Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, was christened by the legendary Rockettes during a ceremony officiated by mayor Michael Bloomberg and cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Buddy Valastro, star of the US series Cake Boss, hosted the highly anticipated ceremony.
“The arrival of the Norwegian Breakaway - the largest cruise ship to homeport in Manhattan - is another proof point of the growth and success of New York City’s $200 million cruise sector, a cornerstone of the City’s $55 billion tourism industry,” said mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Throughout the christening ceremony, simulcast in ten venues around the ship, Norwegian Breakaway’s spectacular onboard amenities and entertainment were showcased in front of more than 4,000 guests.
From live performances by Slam Allen, Howl at the Moon, Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy, along with Burn the Floor and a show stomping finale featuring Rock of Ages, Norwegian Breakaway kicked off its arrival to New York City in style.
“New York’s ship is home where she belongs,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer.
“We’ve been anticipating this moment for more than two years and are so thrilled to finally have Norwegian Breakaway amongst New York City’s greatest icons.
“We thank the City of New York for the warm welcome and are looking forward to a very successful inaugural season.”
Boasting hull artwork designed by pop icon and America’s most popular living artist, Peter Max, Norwegian Breakaway was designed as New York’s ship inside and out.
On board, guests will enjoy the high-calibre dining and entertainment options that New York City is known for worldwide, including three new restaurants by acclaimed New York celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian.
Norwegian Breakaway will begin her weekly seven-night cruises (nine-night fly-cruises) to Bermuda, throughout the summer, on Sunday, May 12th with a special guest onboard, Kevin Sheehan, the line’s chief executive.
From October through April, Norwegian Breakaway will offer seven-night voyages (nine-night fly-cruises) from the heart of Manhattan to the Bahamas and Florida, as well as two 12-night sailings (14-night fly-cruises) to the Southern Caribbean.