(8:20 a.m. EST) -- Radio personality Elvis Duran, host of the nationally syndicated "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," will serve as godfather of Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship. Duran has been hosting the now-syndicated daily morning show on New York's Z100 since 1996. The announcement of the appointment was made live on Duran's show this morning. Duran and his morning crew will be present at the ship's christening in Seattle in May.
"Elvis Duran epitomizes the high energy, and liveliness that the ship represents," said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line's president and CEO. "As one of the most beloved radio hosts in history, Elvis' commitment to entertainment and bringing laughter and joy to his listeners each day is exactly why we believe he is the perfect fit to represent Norwegian Bliss."
Duran's appointment as godparent of the ship marks the third time Norwegian Cruise Line has deviated from the traditional shipbuilding practice of naming a woman as godmother. Rapper Pitbull served as godfather for Norwegian Escape when it debuted in 2015, and earlier this year, Wang Leehom, a Chinese singer-songwriter, actor and director, served as godfather for China-based ship Norwegian Joy.
When it launches on May 30, 2018, Norwegian Bliss will be the largest ship to homeport out of Seattle. It will boast an array of high-energy activities including a two-level electric-car race track and an open-air laser tag course, as well as a large pool deck and aqua park with two pools and two waterslides. Also new on the ship will be a southern Texas-style barbecue joint complete with live country band and studio staterooms with virtual ocean views.
--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor