Add NCL Breakaway to your Cruise Bucket List

Are you ready?

Especially if you are nearby the northeast, then GET READY because the tri-state area is becoming home to an amazing new Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise Ship! How about a few teasing tidbits? A picture is worth a thousand words.

Cabins– modern design throughout. From interior cabins to the Havens Owners Suite, the decor is warm, crisp and clean using inviting colors.

 

If you are a single cruiser, dont forget NCL has roomy studio cabins just for you!

How GREAT is this Aqua Park? You KNOW You have to add Norwegian Breakaway to your Cruise Bucket List! And, tell your friends & family, they will want to go with you!

And an AQUA PARK just for kids!

Spa? Oh yeah! 

First Salt Spa Room at Sea – 

Norwegian Breakaway SPA will boast 22 treatment rooms and feature 50 plus signature services for men and women including Elemis signature facials like the luxurious 24 Karat Gold Facial– massages such as the Thai Herbal Poultice Massage, the Bamboo Massage and the Freestyle™ massage; and two bliss®services: the bliss® triple oxygen treatment and the bliss® fatgirlslim. Norwegian Breakaway will also be offering acupuncture, teeth whitening and cosmetic medical treatments, performed by a licensed medi-spa doctor.

Cuisine- “Geoffrey Zakarian” – Need we say More?

Iron Chef to launch Norwegian’s first ever seafood restaurants

Norwegian Breakaway is where history will happen as Food Network star, Iron Chef and New York City restaurateur, Geoffrey Zakarian, launches Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian. Our first-ever fine-dining seafood experience will also be a first for Chef Zakarian, who will bring his 25 plus years of award-winning style and passion for fine cuisine to Norwegian Cruise Line with a restaurant highlighting his attention to detail not only in the kitchen but throughout the dining room as well. Guests will be treated to a menu of refined seafood items prepared with the highest quality ingredients, a stellar wine list and of course, Zakarian’s signature cocktails. Oceanside during the daytime hours, Ocean Blue on The Waterfront, where every table enjoys the breeze and views of the sea, will serve up casual “beachy” fare referencing Zakarian’s love for classic shore favorites. And right beside Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian is The Raw Bar, Zakarian’s take on his perfect meal – oysters and a glass of wine. Offering fresh crustaceans, crudos, shellfish and extensive wines by the glass, this bar allows guests to pull up for a snack or a meal, solo or with friends and simply enjoy the best that the ocean has to offer. In addition to creating all-new food and beverage menus and signature dishes for all three dining venues, Geoffrey Zakarian will meet-and-greet guests and provide intimate cooking experiences for smaller groups on select sailings.*taken from breakaway.ncl.com Along with Ocean Blue will be the classic CAGNEY’S Steakhouse, Wasabi Sushi Bar, Savor, Le Bistro, Taste, Teppanyaki, The Manhattan Room AND MORE! 

Entertainment at its Finest!

 

                                                       

Breakaway will begin weekly summer seven-day cruises to Bermuda on Sunday, May 12, 2013.  And October 2013 through April 2014, the ship will offer voyages from  Manhattan to the Bahamas & Florida and the Southern Caribbean.

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Cruise from Manhattan & Brooklyn Cruise Ports – Immerse Yourself in NYC Culture

New York Cruising *One of the TOP 5 Cruise Ports in the U.S.”

It began in the 1930’s at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal – originally called, “Passenger Ship Terminal” and continues to remain the primary cruise port for trans-Atlantic crossings from Europe.  Cunard, Princess, Norwegian & Carnival cruise lines name just a few lines that sail out of New York.  From Pier 84 – Pier 94, Ocean Liners came and docked. The stretch of piers became known as “Luxury Liner Row”.

SS Normandie called upon NY in 1935, followed by Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. In the 1960’s the resurgence of cruising and popularity of Bermuda became evident.  In the 70’s the Manhattan Cruise Terminal underwent renovations leading it to continue on its historical role as a passenger cruise terminal.

Not only do cruise ships sail out of NYC, making it very convenient for north east travelers, but there are many cruise lines that call on the city of Manhattan as well– NY is an integral port of call for more than a dozen cruise lines.  Area attractions in Manhattan draw many.  From world-class cuisine to food trucks (street vendors) passengers will find some of the finest fare in the world in NY. Looking for culture and Night life, look no further.  Are you a Museum aficionado, you will find many to suit your eye!

Always want to go to a Broadway Show, maybe a Musical, or how about a visit to Strawberry Fields in Central Park? A nearby stop in Chinatown or Little Italy for an authentic feel of downtown Manhattan?

Come Visit Brooklyn, NY you will be amazed!

So, in plain words – [some] Cruise ships GOT TOO BIG for NYC! Onward to Brooklyn, NY – You will love what Brooklyn has to offer.

Brooklyn is derived from the Dutch word for broken land, Breukelen. By 1860 Brooklyn was an international industrial center and was the third largest city in the United States of America.  Brooklyn is the leading icon of the American city [today]. From Brownstones to Mansions, 100s of houses of worship and the many different ethnic neighborhoods to sample authentic fare-the eateries will delight; there is something for everyone to fall in love with in Brooklyn, New York. Tour Park Slope, there are many walking tours to chose from.

Immerse yourself in Brooklyn, your heart will take over from there!  Peek here: http://www.visitbrooklyn.org/   Stage your Wedding at The Brooklyn Botanical Garden http://www.bbg.org/ for one of the most beautiful, unique and amazing weddings ever. Visit parks, beaches and famous amusement parks- a visit to Coney Island amusement park can fulfill much of your NY Bucket list- and you too can say you have been to the home of Nathans!

 A Cruise from or to New York will promise to be one of your MOST memorable! 

The Top WHY’S to Book a Cruise

Is Cruising For YOU?

Cruising is for everyone. The old-world charm and grandeur of ocean liners lead many to have a skewed view of what a modern cruise will be. Cruising the vast ocean in high style when ladies wore their finest still exists, but as soon as you step foot onto a cruise ship these days, the choice is yours. Whether you go high style and formal and relive the bygone era that my Grand Parents lived or you toss the gowns and baubles overboard for the duration of your vacation. Cruise lines offer passengers everything. If you’re not feeling the main dining room, check out the buffets and room service for a casual evening at your own pace.

Here I tell you the Top “WHY’S”;

Why a Cruise is the best choice of travel.

Unpack once. We classify this under “Luxury”. You might not realize it until you experience it but there is nothing more appreciated when travelling from place to place to only have to unpack one time! Ahhh, “Luxury”, even for the un-spoiled.

  • Lose the hassle of living out of your tiny 24×15 case and hailing taxi transportation as you effort to go from place to place- city to city or plane hop island to Caribbean Island. Sounds tiring, doesn’t it? It is tiring and you often wonder why you need a vacation from your vacation. Cruising allows you a wonderful nightlife on board as your cruise ship takes you to your next port of call. The simplicity of cruising allows the passenger to visit multiple places without the hassles or arranging transportation to and from each place you visit.
  •  Cruising is a wonderful value for your dollar. Both the budget-minded and luxury traveler have ample choices of stateroom. Inside staterooms suit some, where suites and staterooms with balconies suit others. Cruise lines are even getting savvy to the SOLO Traveler and single accommodations are emerging. Included in your Cruise Fare- deliciously prepared Food, Top notch Entertainment you might not be able to afford at home, and transportation to each island. Alcohol, soda packages, Internet, professional pictures, specialty restaurants and excursions are an additional cost if you have interest there. Then, of course there are Luxury Cruise Lines that offer all-inclusive which typically will include your Lattes, alcohol and even sparkling water.
  • Ports of Call, Yeah! Where can you go to sleep in one country and wake up in another? ‘Nuff said! Imagine yourself trekking around and visiting ancient ruins like El Morro one day and the next waking up to a NEW port of call to go snorkeling while visiting the perfect white sand beach and top reef’s! It just can’t be done at a land based resort or all inclusive. Cruising…..there is a mystique about it, AI’s cannot compete.
  • Downtime. You create your holiday away on a Cruise. Do as much or as little as you want. Bingo, no bingo. Learn how to napkin fold, or not. There is usually a  fun Scavenger hunt, is this for you? Or, as CruiseDivaNJ likes to do, find the perfect lounge chair for your day at Sea and R E L A X, before that SPA appointment.
  • Kids Clubs & activities– and don’t forget the kids! Not only are there kids clubs, but that Rock Wall is not just for the adults.

How many more WHY’S do you need to book your Cruise holiday?

Cruising & Travelling With Little Ones

Travelling with little ones? 

When do you travel abroad with babies and toddlers?  Is seeing London and seeing France, going to Castles in Ireland and ruins in Greece memorable for little ones? Is packing and unpacking (diapers come to mind, as well as stuff to occupy baby/toddler) on your journey tiresome?

I have two feelings; the first is that any time spent showing your little ones knew things is awesome, but when do children have a genuine understanding and appreciation for history, culture, architecture and travelling the world? When does it make sense, for you?

I also have the belief that true desire to travel to these places should be from within, from things learned and books read and with heightening excitement, so it will be a learning experience and be enjoyed and remembered.  A time only you as a parent will know, a time when your child can help “plan” the journey with you and be an integral part- when they can read some things about your destination, understand them and show excitement.  Can they appreciate Mondsee, Austria where the cloister church was used for the site of the wedding in The Sound of Music? [at the very least, can they watch a movie like the Sound of Music and “relate” to it on your journey?] Maybe for your child it is 6 or 8 years old, maybe for others it is much older.
We didn’t travel to far off exotic places when my children were young but we took this time in their young lives to take trips that would appeal more to what their age was at the time.  A weekend at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania seemed apropos at a year and two years old. Being from the northeast, longer trips included places like Montauk and the Hamptons, Virginia/Washington, DC, Upstate NY,  the Pennsylvania Dutch area, Disney World and Florida beaches, and Myrtle Beach just to name a few.  By the time my children were in their teens they had also been to at least 15 Caribbean islands, Bermuda a few times and Puerto Rico. Needless to say they love to Cruise and love learning about the culture on the different islands- through the people on the islands.

When older children are asked about their family vacations from when they were under 5 years old they recall and reply from pictures and stories they have seen and heard through their developing years. When asked specifics about a particular holiday away they can reply with events that impacted them; like they remembered “being sick” or they remember the “big airplane” or the lady who gave them a “sweet treat”.

Cruising is a wonderful Holiday away for every age.  A huge Ship will never be just a memory from stories and pictures. The kids clubs on board most cruise lines offer activities to delight every age.  Excursions tailored and can be age appropriate.  Ask us for the deets on a specific cruiseline kids club and we’ll get the info back atcha’! For you it might be DISNEY Cruise Line, or maybe Royal Caribbean Oasis/Allure with 28,000 square feet dedicated to children and teens (ages 6 months to 11) and a Teen club up to 17. Whatever your needs, Windsor Crown Travel will find you a cruise to fit all your expectations!

A Cruise Holiday will be the greatest holiday away memory for your entire family!

Planning is half the fun! Contact us today!

Upgrades to Radiance of the Seas

Dining Spiced Up!

Dining on board Royal Caribbeans Radiance of the Seas affords the cruise passenger a lot more variety & options. Now more like Oasis and Allure in a mini version.

Options on board Radiance of the Seas, include, Asian Izumi; expect sashimi sushi and for those that prefer their food “cooked” there is a nice array of hot rocks…

Ritas…mexican. A happy place…

Dog House on Deck 11, popular w. families.

Chefs table…gives the passenger an opportunity to interact with the chefs table mgr…

Samba is most popular being on deck 12 with excellent scenery…

Giovannis Table… described as an Italian Trattoria, sure to be a hit with all.

Check out this video:

http://www.oasisoftheseas.com/video.php?embed=IzMGd0Mjq4mVAhULsrKRFN1TmPLEPy2U