Welcome to the official blog that chronicles the building of our new Breakaway class ships. Here you'll find the latest information and behind-the-scenes looks at the planning, building and preparing that will make these ships the ultimate in Freestyle Cruising.

Check back periodically for updates, photos and more from the team at Norwegian and Meyer Werft.

Norwegian Breakaway Calls New York Home & Sets Sails For Bermuda

October 06, 2011

At an exciting press conference held today at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, Mayor Bloomberg and Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan announced that Norwegian Breakaway will make New York City her year-round home port, becoming the largest ship ever to home port in the City.

As a native New Yorker, Sheehan is thrilled that the ship will boost the local economy and create employment opportunities. New York is one of the top cruise markets and now there will be more opportunities for guests in the northeast to experience the next generation of Freestyle Cruising ships.

Mayor Bloomberg and city officials are enthusiastic to welcome the ship to her new home and appreciative of the company’s continued commitment.

Another exciting announcement made at the press conference was that beginning in May 2013, Norwegian Breakaway will set sail on a series of 22 seven-day cruises to Bermuda.  Bermuda is a much sought-after summer cruise destination with beautiful pink sand beaches and endless golf courses.

Latitudes members can book a cruise on Norwegian Breakaway beginning on Friday, October 14, 2011, and sailings will be available to the public on Monday, October 17, 2011.


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Legendary Iconic Artist Peter Max to Paint Norwegian Breakaway’s Hull Artwork

October 05, 2011

Today we announced that pop icon and America’s most popular living artist, Peter Max, has been commissioned to paint the signature hull artwork for Norwegian Breakaway.  With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Max and his vibrant colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture.

The partnership is an exciting first, as it is the first time the company has asked a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of our ships. Being the official hull artist for Norwegian Breakaway is a “dream come true” for both Max and the company, as the ship will also homeport year-round in his hometown, New York City.

“I am so excited to be painting the hull of Norwegian Breakaway for Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Peter Max. “I love painting large canvases. I’ve painted a plane and a stage for Woodstock, but never a ship. I love ships and have travelled on them many times in my life. To see my artwork floating on Norwegian Breakaway out at sea will be a dream come true.”   

This is an exciting milestone in the construction of Norwegian Breakaway, stay tuned for the reveal of the official hull art in coming months!


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Norwegian Breakaway Steel Cutting

September 23, 2011

The steel cutting for Norwegian Breakaway took place at Meyer Werft in Germany on Wednesday. Kevin Sheehan, our CEO, and Andy Stuart, our EVP of Global Sales & Passenger Services, were on hand to push the big red button that started the plasma torch to cut the first piece of steel for the ship. This was an exciting day for all of us, especially our site team in Papenburg, led by Christer Karlsson, our VP of New Build.

This momentous occasion is significant because it marks the start of construction. Over the next couple months, all of the steel for the ship will be cut and the yard will start putting together the blocks that form the ship’s hull. The keel will be laid in April of 2012. From there on, the ship will rapidly take shape.


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