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Norwegian Cruise Line to base next ship year-round in New York…

Posted on 07 October 2011

 

From left to right: Seth Pinksy, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan, Michael Bloomberg, Peter Max, and George Fertitta.
 

¬†Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, is heading to the Big Apple.

 

In a joint press conference today at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Norwegian CEO Kevin Sheehan announced the 4,000-passenger vessel will sail year-round out of the city after its debut in May 2013, taking the place of the much smaller Norwegian Star.

 

At 144,000 tons, the Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest cruise ship ever to home port in the city.

 

“It’s so big that we will have to make some modifications to the terminal,” Bloomberg told reporters assembled for the announcement.

 

Bloomberg called the announcement “great news for the city,” noting that it would bring about 70,000 additional visitors and create restaurant, retail and hotel jobs. Nearly half of cruisers sailing out of New York spend an average of two nights in the city as part of their vacation.

 

Sheehan announced Norwegian Breakaway initially will sail from New York’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal to Bermuda, with 22 week-long voyages to the destination scheduled between May 2013 and October 2013. The line did not release the ship’s itineraries beyond October 2013.

 

The ship will join the 2,394-passenger Norwegian Gem, which also sails year-round out of New York

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