If you think cruising is only for old people, think again. Norwegian Cruise Line debuted it’s newest ship, the Norwegian Escape, earlier in the month and proved that cruising is sexy and fun and brought on Pitbull to spice things up as the “godfather” of the ship. Mr. 305 aka Armando Christian Perez kicked off the grand celebration and christening festivities with a hot and sultry Port of Miami pier side concert in the blazing Miami Heat. Pitbull let it be known that Miami is where it’s at and that the Norwegian Escape would be a different kind of cruising experience. The ship was blessed by both a rabbi and a priest and both Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Norwegian CEO, Frank Del Rio, gave remarks during the festivities. The ship sailed off shortly after the celebration for an inaugural two-night cruise for hundreds of travel agents and other invited passengers.
The 4,200 passenger and 20-deck ship, which is the largest to be based year-round in Miami, has a touch of Miami flair, plenty of entertainment offerings, and a breathtaking 1,100 sq ft mural created by artist Guy Harvey. On the ship you’ll find the familiar tastes of Miami’s Food Republic, an upscale restaurant with menus developed by The Pubbelly Restaurant Group of Miami. Wynwood Brewing Company is also on board with more than 24 draft beers at the ship’s District Brew House and you’ll find Miami’s oldest and most legendary bar, Tobacco Road. There’s also plenty of dining options to feast on with 11 complimentary dining offerings and including two new specialty restaurants from James Beard Award-Winning Iron Chef Jose Garces.
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Onboard entertainment offerings include a variety of musicals such as Tony Award-winning Broadway shows “After Midnight” and “Million Dollar Quartet” as well as a post-modern cabaret Supper Club dinner show featuring the motion picture performance of “For The Record: The Brat Pack.” The cruise ship also includes the largest ropes course at sea standing three stories, an expanded water park, a new Aqua Racer slide, a pool deck area with a double-deck bar, and the line’s first nursery for children 2 and younger.
Norwegian is doing it big and proving that cruising is for everyone. For more information, visit www.escape.ncl.com.