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Sheehan reveals Project Breakaway staterooms, bathrooms

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Top Headlines

During a webcast broadcast live from the annual conference in Las Vegas, NCL President and CEO Kevin Sheehan revealed the first details of the line’s forthcoming Project Breakaway newbuildings, and explained a little about what the name means.

“It stems from a vacation home that I had in North Carolina many years ago, that my family called ‘breakaway.’ It was an escape from the pressures of work and everyday life. That is what we want these ships to be for our guests—an opportunity for them to break away from the routine of work, school, stress, and find a true respite at sea. Breakaway is also symbolic of Norwegian as a company, as we continue to break away from the company we were just a few short years ago,” he explained, adding, “These ships will take the best of the best from our existing ships.”


Sheehan went on to reveal details of the ships’ cabins, which will be designed by Priestmangoode of the United Kingdom, working in conjunction with Tillberg Design of Sweden; Priestmangoode is the same firm that created the acclaimed Studio staterooms aboard last year’s Norwegian Epic. Each Project Breakaway ship will have 1,024 balcony staterooms and 238 mini-suites, which were the focus of the webcast. Each will be appointed with a king-size bed and pillow-top mattress set against a chestnut leather headboard, sofa bed with storage area, 26-inch flatscreen TV, built-in vanity with shelving, and full-size closet with sliding doors.

“The overall design theme for Project Breakaway’s staterooms is ‘modern boutique hotel meets the sea,’” Sheehan said. “We strongly considered the overall needs of our guests when designing these staterooms and wanted them to be greeted with an ambiance that is warm and inviting and has a very contemporary feel with clean, modern lines,” he continued. “We also wanted to maximize the use of space within the staterooms, so that our guests are as comfortable as possible and storage space is well planned throughout. Ultimately, our goal is to achieve a really good balance of form and function—well designed, beautiful, comfortable and sensible living space.”

Bathrooms will be “fully enclosed,” Sheehan said, with an “easy-to-use faucet,” an apparent reference to the separated bathroom units and splashing problems with the oversized faucets aboard the Norwegian Epic.

The unnamed Project Breakaway ships are scheduled to make their debuts in April 2013 and April 2014. Each registers 144,017 gross tons and carries approximately 4,000 passengers. Bookings for the first ship open in October, Sheehan said, with more details to be revealed during the line’s next webcast scheduled for July.

By M.T. Schwartzman

All three Cunard ships to make world voyage in 2013

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
  • Category: Top Headlines

Cunard Line, which is part of the Carnival Corp & plc group, will send all its three ships to world voyages in 2013.

Queen Mary 2 will sail from Southampton on10 January on a 106 night voyage to Australia, which will include overnight stays in Dubai, Hong Kong and Cape Town. The itinerary includes five port in New Zealand and this part of it can be sold as Around New Zealand cruise, withmain target markets being Australia and the UK. In all, the cruise entails 34 ports in 18 countries.

Queen Elizabeth will offer a line voyage toand from New Zealand, starting from Southampton on 6 January 2013. The ships will sail both ways via the Panama Canal and visit 28 ports in 15 countries.

Queen Victoria will depart from Southampton on 10 January 2013 on a cruise that takes in both the Panama and Suez Canals. It will take 105 nights and call at 34 ports in 24 countries.

Azura becomes fourth P&O Cruises’ ship to make world voyage in 2013

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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P&O Cruises, which is part of Carnival Corp & plc group, says it will send four ships to world voyages in 2013 byadding the 115,031 gross ton Azura to the roster. The ship will spend the winter 2011/12 in the Caribbean, operating fly cruises from the UK.

The 30,277 gross ton Adonia will sail from Southampton on a 85 night cruise around South America on 3 April 2013, thus repeating similar voyage it is scheduled to do next winter. Managing Director Carol Marlow said in a presentation in London that due to strong demand and wishes o fpassengers that the itinerary be repeated, Adonia will thus make the same cruise again.

Prior to this, on 5 January, the 86,799 gross ton Arcadia will sail on a 99 night voyage that takes in South America,the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia and California.

The 76,132 gross ton Aurora will depart Southampton two days later on a westbound cruise around the world that is scheduled to take 106 nights. Azura will follow on 7 January on a 110 night cruise that sails to Australia and the Far East via the Suez Canal and returns home via Cape Town.