Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates Norwegian Bliss
Train, Gloria Gaynor and more join Godfather Elvis Duran in honouring the largest ship to ever be christened in Seattle
Last night, Norwegian Cruise Line executed an industry first event with the christening of Norwegian Bliss broadcasted throughout the ship’s multiple venues to the over 2,500 guests in attendance. Following the official bottle-break led by Godfather Elvis Duran, guests were in awe as a bevy of stars performed in six different venues including the Bliss Theater where three-time Grammy® award-winning rock band and headliner, Train, sang fan-favourite songs including “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey Soul Sister” and their new hit, “Call Me Sir.”
The queen of disco, Gloria Gaynor, also performed to an electric crowd, where guests danced to some of her greatest hits including “I Will Survive.”
Performances from local Seattle talent included rapper and music producer Sir Mix-a-Lot, b-boy crew Massive Monkees, and the Northwest Tap Connection, a youth program with a mission to provide quality dance and job opportunities to under-served communities. Also in the talent lineup was rapper Tone Loc, Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth, violin duo Sons of Mystro, the Molly Callinan Band and Wally Palmar of the Romantics.
On board talent also participated in the day’s events with performances by the Jersey Boys, ¡HAVANA! and the Beatles cover band, with each venue hosted by Norwegian cruise directors and members of Elvis Duran and The Morning Show.
“What an extraordinary day it has been,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “To have Elvis, Train, Gloria Gaynor, Sir Mix-a-Lot and local talent from Seattle help celebrate the christening of Norwegian Bliss, demonstrates our commitment to entertainment and unrivaled guest experiences.”
Earlier in the day Norwegian’s senior director of guest experiences and innovation, Simon Murray, and Tom Norwalk, president and chief executive officer of Visit Seattle, hosted an intimate event on one of the top deck’s honouring the continued partnership between Norwegian Cruise Line and the Port of Seattle. After a performance by Northwest Tap Connection, two skydivers descended over Norwegian Bliss bearing banners – “#NorwegianBliss” and “Norwegian Cruise Line.” Shortly after, Andy Stuart dropped in for a surprise appearance to present the local group with a donation of US$10,000, representing the company’s continued support for the city and its community.
Norwegian Bliss will cruise seven-day voyages to Alaska from Seattle beginning June 2 and then in October she will sail select voyages to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles. For her North American autumn/winter season, she will sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami and in 2019; she will sail from New York City to the Bahamas and Florida, the Southern and Western Caribbean.
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