Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan are proud to announce that Norwegian Breakaway, will make New York City her year-round home port. Beginning in May 2013, Norwegian Breakaway-which will be the largest ship ever to home port in the city-will replace Norwegian Star, and embark on a minimum of 88 cruises from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal through March 31, 2015.
Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise line to homeport year-round in New York City beginning in 2003. Since then, we have been committed to bringing our newest and largest ships to the Big Apple, with two ships calling in New York City since 2005. Norwegian Gem will continue to sail from New York City year-round and Norwegian Star will sail 15 times from New York in 2013 before being replaced.
Following inaugural events, the ship will sail a series of 22 seven-day cruises from New York to Bermuda beginning May 12, 2013 through Oct 6, 2013. Departing on Sundays, the ship will spend three full days in Bermuda, along with three days at sea.
Norwegian Breakaway's New York to Bermuda cruises are scheduled to go on sale to Latitudes members on Friday, October 14, 2011 and to the public on Monday, October 17, 2011.
We would also like to announce that pop icon and America's most popular living artist, Peter Max, has been commissioned to paint the signature hull artwork for Norwegian Breakaway. This is the first time we have asked a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of our ships. With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Peter Max and his vibrant colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. Max has been successively called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and the United States' "Painter Laureate."
Max has a long-standing career as the preeminent Pop artist in America. His art appears on a Boeing 777 jumbo jet currently flying the skies for Continental; a 600-foot stage for the Woodstock Music Festival; the covers of Verizon's New York City yellow and white pages; and a giant mural unveiled at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Max has also been designated Official Artist of five Super Bowls, six Grammy Awards, World Cup USA, The World Series, the United Nations Earth Summit, and numerous other events. Max was honored at the Jefferson Awards with an award for his lifetime dedication to America, and its charitable causes.