The Norwegian Cruise Line ship dubbed “New York’s Ship” celebrates first birthday
Norwegian Cruise Line held a celebration for its own ship, Norwegian Breakaway, upon the occasion of its first completed year of sailing from New York City this week. Since the ship first arrived in New York last May, 2013, it has played host to almost one-quarter of a million guests on cruises from New York City to Bermuda, the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean.
“Norwegian Breakaway has been hailed as a game-changer within the cruise industry and we are so proud to celebrate this spectacular ship’s first year sailing from New York,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “The world-class dining, exciting amenities and high-caliber Broadway entertainment onboard are all an extension of the incredible activities this great city has to offer. Norwegian Breakaway is truly New York’s ship and we invite those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to sail on her to come join us on a future voyage.”
Once again, the ship is entering her official summer season, when the ship changes its itinerary to focus largely on cruises to Bermuda. Right now the ship is sailing on just the second voyage to the island out of 22 weekly cruises it will make to Bermuda through September 28.
Norwegian Breakaway sails from the actual Manhattan pier each Sunday on seven-day voyages, while other cruise lines sail from Brooklyn or even New Jersey. The Bermuda itinerary includes three days docked at King’s Wharf, Bermuda. Another added bonus this year on Bermuda cruises is a new ruling passed by the Bermuda legislature that allows the shipboard casino to remain open while the ship is in port, opening at 9 pm each evening while the ship is docked at King’s Wharf.
“Norwegian Breakaway has provided a quarter of a million visitors a new and exciting way to experience and enjoy the best that New York City has to offer,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s President & CEO. “She’s been a great addition to our city and we’re excited to have her continue to share the best of NYC every week.”
In addition to Norwegian Breakaway’s birthday celebration, another exciting milestone has been reached onboard the ship: the unusual and enigmatic showtime experience Cirque Dreams & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy, held in the ship’s Spiegel Tent, will host its 2,000th performance onboard during this cruise.
Over the past year, Norwegian Cruise Line estimates that Breakaway has had a positive economic impact on the city by contributing to the $229 million generated across the industry and a 16% increase in guest and crew spending in the city.
“We congratulate Norwegian Cruise Line on Norwegian Breakaway’s one year anniversary sailing out of New York City, contributing to an industry that plays a critical role in New York City’s economy,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Kyle Kimball. “The City’s cruise operations supports thousands of jobs and is key to the City’s robust tourism and hospitality industry, and Norwegian Breakaway has been a valuable member of the City’s fleet.”
Norwegian Breakaway features 29 dining options, many of them based on iconic New York culinary originals. There is the Food Network Star and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Master Baker Buddy Valastro, star of TLC’s “Cake Boss”; three Broadway shows; an ice bar; a weekly fireworks show at sea; and the largest Aqua Park and ropes course at sea, including five water slides. Her signature hull art, designed by legendary artist Peter Max, brings the energy of the Big Apple to the ship wherever she sails.