Norwegian Cruise Line christened their newest ship Norwegian Breakaway last week amid a flurry of high kicks and hijinx in New York.
With world-renowned godmothers, The Rockettes, on hand to provide entertainment, along with the ship’s casts of “Rock of Ages” and “Burn the Floor” giving guests a sneak peek at the shows onboard, the Hudson River pier could easily have been a stage on Broadway.
The ship was blessed by a dozen members of The Rockettes donning silver sequinned costumes and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York City, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg sharing that passengers will never have to leave New York behind on the ship that features a myriad of Big Apple touches.
Among those special NYC-themed touches are a Sabrett hot dog stand serving guests near ‘Rockaway Beach’, three restaurants by New York chef Geoffrey Zakarian, ice sculptures of Lady Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Chrysler Building in the ship’s ice bar and the specially designed hull by artist Peter Max.
Mr Max shared his excitement at seeing his artwork on the hull for the first time at a pre-christening party last Tuesday night.
“It is unbelievable to have something so big with my art on it!”
Passengers can also take part in fitness classes designed by The Rockettes and meet two Rockettes on each of the first six voyages and on the first sailing of each month thereafter.
A unique touch of New Jersey can also be experienced onboard with TLC’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valestro opening his first branch of “Carlo’s Bakery” made famous on the hit TV show.
Mr Valestro also created a cake depicting the ship at the christening ceremony that he emceed.
“It’s such an honour to bring this ship here to my home town,” proud native New Yorker and Norwegian Cruise Line president Kevin Sheehan told guests before showcasing his old yellow cab license.
“I know you know New Yorkers are tough, but they know what they want and they respect quality…and that’s what we have done.”
The 4,000-passenger vessel also features a water park with five water slides, a three-deck sports complex with nine-hole mini-golf, a basketball court and rock-climbing wall and an open-air boardwalk dubbed ‘The Waterfront’ which offers al fresco dining and retail outlets complete with an ocean view.
Norwegian Breakaway will sail on voyages to Bermuda and the Bahamas with Mayor Bloomberg expecting her arrival to mark the start of an even bigger boom to the city’s cruise business.