Norwegian Breakaway set to become New Orleans' biggest cruise ship

Norwegian Breakaway will sail from New Orleans through early April Norwegian Breakaway will sail from New Orleans through early April PHOTO: Norwegian Cruise Line

On Sunday Norwegian Cruise Line returns to New Orleans for the season by introducing Norwegian Breakaway with five- to 11-day cruises.

At 1,068 feet and 145,655gt, the recently renovated Breakaway will become the largest cruise ship to homeport in New Orleans. It offers 25 dining options, 22 bars and lounges, a water park, one of the biggest ropes courses on any ship and a vibrant entertainment program.

'New Orleans is well known for its lively music, culinary scene and entertainment, a perfect complement to the high-caliber experiences guests will discover on Norwegian Breakaway,' NCL president and CEO Andy Stuart said.

New on board: Syd Norman's Pour House

Following its May renovation, the 2013-built Norwegian Breakaway debuted refreshed staterooms and public areas and introduced a new bar and lounge concept to the fleet with Syd Norman’s Pour House. Modeled after influential rock houses such as CBGBs, The Rainbow and The Fillmore, Syd Norman’s pays tribute to the grandfather of 'Rock of Ages' playwright Chris D’Arenso and features vintage décor, diner-style seating, signature cocktails and a playlist of classic rock from the late 1960s to 1980s. Additional entertainment options include the Tony Award-nominated 'Rock of Ages,' Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.

Port of New Orleans president and CEO Brandy Christian called Norwegian a valued partner and said the city will offer cruisers a memorable experience as they begin and end their vacations.

Varied itineraries

Norwegian Breakaway will sail from New Orleans through April 12, offering five-, seven-, 10- and 11-day western Caribbean cruises to destinations including Costa Maya, Cozumel, Roatán, Belize City and Harvest Caye.

Posted 07 November 2018

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Anne Kalosh

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