Bloomberg, Cardinal Dolan, Radio City Rockettes Christen Massive Cruise Ship
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The largest cruise ship ever to port in New York City has officially been christened.
The 146,000-ton ocean liner is 18 stories high and 1,063 feet long, roughly the length of more than four city blocks.
The Norwegian Breakaway features 18 decks and can accommodate 4,000 passengers.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg stopped aboard with the Radio City Rockettes on Wednesday afternoon to help christen the massive ship.
“With the legendary Peter Max’s paintings of iconic New York scenes decorating its hull,” Bloomberg said at Pier 88. “With great dining available in the New York-inspired Manhattan Room, and with the Broadway hit ‘Rock Of Ages’ on board.”
The mayor added that it’ll be as though the passengers aboard the big ship have never left New York behind.
The cruise-liner features a restaurant from Geoffrey Zakarian and an ice bar with a replica Brooklyn Bridge made of ice.
The Rockettes will offer dance lessons aboard the ship.
Atop the vessel are more water slides than any other ship and the first-ever onboard ropes course.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan blessed the ship earlier in the day and, as usual, did not leave his sense of humor at home.
“On this beautiful spring day … I obviously prepared this prayer yesterday,” Cardinal Dolan quipped.
The Breakaway makes its maiden voyage Wednesday night. It’s a two-day cruise to nowhere.
The ship will make weekly trips to Bermuda starting this weekend.
The Breakaway will add approximately $35 million to the local economy each year.
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