Friday, May 10, 2013

Norwegian Breakaway Christened by New York's Iconic Rockettes

The legendary Rockettes® danced their way into their role as Godmothers to Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway during a high-kicking, high-energy christening ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. Officiated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the entertaining event was hosted by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss.”

Throughout the christening ceremony, which was simulcast in ten venues thoughout the ship and live streamed online, Norwegian Breakaway’s spectacular onboard amenities and entertainment were showcased in front of more than 4,000 guests. From live performances by Slam Allen, Howl at the Moon, Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy, along with Burn the Floor and a show stomping finale featuring Rock of Ages, Norwegian Breakaway, the largest ship ever to homeport in Manhattan, kicked off its arrival to New York City in style.

“New York’s ship is home where she belongs,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “We’ve been anticipating this moment for more than two years and are so thrilled to finally have Norwegian Breakaway amongst New York City’s greatest icons. We thank the City of New York for the warm welcome and are looking forward to a very successful inaugural season.”

Boasting hull artwork designed by pop icon and America’s most popular living artist, Peter Max, Norwegian Breakaway was designed as New York’s ship inside and out. On board, guests will enjoy the high-caliber dining and entertainment options that New York City is known for worldwide, including three new restaurants by Food Network star and acclaimed New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian. The ship’s groundbreaking design also includes an open-air boardwalk called The Waterfront, the largest aqua park at sea, with five waterslides, and a wide array of accommodations including 60 suites in The Haven, innovative studios for solo travelers, ocean view staterooms, balcony and mini-suite staterooms for families.

Here's a video capturing her departure from New York for a preview sailing Wednesday afternoon...

Norwegian Breakaway will begin her weekly 7-day cruises to Bermuda, throughout the summer, on Sunday, May 12 with a special guest onboard, Kevin Sheehan, the line’s Chief Executive Officer. From October through April, Norwegian Breakaway will offer 7-day voyages from the heart of Manhattan to the Bahamas and Florida, as well as two 12-day sailings to the Southern Caribbean. For more information on the incredible features and accommodations on Norwegian Breakaway, visit

Image Courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line

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