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Norwegian Breakaway Inaugural

by Camille Pepe Sperrazza 

I was over the moon - literally and figuratively - to have been aboard the inaugural of the Norwegian Breakaway, where the hull of the ship is designed with Peter Max's distinctive astrological artwork. 

New Yorkers, our ship has come in. It's hip and it's happening. I loved the gritty "Rock of Ages" Broadway production. Some say it's too edgy for a cruise ship show. I say this is New York's Broadway, baby. "Mary Poppins" plays elsewhere. 

This ship's got New York attitude. I did kicks with the Rockettes - the ship's godmothers -- and dined at Geoffrey Zakarian's Ocean Blue restaurant. I met the Iron Chef himself as well as Buddy the Cake Boss whose incredible cakes and pastries are aboard. Then I ate a surf and turf dinner at the Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy show where acrobats thrilled the audience. 

You can also grab a hot dog from the Sabrett cart; walk the plank of the pool; slide through tunnels galore; climb the rock wall and ropes. 

Like New York, this ship has night life: Howl with the Moon, dueling piano bar; Headliner's comedy cellar; a Jazz club; the "Burn the Floor" Latin dance show; even an Ice Bar. The Tina Turner tribute rocks the boat. 

Pack your 80s attire, so you'll be "in vogue" for the party at Spice H2O outdoor club. Dance while a giant screen provides a light show. Afterwards, there's live fireworks. 

New Yorkers love to dine - and they want variety. There are 27 different restaurants on board. Eleven require no additional cover charge, including The Manhattan Room, a supper club, that features a live band and nightly dancing. Other venues include Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian, French, Italian, American, seafood, a raw bar, and sushi. There's 24-hours of buffalo wings and bar bites at O'Sheehan's Irish Pub. And, this ship has introduced outdoor gourmet dining along the Waterfront, so you can catch those dazzling sunsets at sea. 

Talk about glorious sights - when you sail from New York, you'll pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and you'll cruise beneath the magnificent Verrazano Bridge. 

"Journey" to Bermuda where you'll spend three days docked on the island. Then, you'll cruise back to the Big Apple, so you can hop the subway home. If you live in New York, where this ships sails each week, there's no need to pay for air, so splurge by staying in a luxurious Haven suite, where you can enjoy concierge service, an intimate pool and hot tub, private dining, priority boarding, and more. 

Single? Join the party. There are studios for one - and you can meet and mingle with other solo travelers in a separate area designed for this purpose. 

Norwegian has thought of it all. Looking ahead, the Breakaway will be sail to the Bahamas and Florida, as well as do a couple of longer sailings from New York to numerous Caribbean Islands. 

Who's ready to rock with me? 

For more information or to book a trip, 
contact "Commodore" Camille today. 

This article was accurate when it was written, but everything in life changes. Enjoy the journey! 

Copyright: Camille Pepe Sperrazza