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April of 2013 marks a momentous moment for cruising. Norwegian Cruise Lines' newest industry leading ship, The Breakaway, sets sail for its inaugural voyage from London to its new year-round home port in New York City. The Breakaway-class ships will each by 144,017 gross tons and accommodations for approximately 4,000 passengers and she will become the Manhattan Cruise Terminal's largest ship ever to home port in the City. The Getaway, the sister ship; will set sail in spring of 2014.

NCL Breakaway

Norwegian Cruise Lines announced in 2011 that it had commissioned UK design group Priestmangoode as well as Tillberg Design of Sweden to design the vessel's new cabins. The cruise line has also revealed plans to work with popular American artist, Peter Max, to create and paint the signature hull artwork for Norwegian Breakaway. The partnership marks the first time the company has asked a well-known artist to pain the hull.

The Breakaway will set sail in April of 2013, departing from London making way towards her new home port in New York City. In May of 2013, Breakaway will set sail on a series of 22 seven-day cruises to Bermuda. Throughout the year, destinations will include Bermuda, Europe, The Caribbean, The Bahamas & Florida and transatlantic cruises as well. The staterooms and suites vary from single occupancy studios to mini-suites that accommodate up to 3 people. All of the rooms offer a modern touch and feature clean lines and calming color palates.

The on-board entertainment isn't lacking aboard The Breakaway. Norwegian has announced plans for a deck-top Aqua Park that will feature two pools, four hot tubs and a semi-open air eatery called the Breezeway Bar & Grill. The Aqua Park will also include a massive water park with five water slides. Two of the slides will feature a starting area where passengers stand above a trap door that open from underneath plunging them into a steep drop and loop. The top deck will also feature a three-story sports complex with a nine-hole mini-golf course, basketballs court and rock climbing wall. The area will also include the largest ropes course at sea. Among the ropes course will be The Plank – a platform that extends eight feet over the side of the ship, prompting passengers to "walk the plank" before they can complete the course.

No vessel is complete without an array of dining choices. The Breakaway will feature over 15 options for guests to enjoy. Celebrity chef, Geoffrey Zakarian will be opening one of the eateries called, Ocean Blue. Norwegian has promised the luxury seafood based dining experience will be "utilizing all of the ingredients and techniques that Zakarian would employ in a land-based establishment." In addition to Ocean Blue, Zakarian will also oversee an adjacent bar called The Raw Bar as well as a more casual version of Ocean Blue called Ocean Blue on The Waterfront.

Norwegian Breakaway promises to be the future of at sea entertainment. More details are being revealed about the vessel as the launch date approaches. Book and save on your vacation on The Breakaway now by clicking here.

Panama Canal The Panama Canal is an amazing experience that should not be missed. Built from 1904 through 1914, the canal acts as a key component for international maritime trade. Stretching over 48 miles, it links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Named one of the seven moderns wonders of the world, the Panama Canal is a breathtaking feat of modern engineering. Twice a year, one way cruises sail through the Canal’s impressive locks as the ships reposition themselves between the Caribbean and Alaska. A Panama Canal cruise offers travelers the best of both the east and the west.

The Canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects in the world. The Gatun Locks provide a much needed service in the Canal. The locks, which have a total of six steps, limit the maximum size of ships which can travel the canal, known as the Panamax. Together, the locks raise enormous cargo and cruise ships alike from sea level to a height of 85 feet (25.9m). Viewing the Gatun Locks is an amazing experience and one that cannot be ignored on a journey through the Canal.

Panama Canal Cruises are available with a variety of itineraries. Some offer the convenience of departing from and returning to the same port. Others offer full transit – a way to travel from one coast to the other. If you’re interested in spending more time, spend two weeks – up to 17 days – traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego or even New York City to Los Angeles. More often than not, Panama Canal Cruises are combined with other cruises back to back as a way to create longer, more diverse vacation experiences. Planning a journey has never been easier with various trip lengths; it’s possible to plan the perfect short getaway or a month long expedition.

Cruising through the Panama Canal offers a way to spend time in diverse ports throughout the Caribbean, Central America as well as South America and Mexico. “From the beauty and serenity of Fuerte Amador, Panama to the lovely shores of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, this beautiful land has delighted travelers for ages.”

There are many cruise lines that travel through the Canal, including:

There are many embarkation ports for a Panama Canal Cruise, including:

Choosing to cruise through the Panama Canal allows you to experience a modern marvel first hand. Delighting travelers for years, the Panama Canal continues to be a phenomenon worth seeing. Don’t hesitate, book your Panama Canal cruise experience today!

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