Rockettes christen Norwegian Breakaway ship

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm •  Published: May 8, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rockettes are best known for dancing at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, but they did their signature kick line on a cruise ship Wednesday.

The dancers are the godmothers for Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship, Norwegian Breakaway, which was christened at a pier on the Hudson River.

The ship is themed on New York City, with a colorful mural on the exterior hull design by pop artist Peter Max featuring the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

Max attended the christening Wednesday with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop for New York. He blessed the ship.

Introducing the dozen high-stepping Rockettes in silver sequined costumes, the mayor said, "I don't think anyone symbolizes our city's energy, glamour and excitement more."

Bloomberg also observed that with all the Big Apple touches onboard, "Breakaway passengers will never really leave New York behind."

The ship offers ice sculptures of Lady Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Chrysler Building at an ice bar, and its shows include a version of the Broadway '80s rock musical, "Rock of Ages." Passengers can take a fitness class designed by the Rockettes, and two Rockettes will sail on each of the first six trips beginning Sunday, and on the first sailing of each month thereafter.

A Sabrett hot dog stand, complete with yellow umbrella, serves guests near an area called Rockaway Beach.

Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan, a native New Yorker, proved his own street cred by showing off a copy of his decades-old license to drive a yellow taxi. Sheehan said the ship "takes the best elements of New York City" and brings them to sea.

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