Saturday, 8 October 2011

NCL’s Norwegian Breakaway to sail from New York year-round

NCL’s Norwegian Breakaway to sail from New York year-round

By Johanna Jainchill and Jerry Limone
NEW YORK — The Norwegian Breakaway will sail from New York year-round when the ship enters service in the spring of 2013, Norwegian Cruise Line said Thursday.

The 4,000-passenger ship will operate seven-day Bermuda cruises from May 12 to Oct. 6 in 2013. These cruises are scheduled to go on sale to members of Latitudes (Norwegian’s loyalty program) on Oct. 14, 2011, and to everyone else on Oct. 17.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the Norwegian Breakaway deployment is "great news for our city." (Watch video below.) 
Bloomberg spoke Thursday at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, and was joined by Norwegian Cruise Line executives and Peter Max, the artist chosen to paint the Breakaway’s hull.
"It boils down to one word: Jobs," he said. "Once in service in 2013, the ship will bring 70,000 additional visitors to our city every single year. That translates into $17.5 million in direct spending and will support hundreds of thousand of jobs up and down the economic ladder." 

We’ve had a longstanding relationship with New York," said Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan. "In 2003 we were the first modern-day cruise line to homeport in the Big Apple, with the Norwegian Dawn. We are continuing our commitment to New York, homeporting our biggest ship yet here."
Norwegian hasn’t announced the Breakaway’s itineraries for the rest of the year, but the ship presumably will be sailing Caribbean or Bahamas/Florida cruises from New York’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

The Breakaway’s Bermuda cruises will depart on Sundays and spend three full days in Bermuda and three days at sea. The Breakaway will replace the Norwegian Star, which will begin sailing Bermuda cruises from New York in 2012.

Currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, the Breakaway is scheduled for delivery in April 2013, and will begin its New York deployment following inaugural events.

Norwegian said the ship will be the largest ever to call New York home.