New York now has a new “lady” taking up the space at Pier 88 —the Norwegian Breakaway. The gorgeous new ship with be docked here any time it's not on its way to Bermuda, London, Bahamas or a “cruise to nowhere”! Norwegian hope that she will soon be considered as the official cruise ship of The Big Apple and Mayor Bloomberg himself came out for the christening and the Rockettes “manned” the ribbon cutting part of the ceremony—although the giant ribbon they held onto was just pulled away from the side of the stage and not really cut with a scissors.
The media was invited aboard the Breakaway for six hours of non-stop partying—the only time we kept still was for the 90 minute christening ceremony which included not only the introduction of legendary artist Peter Max who told me he created a few different drawings with a New York theme that was then made into cruise ship size images via a complex computer app. Max was kind enough to sign commemorative Norwegian Breakaway posters for a full hour for press, travel agents and passengers and will also be aboard a cruise to the Bahamas on the Breakaway next week. His art is behind the check in desks and also for sale in the galleries on board.
|Mayor Bloomberg at the Ribbon Cutting|
Photos: Anne Raso