NCL is launching a new ship soon- in May 2013, actually, named the Norwegian Breakaway. If you haven’t heard about this new ship, it’s a 4,000-passenger vessel that will sail a series of 22 seven-day cruises from New York to Bermuda. The season will begin May 12, 2013 and run through Oct 6, 2013.
In conjunction with launch, the line is expanding its shore excursions, and there are some really neat ones here that I think are worth mentioning. They span the gamut from luxury, to adventure, to cultural experiences- and many of them are exclusive to the new Breakaway, meaning a voyage on that ship gives you excursion options not available on any other ship. Here’s some info straight from the line:
New 2013 Bermuda Shore Excursions Exclusive to Norwegian Breakaway
Private Boat Tour with Captain
Guests can explore Bermuda at their own pace with this half day adventure for the whole family. Sailors will enjoy the privacy of their own boat, and the freedom of exploring at their own pace on this half day motor boat charter. A captain will navigate the hidden treasures and beautiful scenery that Bermuda has to offer.
Experience Bermuda in a way that few others have – under the sea and under the moonlight. Guests will be equipped with snorkel gear and an undersea dive light to explore the island’s underwater life during the night. Snorkelers can expect to see a variety of sea creatures that only venture out after dark and will be in awe of the vast variety of coral formations that come to life by the shine of a light.
Wildcat Island Tour & St George’s
Join an exciting adventure to the old town of St. George’s aboard Bermuda’s spectacular tour sensation, the WildCat! This Adventure comes complete with an entertaining narrated tour of the Island’s historic sites and other points of interest, and also includes a stop in the old town, allowing guests time to walk around at their leisure and explore the historical sites and scenery.
Railway Trail Bike & Beach Tour
Guests can maximize their time in Bermuda on this great combination tour. First, enjoy sight-seeing the rural West End of the island during a short shuttle to Somerset Island. After receiving instruction on riding and safety, explorers will begin their guided cycle tour along the original Bermuda Railway Trail. During the bike ride, a guide will stop at various points of interest, highlighting the spectacular scenery along the trail. Time permitting, guests will also have the opportunity to hike up to the historic Fort Scaur or visit the sprawling 17th century Mott Family estate. After the ride, riders can cool off with a refreshing swim at one of the island’s beautiful beaches and enjoy a complimentary beverage.
For an evening of unforgettable adventure, guests can head out on the “Jolly Roger,” Bermuda’s family-friendly fishing adventure boat, and enjoy night fishing on the island’s barrier reef. Once onboard, anglers will enjoy a sunset ride through Bermuda’s pristine inshore waters to reach the fishing grounds. They’ll be provided with light spinning tackle, bait and any instruction they may need to hook into some snappers, triggerfish, jacks or any other of the countless species of nocturnal reef dwellers that abound Bermuda’s waters. The only thing needed for this excursion is some enthusiasm and a little luck — the captain and crew will take care of the rest for a memorable and exciting trip.
New 2013 Bermuda Shore Excursions
The following tours are available to guests on Norwegian Breakaway, from New York, and Norwegian Dawn, from Boston:
Enjoy spending time with one of the ocean’s most playful and friendly creatures, the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. This encounter includes 45 minutes of interaction, in both shallow and deep-water. Guests will have the opportunity to touch, swim alongside and even receive a “kiss” from these incredible marine mammals. Tour price also includes admission to the Maritime Museum, featuring treasures and historical highlights of the island’s storied nautical past.
Island Fever Theatre Show
The Island Fever Show offers a professionally-choreographed stage show that highlights Bermuda’s rich musical and cultural heritage. Guests can choose from traditional theatre style seats, or a more casual café-style seating to enjoy the show. The costuming and stage sets reflect the vivid colors and tropical feel of the island and is set under an 8,000 square foot tent located right in the Royal Naval Dockyards, within walking distance of the cruise ship terminal.
West End, Bermuda Underwater Explorations Institute & Hamilton Tour
Enjoy spectacular views of the North Shore and the Great Sound during this half-day guided driving tour. The tour begins with a crossing over Somerset Bridge, reputed to be the smallest drawbridge ever built. Next, guests can stop for pictures at the island’s famous Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse and view one of Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches. The tour continues on to the Bermuda Underwater Explorations Institute (BUEI), showcasing the island’s rich underwater history. Visit the Shipwreck Gallery and discover a world of treasures, from cannons to clay jars all pulled from shipwrecks found in the deep waters around the island. The tour ends in Hamilton at the Ferry Depot, where guests can browse the famed Front Street Shops.
Discover Stand Up Paddleboarding
Experience Bermuda by sea while enjoying the world’s fastest growing water sport – stand up paddleboarding. Guests will learn how to stand up and maneuver their board from professional instructors before starting off on a journey around the coastal waterways. Knowledgeable guides will showcase the island’s flora and fauna and teach boarders about Bermuda’s unique ecosystem. After the tour ends, guests can cool off at a local beach and enjoy a complimentary beverage.
Norwegian’s 2013 Bermuda shore excursions are currently available for pre-booking.