Norwegian Breakaway is to be based out of New Orleans for the 2018/19 Winter season.
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that Norwegian Breakaway will be based out of New Orleans for the 2018/19 winter cruise season instead of its regular port of New York. She will be the largest and newest NCL ship to ever homeport in Port of New Orleans.
Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, said:
“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 of the spectacular features of our newest ships, along with the freedom and flexibility that only a Norwegian cruise can offer.”
Norwegian Breakaway will undergo a major two-week dry dock in Spring 2018. The ship will be refreshed with public spaces, including new flooring, updated furniture, new décor and new carpeting in staterooms. After the refurbishment Norwegian Breakaway will begin its new deployment from New Orleans on November 11, 2018. The ship will offer a range of Caribbean cruises through April 7, 2019.
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Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO, said:
“The Port of New Orleans values our close partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line and appreciates the addition of Norwegian Breakaway to the cruise schedule next year. The passengers who begin and end their Norwegian Breakaway cruise from our historical city will experience Port NOLA’s commitment to high level service and the Crescent City’s vibrant energy.”
“Our cruise business contributes significantly to the hospitality industry’s regional economic impact and we are pleased to welcome the largest ship we have ever accommodated.”
Norwegian Breakaway will be spending a season in the Baltic before arriving in New Orleans where the ship will offer further cruise ship choice in the region. The first Breakaway-class ship will sail to Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Harvest Caye, Belize. Bookings for the new sailings of Norwegian Breakaway will open on October 24.
Norwegian Breakaway is a 145,655 gross ton cruise ship and can carry over 4,000 passengers at double occupancy.