Photo: Kelly Clarkson christens Norwegian Encore. Image Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Newest Ship Christened in Miami

Cruise line Norwegian Cruise Line hosted a christening ceremony for its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, in Miami on November 21.

The newbuild was christened by Grammy Award-winning artist, Kelly Clarkson, with the champagne bottle break across the ship’s hull.

This milestone marks the closing of the company’s Breakaway Plus class of ships which first debuted in Miami with the introduction of Norwegian Escape in 2015.

“Five years ago, we launched our … Breakaway Plus class and today, we are proud to christen Norwegian Encore, the final ship of this class,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, commented on the occasion.

At nearly 1,100 feet long, with a gross tonnage of almost 170,000, Norwegian Encore has a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Being the fourth and final ship of the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Encore was delivered to its owner in late October by Germany’s shipbuilder Meyer Werft.

It the first ship in the NCL’s fleet to be plastic bottle free. By January 1, 2020, Norwegian Cruise Line will be the first major cruise line to eliminate plastic bottles across its entire fleet.