[Updated with video] The Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship arrived in New York this morning [May 7] after a building period of 18 months. She had left the port of Bremerhaven, Germany to make the transatlantic cruise to New York.
The christening ceremony will take place tomorrow afternoon, which will be live streamed by the company, and on May 12th she will head to Bermuda to start her seven-day cruise.
“We are elated to take ownership of this spectacular new vessel Norwegian Breakaway that has so many unique features, world-class entertainment and artfully designed staterooms,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO.
“This is the moment we’ve been waiting patiently for. I am so proud of the team at Meyer Werft and at Norwegian who worked tirelessly on our newest and most exciting ship.”
Meyer Werft’s Bernard Meyer said, “It’s quite an accomplishment to build a vessel of this size and calibre in just 18 months.”
The ship’s design includes an open-air boardwalk and a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks, Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment will include three Broadway shows and a fireworks show on every cruise.
The ship will feature a total of 28 dining options on board and an Ice Bar, which will be kept at 17 degrees Fahrenheit and feature New York City-inspired specialty cocktails, as well as ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building to pay homage to New York City.
Renderings of the Breakaway, courtesy of NCI. Click to move to next photo:
The top decks of Norwegian Breakaway will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more.
The 1063-foot long ship will be the largest cruise ship to ever visit Bermuda, and is expected to be carrying around 4,000 passengers. Work has been ongoing at the Heritage Wharf in Dockyard to prepare for the ship’s arrival.
Speaking about the work yesterday, Minister of Public Works Trevor Moniz said “progress is still moving on at an impressive rate.”
The Norwegian Breakaway’s first arrival in New York Harbour:
The Minister advised that what remains now to be completed is the steel fixing and forming for the concrete caps. Concrete pours are scheduled for today [May 7] and further pours later in the week.
“The dock is beaming with activity. As things stand we will have all concrete poured in time ahead of the ships arrival as scheduled. We hope also to strip the concrete forms and present a clean dock face for the Norwegian Breakaway,” the Minister noted.