New York City has long been known as one of the premiere entertainment destinations of the world. So where does one find the Big Apple’s newest and hottest entertainment district? The Norwegian Breakaway, with its exciting mixture of singers, dancers, comics, Broadway shows and aerialist circus!
As a lifelong New Yorker, it's critically important to me that Norwegian Breakaway becomes New York's ship,"" Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian's president and CEO said. ""Our goal is to bring elements of New York on board so that guests will feel a real connection to the ship as New York's true flagship.""
“Rock of Ages”, the 5-time Tony Award nominated famed musical, heads up the entertainment lineup. The show tells the story of small town girl and city boy, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their romance is told through some of the 80’s greatest hits including “Don’t Stop Believin,” ""We Built This City,” “The Final Countdown,” “Here We Go Again” and much more.
Another Broadway adapted show, “Burn the Floor”, serves as a melting pot of styles, energy and excitement for today’s generation of dancers. The choreography includes new twists on the full range of ballroom dance styles: mambo, rumba, cha cha, foxtrot, tango and the waltz. Offering shows in both the 800-seat Breakaway Theater and more intimate performances in The Manhattan Room, dance sensation “Burn the Floor” will dazzle guests with their re-invented ballroom dancing. And if you want to try out your own moves, dance and exercise classes are offered throughout the cruise by the amazing dancers.
Following the huge success of “Cirque Dreams and Dinner” on Norwegian Epic, famed producer/director Neil Goldberg will bring an adaptation of the Broadway show “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy” to the Breakaway. The show features the best of both critically acclaimed productions. The new show will be entitled “Cirque Dreams and Dinner – Jungle Fantasy” and will perform in the ship’s intimate Spiegel Tent. It showcases an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists and magnificent acrobats, jugglers and musicians. Note that this dinner show will carry an additional fee.
With its dark wood floors, exposed brick and legends of decades past hanging on the walls, “Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club” takes on a real NY vibe. And nothing makes it more authentic than blues star, Slam Allen, who will perform most evenings. Slam Allen first appeared on Norwegian Epic during the ship’s inaugural launch in June, 2010. He has been an integral part of the New York blues scene for decades, entertaining audiences with his unique blend of soul and blues.
“Howl at the Moon”, the dueling piano show which was a big hit on the Norwegian Epic, will also be featured on the Breakaway. It’s a fun place to sing, dance, (and howl if you must), the night away! Talented musicians perform everyone’s favorite songs from the 70's to the present and they welcome requests. Best of all, they love it when you sing along!
Another returnee from other NCL ships is the comedy troupe, The Second City. The cast is all about improv based sketch comedy, so one never knows what to expect…except of course a good time. There are 12 performances a week as well as a handful of workshops for both kids and adults.
The Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest ship ever to home port in New York City. The 4,000 passenger vessel will debut in early May 2013, when she will begin weekly summer seven-day cruises to Bermuda. From October 2013 through April 2014, the ship will offer voyages from the heart of Manhattan to the Bahamas & Florida and the Southern Caribbean.