Norwegian Cruise Line Names Kelly Clarkson Godmother to its Newest Ship

by Daine Taylor
Norwegian Cruise Line Names Kelly Clarkson Godmother to its Newest Ship

Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, appeared on Kelly Clarkson’s new daytime TV show.


Norwegian Cruise Line announced on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” that Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will serve as the godmother to its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, debuting in Miami later this year.

Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, appeared on Clarkson’s new daytime TV show to invite her to join the Norwegian Cruise Line family as godmother. As part of her new role, Clarkson will perform at the christening ceremony in Miami on Nov. 21, as well as fulfill the longstanding maritime tradition of blessing and officially naming the beautiful Norwegian Encore.

“I am so honored 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 Kelly Clarkson. “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.”

To celebrate her new title as godmother to Norwegian Encore, Clarkson and Norwegian Cruise Line recognized and awarded 20 deserving music educators on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” with a seven-day cruise, showcasing the mutual appreciation for education and travel as a powerful tool that connects people and promotes awareness and understanding around the world.

“We knew we wanted someone who 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,” said Stuart. 

Norwegian Encore will feature the world’s longest race track at sea, at 1,100 feet, with four high-speed curves extending up to 13 feet over the side of the ship; the largest outdoor laser tag arena, at nearly 10,000 square feet, with the addition of augmented reality elements; and new immersive escape room and interactive theater experiences in the 10,000-square-foot Galaxy Pavilion.

Launching this fall, Norwegian Encore will offer seven-day voyages to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning Nov. 24, 2019; Bermuda and Canada and New England itineraries from New York City beginning Apr. 22, 2020; voyages to the Western Caribbean from Miami beginning Dec. 12, 2020; and in the spring of 2021, the vessel will make her West Coast debut and sail to Alaska from Seattle. 

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