During the quarter, Norwegian announced upcoming enhancements to Pride of America, Norwegian’s US-flagged ship which sails exclusive seven-day itineraries in Hawai’i. Twenty-four new suites and four new studio staterooms will be added, bringing the ship’s capacity to approximately 2,200 Berths. During her 14-day dry-dock, Pride of America will also be outfitted with Norwegian’s signature Brazilian steakhouse, Moderno Churrascaria. Other enhancements include shipwide Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions in all staterooms and upgrades to the fitness center, gift shop, and photo and art galleries.
Norwegian also added two interactive experiences to Great Stirrup Cay, its private island in the Caribbean. These include the Stingray Encounter which allows guests to swim with the island’s friendly stingrays and the Fate of the Fancy Snorkel Adventure which takes guests on an underwater journey to discover the abandoned wreckage of The Fancy. For guests preferring to relax on the sandy beach there is the new Light House Beach Bar presented by Patron.
Progress on Norwegian’s groundbreaking Breakaway class vessels continues as scheduled. During the quarter, Norwegian Breakaway continued to strengthen ties with her homeport of New York City. In September, the ship’s hull art, designed by legendary Peter Max, was revealed showcasing two icons of New York, the city’s skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty. The theme of New York icons continued with the announcement of Norwegian Breakaway’s godmothers, the Rockettes. The Rockettes partnership also includes two Rockettes sailing on select voyages and offering special fitness classes, photo opportunities and more. Guests on Norwegian Breakaway will also be able to take advantage of the ship’s groundbreaking, two-level spa and fitness facility. Highlights include the first-ever salt room at sea, a thermal suite and 22 treatment rooms offering more than 50 services. Norwegian is also partnering up with Chef Geoffrey Zakarian; and introducing an entertainment lineup that includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams and Dinner: Jungle Fantasy.
Norwegian recently announced that the second ship of the Breakaway class, Norwegian Getaway, will be delivered in January 2014, ahead of schedule. Also announced was the ship’s inaugural season itinerary, sailing Eastern Caribbean voyages year-round from Miami.
On October 18th, Norwegian announced it placed an order with Meyer Werft for one Breakaway Plus class ship, with an option for a second sister ship. The 4,200 Berth Breakaway Plus class ship will incorporate many of the Breakaway class vessels’ unique design elements and innovations. Delivery of the first Breakaway Plus ship is scheduled for October 2015 with export credit financing in place.
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