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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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

NCL Sky – You Need Sushi Too

 

I love Sushi and Sashimi, there is NO denying it. I am a happily admitted Sushi-Snob.  I eat Sushi at least once a week at our local Sushi restaurant, they obviously greet us by name and customize our orders.

Highlights of the making of a Sushi Snob.  

I started off slow. I would meet my husband for lunch here in Princeton and we would get take out. Something like typical and plain California rolls. And, it grew into an obsession. So long ago,probably a decade back.  Sometimes I would look at the specialty area in the local supermarket and I would watch the sushi rolls being rolled, I knew this was not for me. I must have my white seaweed or soy paper.  I must be confident in the chef that handles my fish. We must become good friends.  I will learn where he was trained and where they obtain their fish from. Very shortly thereafter we noticed a small place open locally. We investigated. We interviewed. We took a leap. A decade later I call them my “sushi-family”.

The wait for some real, quality, GOOD “On-Board” Sushi for us was long. We would NEED to have a special sushi-dinner the night before we embarked on every Cruise, as we knew there would not be acceptable sushi [only buffet] on board. For us, although it might have been available on cruise lines we didn’t sail on, but I would doubt that 10 years ago other lines offered quality sashimi, it then it turned up on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager-Class ships.  We just could not bring ourselves to eating Buffet Sushi, although I admit to sending my husband to get some for an appetizer while I was in our stateroom getting ready for dinner so we could try it.  Okay, so we tried it and declined to do it ever again. For us, there were much better calories to be had on board. We did find that Carnival Miracle provided a fairly decent array, rolled as you waited- but this barely sufficed in holding us over until we returned home either.  I would pick at it and although visually appealing, that is all it was. A trick to the palette through ones eye.

When we booked RCI’s Oasis of the Seas, I was very happy to read such wonderful reviews on IZUMI, Royal Caribbeans first Japanese Specialty Restaurant (w/ sashimi).  Not a “kiosk” called “Jade” in the middle of a buffet, or a Japanese restaurant sans the Sushi, but a Japanese that will have and serve appropriately, “RAW FISH”. I couldn’t wait.

This excited me more than the Zip Line on Oasis or the Carousel or COACH™.  Once we boarded we headed straight to Izumi to speak to the Maitre D. We confirmed our reservation and we asked if they had either white seaweed or soy paper to make our Sushi rolls with.  They were quick and eager to accommodate our request and we were assured our Sushi would be prepared the way we asked.  SCORE! I would quickly recommend Izumi on Oasis of the Seas.

Norwegian Cruiseline just announced that September 16th through October 5th, 2011 a newer Sushi menu [almost] Fleetwide, excluding NCL Sky will be rolled out.  [already realeased on EPIC]

Ten NCL ships will have a new option- “Ala carte sushi”- averaging $4.00/item.  More FREESTYLE Benefits allowing you to customize your meal.  Appetizers like edamame, miso and seaweed salad will be options. Additionally, on sea days and embarkations days Lunch will now be offerred.  Yellow fin and Blue fin are a favorite of mine as well as white tuna.  I hope they offer these! Other members of my family like salmon. I do hope when we sail on NCL that they can accommodate our sushi snobbery and offer white seaweed or soy paper!  I will be there EVERY day they are opened.