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Big ship calls The Big Apple home

Posted by Paul Kandarian  July 9, 2013 10:46 AM

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The Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, was christened earlier this year at its year-round homeport of Manhattan by dignitaries that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg and The Rockettes. It is the largest ship to call New York its year-round home, and has set sail on a series of cruise itineraries to Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. It has hull artwork by popular artist Peter Max, which features a large sun, planet and the Big Apple skyline, and its design includes an open-air boardwalk and has 60 suites, innovative studios and ocean-view staterooms, as well as balcony and mini-suites.

1024x768-nclAerial01.jpgThe ship, some 146,600 gross tons and able to carry 4,000 guests, became the largest ship to ever port in Bermuda when it made its first seven-day voyage there from New York. The trip was the first of 22 cruises to Bermuda through Oct. 6. Starting Oct. 13, the ship starts seven-day voyages from Manhattan to the Bahamas and Florida, as well as two 12-day sailings to the southern Caribbean.

One literally cool feature: The Ice Bar, kept at 17-degrees and featuring New York City-inspired specialty drinks as well as ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Chrysler Building. The ship is also the site of the debut of celebrity chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian’s first restaurant at sea, Ocean Blue. In all, the ship has 28 dining options as well as Broadway shows, a three-story sports complex, the first aqua park at sea with five full-size water slides, and the largest youth and teen dedicated facilities in the line’s fleet.

Rates for 2013 sailings start at $749 per person. For full info, visit www.breakaway.ncl.com

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