Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that a contest that it conducted from September 10 through September 24, 2013. The contest yielded the names of its two newest ships, which are part of the line's Breakaway Plus class. Introducing Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss!
The contest received over 100,000 votes from NCL fans across the world, including the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec), Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. All of those who submitted a vote for their favorite names were entered into a random drawing to win a trip for two to the first Breakaway Plus ship's (which one has not yet been announced) inaugural festivities, including round-trip coach airfare for two, ground transportation, balcony stateroom accommodations (double occupancy) and on-board meals. Winners will be announced on Tuesday October 8, 2013, on Norwegian's Facebook page.
The new Breakaway Plus ships will be the largest in the NCL fleet at approximately 163,000 gross tons and 4,200 passenger berths each. They will be similar in design to the Norwegian Breakaway, launched in May in New York and the Norwegian Getaway, scheduled to launch in January 2014 and arrive in her homeport of Miami in February. No schedule has been announced for the deployment of the Norwegian Escape or the Norwegian Bliss.
Travelers in the Charlotte area wishing to get a preview of the new ships can take the Breakaway-class ships as they are easily accessible via Charlotte's Douglas International Airport. The flights to New York and Miami are approximately two hours. Driving to each port will incur a substantially longer time period. If you would like assistance in taking a cruise on either, please contact Your Charlotte Cruise Ships Examiner at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for more cruise happenings and news in future articles. Until then, Bon Voyage!