By Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel
March 16, 2012
Norwegian Cruise Line is embracing the boardwalk for its new ship, the Norwegian Breakaway.
As part of the unique design for the new ship, NCL will be offering up The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place, which includes an oceanfront boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants and bars combined with three decks of dining, bars, entertainment, gaming and more.
"With our newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, we are continuing our tradition of innovation with a brand new ship design that will provide our guests with a unique experience unlike anything else at sea," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "The heart of Norwegian Breakaway and the elements that truly set it apart are The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place. Guests will enjoy al fresco dining while admiring the beauty of the ocean, along with the excitement and exhilaration of three expansive action-packed decks, as everything is designed to flow seamlessly."
The notion is to offer several dining venues with a view of the ocean. The boardwalk and three-deck hub of activity will features 17 dining venues, 12 bards and lounges coupled with shops and other entertainment options.
Among the dining options will be the first all-seafood restaurant aboard an NCL ship, Ocean Blu, which will include a premium raw bar and sushi bar.
"In a recent guest survey, our guests chose a seafood restaurant as the number one type of restaurant they would like on board our ships," said Sheehan. "We listened to that feedback when planning the dining on Norwegian Breakaway and will launch Ocean Blu as our newest signature restaurant concept."
The boardwalk will be called The Waterfront, and will feature eight outdoor dining and lounging options, including NCL mainstays Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney's Steakhouse, La Cucina, Shaker's Cocktail Bar, Malting's Beer & Whiskey Bar as well as Ocean Blu. Also included will be the line's first gelato bar and a yet-to-be-named entertainment venue.
Several of these venues will have both outdoor-facing seating, as well as indoors, coupled with the entertainment hub being called 678 Ocean Place, as in decks 6, 7 and 8. Located on Deck 8, those venues include Moderno, Cagney's, Shaker's, La Cucina, Malting's and Ocean Blu.
Guests will also find retail outlets, the photo gallery and Humidor Cigar Lounge on Deck 8. A three-story open atrium with an LED chandelier with light changing effects will serve as the centerpiece.
Deck 7 will be the 18,000-square-feet Breakaway Casino with 300 of the latest slot machines; along with 26 gaming tables featuring poker, blackjack, roulette and craps. Also on Deck 7 will be Bar 21 and the two-story, New York supper club-inspired Manhattan Room restaurant, which includes a dance floor as their will be live music.
O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Shanghai's Noodle Bar, Bliss Ultra Lounge, Savor, Taste, Mixx Bar, Teppanyaki and Le Bistro are the other dining options at 678 Ocean Place.
Within the Atrium, located on Deck 6, guests will find a two-story video wall along with the Café and Bar at The Atrium.
Additional dining options and bars not located within 678 Ocean Place will be announced in late April. Entertainment venues located within 678 Ocean Place will be revealed later this spring.
In order to showcase all of Norwegian Breakaway's features, the company launched the Norwegian Breakaway microsite today at http://www.breakaway.ncl.com.
The 4,000-passenger ship set to debut in April 2013 and will be based out of the port of New York where it will sail seven-day Bahamas and Florida cruises as well as 12-day southern Caribbean cruises.
Currently under construction at Meyer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany, the Breakaway will be 144,017 gross tons and is scheduled for delivery in April 2013. It's the first of two ships on order by NCL with the second, the Norwegian Getaway slated for a spring 2014 delivery.
The Breakaway will be largest year-round cruise ship based in New York City. It's expected to bring 140,000 embarking passengers into New York City over two years.