Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Breakaway and Getaway on Norwegian

Last week when Norwegian Cruise Line revealed Possible Names For Its Two New Ships, Cruise Diva’s favorites in the naming game were Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Journey. Alas, neither of them were chosen (which is why I would probably be a loser on any game show). Instead, Norwegian has selected as the winning names for its two new Freestyle Cruising® ships: Norwegian Breakaway, launching in April 2013, and Norwegian Getaway, launching in April 2014.

The names were selected as the culmination of its “Norwegian’s Cruising for Names” contest. The line felt those names best reflected the innovation of the brand along with the freedom and flexibility of the line’s signature Freestyle Cruising. Plus, they invoke the feeling that these ships will provide a “break” at sea from the stress of everyday life. Breakaway is defined as “a departure or break from routine or tradition” and Getaway is defined as “a place where one escapes for relaxation, vacation, etc.” Makes sense to me and they are original. Well, except for Breakaway since that has been the code name of the project from the beginning.

And (drum roll) “Norwegian’s Cruising for Names” contest winners are Kimberly Powell of Lafayette, Louisiana, who first submitted Norwegian Breakaway, and Dennis Hultman of Vienna, Virginia, who first submitted Norwegian Getaway. The contest entry period ran from July 18 to August 14, 2011, during which 230,000 entries were received. Winners Powell and Hultman will each receive a trip for two to Norwegian Breakaway’s inaugural festivities, including the Christening Ceremony (date/location yet to be determined). The trip includes round-trip coach airfare for two, ground transportation, balcony stateroom accommodations (double occupancy), and on-board meals. They are going to love the experience. Norwegian really knows how to throw a Christening party.

At 144,017 gross tons, the Breakaway-class ships will each have approximately 4,000 passenger berths and represent an opportunity for guests to “break away” from their daily routines to find an authentic respite at sea. These new ships will take the best of the best from all of Norwegian’s existing ships drawing on the line’s experience of having launched 10 ships in the past 10 years—starting with Norwegian Star and Sun in 2001 and culminating with the launch of Norwegian Epic in 2010. To date, the company has revealed all of the ships’ staterooms, which include the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers, along with The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 suites at the top of the ship. You can find details about them here on the Cruise Diva blog at:

· Norwegian Cruise Line Begins “Project Breakaway” Reveal
· Norwegian Cruise Line Introduces “The Haven”
· “The Haven” by Norwegian: Posh Accommodations For Project Breakaway
· Norwegian Breaks Out More Project Breakaway Accommodations
Further information on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway can be found at

Image Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

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