Breakaway set to make debut

By Tom Stieghorst
Breakaway debutNorwegian Cruise Line’s latest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, is scheduled to be welcomed in a New York naming ceremony on Wednesday, featuring Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes dance troupe as the vessel’s godmother.

The ship arrived around dawn May 7 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on the city’s west side.

The christening ceremony is being webcast live beginning at 2 p.m.

Designed to sail year-round from New York, Breakaway will offer seven-day cruises to Bermuda starting May 12, after a pair of preview cruises for travel agents, the media and New York dignitaries.

The 4,000-passenger ship made a weeklong transatlantic voyage from Southampton, England, where it stopped for preview events after being finished at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenberg, Germany.

It will depart from Pier 88 on the first of two preview cruises in New York on Wednesday night.

Breakaway’s amenities include an Aqua Park with five water slides, a ropes course, a series of restaurants and entertainment venues with a water view called the Boardwalk, and a specialty restaurant called Ocean Blue from New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian.

They also include some New York touchstones such as Sabrett hot dog carts and an outpost of the Carlo Bake Shop popularized on cable television’s “Cake Boss” show. The ship’s Ice Bar will feature New York City-inspired specialty cocktails, as well as ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building.

The hull design by pop artist Peter Max features iconic images of New York painted in an array of vivid colors.

Breakaway’s sister ship, the $840 million Norwegian Getaway, is under construction in Germany and is expected to begin cruising year-round from Miami next January.

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