New York's newest cruise ship is gong to be giving its passengers a whole lot of kicks on the high seas. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
A high-stepping New York ceremony was held Wednesday for the big apple's newest and largest cruise ship, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, christened by its long-legged Godmothers and a blessing for a smooth sailing from Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
"So bless this ship, the Norwegian Breakaway. Bless its equipment, its crew and all who will sail upon it. Protect them from the dangers of wind and rain and all the perils of the deep," Dolan said.
When the Breakaway leaves New York, it really won't leave it behind. Entertainment includes the Broadway show "Rock of Ages". Most notably, its New York-centric, eye-popping hull artwork is the creation of pop icon Peter Max.
"It's a big thrill," Max said. "I still have to let it sink in."
It's also a thrill for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said that Breakaway is adding to the growth of the $200 million cruise sector.
"We're confident that the Breakaway will attract thousands more visitors who will embark right here on Pier 88 every single week," Bloomberg said.
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan, a native New Yorker and former cab driver, said it couldn't get more New York.
"Those who want to have a New York experience, this is your ship," he said.
The Breakaway sails to Bermuda this summer, followed by cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean this fall.