The Best of New York City on a Cruise Ship – Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is getting ready to launch their newest, 4,000 passenger mega-ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, to home port in New York City.  And NCL is promising no less than to bring the “best of New York City” to sea with the new ship.  There will be eateries by famous area chefs like Geoffrey Zakarian and Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro, three different Broadway shows including “Rock of Ages,” and the ship’s hull will be adorned by artwork from New Yorker and pop-culture icon Peter Max, depicting iconic images such as the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline.  Norwegian Breakaway will spend its first summer sailing 7-day cruises from NYC to Bermuda, and then expand its offerings in the Fall to Florida, the Bahamas, and Caribbean (all departing from New York City).  Continue reading for more images and details on the new Norwegian Breakaway embarking on her maiden voyage, May 2013.

Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Breakaway

© 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

From Norwegian Cruise Line’s Press Release

Designed as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will bring the best of NYC to sea when she arrives to her year-round homeport in early May 2013, offering the high-caliber dining and entertainment options that New York is known for worldwide.  The ship will have a groundbreaking design, including an open-air boardwalk, The Waterfront, and 678 Ocean Place; a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that will create a whole new complex at sea that enhances guests’ connection with the ocean.

678 Ocean Place - Norwegian Breakaway

678 Ocean Place - Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line

The Waterfront Boardwalk - Norwegian Breakaway

The Waterfront Boardwalk - Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line


Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment will include three Broadway shows: five-time Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES; the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR; and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY.  The famed comedy troupe The Second City, Howl at the Moon dueling pianos, and New York’s own Slam Allen will perform on the vessel.  Norwegian Breakaway will also feature an exciting fireworks show on every cruise that will dazzle guests on the second to last night at sea each week, and will be the grand finale of a decadent 1980s-themed deck party.

Rock of Ages - Norwegian Breakaway

Rock of Ages - Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line


Master Baker Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC television series Cake Boss and Next Great Baker, will open an extension of his family business, Carlo’s Bake Shop, on board.  Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will also debut his first restaurant at sea Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian.  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.

Carlo's Bake Shop - Norwegian Breakaway

Carlo's Bake Shop - Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line


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, the first ever at sea, 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.

Aqua Park Slides - Norwegian Breakaway

Aqua Park Slides - Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line


The ship will also feature a rich mix of stateroom options including The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 Suites at the top of the ship and 18 additional Suites located throughout the ship; the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; the re-introduction of Oceanview staterooms, Balcony and Mini-Suites; along with Spa Balcony, Mini- Suites and Suites in close proximity to the spa.

Balcony Stateroom - Norwegian Breakaway

Balcony Stateroom - Norwegian Breakaway © 2013 Norwegian Cruise Line


Norwegian Breakaway, will sail from her year-round homeport of New York City to the Bahamas & Florida and the Caribbean during her inaugural winter season.  Following a summer inaugural season sailing seven-day cruises from New York to Bermuda, Norwegian Breakaway will embark on a series of 25 seven-day cruises to the Bahamas & Florida beginning on Sunday, October 13, 2013.  The ship will also sail two 12-day Southern Caribbean itineraries on January 5 and 19, 2014, along with two Weekend Escape cruises on January 17 and 31, 2014.

So what do the fans of cruising out there think?  Are you excited to see the new ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines?  I know our family likes the idea of having this cruise option right here in our own back yard of New York.  Leave a comment with your thoughts below.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.