NCL revealed last week that a third Breakaway-class ship will debut, in fall 2015. It’s currently called Breakaway Plus in reference to its added girth — the 163,000-ton, 4,200-passenger ship will be some 11 percent larger than its 146,600-ton, 4,000-passenger half-sisters, Norwegian Breakaway (2013) and Norwegian Getaway (2014).
Announcing a cruise ship’s name usually comes well after the contract is signed, but that hasn’t stopped us from encouraging Cruise Critic’s Facebook Fans to offer preliminary suggestions. Readers may remember, too, that “Breakaway” and “Getaway” emerged from a USA Today naming contest to a cacophony of “Ughs,” “Terribles!” and “OMG, how awfuls!” The cruising world seemed pained to see the word “break” associated with a ship.
For the third try, many readers suggested the more amenable Norwegian Sailaway or Norwegian Dreamaway.
And, because cruising is about escape, Norwegian Escape was another well-represented choice. (It was also one of the original naming contest finalists — and the highest vote-getter in our poll.)
Sincere suggestions aside, there was a healthy dose of creative snark. Norwegian OutaTheWay!!!!! was offered by Sheila Dupras, an obvious allusion to Breakaway’s New York City theme and Norwegian’s Big-Apple-loving CEO, Kevin Sheehan. Norwegian Castaway and Norwegian Stowaway, two names that would trigger strokes in Norwegian’s creditors if they were to ever see the light of day, also surfaced.
How about “After-this-cruise-how-much-will-I-weigh?” suggested Joel Bramble. Other commenters had music on the mind. Doo-Wop fan Joel Pierson is hoping for Norwegian A-Weemaway, while Rolling Stones acolyte Marylou Collins suggested Norwegian Kissaway. Philomena Kiernan looked to popular film for inspiration, proposing Norwegian RunAwaaaay!!! as a tribute to Monty Python.
But no name can sum up the cruising experience, to Facebooker Michael Lloyd at least, like the Norwegian Relax-a-lator. Right?
Breakaway’s hull is being designed by Peter Max. But what if Pablo Picasso was commissioned instead?
Follow along on our NCL’s Project Breakaway page.
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