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Top 10: Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Ship Rocks

For those who enjoy Devo and the Go-Gos and want to channel their inner Madonna or David Lee Roth, you'll find the '80s party on the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship the best party ever at sea.

 But that's just one of the highlights of this action-packed ship, built to please New Yorkers, as I discovered during a two-day preview cruise from the Big Apple.

Here are my top 10 things to do on Norwegian Breakaway (in no particular order):

 Enjoy a Dawg: Grab a free New York-style hot dog from a cart on The Waterfront, the ship's extra wide oceanfront promenade – lined with bars and eateries – and munch while you take a stroll.

Head bob at "Rock of Ages": This hit Broadway show won't be everyone's cup of tea – it's raunchy, full of sexual innuendo and four-letter words. Still, it far surpasses typical cruise ship fare.

Party like it's 1989: The '80s deck party held at the adults-only Spice H2O open-air nightclub is a kick and a half – pure nostalgia.

Awe at Fireworks: Plus, during the deck party, there's a full fireworks display over the Atlantic. Impressive!

Get wet at the AquaPark: Five vibrantly colored slides twist and lunge above the ship, a true water park bringing thrills and chills – including two slides that plunge you at speeds of up to 33 m.p.h.

Walk the Plank: The largest ropes course at sea, in the ship's three-deck sports complex, brings bragging rights with this walkway – eight feet out over and many, many feet above the sea.

Pig out on cannoli: Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC series Cake Boss, has a small branch of his Carlo's Bakery on Breakaway, the treats also sold in the atrium coffee shop. Yummy cannolis, $3 a pop.

Hanging at 678: At 678 Ocean Place (the hub of the ship on decks 6, 7 and 8), you can stroll from restaurants, to bars, to clubs, to the casino, or just hang out and people-watch. Its Times Square at sea.

Dine with an "Iron Chef": Geoffrey Zakarian's Ocean Blue eatery aboard Breakaway is a splurge at $35 p.p. So are rich dishes such as scallops with pork belly. But sharing a banquette in this contemporary setting is downright romantic – and tasty too.

Kick with the Rockettes: The ship's godmothers have a presence onboard that includes Rockettes-inspired dance classes and exercise classes too – you do a lot of loosening the hamstrings and hip flexibility routines (you need that to kick).




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Avatar  John Pond 12 months ago

I wish you well on your new site.
In light of recent "overboard" events down under, my blog may be of interest, JP
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Avatar  John Pond 12 months ago

In light of recent events down under, you may find my blog of interest. (I wish you well on your new site).JP
http://johnpondworld.com/2013/05/11/virtually-impossible-to-fall-off-a-cruise-ship/

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