On March 22, 2012, Norwegian Breakaway’s youth and teen spaces were unveiled at an event held in partnership with Conde Nast Traveler. Close to 100 hundred travel partners and media were in attendance, along with Norwegian’s CEO Kevin Sheehan, Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Andy Stuart, and Senior Vice President of Marketing, Maria Miller.
At the event, Norwegian revealed the new names for the fleetwide youth and teen programs, which were ch
osen through the line’s Up2U naming contest. “Splash Academy” is the new name for the enhanced youth program and “Entourage” is the new moniker for the revitalized teen program. Names were also selected for the four age groups within the youth program: Guppies for ages 2 and under; Turtles for ages 3 to 5; Seals for ages 6 to 9; and Dolphins for ages 10 to 12.
Norwegian also revealed that Norwegian Breakaway will debut the largest youth and teen dedicated facilities in the fleet. For the first time, the youth area, Splash Academy, will feature areas designed specifically for three specific age groups and will span two decks. It will also be conveniently located adjacent to Norwegian Breakaway’s family-friendly staterooms. Teens will have a dedicated space called Entourage, located at the top of the ship on Deck 16. Babies and toddlers under age three, along with their parents, will also have their own dedicated play space with activities.
The highlight of the event was when Kevin Sheehan was grilled about the new program by 10-year-old Charlie, son of Conde Nast Traveler Consumer Travel Editor Wendy Perrin. She is a fan of Norwegian and had recently sailed on Norwegian Star. Her son, a fan of Norwegian’s former youth program, interviewed Kevin about the offerings in the new program. Charlie’s brother, Doug, 8, also joined in when he helped a clown from Hilario Productions with some special circus acts. Hilario Productions will be providing circus classes on board as part of the enhanced program. Special thanks to Brenn, Gina and Chris from Hilario for their performances during the event.
Check out the family video montage showing the new program, here (link to video on Youtube). For more on Norwegian’s family offerings can be found at www.ncl.com/family.