15/5/2013, maiden call.
My Breakaway Review: http://wp.me/PfRKD-238
15/5/2013, maiden call.
My Breakaway Review: http://wp.me/PfRKD-238
7 May, 2013:
The Norwegian Breakaway completed a transatlantic crossing to arrive in her home port of New York today (Tuesday morning).
The ship will have its christening tomorrow at Manhattan Cruise Terminal Pier 88 by its godmothers The Rockettes, in front of a crowd of dignitaries.
The Breakaway will then depart for a two-day cruise to nowhere to show off all the amenities to the dignitaries, travel agents and press corp.
It will do an additional two-day cruise to nowhere on Friday before it makes its inaugural seven-day cruise to Bermuda.
The 146,000-ton ship will be the largest ever to make regular visits to Bermuda. It has a double occupancy of around 4,000 guests, but fully book holds 4,500 passengers. In addition it has a crew of 1,600.
Malcolm says: I hear that she met some choppy seas, mid-Atlantic.
My Breakaway @ Southampton Review: http://wp.me/PfRKD-238
I’ve now written up my review of Norwegian Breakaway. I’ts very long and probably still has a few typos/spelling mistakes.
Read it here: http://wp.me/PfRKD-238
Norwegian Getaway brings even more entertainment on board with The Illusionarium and first Grammy experience at sea.
Norwegian Getaway will bring the excitement and allure of the Magic City to sea when she launches in January 2014 with the all-new dining and entertainment experience, The Illusionarium – A first of its kind at sea.
The Illusionarium will envelop guests in the fascinating world of magic, inviting them to experience the astonishing illusions of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects.
The show’s design is inspired by the science fiction of Jules Verne, the artistry of legendary magicians such as Houdini and the popularity of recent blockbusters featuring supernatural characters.
As guests wait to enter the portal of The Illusionarium, they will be surrounded by antique spell books, magical interactive artefacts and relics in a steampunk-inspired environment. The centrepiece of the Illusionarium is a 30’ diameter video dome that will transport audiences to mystical places.
The Illusionarium will offer 12 performances per cruise, two shows per night.
As part of the partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line and The Recording Academy, Norwegian Cruise Line has been named “Official Cruise Line Partner of the GRAMMY Awards®.” In addition, the companies will partner on the first GRAMMY-themed cruise that is scheduled to set sail in the autumn of 2014.
The GRAMMY Experience will be located on Deck 8 on Norwegian Getaway and will feature artefacts chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. In the evenings, the venue will feature live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, among others.
More details regarding the GRAMMY Experience venue, performances and the GRAMMY theme cruise will be revealed in the coming months.
Malcolm Say’s: Magic on-board cruise ships is far from new, but this sounds like a interesting new spin on the idea. I assume it replaces Breakaway’s ‘Speigel Tent’ Circus show with diner?
I note that Royal caribbean’s two ‘Quantum’ class ships (2014 & 2015) have grown and are now quoted as being 167,000 gross tonnes.
This will make them BIGGER than NCL’s ‘Breakaway Plus’ ship (2015) which will be 163,000 gross tonnes. ‘Plus’ will be an enlarged version of the ‘Breakaway class’, possibly with an extra 1.5 decks.
For the record: ‘Breakaway and Getaway’ (2013 & 2014) will be 144,017 gross tonnes. ‘Norwegain Epic’ (2010) is 155,873 gross tonnes. RCI’s Freedom class is 154,407 gross tonnes.
So if my maths are correct the ‘Oasis’ class will easily be the biggest at 225,000 gt, followed by the ‘Quantum’ class at 167,000 gt. In third place will be ‘Breakaway Plus’ at 163,000 and in fourth place ‘Norwegian Epic’ at 155,873 gt.
Bizarrely, when NCL announced Breakaway, CEO Kevin Sheehan said that he though that ‘Epic’ was a little too big. However but Breakaway-Plus will be even bigger!
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Master Baker Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC television series “Cake Boss” and “Next Great Baker,” will open an extension of his family business, Carlo’s Bake Shop, on the new Norwegian Breakaway, coming to New York City in May 2013.
Featuring all of the delicious treats and confections that the original bakery is known for, Carlo’s Bake Shop on Norwegian Breakaway will also give guests the opportunity to pre-order custom specialty cakes for celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries. For a challenging and fun experience, Carlo’s will offer cupcake decorating classes, where guests can learn some of Valastro’s tricks of the trade.
“The New York area is known for its outstanding bakeries,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “As with all features of this new incredible ship, we wanted to bring not just a taste of the region to our guests, but the very best out there. Buddy is known as the ultimate baker, so we knew he was the best choice for our new bakery on Norwegian Breakaway. We are thrilled to welcome Buddy to the Norwegian family.”
Carlo’s Bake Shop will be located on Deck 8.
Malcolm Says: Brits will not be familiar with the ‘Cake Boss’, but never the less,’Cake’ seems to be the latest cruise craze. RCI’s Oasis and Allure both have the ‘Cupcake Cupboard’. This popular feature is being extended to the older RCI vessels. (We Brits call them ‘Fairy Cakes’).
(Sorry, that was the best headline that I could think of!)
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced today that popular Miami modern artist and muralist David “LEBO” Le Batard has been commissioned to paint the signature hull artwork for Norwegian Getaway, launching in January 2014. At an event held at LEBO’s Wynwood studio, the company also revealed the hull artwork, which features a whimsical tropical ocean theme complete with a mermaid holding the sun, pelicans and palm trees, befitting the ship’s year-round home port of Miami.
“Norwegian Getaway will be Miami’s ship and, therefore, we wanted to ensure that her hull was designed by an artist with strong ties to Miami and the Latin community,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Having begun his career in South Florida, Dave is an artist that is entrenched here. His work adorns the city and I’ve learned that he is also a genuinely nice guy. He is a shining star in Miami, as well as the global art community.”
Born in New York City in 1972 to Cuban Émigré parents, LEBO was raised in South Florida and was heavily influenced by Miami’s Cuban art scene. “Having grown up in South Florida, the ocean has been an immense presence in my life and has been infused into my work as an artist,” said David “LEBO” Le Batard. “When I was asked to design the artwork for Norwegian Getaway, I saw an opportunity to create a prominent image, one that would surely help define the Miami seascape and illustrate the world-class experience that Norwegian Cruise Line has come to stand for. It is truly an honour to have been offered this canvas, as it gives the world an opportunity to see my work in a way few artists ever get to see in their entire lives.”
According to LEBO, Norwegian Getaway’s hull art design is cantered on a mythical mermaid, an iconic image that represents humanity’s connection to the sea, and features her seemingly skimming across the surface of the water. Surrounding the mermaid is a fusion of sea and sky dancing across the ship, where three pelicans gracefully glide along in the artist’s version of a tropical paradise.
“LEBO’s incredible design reflects all of the elements that Miami is known for: sea, sun and paradise,” said Sheehan. “This artwork will surely make Norwegian Getaway an iconic part of the Miami skyline when she arrives as Miami’s largest year-round ship in 2014.”
With paintings on exhibition in museums and galleries worldwide including Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Toronto, South Africa, Germany and Italy, LEBO is one of Miami’s most beloved and predominant Modern artists. His murals and site-specific installations have energized communities such as Miami’s Calle Ocho, Uptown New Orleans and downtown San Francisco. Inspired by his work on Norwegian Getaway, LEBO will be revealing his latest series of paintings, entitled “Where our souls meet the sea,” during Art Basel week in Miami.
His work with such renowned companies as Gibson Guitars, Ferrari and Harley Davidson, as well as Latin pop singer Gloria Estefan, whose newest album cover features his design, has cemented his status as one of the preeminent modern artists of his generation.
Norwegian Getaway will sail seven-day cruises from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean beginning on February 1, 2014, with ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.
Below Breakaway’s Hull Art by Peter Max, reflecting her home port of New York.
Below: ‘The Waterfront’ feature of both ships.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Norwegian Breakaway, the line’s newest ship, will offer a true Ice Bar on board, which will be kept at 17 degrees Fahrenheit and will feature ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building to pay homage to New York City, its year-round homeport. The Ice Bar will also feature New York City-inspired specialty cocktails.
Following the successful introduction of the first-ever ice bar at sea on board Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway will also have a unique arctic-like frozen chamber, guaranteed to give guests the ultimate chill. The bar, seating and glasses will all be made entirely from ice. Located on deck eight, the Ice Bar will accommodate approximately 25 guests at a time who will be given hooded coats and gloves to keep warm, since the room’s temperature will not rise above 17 degrees Fahrenheit.
Entrance to the Ice Bar can be reserved from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. nightly at a nominal cover charge that includes two signature cocktails. The Ice Bar will feature six New York City-inspired specialty drinks including:
- Spiked Apple Juice: Vodka, sour apple schnapps, melon liqueur and a splash of fresh lemon sour;
- Broadway Dreams: Vodka and ice wine chilled straight;
- Yellow Cab: Vodka, peach schnapps and orange juice;
- Times Square Lights: Citron vodka, blue curacao and fresh lemon sour;
- Central Park: Citron vodka, ice wine, and lemon/lime soda;
- Rock Center: Ice wine, vodka, blue curacao and club soda.
The Ice Bar will also serve two non-alcoholic beverages – the Lady Liberty, made of strawberry puree, pineapple juice and lemon juice, and the Coney Island, with orange juice, vanilla ice cream and milk. All drinks are served in specially-created glasses made entirely of ice.
Malcolm Says: Epic’s Ice Bar was great fun! It was looking like ‘Breakaway’ would not have one, but it’s been a well kept secret up until now. I guess Getaway (and Breakaway+) will also get one too.
I assume that Breakaway’s Ice bar will be located at the orange ‘splodge’ or at the yellow ‘splodge’ (or both), deck eight. See below: