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The new OBA Government has received a ringing endorsement from New York Mayor and longtime Bermuda resident Michael Bloomberg.

The city chief said that the Island had been transformed since Craig Cannonier and the One Bermuda Alliance swept into office last December.

And in an undisguised dig at the previous Progressive Labour Party administration, Mayor Bloomberg said that the change in Bermuda's fortunes since the last general election was “like night and day”.

Mayor Bloomberg was speaking in New York at the christening ceremony of the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway, which is making its maiden voyage to Bermuda next week.

"They have a new government in Bermuda and I can just tell you, it's like night and day,” the mayor told a packed press gathering at a pier on the Hudson River.

“This has always been a wonderful island and today it is an awful lot better than before.

“It keeps getting better every time. People love this new government. And tourists will as well."

Mayor Bloomberg, who owns a property in Tucker's Town, also described Bermuda as one of the most welcoming places he had ever visited.

After complimenting Bermuda, Mayor Bloomberg was asked by Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie if he could make some similarly positive remarks about his island nation.

"Mr Prime Minister, you do not have to worry — nor Mr Premier,” Mayor Bloomberg said, acknowledging the presence of Mr Cannonier at the ceremony.

“I will spend a lot of time — particularly after the next 238 days, when I'm going to be unemployed. I'll have plenty of time to go to both your wonderful islands. And, Mr Prime Minister, I play a lot of golf both on your island and on the Premier's island. And I think it's fair to say that these two islands — and I've been to a lot of islands in my last 71 years — you are never made to feel as welcome as you are in both of these places."

The 18-deck Breakaway, which can carry 4,000 passengers, is sure to bring a taste of the Big Apple when it arrives in Bermuda next week. The ship — which will be the largest liner ever to visit the Island — is decorated with a colourful mural on the exterior hull featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

At yesterday's ceremony, the Catholic archbishop for New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, blessed the liner, while Radio City dance troupe The Rockettes provided entertainment.

On Sunday, the Breakaway begins its summer itinerary of seven-day trips to Bermuda. She will arrive at Dockyard next Wednesday, May 15. The ship will sail to the Bahamas and Florida in the winter.

Coming to Bermuda: The New York City skyline is visible beyond the upper deck of The Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, that was christened in New York yesterday. The ship has a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Dancing show: The Rockettes, best-known for dancing at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, do their signature kick line during christening ceremonies aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, in New York yesterday. The ship has a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Impressive: People pause to look at the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened at a pier on the Hudson River in New York yesterday. The ship has a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The Breakaway will visit Bermuda next week.
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO and President Kevin Sheehan talks during christening ceremonies for his new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, in New York yesterday. The ship is themed on New York City, with a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Spectacular: A large chandelier is the focal point of 678 Ocean Place aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened in New York yesterday. The ship is themed on New York City, with a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Heading to Bermuda: The Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened at a pier on the Hudson River, is docked near the 318-foot USS Growler, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York yesterday. The ship has a New York City-theme, with a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Good enough to eat: A passenger stops to photograph a cake by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened in New York yesterday. The New York-themed ship has an outpost of Vlastro's Hoboken, New Jersey, bakery, Carlo's Bake Shop. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Ready to sail: The New York City skyline is visible beyond the deck chairs aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened in New York yesterday. With a capacity of 4,000 passengers, the 18-deck vessel is the biggest cruise ship to homeport year-round in Manhattan.
Relaxing: Passengers watch a New York-themed video in the Atrium of the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened in New York yesterday. Features include a water park with five water slides including free fall slides, plus a three-story sports complex with nine-hole mini-golf, a basketball court and rock-climbing wall. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Looking up: A large chandelier is the focal point of 678 Ocean Place, aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened in New York yesterday. The ship is themed on New York City, with a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Tasty: Cary Gilbert, right, of North Brunswick, New Jersey, eats a hotdog from a New York style cart aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened on the Hudson River in New York yesterday. The ship is themed on New York City, with a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop for New York, gives a blessing during christening ceremonies, aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, in New York yesterday. The ship is themed on New York City, with a colourful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The ship will visit Bermuda next week.
The Norwegian Breakaway, a new ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, sports a colourful mural of the New York City skyline by pop artist Peter Max. It was christened in New York yesterday and will sail to Bermuda next week.
The Norwegian Breakaway, a new ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, sports a colourful mural of the New York City skyline by pop artist Peter Max. It was christened in New York yesterday and will sail to Bermuda next week.
The Norwegian Breakaway, a new ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, sports a colourful mural of the New York City skyline by pop artist Peter Max. It was christened in New York yesterday and will sail to Bermuda next week.

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Published May 09, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 08, 2013 at 11:31 pm)

NYC Mayor endorses Bermuda Government at cruise ship ceremony

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