‘Project Breakaway’ started taking shape earlier this week with Kevin Sheehan, CEO Norwegian Cruise Line, presenting the first look of balcony and mini-suite staterooms for their two new ship builds.
More than 1,000 travel partners were privy to the designs at Vacation.com’s annual conference in Las Vegas with thousands more observing via a webcast.
Norwegian’s two new next generation ‘Freestyle Cruising’ ships are scheduled for delivery in April 2013 and April 2014 and will offer capacity for up to 4,000 passengers.
Dubbed ‘Project Breakaway’, the ships are set to incorporate the best of the best from Norwegian’s current fleet of ships.
“The overall design theme for Project Breakaway’s staterooms is ‘modern boutique hotel meets the sea’. We strongly considered the overall needs of our guests when designing these staterooms and wanted them to be greeted with an ambience that is warm and inviting and have a very contemporary feel with clean, modern lines,” said Mr Sheehan.
“We also wanted to maximize the use of space within the staterooms, so that our guests are as comfortable as possible and storage space is well planned throughout.”
Each ‘Project Breakaway’ ship will offer 1,024 balcony staterooms and 238 mini-suites accented with a hint of colour, rich paneling and warm tones.
Balcony staterooms will feature a king-size bed complete with pillow top mattress and leather tufted headboard along with a sofa bed.
Storage is paramount in the designs presented with touches such as lighted recesses above each bed conveniently sized to fit books for those still reading the ‘old fashioned way’ or even electronic reading devices for those hi-tech aficionados.
Additional storage is also available beneath the 26-inch built in flat screen television, in the vanity area and via the full-size wardrobe accessibly via sliding doors.
Ambience is created via the LED lighting surrounding the ceiling perimeters and energy efficiency is ensured with key cards controlling lighting in each stateroom.
Balcony bathrooms are generously spaced with ample shelving and an enclosed vanity beneath the sink offering an additional storage option.
Mini-suites will offer passengers a more spacious version of the balcony stateroom with a larger bathroom incorporating a double sink, additional storage space and an oversized shower complete with rain shower head, multiple body spray jets and separate handheld shower head.
Norwegian Cruise Line has clearly been listening to their fans in regards to the changes with many complaining of such features as the clouded-glass bathroom doors on their newest liner, Epic.
UK design group Priestmangoode will be working alongside Tillberg Design of Sweden to design the staterooms after they won several awards for their design of the first staterooms designed specifically for solo travellers on Norwegian Epic.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: Natalie Aroyan