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Rockettes will be godmothers of new Norwegian Cruise Line ship

When the Norwegian Breakaway is christened in May, it will have the Rockettes as its godmothers.

Norwegian Cruise Line announced Tuesday that it will be the “official cruise line” of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall, with an 11-foot replica of its newest ship on display in the theater’s Grand Lounge.

And for those of you who want to master the dancers’ trademark high kick, two Rockettes will sail aboard select cruises and offer fitness classes, as well as photo opps and meet-and-greets.

That’s an unusual feature for godmothers, who typically break the champagne bottle on the hull, then have little else to do with their ship.

“This truly takes the role of godmother to a new level,” Kevin Sheehan, the cruise line’s CEO, said in a press release.

Norwegian Breakaway will be based in New York year-round and is designed to have strong ties to the city, with Peter Max paintings of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty on its hull.  “The Rockettes, one of the most beloved and recognizable New York icons, are the perfect choice to serve as the ship’s godmothers,” Sheehan said.

The Norwegian Breakaway will have its christening ceremony on May 8 in New York, then begin cruises May 12 to Bermuda, and later to the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Florida.

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