By Chris Fish
PORT CANAVERAL -- A new cruise ship will grace Brevard County's local waters Tuesday, Oct. 15, as the "Norwegian Breakaway" makes its inaugural call in Port Canaveral.
After making its debut this past May, the ship will spend the winter season cruising weekly from New York City, sailing a seven-day Bahamas and Florida itinerary.
The stops include Port Canaveral, Nassau, Bahamas and Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's private island.
"The new 'Norwegian Breakaway' is a welcomed addition to Port Canaveral, along with the thousands of visitors it brings to our community during its weekly calls from New York," said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. "We value our partnership with the Norwegian Cruise Line, and we are thrilled to have them expand their business in our community."
Mr. Walsh said the new cruise allows its guests to experience a variety of local flavors.
"Port-of-call passengers spend time in our community visiting attractions, the beach and shopping," he said. "(This gives) them a chance to experience Brevard County, and consider our area for their next vacation."
Built by MEYER WERFT GMBH, the "Norwegian Breakaway" weighs 146,000 tons, is 1,062 feet long and has a cruising speed of 22 knots.
With 18 decks, the ship can hold as many as 4,028 guests, along with its 1,595 crew members.
Legendary pop artist Peter Max designed the hull artwork.
The ship also contains 22 penthouses, 962 balconies, 16 spa suites, 162 rooms, with ocean views, and 2,014 total guest staterooms.