Norwegian Cruise Line has announced today that country music performer, Reba McEntire, will serve as godmother to the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Epic, when it is christened this summer. The christening ceremony will take place in New York on July 2nd, 2010.
Reba, who recently hosted the 45th Annual Annual Academy of Country Music Awards is considered one of the most successful female recording artists in history across all genres of music. She is also an avid cruiser and has taken several family cruise vacations, most recently on Norwegian Gem in the Mediterranean.
“I met Reba and her family on Norwegian Gem and saw how much they were enjoying the freedom and flexibility that Freestyle Cruising offers. Later, I discovered that they are frequent customers on our ships which is why I believe that Reba is the perfect choice to christen our largest and most innovative ship, Norwegian Epic,” said Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are more than thrilled that such a celebrated performer as Reba, who also has experienced our product firsthand, will serve as Norwegian Epic’s Godmother.”
“I am truly honoured that Norwegian Cruise Line asked me to christen Norwegian Epic, a ship that is so focused on entertainment,” said Reba McEntire. “As a fan of Norwegian and Freestyle Cruising, this is a very special honour; I’m so excited to serve as Norwegian Epic’s godmother.”
Inaugural festivities for Norwegian Epic will take place in New York at 2:00 p.m. ET on July 2nd. In addition, Norwegian Epic will serve as the host venue for the 34th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks event taking place on Sunday, July 4th. The event includes a national, one-hour, live entertainment broadcast on NBC-TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET and takes place on board Norwegian Epic where invited guests will have a front row view of the fireworks display.