The Rockettes® to Offer a Variety of Interactive Experiences on Norwegian Breakaway
The Rockettes, Norwegian Breakaway’s Godmothers, will offer a variety of exciting on board activities for guests to enjoy, all themed around the renowned New York dance company
New York - -Norwegian Cruise Line and MSG Entertainment today announced details of the Rockettes-inspired experiences that guests will enjoy on Norwegian Breakaway. The Rockettes, an illustrious thread in the fabric of New York, will christen Norwegian Breakaway on May 8, 2013 as the ship’s official Godmothers, further strengthening Norwegian Breakaway’s strong ties to New York. Even after the ship’s christening, the Rockettes will maintain a strong presence on all Norwegian Breakaway sailings through a variety of unique, interactive experiences. In addition, two Rockettes will be present on board during the first six sailings of Norwegian Breakaway, beginning May 12, 2013, and then on the first sailing of each month thereafter. The partnership with the Rockettes also includes Norwegian Cruise Line as the designated “Official Cruise Line” of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall, and as the “Official Partner” of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
“We are so honored that the Rockettes will christen our newest and most innovative ship and are thrilled that their presence will be felt long after the ceremony,” says Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “We are confident that our guests will enjoy interacting with the one-of-a-kind Rockettes experiences that are available on board, just one more example of how this ship will truly bring the best of NYC to sea.”
Guests sailing on Norwegian Breakaway during the first six sailings or on the first sailing of each month will have the opportunity to interact with the Rockettes during their cruise through a variety of unique experiences. While sailing on board, the Rockettes will offer three meet & greet sessions with guests, giving an exclusive opportunity to take pictures with the legendary dancers dressed in their glamorous costumes. During the cruise, the Rockettes will also host two “Speaker Series,” events where guests will have the chance to participate in question and answer sessions and learn more about this renowned New York dance company.
Active guests sailing with the Rockettes can get fit with the dancers by participating in one of three morning fitness sessions hosted by the Rockettes in the ship’s state-of-the-art Mandara Spa and Fitness Center, as well as have the opportunity to learn the Rockettes signature choreography during one of three Rockettes dance classes. Special Rockettes-inspired classes, hosted by Norwegian Breakaway’s fitness team, will also be available for guests on all Norwegian Breakaway sailings.
Guests on all Norwegian Breakaway sailings will feel the strong influence of this legendary dance company, even when the Rockettes are not physically on board. Guests on all cruises are invited to explore the “Rockettes celebratory exhibit” located in Norwegian Breakaway’s library, card room and connecting corridor. This specially-designed gallery features a look at the glamorous Rockettes costumes, photos and videos of the Rockettes including performance during some the most prominent events in the entertainment landscape.
In addition, guests on all sailings can order a “Rockettini” cocktail, previously exclusive to Radio City Music Hall during Rockettes performances, from any of Norwegian Breakaway’s bars and lounges. They can also take home authentic Rockettes-themed merchandise, which is available for purchase in the ship’s shopping complex.
Those looking for a more relaxing treatment will have the opportunity to visit the ship’s Mandara spa to pamper themselves with one of the Rockettes-inspired spa packages, available on all sailings. This exclusive menu of treatments includes facials, deep tissue massages and conditioning hair treatments, inspired by the dancers. Guests will also have the chance to capture the glamorous look of the Rockettes with a Rockettes inspired “French Twist” hair style, also offered as part of the exclusive Mandara Spa packages.
While visiting New York City, guests sailing on Norwegian Breakaway can experience, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at the Showplace of the Nation, Radio City Music Hall, home to the Rockettes, offered as part of the ship’s excursions after their cruise. As part of the tour, guests will have the chance to view Norwegian Cruise Line’s year-round display in Radio City Music Hall’s Grand Lounge, featuring an 11-foot replica of Norwegian Breakaway, along with information on the ship’s unique attributes, entertainment, dining, destinations and more.
From appearances on the Tony Awards, Project Runway, Dancing with the Stars and the Super Bowl Halftime Show to Presidential inaugurations, Fashion’s Night Out and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square with Mayor Bloomberg, the Rockettes have always been seen as strong female role models through their inspirational attributes, unparalleled style and classic glamour. The Rockettes are the epitome of teamwork and the embodiment of the belief that “together we’re better.” Each dancer achieved their lifelong dream of becoming a Rockette through hard work, determination, dedication and dreaming big. As the stars of the annual Christmas Spectacular production, the Rockettes entertain more than one million people each year and have played to 75 different cities across the country with the national touring production.
Two Rockettes will sail on board Norwegian Breakaway on the following 2013 sailing dates: May 12, 19 and 26; June 2, 9, 16; July 7, August 4, September 7, October 6, November 3 and December 1.
Designed as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will bring the best of NYC to sea when she arrives to her year-round homeport in early May 2013, offering the high-caliber dining and entertainment options that New York is known for worldwide. To date, the company has revealed the ship’s groundbreaking design, including an open-air boardwalk, The Waterfront, and 678 Ocean Place; a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that will create a whole new complex at sea that enhances guests’ connection with the ocean. Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment will include three Broadway shows: five-time Tony nominated ROCK OF AGES; the dance sensation BURN THE FLOOR; and CIRQUE DREAMS & DINNER JUNGLE FANTASY. The famed comedy troupe The Second City, Howl at the Moon dueling pianos, and New York’s own Slam Allen will perform on the vessel. Norwegian Breakaway will also feature an exciting fireworks show on every cruise that will dazzle guests on the second to last night at sea each week, and will be the grand finale of a decadent 1980s-themed deck party.
Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will also debut his first restaurant at sea on Norwegian Breakaway: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian. Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss,” will open an extension of his popular bakery, Carlo’s Bake Shop. The ship will feature a total of 28 dining options on board and an Ice Bar, which will be kept at 17 degrees Fahrenheit and feature New York City-inspired specialty cocktails, as well as ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the Chrysler Building to pay homage to New York City.
The top decks of Norwegian Breakaway will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, the first ever at sea, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more.
The ship will also feature a rich mix of stateroom options including The Haven by Norwegian, comprised of 42 Suites at the top of the ship and 18 additional Suites located throughout the ship; the innovative Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; Oceanview staterooms, Balcony and Mini-Suites; along with Spa Balcony, Mini-Suites and Suites in close proximity to the spa.
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About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 46-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 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” by the World Travel Awards for the fifth consecutive year.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic, debuted in June 2010 and 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 Blue Man Group, appearing for the first time at sea on Norwegian Epic, as well as the official cruise line of Legends in Concert, The Second City®, Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos, and Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids. Cirque Dreams? & Dinner is also featured on board Norwegian Epic as the first show of its kind at sea under a big top.
The Company has two 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, under construction for delivery in April 2013 and January 2014, along with one larger “Breakaway Plus” vessel for delivery in fall 2015. Known as New York’s ship, Norwegian Breakaway will be the largest vessel to homeport year-round in the city, sailing to Bermuda for the summer beginning May 12, 2013.
Norwegian Breakaway’s features include 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, the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February 2014. Sailings for both vessels are now on sale.
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About MSG Entertainment
MSG Entertainment is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
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