(NEW YORK) — The cruise industry’s been in the news a lot recently, but not for good reasons. Carnival Cruise Line in particular has had more than its fair share of bad press, starting with the stranding at sea of passengers for five days on the Carnival Triumph and continuing until this week when two passengers on the Carnival Sunshine in Australia went missing.
But finally, some good news for cruise enthusiasts: Wednesday’s christening of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway marked the entry of the newest mega ship to the industry. It’s also good news for its home port of New York City: Breakaway is the largest ship ever to call the Big Apple home.
Mega ships are often called floating cities, and this floating city has taken much of its inspiration from what some call the world’s greatest city. Being on Breakaway is a little like being in a fantasized version of the Big Apple itself, if the Big Apple could possibly be contained on a 4,000 passenger pleasure cruise the length of three and a half football fields.
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Robert Patten, EastIdahoNews.com
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