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Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Concepts and Venues on Norwegian Newbuilds

The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place will debut on the new Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

The Waterfront, described as a “quarter mile boardwalk” on both sides of the ship, spans a majority of Deck 8 and will feature five outdoor “boardwalk-like” dining opportunities, with seating both outside and inside.

The outside venues have been designed so wind should not be a factor.

678 Ocean Place is a central complex on Decks 6, 7 and 8, which will be the hub of the ship, with 17 dining options, 12 bars and lounges, an 18,000 square foot casino, entertainment venues and retail outlets, said Maria Miller, senior vice president of marketing for Norwegian.

The line will also introduce its own seafood restaurant for the first time, Ocean Blu, on the new ships, in addition to a raw bar, sushi restaurant and Ocean Blu on the Waterfront, with dining outside on Deck 8.

The line will bring Cagney’s and Moderno back on the new ships, with indoor and outdoor seating

Additionally will be the Manhattan Room, a multi-level dining and dancing venue with huge windows.

With two new 144,000-ton ships under construction, Norwegian will add another 4,000 berths with Norwegian Breakaway in April, 2013, and another 4,000 in April 2014 with the Norwegian Getaway, which the company may take delivery of a month earlier than planned, said Kevin Sheehan, CEO.

The first of the sister ships, the Norwegian Breakaway, will sail year-round from New York starting May, 2013.


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