Norwegian Breakaway's Christening in New York City
This week, NYCEDC and Mayor Bloomberg joined Norwegian Cruise Line and the Rockettes to christen the Norwegian Breakaway, the largest cruise ship ever to port in NYC! The enormous 4,000-passenger vessel with Peter Max’s signature artwork on its hull was a sight to behold at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at Pier 88.
“The arrival of the Norwegian Breakaway—the largest cruise ship to homeport in Manhattan—is another proof point of the growth and success of New York City’s $200 million cruise sector, a cornerstone of the City’s $55 billion tourism industry,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
Inside the ship, beneath a striking blue chandelier at 678 Ocean Place, emcee and “Cake Boss” Buddy Vlastro unveiled a large cake (which smelled delicious) that resembled the Breakaway against a NYC skyline and announced an extension of his famous bakery Carlo’s Bake Shop on board.
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan harkened back to his taxi driver days as he proclaimed: “New York’s ship is home where she belongs. We’ve been anticipating this moment for more than two years and are so thrilled to finally have Norwegian Breakaway amongst New York City’s greatest icons. We thank the City of New York for the warm welcome and are looking forward to a very successful inaugural season.”
The Breakaway was christened with a blessing from Cardinal Timothy Dolan and high kicks from its godmothers The Rockettes, who designed a fitness class on the ship and will be sailing with the Breakaway to destinations such as Bermuda and the Bahamas. The christening’s finale was a rousing rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” by the cast of Broadway’s Rock of Ages.
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