Kelly Clarkson named Norwegian Encore’s godmother

Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Andy Stuart with Kelly Clarkson on the set of "The Kelly Clarkson Show."
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Andy Stuart with Kelly Clarkson on the set of “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

In an appearance on the “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Tuesday, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Andy Stuart invited Clarkson to be the Norwegian Encore’s godmother.

The recording artist and TV personality will perform at the Encore’s christening ceremony in Miami on Nov. 21 as well as fulfil the traditional ship blessing and naming.

The Texas-born Clarkson achieved fame in 2002 when she won the inaugural season of “American Idol.” Since then, Clarkson has recorded eight studio albums and numerous hit singles, including “Since U Been Gone,” “Miss Independent,” “Because of You” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”

The Grammy Award-winning Clarkson has hosted the Billboard Music Awards, appeared on “The Voice” as a coach and made her daytime TV debut in September with “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

Stuart said Clarkson “represents our core values.”

“Kelly is a role model who is passionate about family and community, as well as music and entertainment.  These are our passions too. We are honoured to have her join our family of godparents and look forward to celebrating Norwegian Encore’s debut in Miami with her,” Stuart said in a statement.

To celebrate Clarkson’s appointment as godmother, Clarkson and Norwegian Cruise Line awarded 20 music educators on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” with a seven-day cruise.

“I am so honoured to be named the godmother to Norwegian Encore, and to get to be a part of such a special ceremony to christen the new ship in Miami,” said Clarkson in a statement. “I believe that surrounding yourself with the ones you love and taking time for them is important while having the most amazing and unforgettable vacation, which is what Norwegian Cruise Line stands for and provides for its guests.”

The Norwegian Encore will sail seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning Nov. 24.

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Norwegian Cruise Line boss nets $1.3m in the share sale

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Norwegian Cruise Line boss Andy Stuart netted $1.3 million from the sale of shares.

He sold 25,000 shares in parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in two tranches last week, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The sale at $50 per share came after the company reported record second-quarter financial results with earnings of $240.2 million for the three months to June 30.

The lift in profits came despite the impact of the abrupt US government ban on cruise ships calling into Cuba and a technical problem with the ship Norwegian Pearl which forced one cruise to be amended and another to be canceled.

Company president and CEO Frank Del Rio said at the time: “The underlying fundamentals of our business remain strong across all core markets, and we continue to expect record financial results in 2019, despite the impact from the change in federal regulations which resulted in the cessation of premium-priced Cuba sailings.”

NCLH has a market capitalization of $10.88 billion and controls NCL alongside Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Hull Art Revealed for Norwegian Encore

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Hull art for Norwegian Encore (photo courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)

Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the hull artwork for Norwegian Encore. Award-winning Spanish artist Eduardo Arranz-Bravo has created the design for the ship, which debuts in Miami in November 2019.The artwork will feature colours inspired by the artist’s life by the sea in Barcelona.

“Norwegian Cruise Line is a dynamic, pioneering company known for its innovative experiences and breathtaking collection of beautifully designed ships,” said Arranz-Bravo. “I am honoured to not only bring that vibrancy to life even more on Norwegian Encore but also showcase my love for the ocean and my hometown of Barcelona.”

The president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Frank Del Rio, has long admired the work of Arranz-Bravo.

“We are well-known for our iconic hull designs and know that Arranz-Bravo’s lively design will complement the colourful destinations in the Caribbean that Norwegian Encore will visit when she debuts next year,” said Del Rio.

Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive officer, Andy Stuart, similarly welcomed the artist’s contribution to the ship.

Norwegian Encore art rendering

Hull art for Norwegian Encore (photo courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line)

“Eduardo’s design will be a perfect complement to the collection of hull artwork within our fleet and is a testament to the dynamic experience our guests will have on board,” said Stuart. “We are proud to welcome him to our Norwegian Cruise Line family.”

The 4,000-passenger Norwegian Encore will complete the Breakaway-Plus class, the most successful class in the line’s history. The ship is under construction at Meyer Werft, in Papenburg, Germany. The ship will begin operations on November 17, 2019, cruising out of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean.