The Norwegian Breakaway is headed to New Orleans, Norwegian Cruise Line reports.
One of Norwegian’s newest and largest ships, the move will make the Norwegian Breakaway the largest ship to sail from the Port of New Orleans, according to the cruise line. After returning from its summer 2018 in the Baltic, the 4,000 passenger vessel will reposition from New York City to New Orleans, where it will sail seven-, 10- and 11-day cruises to the Caribbean for the winter 2018 – 2019 season.
All New Orleans itineraries will visit Harvest Caye, Norwegian’s private destination in Belize. Sailings will also include calls at Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras. In Harvest Caye, guests will be able to enjoy Belize’s natural beauty and culture, along with native landscaping, a swim up pool bar, luxury beach villas, private pool cabanas, aerial activities and water sports. The destination also has the first pier in Belize that allows guests to walk straight off the ship, Norwegian said.
Norwegian Gem, a Jewel-class ship, will now sail from New York City for the winter 2018/19 season.
“Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest and newest ship from Norwegian to sail from New Orleans,” said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, in a written statement.
Norwegian also cited a positive response to Norwegian Bliss’ deployment to the West Coast next year. By repositioning the 145,655 gross ton Norwegian Breakaway to New Orleans, Norwegian said it is offering a more convenient departure port, along with a newer and larger ship for cruisers sailing from the destination.
Norwegian Breakaway has a wide variety of accommodations, from Studios for the solo cruiser to the all-suite The Haven ship-within-a-ship area; more than 25 different dining venues; an aqua park with five slides and a ropes course with zip lines and The Plank; signature Broadway entertainment including Rock of Ages; and more.
Norwegian Breakaway, which debuted in 2013, was the first ship in the line’s Breakaway class, and incorporates The Waterfront, a quarter-mile promenade deck with waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment, along with 678 Ocean Place, a three-story complex at the heart of the ship where guests can enjoy nightlife, gaming and more. The ship will undergo a two-week dry dock next spring, and will receive a full refresh in public spaces, including new flooring, updated furniture, new décor and new carpeting in staterooms.
Norwegian Breakaway will arrive in its new homeport of New Orleans on November 11, 2018 and will sail a variety of cruises to the Caribbean through April 7, 2019.
The recently refurbished Norwegian Gem will remain in New York City and sail a series of cruises to the Caribbean, Canada & New England and the Bahamas & Florida. The ship will share its Manhattan homeport with Norwegian Escape, which will reposition for summer 2018 for the first time since it was christened in 2015, sailing from New York City to Bermuda on seven-day cruises every Sunday beginning April 22, 2018.
Norwegian Escape includes entertainment from the Tony Award-winning After Midnight and For the Record: The Brat Pack, along with a number of food and beverage concepts, including the District Brewhouse, serving 25 beers on tap and including a selection of popular craft beers; the upscale food emporium, Food Republic; and The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi Family Wine bar.
Guests currently booked onboard Norwegian Gem from New Orleans will have their reservations protected and will be automatically moved to the new vessel and itinerary. Norwegian Breakaway’s new Caribbean itineraries from New Orleans will open for sale on October 24.