MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line has returned to the U.S. East Coast at long last, kicking off week-long voyages from New York City onboard the Norwegian Breakaway.
The ship made its grand debut back in the Big Apple on Sept. 26, welcoming guests back onboard for the first time in over a year. It set sail from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal for week-long voyages to Bermuda through Oct. 31, 2021, which include overnight calls to the Royal Naval Dockyard. On Nov. 7, the Breakaway will then reposition to New Orleans following a 14-day journey to the Caribbean with calls in Puerto Plata, Willemstad, Oranjestad, Colón, Puerto Limón, George Town and Cozumel.
Norwegian Breakaway is the sixth of NCL’s 17-ship fleet to redeploy since July 25, 2021, when Norwegian Jade first set sail with seven-day itineraries to the Greek Isles following a 500-day suspension.
“Our return to New York City is a significant milestone in our Great Cruise Comeback from the U.S.,” said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We have a 30-year history of cruising from New York and were the first to sail from the destination year-round. Our return feels like a homecoming.
“This fall, as New York comes back to life after more than a year, with Broadway and other top attractions opening back up, we are honoured to be part of its story and to provide travellers easy access to a safe and exceptional warm-weather vacation experience from one of the top cruise destinations on the East Coast.”
Onboard the Breakaway, guests enjoy world-class dining across 16 restaurant options, 20 bars and lounges as well as Broadway-caliber entertainment including ‘Six: The Musical,’ which premiered onboard Norwegian Breakaway before hitting the stage on Broadway in March 2020.
NCL’s fleetwide redeployment will continue with the company’s Sail Safe health and safety program in place. All crew and guests must be fully vaccinated to embark on voyages through Dec. 31, 2021.
Norwegian Encore was the first ship in the NCL fleet to return to cruising from the U.S. on Aug. 7, 2021 and is currently sailing its inaugural season of week-long Alaska voyages from Seattle. On Aug. 15, Norwegian Gem became the first ship in the fleet to resume operations from Miami with a selection of week-long voyages to the Caribbean and four-day cruises to The Bahamas. Norwegian Epic resumed operations from Barcelona on Sept. 5 with seven-day voyages through Oct. 24 to the Western Mediterranean. And most recently, the company relaunched Norwegian Getaway on Sept. 13 from Rome where it will sail a mix of 10- to 11-day Greek Isles itineraries through Oct. 25, 2021.
Additional ships are scheduled to resume in North America throughout the fall.