Norwegian Breakaway UK Debut
A very early start on the 29th April 2013, as the brand new Norwegian Breakaway was scheduled to arrive for 7.15am, bringing the VTS time forward forty-five minutes while NCL had her scheduled for 9am.  The 146,600grt ship is smaller than Epic yet encompasses many things featured on her, plus much more.  Correcting Epic's mistakes while enhancing other things.  She was delivered to NCL in Bremerhaven on the 25th April.  From there she sailed to Rotterdam, arriving on the 26th.  I saw her there but was unable to stay for the departure on her jolly.  She returned two days later and then set sail with the first fare paying passengers, NCL bods and journalists to Southampton.  Unlike Epic, she was only scheduled to stay one night before heading to New York.  We walked down and surprisingly, only four people, including us, had turned out but it was very early.  Like me, one of the others would be boarding for the transatlanic.  Disappointingly she didn't blast her horn until responding to a Red Funnel ferry.  Unlike Epic, who had gone to the Upper Swinging Ground to turn before docking, Breakaway turned at the Lower Swinging Ground by Ocean Dock then went astern to City Terminal.  Meanwhile it was that time of years when the swans are nesting.
To see photos of Norwegian Breakaway sailing from Southampton, click here.  Pictures of her in Rotterdam on the 26th April can be found here.

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© Patricia Dempsey 29th April 2013
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