Pitbull will name the vessel during a ceremony at PortMiami on 9 November (Image: Randall Slavin)
Norwegian Cruise Line has bucked long-standing cruise industry tradition by naming international recording artist Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, as godfather for Norwegian Escape.
Marking a departure from the traditionally female role of cruise ship godmother, Pitbull will serve as the honorary guest and headline performer at Norwegian Escape's 9 November christening at PortMiami, US. Pitbull, who previously performed at Norwegian Getaway’s February 2014 christening and supplies his signature Voli vodka brand across the Norwegian fleet, will name the ship alongside the line’s president Andy Stuart and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.’s CEO Frank Del Rio.
“Pitbull has been an excellent partner and great friend to Norwegian Cruise Line,” said Stuart. “A Miami native, he epitomises and contributes to the energy, excitement and local flavour that our ships so proudly embody and we’re excited to build upon our relationship and have him serve in this special role as godfather to Norwegian Escape.”
Currently under construction at the Meyer Werft yard in Germany, the 164,600gt ship is Norwegian’s largest to date. The 4,200-passenger ship will offer various industry firsts, sports and water park facilities, private dining options, the first-ever floating Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant, the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, the first at-sea Lacoste and Carolina Herrera boutiques and more. Entertainment options will include two Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals headlining in the Escape Theater, and an exclusive Supper Club offering that enables guests to enjoy dinner and a 360° post-modern cabaret.
Guests can stay in the line’s signature luxury ship–within-a-ship complex – The Haven by Norwegian – as well as solo traveller studios, and various accommodations for families, multi-generational groups, spa enthusiasts and more.
Norwegian Escape will also be the largest-ever cruise ship to homeport year-round in Miami, where she will sail weekly seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean beginning on 14 November. The ship will visit destinations such as St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.