Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway’s Construction and Maiden Voyage to be Showcased on “Mighty Ships”

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Premieres This Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 7 pm on Discovery Canada

Mighty Ships

“Norwegian Breakaway is a spectacular vessel and we are honored that Discovery Canada chose our ship as the first ever in their history to document her construction, in addition to showcasing our first sailing with guests onboard.”

Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship launched in May in New York, will be featured in a special two-part event on the season premiere of Discovery Canada’s popular show “Mighty Ships.” For the start of its seventh season, “Mighty Ships” will air part one at 7 pm ET on Sunday, November 10, 2013, showcasing the ship’s first voyage, followed by a second hour at 8 pm ET with a “Mighty Ships” first, a full episode chronicling the construction of the vessel at the shipyard.

“Norwegian Breakaway is a spectacular vessel and we are honored that Discovery Canada chose our ship as the first ever in their history to document her construction, in addition to showcasing our first sailing with guests onboard,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “The two-part special will give viewers a glimpse into the incredible process of building and launching a cruise ship and I am so proud of everyone on our team for making the launch of the ship an incredible success.”

The first episode – The Voyage -- takes viewers on the maiden transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York. The crew is challenged with making sure the cruise is smooth sailing for the more than 3,000 guests onboard and must ensure that the first-ever performance of the Broadway show Rock of Ages and the ship’s first fireworks show at sea are delivered flawlessly.

The second part – The Build – chronicles the building of Norwegian Breakaway in a special behind the scenes look. Viewers are transported to Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany as the various stages of construction are highlighted from keel laying to sea trials and delivery. Norwegian’s CEO Kevin Sheehan is featured as he visits the shipyard on numerous occasions and discusses his plans for the ship. Both episodes are expected to air in the United States and internationally in the coming months.

To celebrate the premiere, Norwegian Cruise Line is offering a special two-day bonus for Canadian residents who book a cruise on Norwegian Breakaway or her sister ship Norwegian Getaway. New reservations made for either of these ships on November 11 and 12, 2013 will receive a $100 on-board credit per stateroom. Canadian residents should contact their travel professional to take advantage of this offer.

Norwegian Breakaway is the largest ship to homeport year-round in New York City and is sailing weekly seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida with stops in Orlando and the Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida; Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. In the summer, the ship sails weekly to Bermuda. To book a cruise on Norwegian Breakaway, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 800-327-7030 or visit More information on the two-part special of “Mighty Ships” can be found online.

About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 47-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to “Cruise Like a Norwegian” on one of 12 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the sixth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” and “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards.

The Company took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway on April 25, 2013 and was named “Best New Ship” by the editors of Cruise Critic and received six gold Travel Weekly Magellan Awards including the Contemporary, Large Cruise Ship and Pool Design categories. Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city and includes hull art by legendary artist Peter Max; seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian; bakery by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss;” and fitness classes and a retrospective display from the ship’s iconic godmothers, the Rockettes®. The entertainment lineup includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor and Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy.

Sister ship Norwegian Getaway, currently under construction at Meyer Werft, will be the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami and will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February. The Company also has two larger vessels on order: Norwegian Escape with delivery scheduled in the fall of 2015; and Norwegian Bliss with delivery in the spring of 2017.

The Company’s largest ship, the 4,100 passenger Norwegian Epic has been named “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row and “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic.

Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert; and the official cruise line partner of The GRAMMY Awards and is an official partner of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall.

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