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Ship Tour: Norwegian Breakaway

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Recently I had a chance to spend the day aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway in New York City. The ship, launched in May 2013, is operating year-round Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bermuda cruises from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

Key highlights:

  • Built in 2013
  • 146,600 gross tons
  • 3,693 guest capacity
  • 1,657 crew onboard
  • 1,068 feet long

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Norwegian Bliss is Largest Cruise Ship to Cross the Panama Canal

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Norwegian Bliss has completed a major milestone; she now holds the record as the largest passenger ship to transit the Panama Canal. The ship is on her way to her new homeport of Seattle, where she will sail seasonal cruises to Alaska.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest vessel, weighing in at 168,000 gross tons, passed through the new set of locks on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides. The new locks were built as part of the 2016 enhancement project, the largest one since the canal’s opening in 1914. The ship passed through on her way to Los Angeles, and is scheduled to complete this voyage on Friday, May 25.

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Bliss began her inaugural tour in Germany on April 19, and embarked on her first transatlantic voyage on April 21. After a number of media events in the US before this Panama Canal cruise and after, she will celebrate her official christening from May 30 to June 2 in Seattle.

Beginning June 2, Norwegian Bliss will begin her regularly scheduled voyages to Alaska from Seattle, with calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria. She will then sail to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles, then head to Miami to operate eastern Caribbean cruises. In 2019, she will return to New York City for seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida, the southern Caribbean, and the western Caribbean.

To see all of Norwegian Bliss‘ scheduled itineraries, click here.

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Norwegian Bliss Debuts in New York City

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Norwegian Cruise Line debuted their newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, in New York City on Thursday, May 3.

Her arrival in the US marks the beginning of a month-long inaugural celebration with her next stops in Miami, Los Angeles, and Seattle, where she will be christened on May 30. On May 4, the ship’s two-day inaugural preview kicked off with brand partners, media, and industry representatives in attendance.

Bliss’ godfather Elvis Duran, and the cast from the Z100 morning show, broadcasted live from the ship to share all that the vessel has to offer. Throughout the day, guests explored the ship, racing on the go-karts, sampling food, and checking out the laser tag arena. Elvis Duran also brought on indie-pop band, AJR, to give a special performance onboard.

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That evening following the musical theater show HAVANA!, Grammy-award winning singer Albita performed a show for guests in the Bliss Theater. Below, guests were kicking up their boots to country tunes by Camille Rae and her band at Q, the new Texas smokehouse barbecue venue onboard.

Norwegian Bliss departed New York City on May 6, headed to Miami. During her preview cruise from PortMiami May 8 to 10, special guests will include the hull artist Wyland, Elvis Duran and members of The Morning Show, and celebrity car guru and host of Discovery Channel’s The Auto Firm Alex Vega, who outfitted two of the ship’s go-karts.

Following her stop in Miami, she will be the largest ship to cross through the Panama Canal, and will arrive in Los Angeles. After preview events from May 25 to 27, she will make her voyage to Seattle and arrive on May 30 for her official christening ceremony before embarking on a three-day exhibition cruise.

Beginning June 2, Alaska cruising will begin for Norwegian’s newest ship. The seven-day voyages will sail from Seattle to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria.

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Norwegian’s ‘Free at Sea’ Promotion Extended

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Norwegian Cruise Line has extended their Free at Sea promotion, and is providing a bonus onboard credit of up to $1,000 on select cruises from now to May 17. The credit is combinable with the Free at Sea offer.

The value-added Free at Sea promotion has been extended through May 17, and provides guests who book a new three-day or longer cruise their choice of up to five free offers. These include free unlimited open bar, $50 credit per cabin, a free specialty dining package, 250-minute internet package, or the Friends & Family Sail Free offer, which allows the third and fourth guest in a stateroom to sail complimentary on select voyages.

The number of offers available is based on the stateroom category selected:

  • Interior or Studio cabins receive one offer
  • Oceanview, balcony, or mini-suite cabins can choose two offers
  • The Haven suites receive all five amenities

Norwegian Sun and Norwegian Sky

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Norwegian Sky – photo by Norwegian Cruise Line

Guests sailing on Norwegian Sun or Sky can take advantage of the Free at Sea All-Inclusive promotion, in addition to the already included unlimited open bar. With this offer, the five amenities to choose from are: $50 specialty dining credit per cabin, $50 onboard credit per cabin, 100-minute internet package, a photo package with ten free images, or the Friends & Family Sail Free offer.

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Pride of America

Like Sun and Sky, the offers for Hawaii-sailing ship Pride of America are also a little bit different from the overall Free at Sea offerings. For those who book a new cruise aboard the ship, the five offers are a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with a reduced airfare option, a free specialty dining package, pre-paid service charges, $50 onboard credit per cabin, or the Friends & Family Sail Free offer. Those who book a suite will enjoy all five.

For more information on Free at Sea, click here.

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