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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

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

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