MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders christened the Norwegian Getaway on a picture-perfect Florida evening on Friday, marking Norwegian Cruise Line’s return to year-round, seven-day cruising from the Port of Miami.
Cheerleaders appeared on stage at Getaway’s Spice H20 outdoor dance area. Flanking the stage, women in red polka-dot swim suits twirled acrobatically in large hoops suspended from scaffolding.
Miami politicians congratulated Norwegian CEO Kevin Sheehan on delivery of the ship, which had previews in Rotterdam, Southampton and New York before arriving in Miami.
“While it's been great to show her off all over the place, we couldn’t wait to have her here at home as Miami’s year-round ship,” Sheehan said.
Latin musician Tito Puente Jr. and his band warmed up the crowd for Miami native Pitbull, who delivered several rousing club anthems that got the audience on its feet bouncing to the rhythms.
“Lose your mind. Escape reality for a couple of days,” the singer advised.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., the champagne hit the hull and mini-fireworks popped off the stern. A couple of hours later, as Getaway glided out of the port channel, guests on the inaugural were treated to a longer, more elaborate fireworks display.
Getaway is a sister ship to the Norwegian Breakaway, introduced last year as New York’s hometown ship. The 4,000-passenger Getaway has tropical food, music and décor, including a Flamingo Bar & Grill, a Tropicana Room, a Sugarcane Mojito Bar and a version of the Waterfront themed to Miami Beach and Key West.