Yesterday afternoon, the Norwegian Breakaway officially became the 12th ship in the Norwegian fleet as she was christened in her homeport – New York City.
Yesterday’s christening featured many speakers and theatrical groups. Speakers included Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who blessed the Norwegian Breakaway; Craig Cannonier, the Premier of Bermuda, who spoke on the importance of the Breakaway’s visits to Bermuda; Perry Christie, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, who also spoke on the ship’s important role on the Bahama’s tourism sector; Peter Max, the artist behind the Breakaway’s colorful hull art; as well as the ship’s officers and Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO, Kevin Sheehan, who offered his reflection on the work put into building the Breakaway, and the bright future of this new ship.
Also in attendance were many talented singers, dancers, and stage acts. First up was Blues guitarist Slam Allen, who played and sung a special “Breakaway themed” version of Let The Good Times Roll. Next was the dueling pianos played by Norwegian’s very own Howl At The Moon. Piano music was followed by salsa with a salsa themed dance from Norwegian’s dance crew. Included at the end was a special preview of one of Norwegian Breakaway’s Broadway shows – Burn The Floor.
Of course, a christening couldn’t be completed without godmothers and a bottle of champagne. The Norwegian Breakaway was successfully christened by her group of godmothers, the Rock City Rockettes. The christening began with high kicking legs and ended with the smash of a bottle of champagne against the colorful bow of the Norwegian Breakaway.
The Norwegian Breakaway will set sail on her first cruise to Bermuda this coming Sunday, May 12th.
Photos: Mike Faust