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Breakaway would happily visit Bermuda “forever” — if the Island would allow its on-board casino to run while the ship is in port.

As it is, however, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan said Bermuda has thus far received “great reviews” from passengers of the luxury liner.

“We’d love to see a few more excursions, maybe beach-related or exploration, a few more alternatives,” Mr Sheehan conceded. “But the Island has done a good job of coming up with an assortment of things to do.”

He said Norwegian intended for the giant vessel, the biggest of its kind to call on Bermuda, to continue visiting the Island for years to come.

However, he added: “People love to spend the day off the ship shopping and then in the evening they come back on. But then the pulse of the ship really drops because we’re not allowed to open our casino.

“To me, I can’t understand why it’s even a point of view for Bermuda, because it’s only for people on the ship. It’s something we need to try and solve. We’ve been talking about it all the way back three or four premiers ... if that happened, we would come there forever.”

He added: “If the country doesn’t want gambling, I respect that.”

But he said it would make no sense having locals coming on board the ship to avail gaming.

Asked how the Island could benefit from a ship with such an enormous range of entertainment already offered on board, Mr Sheehan said the structure of the cruises from New York “works perfectly for Bermuda”.

During the trip down from New York, he said, “passengers get plenty of time to experience the ship — and then they get an amount of time to experience Bermuda”.

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Breakaway service in 2011 hadn’t required any special guarantees from the Island, the Norwegian Cruise President added.

“It was a bigger ship than Bermuda had ever had, and your government was very hopeful but also cautious. It was different from other markets where we felt we had the ability to push.”

A lifelong fan of the Island, Mr Sheehan saw no issue between the low-cost product of the cruise holiday and Bermuda as a high-end destination.

“It’s high-end — and it’s beautiful. I was on the first sailing — as we were pulling in, seeing the beautiful waters and then the Island itself, you couldn’t not feel good. It’s so different from so many other destinations that we have.”

Useful website: www.ncl.com.

'Great reviews' for Bermuda from Breakaway passengers: Norwegian Cruise Lines CEO Kevin Sheehan on board the luxury cruise liner.
The Norwegian Breakaway guided by Bermuda pilot warden Rudolph Cann makes her way to Heritage Wharf for her first arrival to Bermuda. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published June 07, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 06, 2013 at 11:18 pm)

Breakaway visitors love Island, boss would like on-board gaming

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