Nona and the Kids: Tips for Planning an Intergenerational Cruise

image courtesy of Cynthia Janssens

  ABOARD THE NCL BREAKAWAY – It has been just over a week since my family returned from our cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Breakaway. I had thought I would be able to write about the trip on a daily basis but soon learned that we all were much too busy for me to accomplish that. So I have some catching up to do. But first I want to give you some tips on planning …

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Two sailings to feature celebrity chef

For those who watch the Food Network, you know Geoffrey Zakarian as one of the judges who frequently helps decide who gets “Chopped.” You may also know he has three restaurants on Norwegian’s newest ship, Breakaway. Norwegian Cruise Line announced that Zakarian will host a number of special activities on board Breakaway during two of the ship’s upcoming sailings: November 3 and December 1, 2013, where passengers can meet and interact with the Iron Chef in his …

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Aboard the new Norwegian Breakaway — plenty to keep kids entertained

DAY 2 — Where’s the baby? If you’re on board the new Norwegian Breakaway, you—and baby—and grandma might all be joining in special “Guppies’ activities—maybe finger painting with special paints or using chalk or crayons made out of vegetables. “We want those younger families whose kids aren’t in school,” said CEO Kevin Sheehan –especially during times of year when there aren’t school breaks. He stressed that on this ship—from the restaurants to the water slides to the …

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Two days on the new Norwegian Breakway – a ship made for New York

DAY ONE–  Ready to walk the plank? Norwegian Cruise Lines (CEO Check Title) Kevin Sheehan challenges passengers to do just that eight feet over the side of the ship aboard Norwegian’s new ship Breakaway—which incidentally at 4,028 passengers and 1,595 crew, is the largest ship to homeport in the heart of New York City at Pier 88. Walking the plank?  That’s an “activity” on board that is part of the ropes course that also has a zipline …

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Norwegian Breakaway rocks New York

Aboard the Norwegian Breakaway-Cruise lines normally shy away from mentioning “rocks” when talking about their ships and where they are sailing.  But Norwegian, perhaps the most innovative of all the modern cruise companies, is not shy. And neither is the world’s newest cruise ship, the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, which, says the company, now rocks New York City. After a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian Breakaway, built in Germany, arrived in America this week like so many …

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The new Norwegian Breakaway successfully completes sea trials

Norwegian Breakaway is one step closer to her official debut in May, successfully completing technical and nautical sea trials off the coast of Norway and Denmark. You might be interested in just how a big cruise ship is tested. Here are some details from Norwegian: “In order to assess the ship’s speed, the Captain, navigational officers and representatives from MEYER WERFT tested all of the various power outputs for the propellers. The speed was then adjusted to …

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Norwegian Breakaway, the largest ship ever constructed in Germany, floats out from building dock

Norwegian Breakaway, the largest ship ever constructed in Germany, was floated out of MEYER WERFT’s covered building dock II this morning in Papenburg, Germany where the 146,600-ton ship has been under construction since September 2011.  Beginning at approximately 7 am (Germany time), the massive 4,000 passenger ship with her signature hull artwork designed by pop icon Peter Max, departed building dock II as the first ship to depart bow first.  Norwegian Breakaway has an overall length of …

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NCL expands Bermuda shore excursions

  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 …

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Norwegian Cruise Line expands Bermuda shore excursions for launch of Norwegian Breakaway

In anticipation of the arrival of its newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, launching this May, Norwegian Cruise Line has expanded its tour offerings in Bermuda.  The line has added several new excursions that are available only to guests on Norwegian Breakaway, as well as a number of excursions for guests on both Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Dawn, sailing from Boston to Bermuda.  The new tour options add to Norwegian’s extensive shore excursion program, which offers guests more than …

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Norwegian Cruise Line counts down “100 days to Norwegian Breakaway”

In anticipation of the upcoming launch of Norwegian Breakaway, one of 2013’s hottest new ships, Norwegian Cruise Line is counting down the days until the arrival of the vessel and has launched a global social media campaign featuring the “100 Days to Norwegian Breakaway” countdown on its social properties – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Each day, users can share in the excitement of the countdown and enjoy a fun fact about the ship, destination, or of …

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