BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, July 15th 2014 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts’ pictured South East Peninsula is being used by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to advertise its Norwegian Getaway Eastern Caribbean Cruise.
Although it was not immediately known whether St. Kitts’ Port Zante is on the ship’s itinerary, for the upcoming 2014/2015 or 2015/2016 cruise ship seasons, tourism industry officials see it as a plus for St. Kitts as a thriving cruise destination.
Several Norwegian Cruise Line ships have visited St. Kitts in the past. They included Norwegian Star, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Spirit and Norwegian Dawn.
The latest were the 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic and the 4,941-passenger Norwegian Breakaway.
The Norwegian Breakaway was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, and was delivered to its owner on January 10, 2014. At the time of its christening it was the world's ninth largest cruise ship with a passenger capacity of 3,969 and a crew of 1,640.
Amenities on board the ship include restaurants by chef Geoffrey Zakarian, an entertainment venue devoted to magic called the “Illusionarium,” and another entertainment venue themed in conjunction with the Grammy Awards.
The ship is based out of Miami and mostly sails seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises. It was christened in Miami on February 7, 2014, with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders serving as godmothers. The ship departed on its maiden voyage the next day.
The Norwegian Getaway, is the sister vessel of Norwegian Breakaway, and was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line.
The name of the ship was selected in a competition, and was submitted by Dennis Hultman of Vienna, Virginia, United States. NCL expects the ship to be based out of Miami year-round. David Le Batard was commissioned by NCL to design the mural on the hull of the ship.
Entertainment on board the ship includes the "Illusionarium", an entertainment venue devoted to magic and illusion performances. It also includes a 30 feet (9.1 m) high video dome in the middle of the performance area. The water park has five slides, including a freefall drop and two twister slides located side by side in a spiral.
It began sailing from Miami later in February 2014, with cruises to Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.
In 2015, the ship will take over the Norwegian Epic's Western Caribbean run, stopping at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.
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