of casino, pub and lounges keeps the ship very active, unlike the old contemporary ships, where it was dinner, show, bed. So we're definitely pushing that idea of the ""action ship"" forward.”
There will be a myriad of cabin designs for passengers to choose from on the Norwegian Breakaway. Based on the particular design groups commissioned to work on this project (the same group that designed the acclaimed studios aboard the Epic), we can expect to see a clean contemporary design that is both beautiful and functional. Mr. Sheehan called it, “modern boutique hotel meets sea.” And speaking of those studio cabins, we will see them once again on the Breakaway. There will be 59 of these solo cabins clustered around a key card accessed lounge with bar.
While solo cabins certainly fulfilled a need long neglected on cruise ships, what about the opposite end of the spectrum…those families of five that often had no choice but to book two cabins? No problem! The Breakaway will have 42 family oceanview cabins that can accommodate up to five guests. That is certain to please many families!
Other specific accommodations worth mentioning are the spa cabins that were part of the Epic’s design. There will be several types to choose from, all located in close proximity to the spa and fitness center. Spa suites will have an oversized spa-like shower with a waterfall shower head and multiple body spray jets, along with a separate handheld shower head. A great perk of all spa cabins is the complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suite!
The most luxurious accommodations on the Breakaway can be found at the top of the ship. Called The Haven, this private enclave consists of 42 suites and a private pool (including a poolside valet), two whirlpools, sundeck, and a restricted restaurant and lounge. Exclusive benefits shout VIP and include 24-hour butler service, priority embarkation and disembarkation, priority boarding of tenders, in-suite cappuccino machine and top of the line bedding and towels.
Details regarding dining, entertainment and any other surprises Norwegian may throw out are being kept hush-hush for now. Don’t miss an announcement of any sort regarding this incredible ship including pricing and booking option (when it becomes available) by checking in regularly at http://www.norwegiancruiselinebreakaway.com/.
Mark you calender; the ship goes onsale 10/14/11!"