Norwegian Cruise Line to christen newest ship

It’ll be a star-studded ceremony in Miami today as Norwegian Cruise Line officially christens the largest ship ever to sail year-round from the city.

At 145,600 tons, the Norwegian Getaway is the world’s ninth largest cruise ship and can hold more than 4,000 passengers. Completed last month at a shipyard in Germany, it’ll begin year-round sailings to the Eastern Caribbean on Saturday

Getaway will be welcomed to Miami today by the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, who will serve as the ship’s Godmothers during the ceremony at PortMiami. The event also will include performances by Miami-based recording artist Pitbull and Latin Grammy-winning flute player Nestor Torres. Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke-Charvet also will take the stage.

Getaway is a sister to the 10-month-old, New York-based Norwegian Breakaway, the world’s eighth largest cruise ship and the first of a new class of vessel at the line. Five things you’ll love about the Norwegian Breakaway.

Like the Breakaway, the Getaway features a sprawling, deck-top fun zone with five water slides; a restaurant-lined boardwalk; large production shows including Broadway’s Legally Blonde; and a giant, two-deck spa. But as can be seen in the photos in the carousel above, everything from bars and restaurants to shows have been tweaked with its new Miami home in mind

Norwegian Cruise Line has been offering cruises from Miami longer than any other cruise brand, since the company’s origins in 1966. Based in Miami, the company currently has four ships sailing seasonally from the city, including the 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic, the line’s largest vessel.

Fares for Getaway’s seven-night voyages start at $649 per person.

Regular readers will recall that Getaway was named in a contest held here at USA TODAY, and we got a sneak peek at the ship last month as it worked its way from the German yard where it was built to the USA

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