Norwegian Cruise Line hosted a christening ceremony in Miami for its newest ship, Norwegian Encore. Over 3,500 guests, ranging from travel partners, investors, government officials, media, and family and friends, were invited to the ceremony at PortMiami.
During the ceremony, guests enjoyed a sampling of the cruise line’s onboard entertainment, which included “Choir of Man” and the Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots.” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings; Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line; and Harry Sommer, incoming president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, welcomed attendees and spoke about the new ship and its amenities.
After the traditional blessings, honorary godmother and Grammy Award-winning artist, Kelly 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 others.
This christening also marked the closing of cruise line’s Breakaway Plus class, which first debuted in Miami with the introduction of Norwegian Escape in 2015. Norwegian Escape, Joy, Bliss and now Encore, offer the world’s only racetracks and open-air laser tag arenas on a cruise; gaming and virtual reality complexes; and new culinary offerings.
Norwegian Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning November 24, 2019; Bermuda, and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning April 22, 2020; and voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning December 12, 2020. In the spring of 2021, Norwegian Encore will make its West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle.