Pitbull Christens Norwegian Escape

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MIAMI – November 9, 2015 –Norwegian Escape – Norwegian Cruise Lines’ largest ship and the first in its Breakaway Plus Class – was christened November 9th. The ship’s hull artwork, created by Guy Harvey, served as the backdrop for the christening.

Bottle Break - Norwegian Escape Christening
Bottle Break – Norwegian Escape Christening

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings chief executive officer Frank Del Rio kicked off the festivities, where guests experienced an afternoon of fun and excitement in celebration of Norwegian Escape. Radio personality Froggy, from the “Elvis Duran Morning Show”, emceed the event  introducing performers and special VIP guests. Guests includedMiami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez who discussed the positive impact Norwegian Escape will have on the local community, its residents and the economy. International music sensation Pitbull provided a pier side concert.

Pitbull and Frank Del Rio at Norwegian Escape Christening
Pitbull and NCL CEO Frank Del Rio at Norwegian Escape Christening

Attendees were treated to a special sneak peak of the entertainment Norwegian Escape has to offer as the casts of Tony Award-winning Broadway shows “After Midnight” and “Million Dollar Quartet” performed a selection of songs from each respective show, before Pitbull entertained the audience with some of his hits, including “Don’t Stop the Party”, “Fireball” and “Give Me Everything”.

“Norwegian Escape represents a major moment for us – this is a true evolution of our brand,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief operating officer. “Not only does she offer high caliber entertainment, quality dining and luxurious accommodations that significantly raise the bar for our fleet and puts her in a class of her own, but she exemplifies our renewed commitment to offering unparalleled freedom and flexibility to our guests.”

Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape, the largest in Norwegian’s fleet of 14 vessels, features an elevated design that makes for an upscale experience. Quality finishes, curated artwork and the luxurious The Haven by Norwegian™ exclusive ship–within-a-ship suite complex are just a few of the standout features of Norwegian Escape.

Norwegian Escape’s Haven is the largest in the NCL fleet and the most luxurious. At the heart of the private enclave on the top of the ship lies a three-story covered courtyard. An expanded forward sundeck with a cantilevered whirlpool, along with a new outdoor dining space in the Haven’s private restaurant make Norwegian Escape’s Haven the ultimate small ship experience, while still providing the freedom to enjoy large ship dining, entertainment and amenities.

Norwegian Escape’s dining options offer guests a mix of complimentary options, signature favorites and new premium specialty outlets. Norwegian Escape features new upgraded menus across all restaurants. There are two new specialty restaurants from James Beard Award-Winning Iron Chef Jose Garces include Bayamo, a Latin seafood specialty restaurant, and Pincho Tapas Bar. Also new onboard is the Food Republic, a food hall developed by Miami-based The Pubbelly Restaurant Group.

Norwegian Escape features two Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals that headline the Escape Theater. First is After Midnight, the smash-hit musical that combines the big-band songs of Duke Ellington and the best dancing from Broadway. Next is Million Dollar Quartet, the hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Entertainers at Christening
Entertainers at Christening

In a new concept exclusive to Norwegian Escape, the Supper Club has been re-imagined for an unforgettable dinner and show. For The Record: The Brat Pack™ is a critically acclaimed Hollywood night that celebrates classic soundtracks of motion picture masters in a one-of-a kind 360° post-modern cabaret.

Norwegian Escape passengers have the option of several recreation spaces, with the largest ropes course at sea leading a wide array of activities. On the top of the ship, guests will find a redesigned pool deck area that features an open area for sunbathing, a double-deck bar and two new large format LED screens.

Norwegian Escape’s Aqua Park is the largest at sea and includes a new tandem Aqua Racer slide, complete with a clear acrylic section to further enhance the thrill of this adventure ride. Norwegian Escape also features an expanded Kids’ Aqua Park with an enclosed slide, rope climb fun zone and spray cannons for kids to splash and play in their own designated space. Along with an expanded Splash Academy youth center that includes dedicated play spaces for specific age groups, Norwegian Escape offers the line’s first nursery for cruisers two and under.

You can learn more about Norwegian Escape’s accommodations, as well as its dining, entertainment, shopping and leisure options, by visiting http://www.escape.ncl.com.

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Kathy Stafford
Kathy Stafford

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at www.cherokeerootsblog.com.

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