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Cruisers Say Farewell To The Norwegian Breakaway

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They say you never forget your first… and that’s as true of cruise ships as it is loves. For me, the Norwegian Breakaway was the one who introduced me to the joys of cruising and so, like a lot of others who have gotten used to having her homeported in New York City, I’m feeling a little melancholy. Because this week, she’ll be leaving New York City to sail out of ports ranging from Miami to Copenhagen, New Orleans to Berlin.

In other words, our girl is getting ready to go out and see the world.

Breakaway Will Always Be New York City’s Ship

Sure, like any excited young world traveler, she’ll come home every now and again. But it’s important that all those places the Breakaway will soon be visiting know one very important thing: She is a New York City ship, and always will be. You can take the ship out of New York City, but you can’t take the New York City out of the ship.

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Heck, all anyone has to do is look at that big, beautiful hull. Some girls wear their hearts on their sleeve. The Breakaway wears her home town on her hull, where the sun will always shine over the New York City skyline painted by world-renowned artist Peter Max. And while her trips past the Statue of Liberty may be fewer and farther between, she will take her image of that iconic New York City landmark with her wherever she may go.

The Breakaway will take a little bit of New York City with her! 

Here Comes The Escape!

Those of us whom the Breakaway leaves behind will, of course, move on. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being excited about my first sailing on her sister ship, the Norwegian Escape, which will now begin sailing out of New York City. How could I not be tempted by the ship’s waterfall-filled grotto and new-to-me dining venues? I’m only human!

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But the Breakaway will always be the ship which proved to me that the Caribbean waters really are the kind of blue no Instagram filter can fake. And she’ll always be the first ship on which I danced under the stars in the middle of the open sea. Aft-facing balcony 12902 will forever be the place on which I discovered the simply pleasure of staring endlessly at a ship’s wake, and the ropes course will be where I learned… well, nothing, because on five different Breakaway sailings, I vowed to overcome my fears but never actually did.

Thanks to this aft-facing balcony, my first stateroom was a room with a view.

Which means, of course, that when eventually the Breakaway comes back home, like a wayward child who has a series of adventures before moving back into mom and dad’s basement, I’ll be here, waiting, ready to fall in love all over again. Or at least conquer that dang ropes course.

Meanwhile, enjoy this amazing video fellow Breakaway fan Robbie O’Malley created as his way of saying farewell — at least for now — to the popular ship!

Have you sailed the Breakaway out of New York City? Or perhaps you’re looking forward to sailing the ship from another port? 

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Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Delivery of Newest Ship

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Norwegian Cruise Line has officially taken delivery of their newest ship – the 168,028-gross-ton Norwegian Bliss – from Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.

In attendance were executives from Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as representatives from Meyer Werft. Before cruising to Southampton, England to begin her transatlantic crossing on April 21, Bliss will showcase all she has to offer to her first guests during a two-day inaugural preview cruise.

Bernard Meyer, Captain Karl Staffan Bengtsson, Andy Stuart – photo: NCL

Upon her arrival in the United States on May 3, the festivities for her US inaugural tour will commence with two-night preview events in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles, and will conclude with a grand christening ceremony and sailing from her first homeport at Pier 66 in Seattle, Washington on May 30. Following a three-day voyage will a call in Victoria, she will return on June 2 and will then begin her first seven-day voyage to Alaska.

Norwegian Bliss is the third ship in the line’s Breakaway Plus class, and is the first designed specifically for the ultimate Alaska cruising experience. Onboard, guests can enjoy the largest competitive racetrack at sea, an open-air laser tag course, the Aqua Racer waterslide, a Texas smokehouse, a Starbucks, and a chocolate and sweet treats shop called Coco’s.

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photo: NCL

The vessel will also featuring fun new entertainment offerings, including the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, and an original show created specifically for the ship called HAVANA!. Norwegian Bliss will also include a new theatrical cocktail hour experience, Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical that will transport audiences to a New Orleans speakeasy on the eve of the Prohibition era.

Beginning in June, the ship will spend the summer cruising to Alaska, and will sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles in the fall. During winter 2018, she will sail the Caribbean from Miami, and in the 2019 fall/winter season she will cruise from New York City to Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

For more photos of Norwegian Bliss, click here.

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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Ship Photos Released

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This week, the folks at Norwegian Cruise Line officially took delivery of their newest ship, the Norwegian Bliss, and cruisers are getting a look at the inside of this latest megaship! Forget the renderings… photos of the actual ship are starting to come in, and she’s a beauty. The ceremony — during which shipbuilders Meyer Wert handed over the ship in Bremerhaven, Germany — took place on Thursday, and the final touches are currently being put on the ship! Scroll down for details and some pretty gorgeous photos! And remember that Cruise Radio will be coming to you live the weekend of May 4 as the Norwegian Bliss arrives in New York and is introduced to her godmother, Queen Latifah!

Stunning New Photos Of The Norwegian Bliss

Over the past few years, Norwegian has built ships specifically designed to serve or represent a particular location. The Norwegian Breakaway, for example, was designed to homeport in New York City (although, after five years of doing so, she’s now visiting other ports). And while the Norwegian Bliss will sail out of several locations during her first season, she is specifically designed for Alaskan sailings… which is most noticeable when it comes to her two observation lounges, from which passengers can enjoy stunning views of what is often called “the last frontier.”

The heart of the ship can be found at 678 Ocean Place, spanning three decks (with the casino on deck 7, for those who can’t wait to hit the slots!) and anchored by the stunning chandelier pictured below.

 

Next up on our photo tour is The Haven, Norwegian’s exclusive ship-within-a-ship area. On board the Bliss, the Haven will feature not only the usual pool, private sundeck and 24-hour butler service, but also a special observation lounge available only to Haven guests.

 

Among the gorgeous spaces on board are, of course, numerous restaurants including high-end seafood eatery Ocean Blue, with it’s coral-inspired ceiling lights and soothing ambiance…

 

… Los Lobos, serving some of the best Mexican-themed cuisine (and, of course, margaritas!) at sea…

 

… and, in a first for Norwegian Cruise Line, Q, the Texas-style barbeque joint which will also feature live entertainment each night.

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Other Shipboard Features

Of course, it wouldn’t be a modern-day cruise ship without a shopping area. On the Norwegian Bliss, that is Tradewinds, featuring everything from high-end watches to items you might have forgotten to pack before leaving home.

 

While several Norwegian ships have featured the Sugarcane Mojito bar in recent years, the one aboard Norwegian Bliss offers more space than previous incarnations and some fun splashes of color (to go with the amazing array of hand-crafted mojitos which are a highlight of the menu).

 

Oh yeah, lest we forget, there is of course that race track you’ve probably heard a thing or two about.

As mentioned previously, Bliss will feature two observation lounges. One will be exclusively available for guests of the haven, but a second lounge — featuring amazing forward-facing views and, of course a bar — is open to all guests.

Finally, there’s the pool deck. Or, as pictured below, one of them. You can see the Aqua Racer looming in the background, one of several slides featured aboard Norwegian’s newest ship.

 

 

Are you excited to sail on the Norwegian Bliss? What’s your favorite feature of the new ship? Hit the comments, and make sure to join us for exclusive photos, interviews and more when we board the ship in New York City on Friday, May 4! 

 

All photos via Meyer Werf’s Facebook page

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Peeved Passengers Receiving Free Cruise

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Passengers unhappy about the amount of construction going on during a recent Norwegian Sun sailing made their complaints heard… and Norwegian Cruise Line listened. And now, it appears that those passengers will be able to take another trip courtesy of the company.

Why Passengers Complained

Photos via Panama Canal Sun Facebook Group.

What was supposed to be a relaxing two-week trip from Miami to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal aboard the Norwegian Sun was anything but according to numerous passengers who complained about non-stop construction taking place on the ship. “It wasn’t a vacation,” cruiser Mae-Claire Locke told the New York Post, “it was a full-on construction zone.”

Photos via Panama Canal Sun Facebook Group.

While guests were informed that there would be work done during their voyage, it wasn’t until passengers were on board and the trip had begun that the true scope of the construction became apparent. Across various media outlets, cruisers complained about everything from closed restaurants to difficulty breathing due to dust in the air.

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Norwegian Does The Right Thing

Photo via Norwegian Cruise Line.

Late Thursday, Norwegian Cruise Line responded to complaints via their Facebook page, clearly chagrined by the outpouring of complaints. “At Norwegian Cruise Line, the travel experience, safety and satisfaction of our guests is of the utmost importance to us,” the statement reads. “Recently, Norwegian Sun underwent enhancements as part of our continuous efforts to ensure that every ship across the fleet delivers a consistently high-quality passenger experience. While we do our utmost to minimize any impact to our guests when these enhancements are being implemented, we do recognize that during a recent sailing, we did not meet the expectations of our guests, nor our own standards, for which we truly apologize.”

The statement continued by saying Norwegian was “inviting the guests on the March 16th Norwegian Sun voyage to cruise again and fully experience all that Norwegian has to offer with a 100% future cruise credit of their fare paid, which can be applied towards another cruise of their choice from now through March 31, 2023. We realize that this gesture cannot replace their recent experience, but do hope to have the opportunity to welcome them on board again soon.”

Do you think Norwegian Cruise Line did the right thing?

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