The high-kicking Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall fame will christen the Norwegian Breakaway on May 8, Norwegian Cruise Line disclosed on Tuesday.
The Breakaway will be the largest ship to be homeported in New York, and the cruise line said the choice of the Rockettes to serve as godmothers will deepen its ties to the city.
Two dancers from the troupe will be aboard the first six sailings of the ship and the first sailing of the month thereafter, to take part in special events.
The collaboration also includes designating Norwegian as the official cruise line of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall, and as an official partner of the group's popular Christmas spectacular.
An 11-foot model of Breakaway will be on display year-round in the Radio City lobby and Christmas show-goers in 2012 will be able to enter a sweepstakes to win one of two cruises for four aboard Breakaway.
"This signature partnership will provide Norwegian Cruise Line with unprecedented access to the Rockettes, Radio City and the Christmas Spectacular," said Melissa Ormand, president of Madison Square Garden Entertainment. Follow Tom Stieghorst on Twitter @tstravelweekly.