Following the positive response to Norwegian Bliss’ deployment to the West Coast next year, Norwegian is updating its 2018/2019 deployment schedule and repositioning the 145,655 gross ton Norwegian Breakaway to New Orleans, offering a more convenient departure port – along with a newer and larger ship for cruisers sailing from the Crescent City – to explore the Caribbean.
“Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest and newest ship from Norwegian to sail from New Orleans, and we are thrilled to bring our signature Breakaway-class ship to this important homeport. We want to provide more opportunities for our guests across the country to explore beautiful destinations and enjoy all the spectacular features of our newest ships, along with the freedom and flexibility that only a Norwegian cruise can offer.”
– Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Breakaway features a wide variety of accommodations from Studios for the solo cruiser to the exclusive, all-suite luxurious enclave, The Haven. Breakaway also features more than 25 different dining venues, an exhilarating aqua park with five slides and a thrilling ropes course with zip lines and “The Plank”, signature Broadway entertainment including Rock of Ages and so much more.
Norwegian Breakaway, which debuted in 2013, was the first ship in the line’s signature Breakaway class, and features 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.
After returning from her summer 2018 season in the Baltic, the 4,000 passenger Norwegian Breakaway will reposition from the Big Apple to the Big Easy for her winter 2018/19 season. She will arrive in her new homeport of New Orleans on November 11, 2018 and will sail a variety of cruises to the Caribbean through April 7, 2019 visiting ports of call including Cozumel and Costa Maya, Ocho Rios, George Town, Grand Cayman and the beautiful island destination of Harvest Caye.
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. She will share her Manhattan homeport with Norwegian Escape, which will reposition for summer 2018 for the first time since she was christened in 2015, sailing from New York City to Bermuda on seven-day cruises every Sunday beginning April 22, 2018.
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.