Singer Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez) will play the Norwegian Getaway Christening ceremony
Norwegian Cruise Line just announced that Armando Christian Perez, who also goes by the name “Pitbull” will perform during the Christening ceremony of the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway. The ceremony will take place at the PortMiami on Friday, February 7.
Pitbull is a Miami icon and international recording artist. The ship, Norwegian Getaway, has been dubbed “Miami’s ship” and will also feature many other tribute to “The Magic City” – so named for the way the city sprang up virtually overnight in the early 1900s.
Perez will also introduce his signature Voli brand of Vodka to cruise goers aboard Norwegian for the first time. Voli is a vodka infused with natural flavors to be featured onboard Norwegian Getaway and across the Norwegian fleet. It is a key ingredient in two of Pitbull’s signature drinks includinghis personal favorite, the Volito, his take on the classic mojito. Voli Vodka is hand-crafted in Cognac, France and features a delicate blend of the finest multi-distilled wheat vodka, pure spring water and natural infused flavors.
“It’s great to partner Voli with Norwegian Cruise Lin.,Its a perfect match, what better than a party on a beautiful ship with amazing vodka… holy Voli!!” mused Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez).
“What better way to welcome Miami’s ultimate ship than with Miami’s ultimate performer and international superstar, Pitbull,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO. “A Miami native, Pitbull epitomizes this incredible city and is also a Latin Grammy Award winner so he is the perfect fit with our new ship that will sail year-round from Miami and features the first ever Grammy Experience at sea.”
The star-studded Christening Ceremony will take place while the ship is docked in PortMiami on Friday, February 7. The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders are the ship’s Godmothers and will officially christen the ship.
More on Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Getaway is being branded as “Miami’s ultimate ship.” It will be the largest cruise to regularly sail out of the Port of Miami starting this month. The ship’s Miami-based theme “embodies the essence of her tropical hometown” with hull artwork by Miami’s own David “LEBO” Le Batard, which features a whimsical mermaid holding the sun above the waves.
Entertainment unique to Getaway
The unique Getaway magic-themed entertainment starts with The Illusionarium (replacing the Spiegel Tent for Cirque Dreams and Dinner on Norwegian Epic and Breakaway). “The centerpiece of the Illusionarium is a 30-foot (diameter) video dome that will transport audiences to mystical places,” according the line’s spokeswoman AnneMarie Mathews. This is part of a dinner show that incorporates world-class magicians and special events. “It will be amazing,” she says.
Another radical change in the entertainment lineup will be the replacing the Fat Cats Blues Club on deck 8 with a brand new concept room called “The Grammy Experience” created in conjunction with the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. It will serve as an exhibition space for objects important to the Grammy Awards, according to Mathews, and in the evenings it will feature live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees. Importantly, while “Fat Cats” on earlier ships is dedicated to blues music, the Grammy Experience will not be limited to blues or even jazz. It will offer performances by Grammy-winning and nominated artists of all musical styles.
The main stage in the Getaway Theater will be showing the only full Broadway production at sea of “Legally Blonde, the Musical.” This adaptation of the movie starring Reese Witherspoon was created in 2007 and has grossed over $1m a week on Broadway. The show also won three Laurence Olivier Awards in 2011 in London’s West End and garnered a Tony Award nomination.
Sharing this main showroom, as well as space in the yet-to-be-named main dining room on Getaway, will be “Burn the Floor” a 45-minute dance extravaganza. This professional dance show replaces “Legends at Sea,” the musical tribute show on Norwegian Epic.
Another all new entertainment feature unique to Getaway will be a lineup of stand-up comedians from the “Levity Entertainment Group” in Los Angeles performing in the Headliner’s Comedy Club. This agency represents some of the world’s most renowned comedians, from Bill Cosby to Dan Tosh, although who they will send to the ship remains to be seen. Levity Entertainment Group will replace The Second City improvisation comedians present on most ships in the Norwegian fleet.
The audience-interactive dueling piano show “Howl at the Moon,” another popular Norwegian act, will have its players aboard Getaway.
Other Getaway Features
In terms of restaurants and nightclubs there are few differences between Getaway and Breakaway. There will be 26 different eateries and 22 bars or lounges onboard. One mystery remains; Norwegian has yet to confirm whether there will be an Ice Bar – where everything down to the drinking glasses is made of ice as found on Norwegian Epic and Breakaway. It is possible there will a different themed lounge in its place.
The kids will certainly enjoy one of the biggest Nickelodeon programs in the fleet – as well as the five water slides, the expansive sports complex with rock climbing, basketball, mini-golf, bungee trampoline and a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage. For the ultimate thrill, they can walk “The Plank” which extends eight feet over the side of the ship – (they will be wearing a harness, of course).
Each cruise will also feature one full fireworks show – the same as Norwegian Breakaway.
Classic features return the cruising
Getaway’s decks plan and itinerary remind me of one of the most iconic cruise ships ever, the former SS Norway. It was also once the biggest cruise ship to sail out of Miami year round, and upon the same itinerary as Getaway. The Norway was one of the last true ocean liners, built in 1961 by the nation of France and then purchased and converted into a cruise ship by Norwegian Cruise Line in 1979.
One lovely feature of the Norway was its long promenade deck with the sea on one side and a bevy of public rooms on the other side, very similar to open-air “Waterfront” found on Norwegian Getaway, although the Norway promenade was glassed in.
The more southerly itinerary that Getaway will sail to the Caribbean from Miami should lend the Waterfront on Getaway a more temperate climate throughout the cruise, while it will be interesting to see how the Waterfront works out on Breakaway sailing from New York year round.
Getaway will begin its regular eastern Caribbean cruises this month, February, 2014. Cruises are already available through your travel agent. Details and special offers can be found at the Norwegian Getaway Web site
To book a cruise on Norwegian Getaway, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com. Additional information on Norwegian Getaway can be found at www.getaway.ncl.com. Join the conversation on social media using hashtag #ultimategetaway.
About Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez)
Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull is a Miami-native but he is also known as “Mr. Worldwide” and “Mr. 305” – the area code for the city of Miami. He is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor whose career sales exceed 5 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has #1 hits in more than 15 countries and his videos have been viewed more than 3 billion times; his music video for the single "Give Me Everything" has alone received over 300 million views on YouTube. His world tour sold out concerts in United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, China and Japan.
Pitbull's latest album release Global Warming features massive hit singles "Feel This Moment" featuring Christina Aguilera, and "Don't Stop The Party" which followed his two million plus selling single "Back In Time." In November, Pitbull released a deluxe edition titled Global Warming: Meltdown which includes worldwide #1 single "Timber" featuring Ke$ha. The song has been atop the charts for several consecutive weeks around the globe.
Last week, Pitbull’s new song “We Are One (Ole Ola)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte was selected as the official anthem for the FIFA World Cup 2014. Pitbull also signed an exclusive deal with Endemol North America to Produce Original Television and Digital Content.