Norwegian Breakaway will debut the company’s first Aqua Park at sea, one with five full-size water slides. // © 2012 Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Breakaway will have a focus on recreation features outside on its decks when it launches in April 2013, paralleling the outdoor dining emphasis announced in March. The ship’s top decks will feature the company’s first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including Free Fall slides — two side-by-side slides where guests will stand up and have the floor drop from underneath, propelling them into a loop — and two additional side-by-side twister slides called The Whip. For those who prefer a more relaxing ride, there is a family-friendly open-flume body slide, along with two swimming pools, four hot tubs and the Breezeway Bar & Grill, a semi-open air eatery.
The area will include a kid-sized pool and slide, along with multiple water features and a three-level sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, a basketball court, a rock climbing wall and more.
The three-story sports complex will be Norwegian’s largest and feature the line’s first-ever ropes course, the largest one at sea, with its multi-level structure to challenge guests to more than 40 different elements, including a zip track. Kids will be challenged as well with a special ropes course just for them. Breakaway also features The Plank, a platform that extends eight feet over the side of the ship, and the nine-hole ocean-themed miniature golf course is located beneath the ropes course. A rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and spider web, a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage complete with a spiral slide, round out the activities.
The ship will offer Nickelodeon experiences, as well, including a themed Kids’ Aqua Park where children can cool off with larger than life Nickelodeon characters from Bikini Bottom, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, Squidward and more.
Currently under construction, Norwegian Breakaway will arrive in her year-round homeport of New York City next spring to offer weekly summer seven-day cruises to Bermuda starting on May 12, 2013. Then, from October 2013 through April 2014, Breakaway will sail from Manhattan to the Bahamas and Florida and the Southern Caribbean.