Norwegian Cruise Line hosted a christening ceremony in Miami, Florida, for its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, with more than 3,500 guests in attendance and a special performance by godmother and Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson.
Guests for the pier-side ceremony at Port Miami enjoyed a showcase of the company’s onboard entertainment, including Choir of Man and the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots.
Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line; and Harry Sommer, incoming president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, welcomed attendees and spoke on the company’s history and commitment to Miami, the new ship’s amenities, and their gratitude for all those who contribute to the guest experience on board Norwegian Encore.
“Norwegian Cruise Line has been sailing from Miami for over 50 years,” said Del Rio. “We were the first to offer weekly cruises to the Caribbean from Miami, which shaped the city’s reputation as the cruise capital of the world. Five years ago, we launched our history-making Breakaway Plus class and today, we are proud to christen Norwegian Encore, the final ship of this class and a true representation of the evolution of the brand, right here in our hometown of Miami.”
After the traditional blessings, Clarkson officially christened Norwegian Encore with the champagne bottle break across the ship’s hull. Guests were then treated to a live performance of Clarkson’s Miss Independent, Stronger, Since U Been Gone and other chart-topping hits.
This milestone marks the closing of the company’s Breakaway Plus class ships, which first debuted in Miami with the introduction of Norwegian Escape in 2015. Norwegian Escape, Joy, Bliss and now Encore, introduced new onboard experiences including racetracks and open-air laser tag arenas, new gaming and virtual reality complexes, and creative culinary offerings.
Norwegian Encore is now offering seven-day voyages to the eastern Caribbean from Miami; and will offer Bermuda, Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning 22 April 2020; and voyages to the western Caribbean from Miami beginning 12 December 2020. In the spring of 2021, she will make her West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle.
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