Norwegian Cruise Line is getting closer to the completion of their newest vessel, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway: the iconic hull artwork designed by artist Peter Max has nearly been applied at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Norwegian Breakaway's hull art nears completion at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Breakaway’s hull art nears completion at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of giving Norwegian Breakaway’s New York-inspired hull artwork a chance. As I had suspected, the actual artwork looks far better in reality than on some of the earlier renderings, which were created as most renderings are: as proof-of-concept.

But whether or not Peter Max’s artwork appeals to you, there’s no denying that hull artwork has become an integral part of the Norwegian Cruise Line brand.  It signifies a fun, exciting experience is to be had onboard – and Norwegian Breakaway looks poised to deliver more of that than any other Norwegian ship to-date.

Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Building on some of the most successful features found aboard the 2010-built Norwegian Epic, the popular “Studio” staterooms designed and priced exclusively for solo cruisers will return onboard Norwegian Breakaway. At the high end of the scale, The Haven by Norwegian will feature 42 suites positioned directly at the top of the ship, with 18 additional suites located throughout the remaining decks. Balcony, Mini-suite and Spa staterooms will also be featured, along with the return of standard Oceanview staterooms, which were missing from onboard Norwegian Epic.

The elegant Manhattan Dining Room makes it way from Epic to Breakaway. Image courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

The elegant Manhattan Dining Room makes it way from Epic to Breakaway. Image courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

The innovative entertainment options Norwegian Cruise Line is known for will also return, including Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, and Cirque Dreams & Dinner Jungle Fantasy.  Food network star Goeggrey Zakarian will debut his first restaurant at sea, and Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro will open the first Carlo’s Bake Shop at sea.

That’s also in addition to a fireworks spectacular that will be featured on the ship’s Bermudan sailings from New York City, a pool deck with five full-sized waterslides, and a three story sports complex, not to mention more bars and dining options than you could hope to experience in a week.

If you’re curious about Norwegian Breakaway, stay tuned – we’ll be travelling to New York in early May for the ship’s christening and two-night preview cruise!

Illumination at Sea: the pool deck of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic at night. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Illumination at Sea: the pool deck of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic at night. Norwegian Breakaway takes this concept to a new level. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

To see some of Norwegian Cruise Line’s innovative design and entertainment direction, check out our Live Voyage Report in the Caribbean onboard the massive Norwegian Epic!

 

2 Responses to Norwegian Breakaway Inches Closer to Completion

  1. Kalle Id says:

    The way Peter Max’s signature has been applied makes it look like the ship’s name is actually Peter Max and not Norwegian Breakaway. ;) I agree that the hull art looks better than in the preview images, but it’s still not entirely pleasant (to my eye at least). The head of the Statue of Liberty looks particularly bad. The Manhattan Dining Room on the other hand looks splendid indeed.

    I very much look forward to reading your report from the ship once it is completed.

    • Aaron Saunders says:

      I fully agree with you about the name; Norwegian Breakaway is set further back on the superstructure. It could be confusing to new cruisers or first-time guests. I think, much like art, it will be a rather polarizing design – but that’s not a bad thing!

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