Norwegian Cruise Line christens last Breakaway-Plus ship

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway-Plus class ship Norwegian Encore has been christened in Miami.

American singer, and godmother of the 3,998-passenger ship,  Kelly Clarkson performed a set in front of 3,500 guests in PortMiami.

The ceremony featured performances from the cast of Choir of Man and Kinky Boots, two productions guests can watch onboard Encore.

<> on November 21, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said: “Norwegian Cruise Line has been sailing from Miami for over 50 years. We were the first to offer weekly cruises to the Caribbean.

“Five years ago, we launched our history-making Breakaway-Plus class and today we are proud to christen Norwegian Encore, the final ship of this class and a true representation of the evolution of the brand, right here in our hometown of Miami.”

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After the traditional blessings, Clarkson officially christened Norwegian Encore by breaking a bottle of champagne across the ship’s hull.

<> on November 21, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

Norwegian Encore’s sister ships are Bliss, Joy and Escape, the first Breakaway-Plus class vessel to launch in 2015.

Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami, beginning from November 24.

Celebrity adds second Edge maiden voyage

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Celebrity Cruises is to take delivery of new ship Celebrity Edge almost a month earlier than originally planned.

The ship is expected to be completed ahead of schedule and enter service with four special short cruises.

The line is also scheduling two seven-night maiden voyages in the Caribbean rather than one as first planned as part of an expanded inaugural season.

Celebrity Edge will homeport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, making its first sailing on November 21, 2018. This will be one of four new three-day preview sailings to the Bahamas which will also run on November 24, December 3 and December 6.

The first seven-night inaugural voyage departs to the western Caribbean on December 9, followed by a previously announced seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise leaving on December 16.

Celebrity Cruises’ president and chief executive Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said: “Thanks to the amazing work of the STX France shipyard team, the industry-changing Celebrity Edge is now scheduled to arrive much earlier than anticipated, which gave us the opportunity to offer not one, but two maiden voyages.

“Both of these maiden voyages, plus the taste of luxury preview sailings, will have all of the festivities one would expect from the launch of such a revolutionary new ship, and now even more guests will have the chance to experience these one-of-a-kind inaugural sailings.”

Celebrity Edge will be joined by three sister ships in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Disney Cruise Line’s Star Wars sequel will be bigger

Disney add Extra Star Wars Days.

Disney Cruise Line said it will nearly double the number of Star Wars Days at Sea when it expands the event in early 2017.

This year there were eight Star Wars Days scheduled on the Disney Fantasy on eastern Caribbean itineraries. The days feature appearances of Star Wars characters; a deck party and fireworks; Star Wars-themed family and youth activities; at-sea screenings of Star Wars films; and themed food, drink and merchandise.

Next year, the concept will be expanded to western Caribbean itineraries and there will be 15 Star Wars Days. Departure dates for cruises are: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; and April 1, 8 and 15.