▪ Pitbull was named this week as honorary godfather of the Norwegian Escape, the Miami-themed 4,200-passenger cruise ship that will sail year-round from PortMiami starting in November. The singer — real name Armando Christian Perez — will perform at the ship’s christening ceremony Nov. 9 in Miami. It won’t be Pitbull’s first work with Norwegian Cruise Line; he also performed at the christening ceremony for Norwegian Getaway in February 2014. The Norwegian Escape, being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, has been undergoing sea trials before its handoff to the cruise line Oct. 22.
▪ Carnival Corp. on Thursday opened a third berth at its pier in Cozumel, Mexico, which handles 3.3 million cruise guests annually, making it the busiest port in the Caribbean. Three ships — Carnival Breeze, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Triumph — arrived at the port Thursday for the occasion. Carnival says the pier will accommodate any ship across its 10 brands, including its next-generation ships. The pier was largely rebuilt after it was damaged by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Construction of the new birth began in May 2014 and cost $20 million.
▪ Princess Cruises announced Friday that its newest ship will be named Majestic Princess. The 3,560-passenger ship will debut in summer 2017 and be based year-round in China. A second name to be painted on its hull in Chinese characters means “Grand World” or “Grand Spirit.”
— MIAMI HERALD STAFF AND WIRES
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