Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway Inspired by New York Home Port

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Famed New York City chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian has come on board and opened the Ocean Blue restaurant. And there are even real Sabrett hot dogs stands – the very same carts you see on New York City street corners – handing out free hot dogs on board. There are three Broadway shows on each sailing, including the huge hit "Rock of Ages."

Even the Cake Boss has come on board. (Yes, he's technically from New Jersey, but most New Yorkers count him as one of their own).

Sheehan said the cruise industry has long looked at New York as a sort of "stepchild." Despite its global importance, the Big Apple's long been passed over for cities south, particularly Miami, as a favored home port.

"We're a tough group, New Yorkers, and difficult at times," said Sheehan. "But if you do the right thing for us, we walk away saying, wow, they really did it. And then we'll know we got it right."

In other words, if you can make it there you can make it anywhere.

But Norwegian Cruise Line is in no way diminishing the importance of Miami as a port by choosing New York as its choice for Breakaway's home. Its second ship in the Breakaway class, the Getaway, will debut in January 2014 and home port in Miami. That ship, Sheehan said, will have more of a Latin feel.

Breakaway will sail seven-night cruises to Bermuda and the Bahamas from New York City. It's the first ship in the line's new Breakaway class of ships; Getaway will be the second. After Getaway, the line will launch the Breakaway Plus class of ships, similar but slightly larger than Breakaway and Getaway. The cruise line has two ships planned for that class, bringing a total of four new mega-ships to Norwegian Cruise Line over the next several years.

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